Day 11 of the Fortnight for Freedom
July 1 – Day Eleven
Daily Scripture Reading (The Gospel of St. John 8:21-30)
He said to them again, “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.”
So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.”
So they said to him, “Who are you?”
Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
So Jesus said (to them), “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.
Daily Psalm (37:18-22)
The LORD knows the days of the blameless;
their heritage lasts forever.
They will not be ashamed when times are bad;
in days of famine they will be satisfied.
The wicked perish,
enemies of the LORD;
They shall be consumed like fattened lambs;
like smoke they disappear.
The wicked one borrows but does not repay;
the righteous one is generous and gives.
For those blessed by the Lord will inherit the earth,
but those accursed will be cut off.
Daily Prayer (Proper of Saints. July 1. [In the Dioceses of the United States] Blessed Junípero Serra, Priest. Collect)
O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your Priest Blessed Junípero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church,
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Fortnight Prayer from “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessed Junípero Serra, pray for us.
St. Katharine Drexel, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of America, pray for us.