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St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
August 1, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
    11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the princes and to all the people, "This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears."
    12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and all the people, saying, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard.
    13 Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will repent of the evil which he has pronounced against you.
    14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you.
    15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the LORD sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears."
    16 Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
    24 But the hand of Ahi'kam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
    14 rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
    15 Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me.
    29 But I am afflicted and in pain; let thy salvation, O God, set me on high!
    30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
    32 Let the oppressed see it and be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
    33 For the LORD hears the needy, and does not despise his own that are in bonds.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 14:1-12
    1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
    2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
    3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
    4 because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
    5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
    6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
    7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
    8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
    9 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
    10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
    11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
    12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Romans 8:1-4
    1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
    3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
    4 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 119:9-14
    9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
    10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
    11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
    13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
    14 In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 5:13-19
    13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
    14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
    15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
    17 "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
    18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
    19 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

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