FIRST READING: 1 Kings 18: 41 - 46
41 Elijah then said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for the sound of rain is rushing in."
42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. Elijah, in the meantime, went to the top of Carmel, bowed to the ground and put his face between his knees.
43 Then he said to his servant, "Go up and look in the direction of the sea." The man went up, looked, and said, "There is nothing." Then Elijah said, "Go again" and seven times he went.
44 At the seventh time, he perceived a little cloud, the size of a man's hand, rising out of the sea. Elijah told him, "Go, tell Ahab: Prepare your chariot and go down before the rain stops you."
45 A little later the sky grew dark with clouds and wind and a strong rain fell. Ahab was riding on his way to Jezreel;
46 as for Elijah, the hand of Yahweh was on him, and tucking his cloak in his belt, he ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
PSALM: Psalms 65: 10 - 13
10 You water the land and care for it, enriching it with natural resources. God's stream is filled with water; so you prepare the earth to give us its fruits.
11 You drench the furrows in the land and level the ridges, you soften the soil with showers and bless its crops.
12 You crown the year with your goodness; abundance flows everywhere.
13 The deserts have become pasture land, the hills are clothed with gladness.
GOSPEL: Matthew 5: 20 - 26
20 I tell you, then, that if you are not righteous in a better way than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
21 You have heard that it was said to our people in the past: Do not commit murder; anyone who does kill will have to face trial.
22 But now I tell you: whoever gets angry with a brother or sister will have to face trial. Whoever insults a brother or sister deserves to be brought before the council; whoever humiliates a brother or sister deserves to be thrown into the fire of hell.
23 So, if you are about to offer your gift at the altar and you remember that your brother has something against you,
24 leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with him, and then come back and offer your gift to God.
25 Don't forget this: be reconciled with your opponent quickly when you are together on the way to court. Otherwise he will turn you over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, who will put you in jail.
26 There you will stay, until you have paid the last penny.