Category: Daily Readings

  • May 26, 2024

    The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

    First Reading

    The Book of Deuteronomy   4: 32-34, 39-40

    4:32Inquire concerning the days of antiquity, which were before you, from the day when God created man upon the earth, from one end of heaven to another, if anything similar has ever occurred, or whether any such thing has ever been known,
    4:33that a people would hear the voice of God, speaking from the midst of fire, just as you have heard it, and live,
    4:34whether God has acted so as to enter and take for himself a nation from the midst of the nations, by means of tests, signs, and wonders, by means of fighting, and a strong hand, and an outstretched arm, and terrible visions, in accord with all the things which the Lord your God has accomplished for you in Egypt, in the sight of your eyes.
    4:39Therefore, know on this day and consider in your heart, that the Lord himself is God in heaven above, and on earth below, and there is no other.
    4:40Keep his precepts and commandments, which I am teaching to you, so that it may be well with you, and with your sons after you, and so that you may remain for a long time upon the land, which the Lord your God will give to you.”

    Second Reading

    The Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans     8: 14-17

    8:14For all those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
    8:15And you have not received, again, a spirit of servitude in fear, but you have received the Spirit of the adoption of sons, in whom we cry out: “Abba, Father!”
    8:16For the Spirit himself renders testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God.
    8:17But if we are sons, then we are also heirs: certainly heirs of God, but also co-heirs with Christ, yet in such a way that, if we suffer with him, we shall also be glorified with him.

    Gospel

    The Holy Gospel According to to Matthew    28:16-20

    28:16Now the eleven disciples went on to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
    28:17And, seeing him, they worshipped him, but certain ones doubted.
    28:18And Jesus, drawing near, spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.
    28:19Therefore, go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    28:20teaching them to observe all that I have ever commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age.”
  • May 25, 2024

    James 5: 13- 20

    5:13 Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he even-tempered? Let him sing psalms.
    5:14 Is anyone ill among you? Let him bring in the priests of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
    5:15 And a prayer of faith will save the infirm, and the Lord will alleviate him. And if he has sins, these will be forgiven him.
    5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be saved. For the unremitting prayer of a just person prevails over many things.
    5:17 Elijah was a mortal man like us, and in prayer he prayed that it would not rain upon the earth. And it did not rain for three years and six months.
    5:18 And he prayed again. And the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
    5:19 My brothers, if anyone of you strays from the truth, and if someone converts him,
    5:20 he ought to know that whoever causes a sinner to be converted from the error of his ways will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

    Mark 10: 13- 16

    10:13 And they brought to him the little children, so that he might touch them. But the disciples admonished those who brought them.
    10:14 But when Jesus saw this, he took offense, and he said to them: “Allow the little ones to come to me, and do not prohibit them. For of such as these is the kingdom of God.
    10:15 Amen I say to you, whoever will not accept the kingdom of God like a little child, will not enter into it.”
    10:16 And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them.

  • May 24, 2024

    James 5: 9- 12

    5:9 Brothers, do not complain against one another, so that you may not be judged. Behold, the judge stands before the door.
    5:10 My brothers, consider the Prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of departing from evil, of labor, and of patience.
    5:11 Consider that we beatify those who have endured. You have heard of the patient suffering of Job. And you have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is merciful and compassionate.
    5:12 But before all things, my brothers, do not choose to swear, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor in any other oath. But let your word ‘Yes’ be yes, and your word ‘No’ be no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

    Mark 10: 1- 12

    10:1 And rising up, he went from there into the area of Judea beyond the Jordan. And again, the crowd came together before him. And just as he was accustomed to do, again he taught them.
    10:2 And approaching, the Pharisees questioned him, testing him: “Is it lawful for a man to dismiss his wife?”
    10:3 But in response, he said to them, “What did Moses instruct you?”
    10:4 And they said, “Moses gave permission to write a bill of divorce and to dismiss her.”
    10:5 But Jesus responded by saying: “It was due to the hardness of your heart that he wrote that precept for you.
    10:6 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
    10:7 Because of this, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife.
    10:8 And these two shall be one in flesh. And so, they are now, not two, but one flesh.
    10:9 Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.”
    10:10 And again, in the house, his disciples questioned him about the same thing.
    10:11 And he said to them: “Whoever dismisses his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.
    10:12 And if a wife dismisses her husband, and is married to another, she commits adultery.”

