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St. Louis, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
August 19, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Judges 2:11-19
    11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Ba'als;
    12 and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were round about them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger.
    13 They forsook the LORD, and served the Ba'als and the Ash'taroth.
    14 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them; and he sold them into the power of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies.
    15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had warned, and as the LORD had sworn to them; and they were in sore straits.
    16 Then the LORD raised up Judges, who saved them out of the power of those who plundered them.
    17 And yet they did not listen to their Judges; for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed down to them; they soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so.
    18 Whenever the LORD raised upJudges for them, the LORD was with theJudge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the Judge; for the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.
    19 But whenever theJudge died, they turned back and behaved worse than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them; they did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44
    34 They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them,
    35 but they mingled with the nations and learned to do as they did.
    36 They served their idols, which became a snare to them.
    37 They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;
    39 Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot in their doings.
    40 Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage;
    43 Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low through their iniquity.
    44 Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 19:16-22
    16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
    17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."
    18 He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
    19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?"
    21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
    22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 34:11-16
    11 "For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.
    12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.
    13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the fountains, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
    14 I will feed them with good pasture, and upon the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel.
    15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD.
    16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 23:1-6
    1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
    2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
    3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • Gospel

    John 10:11-16
    11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
    12 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
    13 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
    14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
    15 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
    16 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.