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Independence Day
July 4, 2019

Saints:

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

    Genesis 22:1-19
    1 After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
    2 He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Mori'ah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
    3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
    4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off.
    5 Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."
    6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.
    7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here am I, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
    8 Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together.
    9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
    10 Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
    11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
    12 He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
    13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
    14 So Abraham called the name of that place The LORD will provide; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
    15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
    16 and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
    17 I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies,
    18 and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."
    19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 115:1-6, 8-9
    1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to thy name give glory, for the sake of thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness!
    2 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
    3 Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.
    4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
    5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.
    6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.
    8 Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.
    9 O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:1-8
    1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
    2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven."
    3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming."
    4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
    5 For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise and walk'?
    6 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise, take up your bed and go home."
    7 And he rose and went home.
    8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.