Daily Readings

August 16, 2018

St. Stephen of Hungary

Reading

Ezekiel 12: 1- 12

12:1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
12:2 “Son of man, you live in the midst of a provoking house. They have eyes to see, and they do not see; and ears to hear, and they do not hear. For they are a provoking house.
12:3 As for you, then, son of man, prepare for yourself the supplies for traveling far away, and travel away in the daytime in their sight. And you shall travel from your place to another place in their sight, so that perhaps they may consider it. For they are a provoking house.
12:4 And you shall carry your supplies outside, like the supplies of one who is traveling far away, in the daytime in their sight. Then you shall go forth in the evening in their presence, just as one goes forth who is moving far away.
12:5 Dig for yourself through the wall, before their eyes. And you shall go out through it.
12:6 In their sight, you shall be carried on shoulders, you shall be carried in the dark. You shall cover your face, and you shall not see the ground. For I have appointed you as a portent for the house of Israel.”
12:7 Therefore, I did just as he had instructed me. I brought out my supplies in the daytime, like the supplies of one who is moving far away. And in the evening, I dug myself through the wall by hand. And I went out in the dark, and I was carried on shoulders, in their sight.
12:8 And the word of the Lord came to me, in the morning, saying:
12:9 “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the provoking house, said to you: ‘What are you doing?’
12:10 Say to them: Thus says the Lord God: This is the burden concerning my leader who is in Jerusalem, and concerning the entire house of Israel, who are in their midst.
12:11 Say: I am your portent. Just as I have done, so shall it be done to them. They will be taken captive and moved far away.
12:12 And the leader who is in their midst will be carried on shoulders; he will go forth in darkness. They will dig through the wall, so that they may lead him away. His face will be covered, so that he may not see the land with his eye.

Matthew 18: 21- 19: 1

18:21 Then Peter, drawing near to him, said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Even seven times?”
18:22 Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy times seven times.
18:23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who was king, who wanted to take account of his servants.
18:24 And when he had begun taking account, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
18:25 But since he did not have any way to repay it, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children, and all that he had, in order to repay it.
18:26 But that servant, falling prostrate, begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’
18:27 Then the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him, and he forgave his debt.
18:28 But when that servant departed, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarius. And taking hold of him, he choked him, saying: ‘Repay what you owe.’
18:29 And his fellow servant, falling prostrate, petitioned him, saying: ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’
18:30 But he was not willing. Instead, he went out and had him sent to prison, until he would repay the debt.
18:31 Now his fellow servants, seeing what was done, were greatly saddened, and they went and reported to their lord all that was done.
18:32 Then his lord called him, and he said to him: ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you all your debt, because you pleaded with me.
18:33 Therefore, should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I also had compassion on you?’
18:34 And his lord, being angry, handed him over to the torturers, until he repaid the entire debt.
18:35 So, too, shall my heavenly Father do to you, if each one of you will not forgive his brother from your hearts.”

19:1 And it happened that, when Jesus had completed these words, he moved away from Galilee, and he arrived within the borders of Judea, across the Jordan.

August 15, 2018

The Assumption

First Reading

Revelation 11: 19-, 12: 1- 6, 10

11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven. And the Ark of his Testament was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings and voices and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.

12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars.
12:2 And being with child, she cried out while giving birth, and she was suffering in order to give birth.
12:3 And another sign was seen in heaven. And behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.
12:4 And his tail drew down a third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman, who was about to give birth, so that, when she had brought forth, he might devour her son.
12:5 And she brought forth a male child, who was soon to rule all the nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to his throne.
12:6 And the woman fled into solitude, where a place was being held ready by God, so that they might pasture her in that place for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

12:10 And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying: “Now have arrived salvation and virtue and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

Second Reading

First Corinthians 15: 20- 27

15:20 But now Christ has risen again from the dead, as the first-fruits of those who sleep.
15:21 For certainly, death came through a man. And so, the resurrection of the dead came through a man
15:22 And just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be brought to life,
15:23 but each one in his proper order: Christ, as the first-fruits, and next, those who are of Christ, who have believed in his advent.
15:24 Afterwards is the end, when he will have handed over the kingdom to God the Father, when he will have emptied all principality, and authority, and power.
15:25 For it is necessary for him to reign, until he has set all his enemies under his feet.
15:26 Lastly, the enemy called death shall be destroyed. For he has subjected all things under his feet. And although he says,
15:27 “All things have been subjected to him,” without doubt he does not include the One who has subjected all things to him.

