Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
August 20, 2014

Psalter: Week IV

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Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 34:1-11
    1 The word of the LORD came to me:
    2 "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ho, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?
    3 You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.
    4 The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
    5 So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the wild beasts.
    6 My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.
    7 "Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
    8 As I live, says the Lord GOD, because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd; and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep;
    9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
    10 Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my sheep at their hand, and put a stop to their feeding the sheep; no longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.
    11 "For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 23:1-6
    1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
    2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
    3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 20:1-16
    1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
    2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
    3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place;
    4 and to them he said, `You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went.
    5 Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.
    6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?'
    7 They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You go into the vineyard too.'
    8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, `Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.'
    9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.
    10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.
    11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the householder,
    12 saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.'
    13 But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?
    14 Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you.
    15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?'
    16 So the last will be first, and the first last."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 15:1-6
    1 The man who fears the Lord will do this, and he who holds to the law will obtain wisdom.
    2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and like the wife of his youth she will welcome him.
    3 She will feed him with the bread of understanding, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
    4 He will lean on her and will not fall, and he will rely on her and will not be put to shame.
    5 She will exalt him above his neighbors, and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly.
    6 He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, and will acquire an everlasting name.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 119:9-14
    9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
    10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
    11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
    13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
    14 In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  • Gospel

    John 17:20-26
    20 "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word,
    21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
    23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.
    24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.
    25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me.
    26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."


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