Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church
September 13, 2012

Psalter: Proper

Color: White

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13
    1 Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." "Knowledge" puffs up, but love builds up.
    2 If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
    3 But if one loves God, one is known by him.
    4 Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "an idol has no real existence," and that "there is no God but one."
    5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth -- as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords" --
    6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
    7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through being hitherto accustomed to idols, eat food as really offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.
    11 And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.
    12 Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
    13 Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 139:1-3, 13-14, 23-24
    1 O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me!
    2 Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; thou discernest my thoughts from afar.
    3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
    13 For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb.
    14 I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well;
    23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
    24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

  • Gospel

    Luke 6:27-38
    27 "But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
    28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
    29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.
    30 Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again.
    31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.
    32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
    33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
    34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
    35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.
    36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
    37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
    38 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
    1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
    2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
    3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
    5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
    6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
    7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
    11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
    12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
    13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-11
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.
    10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.

  • Gospel

    Mark 4:1-10, 13-20
    1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
    2 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
    3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow.
    4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
    5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
    6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
    7 Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
    8 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."
    9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
    10 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
    13 And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
    14 The sower sows the word.
    15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
    16 And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
    17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
    18 And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
    19 but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
    20 But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."

    OR

    Mark 4:1-9
    1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
    2 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
    3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow.
    4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
    5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
    6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
    7 Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
    8 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."
    9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

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