July 26, 2018
First Reading: Sirach 44:1, 10-15
1Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations. 10But these were men of mercy, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; 11their prosperity will remain with their descendants, and their inheritance to their children’s children. 12Their descendants stand by the covenants; their children also, for their sake. 13Their posterity will continue for ever, and their glory will not be blotted out. 14Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations. 15Peoples will declare their wisdom, and the congregation proclaims their praise.
Psalm: Ps. 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
11The LORD swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. 13For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation: 14“This is my resting place for ever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 17There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. 18His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon himself his crown will shed its luster.”
Gospel: Matthew 13:16-17
16But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Reflection for the day: ‘Let us regulate our lives according to the rules of true faith, so that we do not deviate into the passions and thus fail to attain what we hope for.’ -St. Thalassios the Libyan