Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mass Readings for Thursday, August 23, 2012



FIRST READING: Ezekiel 36: 23 - 28

23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the Gentiles, which you have profaned in the midst of them: that the Gentiles may know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord of hosts, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
24 For I will take you from among the Gentiles, and will gather you together out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.
25 And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols.
26 And I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit in the midst of you: and I will cause you to walk in my commandments, and to keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

PSALM: Psalms 51: 12 - 15, 18 - 19

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
13 I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee.
14 Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice.
15 O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise.
18 Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
19 Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.

GOSPEL: Matthew 22: 1 - 14

1 And Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying:
2 The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king who made a marriage for his son.
3 And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come.
4 Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come ye to the marriage.
5 But they neglected and went their ways, one to his farm and another to his merchandise.
6 And the rest laid hands on his servants and, having treated them contumeliously, put them to death.
7 But when the king had heard of it, he was angry: and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers and burnt their city.
8 Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage.
10 And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests.
11 And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment.
12 And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent.
13 Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

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