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St. Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr (Optional Memorial)
July 6, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Genesis 32:23-33
    23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.
    24 And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
    25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob's thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
    26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me."
    27 And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
    28 Then he said, "Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed."
    29 Then Jacob asked him, "Tell me, I pray, your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him.
    30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peni'el, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved."
    31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penu'el, limping because of his thigh.
    32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the sinew of the hip which is upon the hollow of the thigh, because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh on the sinew of the hip.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 17:1-3, 6-7, 8, 15
    1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
    2 From thee let my vindication come! Let thy eyes see the right!
    3 If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night, if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
    6 I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God; incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
    7 Wondrously show thy steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at thy right hand.
    8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of thy wings,
    15 As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:32-38
    32 As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him.
    33 And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel."
    34 But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."
    35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
    36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
    13 "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
    14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
    15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
    17 But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
    18 Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.
    19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own;
    20 you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16-17
    2 Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily! Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
    3 Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name's sake lead me and guide me,
    5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
    7 I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities,
    15 My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
    16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!

  • Gospel

    John 12:24-26
    24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
    25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
    26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.

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