  • May 23, 2024

    James 5: 1-6

    5:1 Act now, you who are wealthy! Weep and wail in your miseries, which will soon come upon you!
    5:2 Your riches have been corrupted, and your garments have been eaten by moths.
    5:3 Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be a testimony against you, and it will eat away at your flesh like fire. You have stored up wrath for yourselves unto the last days.
    5:4 Consider the pay of the workers who reaped your fields: it has been misappropriated by you; it cries out. And their cry has entered into the ears of the Lord of hosts.
    5:5 You have feasted upon the earth, and you have nourished your hearts with luxuries, unto the day of slaughter.
    5:6 You led away and killed the Just One, and he did not resist you.

    Mark 9: 41- 49

    9:40 For whoever, in my name, will give you a cup of water to drink, because you belong to Christ: Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

    9:41 And whoever will have scandalized one of these little ones who believe in me: it would be better for him if a great millstone were placed around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

    9:42 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life disabled, than having two hands to go into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,

    9:43 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not extinguished.

    9:44 But if your foot causes you to sin, chop it off: it is better for you to enter into eternal life lame, than having two feet to be cast into the Hell of unquenchable fire,

    9:45 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not extinguished.

    9:46 But if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out: it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into the Hell of fire,

    9:47 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not extinguished.

    9:48 For all shall be salted with fire, and every victim shall be salted with salt.

    9:49 Salt is good: but if the salt has become bland, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace among yourselves.”

  • May 22, 2024

    James 4: 13- 17

    4:13 But who are you to judge your neighbor? Consider this, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into that city, and certainly we will spend a year there, and we will do business, and we will make our profit,”
    4:14 consider that you do not know what will be tomorrow.
    4:15 For what is your life? It is a mist that appears for a brief time, and afterwards will vanish away. So what you ought to say is: “If the Lord wills,” or, “If we live,” we will do this or that.
    4:16 But now you exult in your arrogance. All such exultation is wicked.
    4:17 Therefore, he who knows that he ought to do a good thing, and does not do it, for him it is a sin.

    Mark 9: 37- 39

    9:37John responded to him by saying, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name; he does not follow us, and so we prohibited him.”
    9:38But Jesus said: “Do not prohibit him. For there is no one who can act with virtue in my name and soon speak evil about me.
    9:39For whoever is not against you is for you.
  • May 21, 2024

    Reading

    The Letter of Saint James   4: 1-10

    4:1Where do wars and contentions among you come from? Is it not from this: from your own desires, which battle within your members?
    4:2You desire, and you do not have. You envy and you kill, and you are unable to obtain. You argue and you fight, and you do not have, because you do not ask.
    4:3You ask and you do not receive, because you ask badly, so that you may use it toward your own desires.
    4:4You adulterers! Do you not know that the friendship of this world is hostile to God? Therefore, whoever has chosen to be a friend of this world has been made into an enemy of God.
    4:5Or do you think that Scripture says in vain: “The spirit which lives within you desires unto envy?”
    4:6But he gives a greater grace. Therefore he says: “God resists the arrogant, but he gives grace to the humble.”
    4:7Therefore, be subject to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    4:8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners! And purify your hearts, you duplicitous souls!
    4:9Be afflicted: mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your gladness into sorrow.
    4:10Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

    Gospel

    The Holy Gospel According to Mark   9: 30-37

    9:30Then he taught his disciples, and he said to them, “For the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and having been killed, on the third day he will rise again.”
    9:31But they did not understand the word. And they were afraid to question him.
    9:32And they went to Capernaum. And when they were in the house, he questioned them, “What did you discuss on the way?”
    9:33But they were silent. For indeed, on the way, they had disputed among themselves as to which of them was greater.
    9:34And sitting down, he called the twelve, and he said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be the last of all and the minister of all.”
    9:35And taking a child, he set him in their midst. And when he had embraced him, he said to them:
    9:36“Whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me. And whoever receives me, receives not me, but him who sent me.”
    9:37John responded to him by saying, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name; he does not follow us, and so we prohibited him.”
  • May 20, 2024

    The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

    A Reading From the Book of Genesis     3: 9-15, 20

    3:9And the Lord God called Adam and said to him: “Where are you?”
    3:10And he said, “I heard your voice in Paradise, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and so I hid myself.”
    3:11He said to him, “Then who told you that you were naked, if you have not eaten of the tree from which I instructed you that you should not eat?”
    3:12And Adam said, “The woman, whom you gave to me as a companion, gave to me from the tree, and I ate.”
    3:13And the Lord God said to the woman, “Why have you done this?” And she responded, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
    3:14And the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed among all living things, even the wild beasts of the earth. Upon your breast shall you travel, and the ground shall you eat, all the days of your life.
    3:15I will put enmities between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring. She will crush your head, and you will lie in wait for her heel.”
    3:20And Adam called the name of his wife, ‘Eve,’ because she was the mother of all the living.

