Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop a nd Doctor of the Church
September 13, 2014

Psalter: Week III

Color: White

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 10:14-22
    14 Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols.
    15 I speak as to sensible men; judge for yourselves what I say.
    16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
    17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
    18 Consider the people of Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar?
    19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
    20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons.
    21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
    22 Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 116:12-13, 17-18
    12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
    13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
    17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
    18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,

  • Gospel

    Luke 6:43-49
    43 "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;
    44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
    45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
    46 "Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
    47 Every one who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:
    48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
    49 But he who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
    1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
    2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
    3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
    5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
    6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
    7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
    11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
    12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
    13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-11
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.
    10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.

  • Gospel

    Mark 4:1-10, 13-20
    1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
    2 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
    3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow.
    4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
    5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
    6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
    7 Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
    8 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."
    9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
    10 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
    13 And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
    14 The sower sows the word.
    15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
    16 And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
    17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
    18 And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
    19 but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
    20 But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."

    OR

    Mark 4:1-9
    1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
    2 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
    3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow.
    4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
    5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
    6 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
    7 Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
    8 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."
    9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

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