Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
August 25, 2012

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Green

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 43:1-7
    1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east.
    2 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the east; and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with his glory.
    3 And the vision I saw was like the vision which I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision which I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
    4 As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east,
    5 the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
    6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple;
    7 and he said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel for ever. And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their harlotry, and by the dead bodies of their kings,

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 85:9-14
    8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
    9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
    10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
    11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
    12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
    13 Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 23:1-12
    1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,
    2 "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
    3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
    4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.
    5 They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
    6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,
    7 and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.
    8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.
    9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
    10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.
    11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;
    12 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 58:6-11
    6 "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
    8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
    9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
    10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
    11 And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 112:1-9
    1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
    2 His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
    3 Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures for ever.
    4 Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
    5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
    6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
    7 He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
    8 His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire on his adversaries.
    9 He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 22:34-40
    34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together.
    35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him.
    36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
    37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
    38 This is the great and first commandment.
    39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

  • Third Option

  • First Reading

    Wisdom 10:10-14
    10 When a righteous man fled from his brother's wrath, she guided him on straight paths; she showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of angels; she prospered him in his labors, and increased the fruit of his toil.
    11 When his oppressors were covetous, she stood by him and made him rich.
    12 She protected him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those who lay in wait for him; in his arduous contest she gave him the victory, so that he might learn that godliness is more powerful than anything.
    13 When a righteous man was sold, wisdom did not desert him, but delivered him from sin. She descended with him into the dungeon,
    14 and when he was in prison she did not leave him, until she brought him the scepter of a kingdom and authority over his masters. Those who accused him she showed to be false, and she gave him everlasting honor.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:8, 12, 20, 22, 27-28
    7 a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and terrible above all that are round about him?
    11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; the world and all that is in it, thou hast founded them.
    19 Of old thou didst speak in a vision to thy faithful one, and say: "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
    27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.

  • Gospel

    Luke 19:12-19
    12 He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return.
    13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.'
    14 But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.'
    15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading.
    16 The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.'
    17 And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'
    18 And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.'
    19 And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.'

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