Day 14 of the Fortnight for Freedom
July 4 – Day Fourteen
Happy Independence Day!
Daily Scripture Reading (The Gospel of St. John 8:48-59)
The Jews answered and said to him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and are possessed?”
Jesus answered, “I am not possessed; I honor my Father, but you dishonor me. I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the one who judges. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
(So) the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”
So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.
Daily Psalm (37:35-40)
I have seen a ruthless scoundrel,
spreading out like a green cedar.
When I passed by again, he was gone;
though I searched, he could not be found.
Observe the person of integrity and mark the upright;
Because there is a future for a man of peace.
Sinners will be destroyed together;
the future of the wicked will be cut off.
The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD,
their refuge in a time of distress.
The LORD helps and rescues them,
rescues and saves them from the wicked,
because they take refuge in him.
Daily Prayer (Proper of Saints. July 4. [In the Dioceses of the United States] Independence Day. Collect. Alternative)
Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country
claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,
for the work that still remains we ask for your help,
and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your 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.
St. Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for us.
St Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States of America, pray for us!