Daily Readings

June 24, 2017

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Isaiah 49: 1- 6

49:1 Pay attention, you islands, and listen closely, you far away peoples. The Lord has called me from the womb; from the womb of my mother, he has been mindful of my name.
49:2 And he has appointed my mouth as a sharp sword. In the shadow of his hand, he has protected me. And he has appointed me as an elect arrow. In his quiver, he has hidden me.
49:3 And he has said to me: “You are my servant, Israel. For in you, I will glory.”
49:4 And I said: “I have labored toward emptiness. I have consumed my strength without purpose and in vain. Therefore, my judgment is with the Lord, and my work is with my God.”
49:5 And now, says the Lord, who formed me from the womb as his servant, so that I may bring back Jacob to him, for Israel will not be gathered together, but I have been glorified in the eyes of the Lord and my God has become my strength,
49:6 and so he has said: “It is a small thing that you should be my servant so as to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and so as to convert the dregs of Israel. Behold, I have offered you as a light for the Gentiles, so that you may be my salvation, even to the furthest regions of the earth.”

Acts 13: 22- 26

13:22 And having removed him, he raised up for them king David. And offering testimony about him, he said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, to be a man according to my own heart, who will accomplish all that I will.’
13:23 From his offspring, according to the Promise, God has brought Jesus the Savior to Israel.
13:24 John was preaching, before the face of his advent, a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
13:25 Then, when John completed his course, he was saying: ‘I am not the one you consider me to be. For behold, one arrives after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loosen.’
13:26 Noble brothers, sons of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, it is to you the Word of this salvation has been sent.

Luke 1: 57- 66, 80

1:57 Now the time for Elizabeth to give birth arrived, and she brought forth a son.
1:58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy with her, and so they congratulated her.
1:59 And it happened that, on the eighth day, they arrived to circumcise the boy, and they called him by his father’s name, Zechariah.
1:60 And in response, his mother said: “Not so. Instead, he shall be called John.”
1:61 And they said to her, “But there is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”
1:62 Then they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him to be called.
1:63 And requesting a writing tablet, he wrote, saying: “His name is John.” And they all wondered.
1:64 Then, at once, his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosened, and he spoke, blessing God.
1:65 And fear fell upon all of their neighbors. And all these words were made known throughout all the hill country of Judea.
1:66 And all those who heard it stored it up in their heart, saying: “What do you think this boy will be?” And indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.
1:80 And the child grew, and he was strengthened in spirit. And he was in the wilderness, until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

June 23, 2017

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Deuteronomy 7: 6- 11

7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you so that you would be his particular people out of all the peoples who are upon the earth.
7:7 It is not because you surpass all the nations in number that the Lord has joined with you and has chosen you, for you are the least numerous of any people.
7:8 But it is because the Lord has loved you, and has kept his oath, which he swore to your fathers. And he has led you away with a strong hand, and he has redeemed you from the house of servitude, from the hand of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
7:9 And you shall know that the Lord your God himself is a strong and faithful God, preserving his covenant and his mercy for those who love him and those who keep his precepts for a thousand generations,
7:10 and promptly repaying those who hate him, so as to utterly ruin them, without further delay, quickly rendering to them what they deserve.
7:11 Therefore, keep the precepts and ceremonies as well as the judgments, which I command to you this day, so that you may do them.

St. John 4: 7- 16

4:7 Most beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God. And everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
4:8 Whoever does not love, does not know God. For God is love.
4:9 The love of God was made apparent to us in this way: that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
4:10 In this is love: not as if we had loved God, but that he first loved us, and so he sent his Son as a propitiation for our sins.
4:11 Most beloved, if God has so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.
4:13 In this way, we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he has given to us from his Spirit.
4:14 And we have seen, and we testify, that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
4:15 Whoever has confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love. And he who abides in love, abides in God, and God in him.

Matthew 11: 25- 30

11:25 At that time, Jesus responded and said: “I acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones.
11:26 Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you.
11:27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.
11:28 Come to me, all you who labor and have been burdened, and I will refresh you.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”

June 22, 2017

Second Corinthians 11: 1- 11

11:1 I wish that you would endure a small amount of my foolishness, so as to bear with me.
11:2 For I am jealous toward you, with the jealousy of God. And I have espoused you to one husband, offering you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
11:3 But I am afraid lest, as the serpent led astray Eve by his cleverness, so your minds might be corrupted and might fall away from the simplicity which is in Christ.
11:4 For if anyone arrives preaching another Christ, one whom we have not preached; or if you receive another Spirit, one whom you have not received; or another Gospel, one which you have not been given: you might permit him to guide you.
11:5 For I consider that I have done nothing less than the great Apostles.
11:6 For although I may be unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge. But, in all things, we have been made manifest to you.
11:7 Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you would be exalted? For I preached the Gospel of God to you freely.
11:8 I have taken from other churches, receiving a stipend from them to the benefit of your ministry.
11:9 And when I was with you and in need, I was burdensome to no one. For the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied whatever was lacking to me. And in all things, I have kept myself, and I will keep myself, from being burdensome to you.
11:10 The truth of Christ is in me, and so this glorying shall not be broken away from me in the regions of Achaia.
11:11 Why so? Is it because I do not love you? God knows I do.