Gospel

Luke 1: 39- 56

1:39 And in those days, Mary, rising up, traveled quickly into the hill country, to a city of Judah.
1:40 And she entered into the house of Zechariah, and she greeted Elizabeth.
1:41 And it happened that, as Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
1:42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
1:43 And how does this concern me, so that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
1:44 For behold, as the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
1:45 And blessed are you who believed, for the things that were spoken to you by the Lord shall be accomplished.”
1:46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord.
1:47 And my spirit leaps for joy in God my Saviour.
1:48 For he has looked with favor on the humility of his handmaid. For behold, from this time, all generations shall call me blessed.
1:49 For he who is great has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
1:50 And his mercy is from generation to generations for those who fear him.
1:51 He has accomplished powerful deeds with his arm. He has scattered the arrogant in the intentions of their heart.
1:52 He has deposed the powerful from their seat, and he has exalted the humble.
1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
1:54 He has taken up his servant Israel, mindful of his mercy,
1:55 just as he spoke to our fathers: to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
1:56 Then Mary stayed with her for about three months. And she returned to her own house.

August 14, 2018

Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Reading

Ezekiel 2: 8- 3: 4

2:8 But as for you, son of man, listen to all that I say to you. And do not choose to be provoking, as that house is a provoker. Open your mouth, and eat whatever I give to you.”
2:9 And I looked, and behold: a hand was put forth toward me; there was a scroll rolled up in it. And he spread it out before me, and there was writing on the inside and on the outside. And there were written in it lamentations, and verses, and woes

3:1 And he said to me: “Son of man, eat whatever you will find; eat this scroll, and, going forth, speak to the sons of Israel.”
3:2 And I opened my mouth, and he fed me that scroll.
3:3 And he said to me: “Son of man, your stomach shall eat, and your interior shall be filled with this scroll, which I am giving to you.” And I ate it, and in my mouth it became as sweet as honey.
3:4 And he said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel, and you shall speak my words to them.

Gospel

Matthew 18: 1- 5, 10, 12- 14

18:1 In that hour, the disciples drew near to Jesus, saying, “Whom do you consider to be greater in the kingdom of heaven?”
18:2 And Jesus, calling to himself a little child, placed him in their midst.
18:3 And he said: “Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
18:4 Therefore, whoever will have humbled himself like this little child, such a one is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
18:5 And whoever shall accept one such little child in my name, accepts me.

18:10 See to it that you do not despise even one of these little ones. For I say to you, that their Angels in heaven continually look upon the face of my Father, who is in heaven.

18:12 How does it seem to you? If someone has one hundred sheep, and if one of them has gone astray, should he not leave behind the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go out to seek what has gone astray?
18:13 And if he should happen to find it: Amen I say to you, that he has more joy over that one, than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray.
18:14 Even so, it is not the will before your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should be lost.

August 13, 2018

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Ezekiel 1: 2-5, 24- 28

1:2 On the fifth of the month, the same is the fifth year of the transmigration of king Joachin,
1:3 the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel, a priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans, next to the river Chebar. And the hand of the Lord was over him there.
1:4 And I saw, and behold, a whirlwind arrived from the north. And a great cloud, wrapped in fire and brightness, was all around it. And from its midst, that is, from the midst of the fire, there was something with the appearance of amber.
1:5 And in its midst, there was the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: the likeness of a man was in them.

