Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
August 21, 2012

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 28:1-10
    1 The word of the LORD came to me:
    2 "Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because your heart is proud, and you have said, `I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,' yet you are but a man, and no god, though you consider yourself as wise as a god --
    3 you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you;
    4 by your wisdom and your understanding you have gotten wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries;
    5 by your great wisdom in trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth --
    6 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Because you consider yourself as wise as a god,
    7 therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you, the most terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor.
    8 They shall thrust you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the heart of the seas.
    9 Will you still say, `I am a god,' in the presence of those who slay you, though you are but a man, and no god, in the hands of those who wound you?
    10 You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners; for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36
    26 I would have said, "I will scatter them afar, I will make the remembrance of them cease from among men,"
    27 had I not feared provocation by the enemy, lest their adversaries should judge amiss, lest they should say, "Our hand is triumphant, the LORD has not wrought all this."'
    28 "For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.
    30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had given them up?
    35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.
    36 For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 19:23-30
    23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
    25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
    26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
    27 Then Peter said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?"
    28 Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
    29 And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
    30 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Thessalonians 2:2-8
    2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip'pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition.
    3 For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
    4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
    5 For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
    6 nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
    7 But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
    8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:2-5, 21-22, 25, 27
    1 I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
    3 Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:
    4 `I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah]
    20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'

  • Gospel

    John 21:15-17
    15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
    16 A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
    17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.


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