    or

    Acts 1: 12- 14

    1:12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain, which is called Olivet, which is next to Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day’s journey.
    1:13And when they had entered into the cenacle, they ascended to the place where Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude of James, were staying.
    1:14All these were persevering with one accord in prayer with the women, and with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

    John 19: 25- 34

    19:25And standing beside the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, and Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
    19:26Therefore, when Jesus had seen his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.”
    19:27Next, he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour, the disciple accepted her as his own.
    19:28After this, Jesus knew that all had been accomplished, so in order that the Scripture might be completed, he said, “I thirst.”
    19:29And there was a container placed there, full of vinegar. Then, placing a sponge full of vinegar around hyssop, they brought it to his mouth.
    19:30Then Jesus, when he had received the vinegar, said: “It is consummated.” And bowing down his head, he surrendered his spirit.
    19:31Then the Jews, because it was the preparation day, so that the bodies would not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a great day), they petitioned Pilate in order that their legs might be broken, and they might be taken away.
    19:32Therefore, the soldiers approached, and, indeed, they broke the legs of the first one, and of the other who was crucified with him.
    19:33But after they had approached Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
    19:34Instead, one of the soldiers opened his side with a lance, and immediately there went out blood and water.
  • May 19, 2024

    Pentecost Sunday

    Acts 2: 1- 11

    2:1And when the days of Pentecost were completed, they were all together in the same place.
    2:2And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven, like that of a wind approaching violently, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
    2:3And there appeared to them separate tongues, as if of fire, which settled upon each one of them.
    2:4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they began to speak in various languages, just as the Holy Spirit bestowed eloquence to them.
    2:5Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, pious men from every nation that is under heaven.
    2:6And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together and was confused in mind, because each one was listening to them speaking in his own language.
    2:7Then all were astonished, and they wondered, saying: “Behold, are not all of these who are speaking Galileans?
    2:8And how is it that we have each heard them in our own language, into which we were born?
    2:9Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and those who inhabit Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
    2:10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya which are around Cyrene, and new arrivals of the Romans,
    2:11likewise Jews and new converts, Cretans and Arabs: we have heard them speaking in our own languages the mighty deeds of God.”

    First Corinthians 12: 3- 7, 12- 13

    12:3Because of this, I would have you know that no one speaking in the Spirit of God utters a curse against Jesus. And no one is able to say that Jesus is Lord, except in the Holy Spirit.
    12:4Truly, there are diverse graces, but the same Spirit.
    12:5And there are diverse ministries, but the same Lord.
    12:6And there are diverse works, but the same God, who works everything in everyone.
    12:7However, the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one toward what is beneficial.
    12:12For just as the body is one, and yet has many parts, so all the parts of the body, though they are many, are only one body. So also is Christ.
    12:13And indeed, in one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether servant or free. And we all drank in the one Spirit.

    or, Galatians 5: 16- 25

    5:16So then, I say: Walk in the spirit, and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh.
    5:17For the flesh desires against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. And since these are against one another, you may not do whatever you want.
    5:18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
    5:19Now the works of the flesh are manifest; they are: fornication, lust, homosexuality, self-indulgence,
    5:20the serving of idols, drug use, hostility, contentiousness, jealousy, wrath, quarrels, dissensions, divisions,
    5:21envy, murder, inebriation, carousing, and similar things. About these things, I continue to preach to you, as I have preached to you: that those who act in this way shall not obtain the kingdom of God.
    5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, forbearance,
    5:23meekness, faith, modesty, abstinence, chastity. There is no law against such things.
    5:24For those who are Christ’s have crucified their flesh, along with its vices and desires.
    5:25If we live by the Spirit, we should also walk by the Spirit.

    John 20: 19- 23

    20:19Then, when it was late on the same day, on the first of the Sabbaths, and the doors were closed where the disciples were gathered, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and he said to them: “Peace to you.”
    20:20And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and side. And the disciples were gladdened when they saw the Lord.
    20:21Therefore, he said to them again: “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
    20:22When he had said this, he breathed on them. And he said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit.
    20:23Those whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and those whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”

    or, John 15: 26- 27, 16: 12- 15

    15:26But when the Advocate has arrived, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will offer testimony about me.
    15:27And you shall offer testimony, because you are with me from the beginning.”
    16:12I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now.
    16:13But when the Spirit of truth has arrived, he will teach the whole truth to you. For he will not be speaking from himself. Instead, whatever he will hear, he will speak. And he will announce to you the things that are to come.
    16:14He shall glorify me. For he will receive from what is mine, and he will announce it to you.
    16:15All things whatsoever that the Father has are mine. For this reason, I said that he will receive from what is mine and that he will announce it to you.
  • May 18, 2024

