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Independence Day
July 4, 2020

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

    Amos 9:11-15
    11 "In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old;
    12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name," says the LORD who does this.
    13 "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.
    14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.
    15 I will plant them upon their land, and they shall never again be plucked up out of the land which I have given them," says the LORD your God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 85:9-14
    8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
    9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
    10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
    11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
    12 Yea, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
    13 Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:14-17
    14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
    15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
    16 And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.
    17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."