What am I to do LORD, in the face of the beast which the whole world will marvel at and follow?

What am I to do LORD, in the face of the beast which the whole world will marvel at and follow, asking themselves, ‘Who can compare with the beast? How could anybody defeat him?’?

The answer came from the Liturgy of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 2016:

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 106 (105): 47
Salvos nos fac, Domine Deus noster, et congrega nos de nationibus, ut confiteamur nomini sancto tuo, et gloriemur in laude tua.
Save us, O Lord our God!
And gather us from the nations,
to give thanks to your holy name,
and make it our glory to praise you.

FIRST READING Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them
all that I command you.
Be not crushed on their account,
as though I would leave you crushed before them;
for it is I this day
who have made you a fortified city,
a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,
against the whole land:
against Judah’s kings and princes,
against its priests and people.
They will fight against you but not prevail over you,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17
Os meum annuntiabit salutare tuum, Domine

R. (cf. 15ab) I will sing of your salvation.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
For you are my hope, O Lord;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

SECOND READING (Short Form) 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Brothers and sisters:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.
If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing;
if tongues, they will cease;
if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
At present I know partially;
then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

ALLELUIA Luke 4:18
Evangelizare pauperibus misit me Dominus, praedicare captivis remissionem.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.

And the reflection in the Seasonal Missalette:

“They got upset when he read from the book of Isaiah and left out the parts they really wanted to hear – how the rich and powerful Gentiles would be their slaves, and they would get all their wealth, and they would be on top again.”