Independence Day
July 4, 2018


Daily Readings:

    First 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 107:2-9
    2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
    3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
    4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
    5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
    6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;
    7 he led them by a straight way, till they reached a city to dwell in.
    8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men!
    9 For he satisfies him who is thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 25:31-46
    31 "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
    32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
    33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
    34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
    35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
    36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
    37 Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
    38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?
    39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?'
    40 And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'
    41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
    42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
    43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
    44 Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?'
    45 Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'
    46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Amos 5:14-15, 21-24
    14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.
    15 Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
    21 "I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
    22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal offerings, I will not accept them, and the peace offerings of your fatted beasts I will not look upon.
    23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
    24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 50:7-13, 16-17
    7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
    8 I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before me.
    9 I will accept no bull from your house, nor he-goat from your folds.
    10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.
    11 I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine.
    12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world and all that is in it is mine.
    13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
    16 But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?
    17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 8:28-34
    28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.
    29 And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
    30 Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them.
    31 And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine."
    32 And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.
    33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs.
    34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

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