11th Week in Ordinary Time
Paulinus of Nola / John Fisher and Thomas More
1st Reading: 2 K 11:1–4, 9–18, 20*
When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son had died, she was determined to wipe out all the descendants of the king. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash, her nephew, and brought him away from among the king’s sons who were about to be killed, and put him with his wet nurse in the bedroom. Thus she hid him from Athaliah, so that the boy was saved.
In the seventh year, Jehoiada the chief priest, summoned the officers of the royal guard and of the Carites to the House of Yahweh. After concluding a pact with them under oath, he showed them the king’s son.
The commanders of the guards did what Jehoiada the priest had told them to do and they showed up with all their men, Jehoiada entrusted to the officers the spears and shields of King David which were in the House of Yahweh. And then the guards stood from the southern corner of the house to the north, surrounding the altar and the House of Yahweh.
Then Jehoiada, the priest, brought out the king’s son, crowned him and put the bracelets on him, then proclaimed and consecrated him king. All clapped their hands, shouting and crying out, “Long live the king!”
When Athaliah heard the noise of the people, she ap¬proached the crowd surrounding the House of Yahweh. The king was standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the officers and the trumpeters were with him. The people were filled with joy and they were blowing trumpets. On seeing this, Athaliah tore her clothes and cried out, “Treason, treason!”
Jehoiada the priest commanded the officers, “Surround her and bring her out to the courtyard, and kill anyone who tries to defend her.” He gave this order, because he thought, “She should not die in the House of Yahweh.”
They brought her out, and when they reached the palace of the king by the horses’ entrance, there they killed her.
Jehoiada made a covenant between Yahweh and the king and the people so they would be the people of Yahweh. All the citizens went to the temple of Baal and destroyed it. They broke the altars and the images into pieces, and killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, before his altar.
Gospel: Matthew 6:19-23
Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it.
“For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!”
The lamp of the body is the eye. “Love comes in at the eye,” said W. B. Yeats, an Irish poet. Yet, an Irish proverb says, “When you go forth to see a wife, leave your two eyes at home and bring your two ears with you.” The problem is that the eye is not always wise; so often we see what we want to see and not what is really there. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness, says the Gospel. “Lord, that I may see!” said the man in the Gospel. It is perhaps the most fundamental prayer.
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