Sunday, July 24, 2011

TODAY'S MASS READINGS: 17th SUN. OF ORDINARY TIME/ YEAR A

1 Kings 3: 5, 7 - 12
5At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you."
7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.
9Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?"
10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
11And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
12behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
Psalms 119: 57, 72, 76 - 77, 127 - 130
57The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep thy words.
72The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
76Let thy steadfast love be ready to comfort me according to thy promise to thy servant.
77Let thy mercy come to me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight.
127Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, above fine gold.
128Therefore I direct my steps by all thy precepts; I hate every false way.
129Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
130The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Romans 8: 28 - 30
28We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.
29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren.
30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Matthew 13: 44 - 52
44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind;
48when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad.
49So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,
50and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
51"Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes."
52And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

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