    Mass in the Morning

    Acts 28: 16- 20, 30- 31

    28:16And when we had arrived at Rome, Paul was given permission to stay by himself, with a soldier to guard him.
    28:17And after the third day, he called together the leaders of the Jews. And when they had convened, he said to them: “Noble brothers, I have done nothing against the people, nor against the customs of the fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
    28:18And after they held a hearing about me, they would have released me, because there was no case for death against me.
    28:19But with the Jews speaking against me, I was constrained to appeal to Caesar, though it was not as if I had any kind of accusation against my own nation.
    28:20And so, because of this, I requested to see you and to speak to you. For it is because of the hope of Israel that I am encircled with this chain.”
    28:30Then he remained for two whole years in his own rented lodgings. And he received all who went in to him,
    28:31preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which are from the Lord Jesus Christ, with all faithfulness, without prohibition.

    John 21: 20- 25

    21:20Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, the one who also had leaned on his chest at supper and said, “Lord, who is it who shall betray you?”
    21:21Therefore, when Peter had seen him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, but what about this one?”
    21:22Jesus said to him: “If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.”
    21:23Therefore, the saying went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you?”
    21:24This is the same disciple who offers testimony about these things, and who has written these things. And we know that his testimony is true.
    21:25Now there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if each of these were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not be able to contain the books that would be written.

    Pentecost Vigil

    Genesis 11: 1- 9

    11:1Now the earth was of one language and of the same speech.
    11:2And when they were advancing from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt in it.
    11:3And each one said to his neighbor, “Come, let us make bricks, and bake them with fire.” And they had bricks instead of stones, and pitch instead of mortar.
    11:4And they said: “Come, let us make a city and a tower, so that its height may reach to heaven. And let us make our name famous before we are divided into all the lands.”
    11:5Then the Lord descended to see the city and the tower, which the sons of Adam were building.
    11:6And he said: “Behold, the people are united, and all have one tongue. And since they have begun to do this, they will not desist from their plans, until they have completed their work.
    11:7Therefore, come, let us descend, and in that place confound their tongue, so that they may not listen, each one to the voice of his neighbor.”
    11:8And so the Lord divided them from that place into all the lands, and they ceased to build the city.
    11:9And for this reason, its name was called ‘Babel,’ because in that place the language of the whole earth became confused. And from then on, the Lord scattered them across the face of every region.

    Exodus 19: 3- 8, 16- 20

    19:3Then Moses ascended to God. And the Lord called to him from the mountain, and he said: “This you shall say to the house of Jacob, and announce to the sons of Israel:
    19:4‘You have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, in what way I carried you upon the wings of eagles and how I have taken you for myself.
    19:5If, therefore, you will hear my voice, and you will keep my covenant, you will be to me a particular possession out of all people. For all the earth is mine.
    19:6And you will be to me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you will speak to the sons of Israel.”
    19:7Moses went, and calling together those greater by birth among the people, he set forth all the words which the Lord had commanded.
    19:8And all the people responded together: “Everything that the Lord has spoken, we shall do.” And when Moses had related the words of the people to the Lord,
    19:16And now, the third day arrived and the morning dawned. And behold, thunders began to be heard, and also lightning flashed, and a very dense cloud covered the mountain, and the noise of the trumpet resounded vehemently. And the people who were in the camp were fearful.
    19:17And when Moses had led them out to meet God, from the place of the camp, they stood at the base of the mountain.
    19:18Then all of Mount Sinai was smoking. For the Lord had descended over it with fire, and smoke ascended from it, as from a furnace. And the entire mountain was terrible.
    19:19And the sound of the trumpet gradually increased to be louder, and extended to be longer. Moses was speaking, and God was answering him.
    19:20And the Lord descended over Mount Sinai, to the very top of the mountain, and he called Moses to its summit. And when he had ascended there,

