August 23, 2018


The Book of the Ezekiel   36: 22-28

34:22 I will save my flock, and it will be no longer be a prey, and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
34:23 And I will raise up over them ONE SHEPHERD, who will feed them, my servant David. He himself will feed them, and he will be their shepherd.
34:24 And I, the Lord, will be their God. And my servant David will be the leader in their midst. I, the Lord, have spoken.
34:25 And I will make a covenant of peace with them. And I will cause the very harmful beasts to cease from the land. And those who are living in the desert will sleep securely in the forests.
34:26 And I will make them a blessing all around my hill. And I will send the rain in due time; there will be showers of blessing.
34:27 And the tree of the field will yield its fruit, and the land will yield its crop. And they will be in their own land without fear. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I will have crushed the chains of their yoke, and when I will have rescued them from the hand of those who rule over them.
34:28 And they will no longer be a prey to the Gentiles, nor will the wild beasts of the earth devour them. Instead, they will live in confidence without any terror.


The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   22: 1-14

22:1 And responding, Jesus again spoke to them in parables, saying:
22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was king, who celebrated a wedding for his son.
22:3 And he sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding. But they were not willing to come.
22:4 Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell the invited: Behold, I have prepared my meal. My bulls and fatlings have been killed, and all is ready. Come to the wedding.’
22:5 But they ignored this and they went away: one to his country estate, and another to his business.
22:6 Yet truly, the rest took hold of his servants and, having treated them with contempt, killed them.
22:7 But when the king heard this, he was angry. And sending out his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and he burned their city.
22:8 Then he said to his servants: ‘The wedding, indeed, has been prepared. But those who were invited were not worthy.
22:9 Therefore, go out to the ways, and call whomever you will find to the wedding.’
22:10 And his servants, departing into the ways, gathered all those whom they found, bad and good, and the wedding was filled with guests.
22:11 Then the king entered to see the guests. And he saw a man there who was not clothed in a wedding garment.
22:12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how is it that you have entered here without having a wedding garment?’ But he was dumbstruck.
22:13 Then the king said to the ministers: ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.’ ”