Reading 1, Numbers 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
2 ‘Send out men, one from each tribe, to reconnoitre the land of Canaan which I am giving the Israelites. Each of them is to be a leading man of the tribe.’
25 After forty days they returned from reconnoitring the country.
27 This was the report they gave: ‘We made our way into the country where you sent us. It does indeed flow with milk and honey; here is what it produces.
28 At the same time, its inhabitants are a powerful people; the towns are fortified and very big; yes, and we saw the Anakim there.
29 The Amalekites occupy the Negeb area, the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites the highlands, and the Canaanites the sea coast and the banks of the Jordan.’
31 But the men who had been with him said, ‘We cannot attack these people; they are stronger than we are.’
32 And they began disparaging to the Israelites the country they had reconnoitred, saying, ‘The country we have been to reconnoitre is a country that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there were of enormous size.
33 We saw giants there too (the Anakim, descended from the Giants). We felt like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.’
1 The whole community then cried out in dismay, and the people wept all that night.
27 ‘How much longer am I to endure this perverse community muttering against me? I have heard what the Israelites mutter against me.
28 Say to them, “As I live, Yahweh declares, I shall do to you what I have heard you saying.
35 I, Yahweh, have spoken: this is how I swear to treat this entire perverse community united against me. In this desert, to the last man, they shall die.’
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-22, 23
6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned, we have acted wickedly, guiltily;
13 But they soon forgot his achievements, they did not even wait for his plans;
14 they were overwhelmed with greed in the wastelands, in the solitary wastes they challenged God.
21 They forgot the God who was saving them, who had done great deeds in Egypt,
22 such wonders in the land of Ham, such awesome deeds at the Sea of Reeds.
23 He thought of putting an end to them, had not Moses, his chosen one, taken a stand in the breach and confronted him, to turn his anger away from destroying them.
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22 And suddenly out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Lord, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’
23 But he said not a word in answer to her. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Give her what she wants, because she keeps shouting after us.’
25 But the woman had come up and was bowing low before him. ‘Lord,’ she said, ‘help me.’
26 He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to little dogs.’
27 She retorted, ‘Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.’
28 Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your desire be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.
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