    Ezekiel 37: 1- 14

    37:1The hand of the Lord was set upon me, and he led me away in the Spirit of the Lord, and he released me in the midst of a plain which was full of bones.
    37:2And he led me around, through them, on every side. Now they were very many upon the face of the plain, and they were exceedingly dry.
    37:3And he said to me, “Son of man, do you think that these bones will live?” And I said, “O Lord God, you know.”
    37:4And he said to me, “Prophesy about these bones. And you shall say to them: Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord!
    37:5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will send spirit into you, and you shall live.
    37:6And I will set sinews upon you, and I will cause flesh to grow over you, and I will extend skin over you. And I will give you spirit, and you shall live. And you shall know that I am the Lord.”
    37:7And I prophesied, just as he had instructed me. But a noise occurred, as I was prophesying, and behold: a commotion. And the bones joined together, each one at its joint.
    37:8And I saw, and behold: sinews and flesh rose up over them; and skin was extended over them. But they had no spirit within them.
    37:9And he said to me: “Prophesy to the spirit! Prophesy, O son of man, and you shall say to the spirit: Thus says the Lord God: Approach, O spirit, from the four winds, and blow across these ones who were slain, and revive them.”
    37:10And I prophesied, just as he had instructed me. And spirit entered into them, and they lived. And they stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
    37:11And he said to me: “Son of man: All these bones are the house of Israel. They say: ‘Our bones are dried out, and our hope has perished, and we have been cut off.’
    37:12Because of this, prophesy, and you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your tombs, and I will lead you away from your sepulchers, O my people. And I will lead you into the land of Israel.
    37:13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I will have opened your sepulchers, and when I will have led you away from your tombs, O my people.
    37:14And I will place my Spirit within you, and you shall live. And I will cause you to rest upon your own soil. And you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and acted, says the Lord God.”

    Joel 3: 1- 5

    3:1For, behold, in those days and in that time, when I will have converted the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
    3:2I will gather all the Gentiles, and will lead them into the valley of Jehoshaphat. And there I will dispute with them over my people, and over Israel, my inheritance, for they have scattered them among the nations and have divided my land.
    3:3And they have cast lots over my people; and the boy they have placed in the brothel, and the girl they have sold for wine, so that they might drink.
    3:4Truly, what is there between you and me, Tyre and Sidon and all the distant places of the Philistines? How will you take vengeance on me? And if you were to revenge yourselves against me, I would deliver a repayment to you, quickly and soon, upon your head.
    3:5For you have carried away my silver and gold. And my desirable and most beautiful, you have taken into your shrines.

    Romans 8: 22- 27

    8:22For we know that every creature groans inwardly, as if giving birth, even until now;
    8:23and not only these, but also ourselves, since we hold the first-fruits of the Spirit. For we also groan within ourselves, anticipating our adoption as the sons of God, and the redemption of our body.
    8:24For we have been saved by hope. But a hope which is seen is not hope. For when a man sees something, why would he hope?
    8:25But since we hope for what we do not see, we wait with patience.
    8:26And similarly, the Spirit also helps our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself asks on our behalf with ineffable sighing.
    8:27And he who examines hearts knows what the Spirit seeks, because he asks on behalf of the saints in accordance with God.

    John 7: 37- 39

    7:37Then, on the last great day of the feast, Jesus was standing and crying out, saying: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink:
    7:38whoever believes in me, just as Scripture says, ‘From his chest shall flow rivers of living water.’ ”
    7:39Now he said this about the Spirit, which those who believe in him would soon be receiving. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
  • May 17, 2024

    The Acts of the Apostles 25: 13-21

    25:13 And when some days had passed, king Agrippa and Bernice descended to Caesarea, to greet Festus.

    25:14 And since they remained there for many days, Festus spoke to the king about Paul, saying: “A certain man was left behind as a prisoner by Felix.

    25:15 When I was at Jerusalem, the leaders of the priests and the elders of the Jews came to me about him, asking for condemnation against him.

    25:16 I answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to condemn any man, before he who is being accused has been confronted by his accusers and has received the opportunity to defend himself, so as to clear himself of the charges.

    25:17 Therefore, when they had arrived here, without any delay, on the following day, sitting in the judgment seat, I ordered the man to be brought.

    25:18 But when the accusers had stood up, they did not present any accusation about him from which I would suspect evil.

    25:19 Instead, they brought against him certain disputes about their own superstition and about a certain Jesus, who had died, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.

    25:20 Therefore, being in doubt about this kind of question, I asked him if he was willing go to Jerusalem and to be judged there about these things.

    25:21 But since Paul was appealing to be kept for a decision before Augustus, I ordered him to be kept, until I might send him to Caesar.”

    The Holy Gospel According to John 21: 15-19

    21:15 Then, when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

    21:16 He said to him again: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

    21:17 He said to him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was very grieved that he had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” And so he said to him: “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my sheep.

    21:18 Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked wherever you wanted. But when you are older, you will extend your hands, and another shall gird you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

    21:19 Now he said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”