Matthew 6: 7- 15

6:7 And when praying, do not choose many words, as the pagans do. For they think that by their excess of words they might be heeded.
6:8 Therefore, do not choose to imitate them. For your Father knows what your needs may be, even before you ask him.
6:9 Therefore, you shall pray in this way: Our Father, who is in heaven: May your name be kept holy.
6:10 May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
6:11 Give us this day our life-sustaining bread.
6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
6:13 And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen.
6:14 For if you will forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also will forgive you your offenses.
6:15 But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your sins.

 

June 21, 2017

Second Corinthians 9: 6- 11

9:6 But I say this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows with blessings shall also reap from blessings:
9:7 each one giving, just as he has determined in his heart, neither out of sadness, nor out of obligation. For God loves a cheerful giver.
9:8 And God is able to make every grace abound in you, so that, always having what you need in all things, you may abound unto every good work,
9:9 just as it was written: “He has distributed widely, he has given to the poor; his justice remains from age to age.”
9:10 And he who ministers seed to the sower will offer you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the fruits of your justice.
9:11 So then, having been enriched in all things, you may abound in all simplicity, which works thanksgiving to God through us.

Matthew 6: 1- 6, 16- 18

6:1 “Pay attention, lest you perform your justice before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you shall not have a reward with your Father, who is in heaven.
6:2 Therefore, when you give alms, do not choose to sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the towns, so that they may be honored by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
6:3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
6:4 so that your almsgiving may be in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.
6:5 And when you pray, you should not be like the hypocrites, who love standing in the synagogues and at the corners of the streets to pray, so that they may be seen by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.
6:16 And when you fast, do not choose to become gloomy, like the hypocrites. For they alter their faces, so that their fasting may be apparent to men. Amen I say to you, that they have received their reward.
6:17 But as for you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
6:18 so that your fasting will not be apparent to men, but to your Father, who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.

June 20, 2017

Second Corinthians 8: 1- 9

8:1 And so we are making known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given in the churches of Macedonia.
8:2 For within a great experience of tribulation, they have had an abundance of joy, and their profound poverty has only increased the richness of their simplicity.
8:3 And I bear witness to them, that they were willing to accept what was in accord with their ability, and even what was beyond their ability.
8:4 For they were begging us, with great exhortation, for the grace and the communication of the ministry that is with the saints.
8:5 And this is beyond what we had hoped, since they gave themselves, first of all to the Lord, and then also to us, through the will of God,
8:6 so much so that we petitioned Titus, that in the same manner as he had begun, he would also complete in you this same grace.
8:7 But, just as in all things you abound in faith and in word and in knowledge and in all solicitude, and even more so in your charity toward us, so also may you abound in this grace.
8:8 I am speaking, not commanding. But through the solicitude of others, I approve of the good character of your charity.
8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that through his poverty, you might become rich.

Matthew 5: 43- 48

5:43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and you shall have hatred for your enemy.’
5:44 But I say to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who persecute and slander you.
5:45 In this way, you shall be sons of your Father, who is in heaven. He causes his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and he causes it to rain upon the just and the unjust.
5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Do not even tax collectors behave this way?
5:47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more have you done? Do not even the pagans behave this way?
5:48 Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

June 19, 2017

Second Corinthians 6: 1- 10

6:1 But, as a help to you, we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
6:2 For he says: “In a favorable time, I heeded you; and on the day of salvation, I helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
6:3 May we never give offense to anyone, so that our ministry may not be disparaged.
6:4 But in all things, let us exhibit ourselves as ministers of God with great patience: through tribulation, difficulties, and distress;
6:5 despite wounds, imprisonment, and rebellion; with hard work, vigilance, and fasting;
6:6 by chastity, knowledge, and longsuffering; in pleasantness, in the Holy Spirit, and in unfeigned charity;
6:7 with the Word of truth, with the power of God, and with the armor of justice to the right and to the left;
6:8 through honor and dishonor, despite good reports and bad, whether seen as deceivers or truth-tellers, whether ignored or acknowledged;
6:9 as if dying and yet truly alive; as if chastised and yet not subdued;
6:10 as if sorrowful and yet always rejoicing; as if needy and yet enriching many; as if having nothing and possessing everything.

Matthew 5: 38- 42

5:38 You have heard that it was said: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’
5:39 But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil, but if anyone will have struck you on your right cheek, offer to him the other also.
5:40 And anyone who wishes to contend with you in judgment, and to take away your tunic, release to him your cloak also.
5:41 And whoever will have compelled you for one thousand steps, go with him even for two thousand steps.
5:42 Whoever asks of you, give to him. And if anyone would borrow from you, do not turn away from him.

