First Reading Habakkuk 2:5-20
Curses against oppressors
Wealth is indeed a treacherous thing.
Haughty and unable to rest is he
who is as greedy as Sheol,
who is like death, insatiable,
who assembles all the nations for his own ends,
collects all the peoples to his own advantage.
On him, will not all men make satires,
and turn an epigram against him?
They will say:
Trouble is coming to the man who amasses goods that are not his,
(for how long?)
and loads himself with pledges.
Will not your creditors suddenly rise,
will not your duns awake?
Then you will be their victim.
Since you have plundered many nations,
all that remains of the peoples will plunder you;
for you have shed men’s blood and ravished the country,
the city and all who live in it.
Trouble is coming to the man who grossly exploits others for the sake of his House,
to fix his nest on high
and so evade the hand of misfortune.
You have contrived to bring shame on your House;
by making an end of many peoples
you have worked your own ruin.
For the stone from the very walls cries out,
and the beam responds from the framework.
Trouble is coming to the man who builds a town with blood
and founds a city on crime.
Is it not the will of the Lord of Hosts
that the labouring of peoples should end in fire,
and the toiling of nations come to nothing?
For the country shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters swell the sea.
Trouble is coming to the man who makes his neighbours drink,
who pours his poison until they are drunk,
to look at their nakedness.
You are drunk with ignominy, not with glory.
Your turn now to drink and show your foreskin.
The cup from the Lord’s right hand comes round to you,
and disgrace will overshadow your glory.
For the violence done to Lebanon is going to overwhelm you,
so will the slaughter of terrified beasts,
for you have shed men’s blood and ravished the country,
the city and all who live in it.
Trouble is coming to the man who says to the piece of wood, ‘Wake up!’
to the dumb stone, ‘On your feet!’
(And that is the oracle.)
Plated it may be with gold and silver,
but not a breath of life inside it.
What is the use of a carved image, or for its maker to carve it at all?
It is a thing of metal, a lying oracle.
What is the use of its maker trusting this
and fashioning dumb idols?
But the Lord is in his holy Temple:
let the whole earth be silent before him.
Responsory
Rm 2:12, 3:23, 11:32
℟. Sinners who were not subject to the Law of Moses will also perish, even beyond its jurisdiction, and those who live under the Law will be judged by it,* for all alike have sinned and are deprived of the divine splendour.
℣. God has abandoned all men to their rebellion, only to include them all in his forgiveness,* for all alike have sinned and are deprived of the divine splendour.

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