TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14

A reading from the book of Exodus.

Yahweh said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved.  They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a golden calf and worshiping it, sacrificing to it and crying out, ‘This is your God, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’  I see how stiff-necked this people is,” continued Yahweh to Moses.  ”Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.  Then I will make of you a great nation.”

But Moses implored Yahweh, saying, “Why, O God, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand?  Remember your servants, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Israel, and how you swore to them by your own self, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky; and all this land that I promised, I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’ ”  So Yahweh relented and did not bring on the people the threatened disaster.

The Word of God recorded in the book of Exodus.

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Alternate Responsorial Prayer

Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other.
R: Merciful and gracious God, we praise and thank you. 
The source of all power does not come to us as a “superhero” Messiah … but rather as a listening God, a God who is about empathy not empire, mercy not mastery, vulnerability not violence.
R: Merciful and gracious God, we praise and thank you. 
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
R: Merciful and gracious God, we praise and thank you.