St. Rose of Lima, Virgin (Optional Memorial)
August 23, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Judges 9:6-15
    6 And all the citizens of Shechem came together, and all Beth-millo, and they went and made Abim'elech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.
    7 When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Ger'izim, and cried aloud and said to them, "Listen to me, you men of Shechem, that God may listen to you.
    8 The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them; and they said to the olive tree, `Reign over us.'
    9 But the olive tree said to them, `Shall I leave my fatness, by which gods and men are honored, and go to sway over the trees?'
    10 And the trees said to the fig tree, `Come you, and reign over us.'
    11 But the fig tree said to them, `Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to sway over the trees?'
    12 And the trees said to the vine, `Come you, and reign over us.'
    13 But the vine said to them, `Shall I leave my wine which cheers gods and men, and go to sway over the trees?'
    14 Then all the trees said to the bramble, `Come you, and reign over us.'
    15 And the bramble said to the trees, `If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 21:2-7
    1 In thy strength the king rejoices, O LORD; and in thy help how greatly he exults!
    2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips. [Selah]
    3 For thou dost meet him with goodly blessings; thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
    4 He asked life of thee; thou gavest it to him, length of days for ever and ever.
    5 His glory is great through thy help; splendor and majesty thou dost bestow upon him.
    6 Yea, thou dost make him most blessed for ever; thou dost make him glad with the joy of thy presence.

  • 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

    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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