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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 20th week in Ordinary Time

Daily Readings

for today, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

6Then all the lords of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.

7 When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and cried aloud and said to them, 'Listen to me, you lords of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.
8The trees once went out
   to anoint a king over themselves.
So they said to the olive tree,
   "Reign over us."
9The olive tree answered them,
   "Shall I stop producing my rich oil
    by which gods and mortals are honoured,
    and go to sway over the trees?"
10Then the trees said to the fig tree,
   "You come and reign over us."
11But the fig tree answered them,
   "Shall I stop producing my sweetness
    and my delicious fruit,
    and go to sway over the trees?"
12Then the trees said to the vine,
   "You come and reign over us."
13But the vine said to them,
   "Shall I stop producing my wine
    that cheers gods and mortals,
    and go to sway over the trees?"
14So all the trees said to the bramble,
   "You come and reign over us."
15And the bramble said to the trees,
   "If in good faith you are anointing me king over you,
    then come and take refuge in my shade;
   but if not, let fire come out of the bramble
    and devour the cedars of Lebanon."


1 'For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; 4and he said to them, "You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right." So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. 6And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, "Why are you standing here idle all day?" 7They said to him, "Because no one has hired us." He said to them, "You also go into the vineyard." 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, "Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first." 9When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, "These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat." 13But he replied to one of them, "Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?" 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.'


Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
  Readings are also available
for the following days:

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

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