Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
June 21, 2014

Psalter: Week III

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Chronicles 24:17-25
    17 Now after the death of Jehoi'ada the princes of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king hearkened to them.
    18 And they forsook the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Ashe'rim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
    19 Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the LORD; these testified against them, but they would not give heed.
    20 Then the Spirit of God took possession of Zechari'ah the son of Jehoi'ada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said to them, "Thus says God, `Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'"
    21 But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
    22 Thus Jo'ash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoi'ada, Zechari'ah's father, had shown him, but killed his son. And when he was dying, he said, "May the LORD see and avenge!"
    23 At the end of the year the army of the Syrians came up against Jo'ash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
    24 Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, the LORD delivered into their hand a very great army, because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Jo'ash.
    25 When they had departed from him, leaving him severely wounded, his servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoi'ada the priest, and slew him on his bed. So he died; and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:4-5, 29-34
    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]
    28 My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
    29 I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of the heavens.
    30 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,
    31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
    32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;
    33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 6:24-34
    24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
    25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
    26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
    27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
    28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
    29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
    30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
    31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'
    32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
    33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
    34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 John 5:1-5
    1 Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God, and every one who loves the parent loves the child.
    2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
    3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
    4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.
    5 Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
    1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
    2 I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee."
    5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
    7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

  • 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."


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