Friday, June 20, 2014

Catholic Mass Readings For Friday, June 20, 2014

FIRST READING: 2 Kings 11: 1 - 4, 9 - 18, 20

1 When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son had died, she was determined to wipe out all the descendants of the king.
2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash, her nephew, and brought him away from among the king's sons who were about to be killed, and put him with his wet nurse in the bedroom. Thus she hid him from Athaliah, so that the boy was saved.
3 And Joash remained hidden in the House of Yahweh for six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.
4 In the seventh year, Jehoiada the chief priest, summoned the officers of the royal guard and of the Carites to the House of Yahweh. After concluding a pact with them under oath, he showed them the king's son.
9 The commanders of the guards did what Jehoiada the priest had told them to do and they showed up with all their men, those who were to go off duty on the sabbath as well as those who were to come on duty on that day.
10 Jehoiada entrusted to the officers the spears and shields of King David which were in the House of Yahweh.
11 And then the guards stood from the southern corner of the house to the north, surrounding the altar and the House of Yahweh.
12 Then Jehoiada, the priest, brought out the king's son, crowned him and put the bracelets on him, then proclaimed and consecrated him king. All clapped their hands, shouting and crying out, "Long live the king!"
13 When Athaliah heard the noise of the people, she approached the crowd surrounding the House of Yahweh.
14 The king was standing by the pillar, according to the custom, and the officers and the trumpeters were with him. The people were filled with joy and they were blowing trumpets. On seeing this, Athaliah tore her clothes and cried out, "Treason, treason!"
15 Jehoiada the priest commanded the officers, "Surround her and bring her out to the courtyard, and kill anyone who tries to defend her." He gave this order, because he thought, "She should not die in the House of Yahweh."
16 They brought her out, and when they reached the palace of the king by the horses' entrance, there they killed her.
17 Jehoiada made a covenant between Yahweh and the king and the people so they would be the people of Yahweh.
18 All the citizens went to the temple of Baal and destroyed it. They broke the altars and the images into pieces, and killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, before his altar. Then Jehoiada, the priest, posted guards over the House of Yahweh.
20 All the citizens were happy and the city was at peace. Now regarding Athaliah, she had died by the sword in the king's palace.

PSALM: Psalms 132: 11 - 14, 17 - 18

11 The Lord swore to David a promise, and he will remain true to it: "I will keep your descendance on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant and the decrees I have taught them, their sons, too, will sit forever upon your throne."
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling:
14 "This is my resting place forever; this I prefer, here will I dwell.
17 From here a savior shall come forth, a son of David; here shall shine forever the lamp of my anointed.
18 In shame will I clothe his enemies, but upon his head a crown shall shine."

GOSPEL: Matthew 6: 19 - 23

19 Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it.
20 Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it.
21 For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
22 The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light.
23 If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!


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