First Reading: Habakkuk 1:12–2:4
112Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them as a judgment; and thou, O Rock, hast established them for chastisement. 13Thou who art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong, why dost thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? 14For thou makest men like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler. 15He brings all of them up with a hook, he drags them out with his net, he gathers them in his seine; so he rejoices and exults. 16Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his seine; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich. 17Is he then to keep on emptying his net, and mercilessly slaying nations for ever?21I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. 2And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. 4Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 9:8-13
7But the LORD sits enthroned for ever, he has established his throne for judgment; 8and he judges the world with righteousness, he judges the peoples with equity. 9The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee. 11Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! 12For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Gospel: Matthew 17:14-20
14And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said, 15″Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
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