24th Sunday in Ordinary Time C: 1st Reading

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14

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.