Reading 1 Ez 28:1-10
The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man,say to the prince of Tyre: Thus says the Lord GOD:Because you are haughty of heart,you say, "A god am I!I occupy a godly thronein the heart of the sea!"—And yet you are a man, and not a god,however you may think yourself like a god.Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,there is no secret that is beyond you.By your wisdom and your intelligenceyou have made riches for yourself;You have put gold and silverinto your treasuries.By your great wisdom applied to your tradingyou have heaped up your riches;your heart has grown haughty from your riches–therefore thus says the Lord GOD:Because you have thought yourselfto have the mind of a god,Therefore I will bring against youforeigners, the most barbarous of nations.They shall draw their swordsagainst your beauteous wisdom,they shall run them through your splendid apparel.They shall thrust you down to the pit, there to diea bloodied corpse, in the heart of the sea.Will you then say, "I am a god!"when you face your murderers?No, you are man, not a god,handed over to those who will slay you.You shall die the death of the uncircumcisedat the hands of foreigners,for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.
Responsorial Psalm Dt 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab
R. (39c) It is I who deal death and give life."I would have said, 'I will make an end of themand blot out their name from men's memories,'Had I not feared the insolence of their enemies,feared that these foes would mistakenly boast."R. It is I who deal death and give life."'Our own hand won the victory;the LORD had nothing to do with it.'"For they are a people devoid of reason,having no understanding.R. It is I who deal death and give life."How could one man rout a thousand,or two men put ten thousand to flight,Unless it was because their Rock sold themand the LORD delivered them up?"R. It is I who deal death and give life.Close at hand is the day of their disaster,and their doom is rushing upon them!Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;on his servants he shall have pity.R. It is I who deal death and give life.
Alleluia 2 Cor 8:9
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Jesus Christ became poor although he was richSo that by his poverty you might become rich.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 19:23-30
Jesus said to his disciples:"Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is richto enter the Kingdom of heaven.Again I say to you,it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needlethan for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,"Who then can be saved?"Jesus looked at them and said,"For men this is impossible,but for God all things are possible."Then Peter said to him in reply,"We have given up everything and followed you.What will there be for us?"Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to youthat you who have followed me, in the new age,when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,judging the twelve tribes of Israel.And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sistersor father or mother or children or landsfor the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,and will inherit eternal life.But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."
Posted: August 21, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Ez 24:15-23
The word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, by a sudden blowI am taking away from you the delight of your eyes,but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears.Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead,bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet,do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread.That evening my wife died,and the next morning I did as I had been commanded.Then the people asked me, "Will you not tell us what all these thingsthat you are doing mean for us?"I therefore spoke to the people that morning, saying to them:Thus the word of the LORD came to me:Say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord GOD:I will now desecrate my sanctuary, the stronghold of your pride,the delight of your eyes, the desire of your soul.The sons and daughters you left behind shall fall by the sword.Ezekiel shall be a sign for you:all that he did you shall do when it happens.Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.You shall do as I have done,not covering your beards nor eating the customary bread.Your turbans shall remain on your heads, your sandals on your feet.You shall not mourn or weep,but you shall rot away because of your sins and groan one to another.
Responsorial Psalm Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
R. (see 18a) You have forgotten God who gave you birth.You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you.You forgot the God who gave you birth.When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathingand anger toward his sons and daughters.R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth."I will hide my face from them," he said,"and see what will then become of them.What a fickle race they are,sons with no loyalty in them!"R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth."Since they have provoked me with their 'no-god'and angered me with their vain idols,I will provoke them with a 'no-people';with a foolish nation I will anger them."R. You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
Alleluia Mt 5:3
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are the poor in spirit;for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 19:16-22
A young man approached Jesus and said,"Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?"He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good?There is only One who is good.If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."He asked him, "Which ones?"And Jesus replied, "You shall not kill;you shall not commit adultery;you shall not steal;you shall not bear false witness;honor your father and your mother;and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."The young man said to him,"All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go,sell what you have and give to the poor,and you will have treasure in heaven.Then come, follow me."When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,for he had many possessions.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Prv 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house,she has set up her seven columns;she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,yes, she has spread her table.She has sent out her maidens; she callsfrom the heights out over the city:"Let whoever is simple turn in here;To the one who lacks understanding, she says,Come, eat of my food,and drink of the wine I have mixed!Forsake foolishness that you may live;advance in the way of understanding."
Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.I will bless the LORD at all times;his praise shall be ever in my mouth.Let my soul glory in the LORD;the lowly will hear me and be glad.R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.Glorify the LORD with me,let us together extol his name.I sought the LORD, and he answered meand delivered me from all my fears.R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,and your faces may not blush with shame.When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,and from all his distress he saved him.R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Reading 2 Eph 5:15-20
Brothers and sisters:Watch carefully how you live,not as foolish persons but as wise,making the most of the opportunity,because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,but be filled with the Spirit,addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,giving thanks always and for everythingin the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Alleluia Jn 6:56R. Alleluia, alleluia.Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodremains in me and I in him, says the Lord.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 6:51-58
Jesus said to the crowds:"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;whoever eats this bread will live forever;and the bread that I will giveis my flesh for the life of the world."The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them,"Amen, amen, I say to you,unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodhas eternal life,and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food,and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodremains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent meand I have life because of the Father,so also the one who feeds on mewill have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,whoever eats this bread will live forever."
Posted: August 19, 2018, 9:30 am