Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
FIRST READING: Isaiah 26: 7 - 9, 12, 16 - 19
7 The path of the Upright One is honesty; you smooth the honest way of the upright.
8 Following the path of your judgements, O LORD, we set our hopes in you, your name, your memory are all our soul desires.
9 At night my soul longs for you and my spirit within me seeks you out; for when your judgements appear on earth the inhabitants of the world learn what saving justice is.
12 O LORD, you will grant us peace, having completed all our undertakings for us.
16 O LORD, in distress they had recourse to you, they expended themselves in prayer, since your punishment was on them.
17 As a pregnant woman near her time of delivery writhes and cries out in her pangs, so have we been, O LORD, in your eyes:
18 we have been pregnant, we have writhed, but we have given birth only to wind: we have not given salvation to the earth, no inhabitants for the world have been brought to birth.
19 Your dead will come back to life, your corpses will rise again. Wake up and sing, you dwellers in the dust, for your dew will be a radiant dew, but the earth will give birth to the shades.
PSALM: Psalms 102: 13 - 21
13 But you, LORD, are enthroned forever; your renown is for all generations.
14 You will again show mercy to Zion; now is the time for pity;
15 Its stones are dear to your servants; its dust moves them to pity.
16 The nations shall revere your name, LORD, all the kings of the earth, your glory,
17 Once the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in glory,
18 Heeding the plea of the lowly, not scorning their prayer.
19 Let this be written for the next generation, for a people not yet born, that they may praise the LORD:
20 "The LORD looked down from the holy heights, viewed the earth from heaven,
21 To attend to the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die."
GOSPEL: Matthew 11: 28 - 30
28 Jesus said: 'Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden light.'