1:24 And I heard the sound of their wings, like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the sublime God. When they walked, it was like the sound of a multitude, like the sound of an army. And when they stood still, their wings were let down.
1:25 For when a voice came from above the firmament, which was over their heads, they stood still, and they put down their wings.
1:26 And above the firmament, which was suspended over their heads, there was the likeness of a throne, with the appearance of the sapphire stone. And over the likeness of the throne, there was a likeness with the appearance of a man above it.
1:27 And I saw something with the appearance of amber, with the likeness of fire within it and all around it. And from his waist and upward, and from his waist downward, I saw something with the appearance of fire shining all around.
1:28 There was the appearance of the rainbow, as when it is in a cloud on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the splendor on every side.

Matthew 17: 22- 26

17:22 And they will kill him, but he will rise again on the third day.” And they were extremely saddened.
17:23 And when they had arrived at Capernaum, those who collected the half shekel approached Peter, and they said to him, “Doesn’t your Teacher pay the half shekel?”
17:24 He said, “Yes.” And when he had entered into the house, Jesus went before him, saying: “How does it seem to you, Simon? The kings of the earth, from whom do they receive tribute or the census tax: from their own sons or from foreigners?”
17:25 And he said, “From foreigners.” Jesus said to him: “Then the sons are free.
17:26 But so that we may not become an obstacle to them: go to the sea, and cast in a hook, and take the first fish that is brought up, and when you have opened its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take it and give it to them, for me and for you.”

August 12, 2018

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The First Book of Kings    19: 4-8

19:4 And he continued on, into the desert, for one day’s journey. And when he had arrived, and was sitting under a juniper tree, he requested for his soul that he might die. And he said: “It is enough for me, O Lord. Take my soul. For I am no better than my fathers.”
19:5 And he stretched himself out, and he slept deeply in the shadow of the juniper tree. And behold, an Angel of the Lord touched him, and said to him, “Rise up and eat.”
19:6 He looked, and behold, at his head was bread baked under ashes, and a container of water. Then he ate and drank, and again he slept deeply.
19:7 And the Angel of the Lord returned a second time, and touched him, and said to him: “Rise up, eat. For a great journey again stands before you.”
19:8 And he when he had risen up, he ate and drank. And he walked by the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights, as far as the mountain of God, Horeb.

The Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians    4: 30-5:2

4:30 And do not be willing to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you have been sealed, unto the day of redemption.
4:31 Let all bitterness and anger and indignation and outcry and blasphemy be taken away from you, along with all malice.
4:32 And be kind and merciful to one another, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.
5:1 Therefore, as most beloved sons, be imitators of God.
5:2 And walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and delivered himself for us, as an oblation and a sacrifice to God, with a fragrance of sweetness.

The Holy Gospel According to John    6 : 41-51

6:41 Therefore, the Jews murmured about him, because he had said: “I am the living bread, who descended from heaven.”
6:42 And they said: “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? Then how can he say: ‘For I descended from heaven?’ ”
6:43 And so Jesus responded and said to them: “Do not choose to murmur among yourselves.
6:44 No one is able to come to me, unless the Father, who has sent me, has drawn him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
6:45 It has been written in the Prophets: ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has listened and learned from the Father comes to me.
6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God; this one has seen the Father.
6:47 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me has eternal life.
6:48 I am the bread of life.
6:49 Your fathers ate manna in the desert, and they died.
6:50 This is the bread which descends from heaven, so that if anyone will eat from it, he may not die.
6:51 I am the living bread, who descended from heaven.

