First Reading for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Exodus 19:2-6a

Summary: God tells Moses to remind the Israelites of how he saved them from Egypt and promises that if they obey his covenant, they will be his special, holy people.

God's Promise to Israel

In those days, the Israelites came to the desert of Sinai and pitched camp. While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain, Moses went up the mountain to God.

Then the Lord called to him and said, “Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob; tell the Israelites: You have seen for yourselves how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore you up on eagle wings and brought you here to myself. Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people, though all the earth is mine. You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.”

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