Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
July 16, 2014

Psalter: Week III

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
    5 Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger, the staff of my fury!
    6 Against a godless nation I send him, and against the people of my wrath I command him, to take spoil and seize plunder, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
    7 But he does not so intend, and his mind does not so think; but it is in his mind to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;
    13 For he says: "By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I have removed the boundaries of peoples, and have plundered their treasures; like a bull I have brought down those who sat on thrones.
    14 My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as men gather eggs that have been forsaken so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing, or opened the mouth, or chirped."
    15 Shall the axe vaunt itself over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
    16 Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors, and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 94:5-10, 14-15
    5 They crush thy people, O LORD, and afflict thy heritage.
    6 They slay the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless;
    7 and they say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive."
    8 Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?
    9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?
    10 He who chastens the nations, does he not chastise? He who teaches men knowledge,
    14 For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;
    15 for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:25-27
    25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
    26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
    27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Zechariah 2:14-17
    10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for lo, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the LORD.
    11 And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
    12 And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem."
    13 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Luke 1:46-55
    46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
    49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
    50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
    51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
    52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;
    53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
    54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
    55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."

  • Gospel

    Matthew 12:46-50
    46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
    48 But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?"
    49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
    50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."

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