August 11, 2018

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Habbukkuk 1: 2-2:4

1:2 How long, O Lord, shall I cry out, and you will not heed? Shall I shout to you while suffering violence, and you will not save?
1:3 Why have you revealed to me iniquity and hardship, to see plunder and injustice opposite me? And there has been judgment, but the opposition is more powerful.
1:4 Because of this, the law has been torn apart, and judgment does not persevere to its conclusion. For the impious prevail against the just. Because of this, a perverse judgment is issued.
1:5 Gaze among the nations, and see. Admire, and be astounded. For a work has been done in your days, which no one will believe when it is told.
1:6 For behold, I will raise up the Chaldeans, a bitter and swift people, marching across the width of the earth, to possess tabernacles not their own.
1:7 It is dreadful and terrible. From themselves, judgment and their burden will issue.
1:8 Their horses are more nimble than leopards and swifter than wolves in the evening; their horsemen will spread out. And then their horsemen will approach from far away; they will fly like the eagle, hurrying to devour.
1:9 They will all approach towards the prey; their face is like a burning wind. And they will gather captives together like sand.
1:10 And concerning kings, he will triumph, and sovereign rulers will be his laughingstock, and he will laugh over every fortress, and he will transport a rampart and seize it.
1:11 Then his spirit will be altered, and he will cross over and fall. Such is his strength from his god.
1:12 Have you not existed from the beginning, Lord my God, my holy one, and so we shall not die? Lord, you have stationed him for judgment, and you have establish that his strength will be swept away.
1:13 Your eyes are pure, you do not behold evil, and you cannot look towards iniquity. Why do you look upon the agents of iniquity, and remain silent, while the impious is devouring one who is more just than himself?
1:14 And you will make men like the fish of the sea and like the creeping things that have no ruler.
1:15 He lifted up everything with his hook. He drew them in with his dragnet, and gathered them into his netting. Over this, he will rejoice and exult.
1:16 For this reason, he will offer victims to his dragnet, and he will sacrifice to his netting. For through them, his portion has been made fat, and his meals elite.
1:17 Because of this, therefore, he expands his dragnet and will not be lenient in continually putting to death the peoples.

Habakkuk 2

2:1 I will stand firm during my watch, and fix my position over the fortification. And I will observe carefully, to see what might be said to me and what I might respond to my opponent.
2:2 And the Lord responded to me and said: Write the vision and explain it on tablets, so that he who reads it may run through it.
2:3 For as yet the vision is far off, and it will appear in the end, and it will not lie. If it expresses any delay, wait for it. For it is arriving and it will arrive, and it will not be hindered.
2:4 Behold, he who is unbelieving, his soul will not be right within himself; but he who is just shall live in his faith.

Matthew 17: 14-20

17:14 And when he had arrived at the multitude, a man approached him, falling to his knees before him, saying: “Lord, take pity on my son, for he is an epileptic, and he suffers harm. For he frequently falls into fire, and often also into water.

17:15 And I brought him to your disciples, but they were not able to cure him.”

17:16 Then Jesus responded by saying: “What an unbelieving and perverse generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I endure you? Bring him here to me.”

17:17 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour.

17:18 Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why were we unable to cast him out?”

17:19 Jesus said to them: “Because of your unbelief. Amen I say to you, certainly, if you will have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move. And nothing will be impossible for you.

17:20 But this kind is not cast out, except through prayer and fasting.”

August 10, 2018

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Second Paul to Corinthians 9: 6- 10

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.

John 12: 24- 26

12:24 Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
12:25 it remains alone. But if it dies, it yields much fruit. Whoever loves his life, will lose it. And whoever hates his life in this world, preserves it unto eternal life.
12:26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. And where I am, there too my minister shall be. If anyone has served me, my Father will honor him.

August 9, 2018

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The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah   31: 31-34

31:31 Behold, the days are approaching, says the Lord, when I will form a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
31:32 not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand, so as to lead them away from the land of Egypt, the covenant which they nullified, though I was the ruler over them, says the Lord.
31:33 But this will be the covenant that I will form with the house of Israel, after those days, says the Lord: I will give my law to their inner most being, and I will write it upon their heart. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
31:34 And they will no longer teach, a man his neighbor, and a man his brother, saying: ‘Know the Lord.’ For all will know me, from the littlest of them even to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will no longer remember their sin.

