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today's reading

August 19, 2014

First Reading: Ezekiel 28:1-10

1The word of the LORD came to me:

2″Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, `I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you consider yourself as wise as a god —

3you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you;

4by your wisdom and your understanding you have gotten wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries;

5by your great wisdom in trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth —

6therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you consider yourself as wise as a god,

7therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you, the most terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor.

8They shall thrust you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the heart of the seas.

9Will you still say, `I am a god,’ in the presence of those who slay you, though you are but a man, and no god, in the hands of those who wound you?

10You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners; for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.”

Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36

26I would have said, “I will scatter them afar, I will make the remembrance of them cease from among men,”

27had I not feared provocation by the enemy, lest their adversaries should judge amiss, lest they should say, “Our hand is triumphant, the LORD has not wrought all this.”‘

28″For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.

30How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had given them up?

35Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.

36For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free.

Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30

23And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

25When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

26But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

27Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?”

28Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

30But many that are first will be last, and the last first.

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