Monday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
August 25, 2014

Psalter: Week I

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12
    1 Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
    2 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3 We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
    4 Therefore we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you are enduring.
    5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering --
    11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power,
    12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 96:1-5
    1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
    3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
    5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but the LORD made the heavens.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 23:13-22
    13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.
    15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
    16 "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'
    17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?
    18 And you say, `If any one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.'
    19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
    20 So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it;
    21 and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who dwells in it;
    22 and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 58:6-11
    6 "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
    8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
    9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
    10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
    11 And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 112:1-9
    1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
    2 His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
    3 Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures for ever.
    4 Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
    5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
    6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
    7 He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
    8 His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire on his adversaries.
    9 He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.

  • 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."

  • Third Option

  • First Reading

    Wisdom 10:10-14
    10 When a righteous man fled from his brother's wrath, she guided him on straight paths; she showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of angels; she prospered him in his labors, and increased the fruit of his toil.
    11 When his oppressors were covetous, she stood by him and made him rich.
    12 She protected him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those who lay in wait for him; in his arduous contest she gave him the victory, so that he might learn that godliness is more powerful than anything.
    13 When a righteous man was sold, wisdom did not desert him, but delivered him from sin. She descended with him into the dungeon,
    14 and when he was in prison she did not leave him, until she brought him the scepter of a kingdom and authority over his masters. Those who accused him she showed to be false, and she gave him everlasting honor.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:8, 12, 20, 22, 27-28
    7 a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and terrible above all that are round about him?
    11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; the world and all that is in it, thou hast founded them.
    19 Of old thou didst speak in a vision to thy faithful one, and say: "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
    27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.

  • Gospel

    Luke 19:12-19
    12 He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return.
    13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.'
    14 But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.'
    15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading.
    16 The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.'
    17 And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'
    18 And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.'
    19 And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.'


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