Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Reading I Bar 4:5-12, 27-29

Fear not, my people!
    Remember, Israel,
You were sold to the nations
    not for your destruction;
It was because you angered God
    that you were handed over to your foes.
For you provoked your Maker
    with sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;
You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,
    and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.
She indeed saw coming upon you
    the anger of God; and she said:

“Hear, you neighbors of Zion!
    God has brought great mourning upon me,
For I have seen the captivity
    that the Eternal God has brought
    upon my sons and daughters.
With joy I fostered them;
    but with mourning and lament I let them go.
Let no one gloat over me, a widow,
    bereft of many:
For the sins of my children I am left desolate,
    because they turned from the law of God.
Fear not, my children; call out to God!
    He who brought this upon you will remember you.
As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God,
    turn now ten times the more to seek him;
For he who has brought disaster upon you 
    will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.”

Responsorial Psalm 69:33-35, 36-37

R.    (34) The Lord listens to the poor.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
    the seas and whatever moves in them!”
R.    The Lord listens to the poor.
For God will save Zion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah.
They shall dwell in the land and own it,
    and the descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
    and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R.    The Lord listens to the poor.

Alleluia Ps 103:21

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Bless the LORD, all you angels,
you ministers, who do his will.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 18:1-5, 10

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

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