 

June 18, 2017

Deuteronomy 8: 2- 3, 14- 16

8:2 And you shall remember the entire journey along which the Lord your God led you, for forty years through the desert, to afflict you, and to test you, and to make known the things that were turning in your soul, whether or not you would keep his commandments.
8:3 He afflicted you with need, and he gave you Manna as your food, which neither you nor your fathers knew, so as to reveal to you that it is not by bread alone that man lives, but by every word that goes forth from the mouth of God.
8:4 Your garment, with which you were covered, has by no means decayed due to age, and your foot has not been worn down, even to this fortieth year,
8:5 so that you would recognize in your heart that, just as a man educates his son, so has the Lord your God educated you.
8:6 So may you keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and walk in his ways, and fear him.
8:14 your heart might be lifted up, and you might not remember the Lord your God, who led you away from the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude,
8:15 and who was your leader in the great and terrible wilderness, in which there was the serpent with a burning breath, and the scorpion, and the snake of thirst, and no waters at all. He led streams out of the hardest rock,
8:16 and he nourished you in the wilderness with Manna, which your fathers had not known. And after he had afflicted and tested you, in the very end, he took pity on you.

First Corinthians 10: 16- 17

10:16 The cup of benediction that we bless, is it not a communion in the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of the Lord?
10:17 Through the one bread, we, though many, are one body: all of us who are partakers of the one bread.

John 6: 51- 58

6:51 I am the living bread, who descended from heaven.
6:52 If anyone eats from this bread, he shall live in eternity. And the bread that I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.”
6:53 Therefore, the Jews debated among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
6:54 And so, Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you.
6:55 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
6:56 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
6:57 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
6:58 Just as the living Father has sent me and I live because of the Father, so also whoever eats me, the same shall live because of me.

 

June 17, 2017

Second Corinthians 5: 14- 21

5:14 For the charity of Christ urges us on, in consideration of this: that if one died for all, then all have died.
5:15 And Christ died for all, so that even those who live might not now live for themselves, but for him who died for them and who rose again.
5:16 And so, from now on, we know no one according to the flesh. And though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him in this way no longer.
5:17 So if anyone is a new creature in Christ, what is old has passed away. Behold, all things have been made new.
5:18 But all is of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
5:19 For certainly God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging them with their sins. And he has placed in us the Word of reconciliation.
5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us. We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God.
5:21 For God made him who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the justice of God in him.

Matthew 5: 33- 37

5:33 Again, you have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not swear falsely. For you shall repay your oaths to the Lord.’
5:34 But I say to you, do not swear an oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
5:35 nor by earth, for it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.
5:36 Neither shall you swear an oath by your own head, because you are not able to cause one hair to become white or black.
5:37 But let your word ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ For anything beyond that is of evil.

June 16, 2017

Second Corinthians 4: 7- 15

4:7 But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, so that what is sublime may be of the power of God, and not of us.
4:8 In all things, we endure tribulation, yet we are not in anguish. We are constrained, yet we are not destitute.
4:9 We suffer persecution, yet we have not been abandoned. We are thrown down, yet we do not perish.
4:10 We ever carry around the mortification of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
4:11 For we who live are ever handed over unto death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh.
4:12 Therefore, death is at work in us, and life is at work in you.
4:13 But we have the same Spirit of faith. And just as it is written, “I believed, and for that reason I spoke,” so we also believe, and for that reason, we also speak.
4:14 For we know that the One who raised up Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and will place us with you.
4:15 Thus, all is for you, so that grace, abounding through many in thanksgiving, may abound to the glory of God.

Matthew 5: 27- 32

5:27 You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
5:28 But I say to you, that anyone who will have looked at a woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
5:29 And if your right eye causes you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your whole body be cast into Hell.
5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your whole body go into Hell.
5:31 And it has been said: ‘Whoever would dismiss his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.’
5:32 But I say to you, that anyone who will have dismissed his wife, except in the case of fornication, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever will have married her who has been dismissed commits adultery.

 

June 15, 2017

Second Corinthians 3: 15- 4: 1, 3- 6

3:15 But even until today, when Moses is read, a veil is still set over their hearts.
3:16 But when they will have been converted to the Lord, then the veil shall be taken away.
3:17 Now the Spirit is Lord. And wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
3:18 Yet truly, all of us, as we gaze upon the unveiled glory of the face of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image, from one glory to another. And this is done by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 4

4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, and in as much as we have obtained mercy for ourselves, we are not inadequate.
4:3 But if our Gospel is in some way hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing.
4:4 As for them, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, would not shine in them.
4:5 For we are not preaching about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ our Lord. We are merely your servants through Jesus.
4:6 For God, who told the light to shine out of darkness, has shined a light into our hearts, to illuminate the knowledge of the splendor of God, in the person of Christ Jesus.

Matthew 5: 20- 26

5:20 For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed that of the scribes and the Pharisees you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
5:21 You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not murder; whoever will have murdered shall be liable to judgment.’
5:22 But I say to you, that anyone who becomes angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment. But whoever will have called his brother, ‘Idiot,’ shall be liable to the council. Then, whoever will have called him, ‘Worthless,’ shall be liable to the fires of Hell.
5:23 Therefore, if you offer your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
5:24 leave your gift there, before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to your brother, and then you may approach and offer your gift.
5:25 Be reconciled with your adversary quickly, while you are still on the way with him, lest perhaps the adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you will be thrown in prison.
5:26 Amen I say to you, that you shall not go forth from there, until you have repaid the last quarter.