Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
August 23, 2014

Psalter: Week IV

Color: green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 43:1-7
    1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east.
    2 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the east; and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with his glory.
    3 And the vision I saw was like the vision which I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision which I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
    4 As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east,
    5 the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
    6 While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple;
    7 and he said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel for ever. And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their harlotry, and by the dead bodies of their kings,

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 85:9-14
    8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
    9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
    10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
    11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
    12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
    13 Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 23:1-12
    1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,
    2 "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
    3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.
    4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.
    5 They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
    6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,
    7 and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.
    8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.
    9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
    10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.
    11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;
    12 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

  • 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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