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Saints John Fisher, Bishop, Martyr and Thomas More, Martyr (Optional Memorial)
June 22, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Genesis 13:2, 5-18
    2 Now Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
    5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
    6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,
    7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle. At that time the Canaanites and the Per'izzites dwelt in the land.
    8 Then Abram said to Lot, "Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are kinsmen.
    9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left."
    10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that the Jordan valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zo'ar; this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomor'rah.
    11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley, and Lot journeyed east; thus they separated from each other.
    12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, while Lot dwelt among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
    13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.
    14 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, "Lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;
    15 for all the land which you see I will give to you and to your descendants for ever.
    16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your descendants also can be counted.
    17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you."
    18 So Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron; and there he built an altar to the LORD.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 15:2-5
    2 He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart;
    3 who does not slander with his tongue, and does no evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
    4 in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
    5 who does not put out his money at interest, and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 7:6, 12-14
    6 "Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.
    12 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
    13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
    14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Peter 4:12-19
    12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you.
    13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
    14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
    15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker;
    16 yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God.
    17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
    18 And "If the righteous man is scarcely saved, where will the impious and sinner appear?"
    19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 126:1-6
    1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
    2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
    3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
    4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb!
    5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!
    6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 10:34-39
    34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
    35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
    36 and a man's foes will be those of his own household.
    37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
    38 and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
    39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

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