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18/08/2022 Day 230

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Thursday in the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time – Year II
Readings on p. 1184 and Antiphons on p. 1167 of the Daily Missal.



First Reading: Ezekiel 36:23-28

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord:
“I will vindicate the holiness of my great name,
which has been profaned among the nations,
and which you have profaned among them;
and the nations will know that I am the Lord,
says the Lord God,
when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
For I will take you from the nations,
and gather you from all the countries,
and bring you into your own land.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses,
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
A new heart I will give you,
and a new spirit I will put within you;
and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you,
and cause you to walk in my statutes
and be careful to observe my ordinances.
You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your ancestors, and you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:12-15.18-19 (R. Ezekiel 36:25)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm

R/. I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleanliness.

Create a pure heart for me, O God;
renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence;
take not your holy spirit from me.

Restore in me the joy of your salvation;
sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach transgressors your ways,
that sinners may return to you.

For in sacrifice you take no delight;
burnt offering from me would not please you.
My sacrifice to God, a broken spirit:
a broken and humbled heart,
O God, you will not spurn.

R/. I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you shall be clean from all your uncleanliness.



Alleluia, Alleluia.
Today, harden not your hearts, but listen to the voice of the Lord.


Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time:
Again Jesus spoke to the chief priests
and the elders of the people in parables, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king
who gave a marriage feast for his son,
and sent his servants
to call those who were invited to the marriage feast,
but they would not come.

Again he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those who are invited:
Behold, I have made ready my dinner,
my oxen and my fat calves are killed,
and everything is ready;
come to the marriage feast.’
But they made light of it and went off,
one to his farm, another to his business,
while the rest seized his servants,
treated them shamefully, and killed them.
The king was angry
and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers,
and burned their city.

Then he said to his servants,
‘The wedding is ready,
but those invited were not worthy.
Go therefore into the streets,
and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’
And those servants went out into the streets
and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good;
so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to look at the guests,
he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
and he said to him,
‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’
And he was speechless.
Then the king said to the attendants,
‘Bind him hand and foot,
and cast him into the outer darkness,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The Gospel of the Lord.


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