First Reading for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14

Summary: God told Moses about Israel's idolatry and planned to destroy them, but Moses reminded God of His promise to the patriarchs, and God relented.

Moses Intercedes for Israel

The LORD 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 molten 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 the LORD 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 the LORD, his God, saying, “Why, O LORD, 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, Isaac, 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 the LORD relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people.

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