First Reading: Sirach 48:1-14
1 Until like fire a prophet appeared,his words a flaming furnace.
2 The staff of life, their bread, he shattered,and in his zeal he made them few in number.
3 By God’s word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.
4 How awesome are you, Elijah!Whose glory is equal to yours?
5 You brought a dead body back to lifefrom Sheol, by the will of the LORD.
6 You sent kings down to destruction,and nobles, from their beds of sickness.
7 You heard threats at Sinai,at Horeb avenging judgments.
8 You anointed the agent of these punishments,the prophet to succeed in your place.
9 You were taken aloft in a whirlwind,in a chariot with fiery horses.
10 You are destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,To turn back the hearts of parents toward their children,and to re-establish the tribes of Israel.
11 Blessed is the one who shall have seen you before he dies!
12 When Elijah was enveloped in the whirlwind,Elisha was filled with his spirit;He worked twice as many marvels,iand every utterance of his mouth was wonderful.During his lifetime he feared no one,nor was anyone able to intimidate his will.
13 Nothing was beyond his power and from where he lay buried, his body prophesied.
14 In life he performed wonders,and after death, marvelous deeds.
Psalm: Psalms 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7
1 The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: justice and judgment are the establishment of his throne.
3 A fire shall go before him, and shall burn his enemies round about.
4 His lightnings have shone forth to the world: the earth saw and trembled.
5 The mountains melted like wax, at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens declared his justice: and all people saw his glory.
7 Let them be all confounded that adore graven things, and that glory in their idols.
Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
7 And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard.
8 Be not you therefore like to them, for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before you ask him.
9 Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.
14 For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.
15 But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.
Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
June 21, 2012