Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday Catholic Mass Readings For July 20, 2014



FIRST READING: Wisdom 12: 13, 16 - 19

13 For there is no other god besides you, one who cares for everyone, who could ask you to justify your judgments;
16 Your strength is the source of your justice and because you are the Lord of all, you can be merciful to everyone.
17 To those who doubt your sovereign power you show your strength and you confound the insolence of those who ignore it.
18 But you, the Lord of strength, judge with prudence and govern us with great patience, because you are able to do anything at the time you want.
19 In this way you have taught your people that a righteous person must love his human fellows; you have also given your people cause for hope by prompting them to repent of their sin.

PSALM: Psalms 86: 5 - 6, 9 - 10, 15 - 16

5 You are good and forgiving, O Lord, caring for those who call on you.
6 Listen, O Lord, to my prayer, hear the voice of my pleading.
9 All the nations you have made will come; they will worship before you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great, and wonderful are your deeds; you alone are God.
15 But you, O Lord God, are merciful, slow to anger, loving and faithful.
16 Turn to me, take pity on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the child of your handmaid.

SECOND READING: Romans 8: 26 - 27

26 We are weak, but the Spirit comes to help us. How to ask? And what shall we ask for? We do not know, but the spirit intercedes for us without words, as if with groans.
27 And He who sees inner secrets knows the desires of the Spirit, for he asks for the holy ones what is pleasing to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 13: 24 - 43 OR Matthew 13: 24 - 30

24 Jesus told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and left.
26 When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared.
27 Then the servants of the owner came to him and said: 'Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?'
28 He answered them: 'This is the work of an enemy.' They asked him: 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?'
29 He told them: 'No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them.
30 Let them just grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn."
31 Jesus put another parable before them, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field.
32 It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it has fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches."
33 He told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast which a woman took and buried in three measures of flour until the whole mass of dough began to rise."
34 Jesus taught all this to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 So what the Prophet had said was fulfilled: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.
36 Then he sent the crowds away and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
37 Jesus answered them, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the Kingdom; the weeds are those who follow the evil one.
39 The enemy who sows them is the devil; the harvest is the end of time and the workers are the angels.
40 Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time.
41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil.
42 And these will be thrown in the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the just will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. If you have ears, then hear.

OR

24 Jesus told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and left.
26 When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared.
27 Then the servants of the owner came to him and said: 'Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?'
28 He answered them: 'This is the work of an enemy.' They asked him: 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?'
29 He told them: 'No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them.
30 Let them just grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn."




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