Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
August 23, 2013

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22
    1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
    3 But Elim'elech, the husband of Na'omi, died, and she was left with her two sons.
    4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years;
    5 and both Mahlon and Chil'ion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband.
    6 Then she started with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.
    14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
    15 And she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
    16 But Ruth said, "Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God;
    22 So Na'omi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 146:5-10
    4 When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish.
    5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
    6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever;
    7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
    8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
    9 The LORD watches over the sojourners, he upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

  • 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."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    2 Corinthians 10:17--11:2
    17 "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."
    18 For it is not the man who commends himself that is accepted, but the man whom the Lord commends.
    1 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!
    2 I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 148:1-2, 11-14
    1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights!
    2 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!
    11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
    12 Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
    13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.
    14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 13:44-46
    44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
    45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
    46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.


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