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   16: 13-23

16:13 Then Jesus went into parts of Caesarea Philippi. And he questioned his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”
16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, and others say Elijah, still others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
16:15 Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16:16 Simon Peter responded by saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
16:17 And in response, Jesus said to him: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father, who is in heaven.
16:18 And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
16:19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in heaven.”
16:20 Then he instructed his disciples that they should tell no one that he is Jesus the Christ.
16:21 From that time, Jesus began to reveal to his disciples that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and to suffer much from the elders and the scribes and the leaders of the priests, and to be killed, and to rise again on the third day.
16:22 And Peter, taking him aside, began to rebuke him, saying, “Lord, may it be far from you; this shall not happen to you.”
16:23 And turning away, Jesus said to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan; you are an obstacle to me. For you are not behaving according to what is of God, but according to what is of men.”

August 8, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah   31: 31-34

31:31 Behold, the days are approaching, says the Lord, when I will form a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
31:32 not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand, so as to lead them away from the land of Egypt, the covenant which they nullified, though I was the ruler over them, says the Lord.
31:33 But this will be the covenant that I will form with the house of Israel, after those days, says the Lord: I will give my law to their inner most being, and I will write it upon their heart. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
31:34 And they will no longer teach, a man his neighbor, and a man his brother, saying: ‘Know the Lord.’ For all will know me, from the littlest of them even to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will no longer remember their sin.

Gospel

Matthew 15: 21- 28

15:21 And departing from there, Jesus withdrew into the areas of Tyre and Sidon.

15:22 And behold, a woman of Canaan, going out from those parts, cried out, saying to him: “Take pity on me, Lord, Son of David. My daughter is badly afflicted by a demon.”

15:23 He did not say a word to her. And his disciples, drawing near, petitioned him, saying: “Dismiss her, for she is crying out after us.”

15:24 And responding, he said, “I was not sent except to the sheep who have fallen away from the house of Israel.”

15:25 But she approached and adored him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

15:26 And responding, he said, “It is not good to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.”

15:27 But she said, “Yes, Lord, but the young dogs also eat from the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.”

15:28 Then Jesus, responding, said to her: “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you just as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

August 7, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah   30: 1-2,12-15, 18-22

30:1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
30:2 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: You shall write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.
30:12 For thus says the Lord: “Your fracture is incurable; your wound is very serious.
30:13 There is no one who may judge your judgment, so as to bandage it; there is no useful treatment for you.
30:14 All your lovers have forgotten you, and they will not seek you. For I have wounded you with the strike of an enemy, with a cruel chastisement. Your sins have become hardened because of the multitude of your iniquities.
30:15 Why do you cry out over your affliction? Your pain is incurable. I have done these things to you because of the multitude of your iniquity and because of your hardened sins.
30:18 Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will turn back the turning away of the tabernacles of Jacob, and I will take pity on his roofs. And the city will be built up in her heights, and the temple will be founded according to its order.
30:19 And praise will go forth from them, with the voice of those who play. And I will multiply them, and they will not be lessened. And I will glorify them, and they will not be weakened.
30:20 And their sons will be as in the beginning. And their assembly will remain in my sight. And I will visit against all those who trouble them.
30:21 And their ruler will one of their own. And their prince will be led forward from their midst. And I will draw him near, and he will cling to me. For who is the one who applies his heart, so that he may draw near to me, says the Lord?
30:22 And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   14: 22-26

14:22 And Jesus promptly compelled his disciples to climb into the boat, and to precede him in crossing the sea, while he dismissed the crowds.
14:23 And having dismissed the multitude, he ascended alone onto a mountain to pray. And when evening arrived, he was alone there.
14:24 But in the midst of the sea, the boat was being tossed about by the waves. For the wind was against them.
14:25 Then, in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them, walking upon the sea.
14:26 And seeing him walking upon the sea, they were disturbed, saying: “It must be an apparition.” And they cried out, because of fear.