Readings for the Memorial of Joseph Butler, Bishop

Feast Day: June 16

Wisdom 7:7-14
Psalm 119:89-96 or Psalm 1
Luke 10:25-28

Wisdom 7:7-14

Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to sceptres and thrones,
and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem,
because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
I loved her more than health and beauty,
and I chose to have her rather than light,
because her radiance never ceases.
All good things came to me along with her,
and in her hands uncounted wealth.
I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them;
but I did not know that she was their mother.
I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
I do not hide her wealth,
for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals;
those who get it obtain friendship with God,
commended for the gifts that come from instruction.

Psalm 119:89-96

89 O Lord, your word is everlasting; *
 it ever stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness also remains from one generation to another; *
 you have established the earth and it abides.
91 So also your judgements stand firm this day, *
 for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight, *
 I should have perished in my trouble.
93 I will never forget your commandments, *
 for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours, O save me! *
 For I have sought your commandments.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me, *
 but I will meditate on your testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection, *
 but your commandment knows no bounds.


Psalm 1

1 Blessed are they who have not walked
   in the counsel of the wicked, *
 nor lingered in the way of sinners,
   nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord *
 and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 Like a tree planted by streams of water
   bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, *
 whatever they do, it shall prosper.
4 As for the wicked, it is not so with them; *
 they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement, *
 nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *
 but the way of the wicked shall perish.

Luke 10:25-28

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
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