THE READINGS
July 12, 2015
FIRST READING: Amos 7:7-15
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This is what [the Lord GOD] showed me: the LORD was standing beside a wall built
with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
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And the LORD said to me, "Amos,
what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the LORD said,
"See, I am setting a plumb line
in the midst of my people Israel;
I will never again pass them by;
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the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
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Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, "Amos
has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able
to bear all his words.
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For thus Amos has said,
'Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.'"
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And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your
bread there, and prophesy there;
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but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the
king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom."
 
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Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I
am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees,
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and the LORD took me from
following the flock, and the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'"
 
PSALM: Psalm 85:8-13 - please read responsively
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I will listen to what the LORD God is saying;
for you speak peace to your faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to you.
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Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you,
that your glory may dwell in our land.
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Steadfast love and faithfulness have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
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Faithfulness shall spring up from the earth,
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
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The LORD will indeed grant prosperity,
and our land will yield its increase.
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Righteousness shall go before the LORD
and shall prepare for God a pathway.
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P: The holy gospel according to St. Mark, the 6th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
 
GOSPEL: Mark 6:14-29
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King Herod heard of [the disciples' preaching,] for Jesus' name had become known.
Some were saying, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this
reason these powers are at work in him."
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But others said, "It is Elijah." And others
said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."
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But when Herod heard of it, he
said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
 
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For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because Herod had married her.
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For
John had been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
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And
Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
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for Her-
od feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him.
When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.
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But
an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and
officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
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When his daughter Herodias came in and
danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for
whatever you wish, and I will give it."
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And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you
ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."
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She went out and said to her moth-
er, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the baptizer."
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Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, "I want you to give me at
once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
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The king was deeply grieved; yet out
of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
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Immediately
the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. He went and
beheaded him in the prison,
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brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then
the girl gave it to her mother.
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When his disciples heard about it, they came and took
his body, and laid it in a tomb.
 
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.