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First Reading for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10

Summary: The Lord warns priests to honor His name, condemns their false teachings, and reminds us all of our shared Creator and broken faith.

Faith and Obedience

A great King am I, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

And now, O priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and of your blessing I will make a curse.

You have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction; you have made void the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts.

I, therefore, have made you contemptible and base before all the people, since you do not keep my ways, but show partiality in your decisions.

Have we not all the one father? Has not the one God created us? Why then do we break faith with one another, violating the covenant of our fathers?

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