Memorial of Saint John Mary Vianney, priest
August 4, 2012

Psalter: Week I

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
    11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the princes and to all the people, "This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears."
    12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and all the people, saying, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard.
    13 Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will repent of the evil which he has pronounced against you.
    14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you.
    15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the LORD sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears."
    16 Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
    24 But the hand of Ahi'kam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
    14 rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
    15 Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me.
    29 But I am afflicted and in pain; let thy salvation, O God, set me on high!
    30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
    32 Let the oppressed see it and be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
    33 For the LORD hears the needy, and does not despise his own that are in bonds.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 14:1-12
    1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
    2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
    3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
    4 because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
    5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
    6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
    7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
    8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
    9 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
    10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
    11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
    12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 3:17-21
    17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
    18 If I say to the wicked, `You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
    19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life.
    20 Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.
    21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and you will have saved your life."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 117:1-2
    1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
    2 For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:35--10:1
    35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
    36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
    1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.


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