Saint Pius X, Pope
August 21, 2014

Psalter: Week IV

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 36:23-28
    23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
    24 For I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.
    25 I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
    26 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
    27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.
    28 You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 51:12-15, 18-19
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
    11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
    13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.
    16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
    17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 22:1-14
    1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
    2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,
    3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
    4 Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
    5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
    6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
    7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
    8 Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
    9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
    10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
    11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
    12 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
    13 Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
    14 For many are called, but few are chosen."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Thessalonians 2:2-8
    2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip'pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition.
    3 For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
    4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
    5 For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
    6 nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
    7 But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
    8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:2-5, 21-22, 25, 27
    1 I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
    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]
    20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'

  • Gospel

    John 21:15-17
    15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
    16 A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
    17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.


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