Daily Readings

April 22, 2019

Reading: The Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 2:22-33

2:14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and he spoke to them: “Men of Judea, and all those who are staying in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and incline your ears to my words.
2:15For these men are not inebriated, as you suppose, for it is the third hour of the day.
2:16But this is what was spoken of by the prophet Joel:
2:17‘And this shall be: in the last days, says the Lord, I will pour out, from my Spirit, upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. And your youths shall see visions, and your elders shall dream dreams.
2:18And certainly, upon my men and women servants in those days, I will pour out from my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
2:19And I will bestow wonders in heaven above, and signs on earth below: blood and fire and the vapor of smoke.
2:20The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord arrives.
2:21And this shall be: whoever shall invoke the name of the Lord will be saved.’
2:22Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus the Nazarene is a man confirmed by God among you through the miracles and wonders and signs that God accomplished through him in your midst, just as you also know.
2:23This man, under the definitive plan and foreknowledge of God, was delivered by the hands of the unjust, afflicted, and put to death.
2:24And he whom God has raised up has broken the sorrows of Hell, for certainly it was impossible for him to be held by it.
2:25For David said about him: ‘I foresaw the Lord always in my sight, for he is at my right hand, so that I may not be moved.
2:26Because of this, my heart has rejoiced, and my tongue has exulted. Moreover, my flesh shall also rest in hope.
2:27For you will not abandon my soul to Hell, nor will you allow your Holy One to see corruption.
2:28You have made known to me the ways of life. You will completely fill me with happiness by your presence.’
2:29Noble brothers, permit me to speak freely to you about the Patriarch David: for he passed away and was buried, and his sepulcher is with us, even to this very day.
2:30Therefore, he was a prophet, for he knew that God had sworn an oath to him about the fruit of his loins, about the One who would sit upon his throne.
2:31Foreseeing this, he was speaking about the Resurrection of the Christ. For he was neither left behind in Hell, nor did his flesh see corruption.
2:32This Jesus, God raised up again, and of this we are all witnesses.
2:33Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the Promise of the Holy Spirit, he poured this out, just as you now see and hear.

Gospel according to Matthew 28:8 – 15

28:9And behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Hail.” But they drew near and took hold of his feet, and they adored him.
28:10Then Jesus said to them: “Do not be afraid. Go, announce it to my brothers, so that they may go to Galilee. There they shall see me.”
28:11And when they had departed, behold, some of the guards went into the city, and they reported to the leaders of the priests all that had happened.
28:12And gathering together with the elders, having taken counsel, they gave an abundant sum of money to the soldiers,
28:13saying: “Say that his disciples arrived at night and stole him away, while we were sleeping.
28:14And if the procurator hears about this, we will persuade him, and we will protect you.”
28:15Then, having accepted the money, they did as they were instructed. And this word has been spread among the Jews, even to this day.

Easter, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

First Reading: The Acts of the Apostles, 10: 34, 37-43

10:34Then, Peter, opening his mouth, said: “I have concluded in truth that God is not a respecter of persons.
10:37You know that the Word has been made known throughout all Judea. For beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
10:38Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, traveled around doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil. For God was with him.
10:39And we are witnesses of all that he did in the region of Judea and in Jerusalem, he whom they killed by hanging him on a tree.
10:40God raised him up on the third day and permitted him to be made manifest,
10:41not to all the people, but to the witnesses preordained by God, to those of us who ate and drank with him after he rose again from the dead.
10:42And he instructed us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the One who was appointed by God to be the judge of the living and of the dead.
10:43To him all the Prophets offer testimony that through his name all who believe in him receive the remission of sins.”

Second Reading: The Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians 3: 1 – 4

3:1Therefore, if you have risen together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
3:2Consider the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.
3:3For you have died, and so your life is hidden with Christ in God.
3:4When Christ, your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Or

The First Letter of St. Paul to the Corithians 5:6 – 8

5:6It is not good for you to glory. Do you not know that a little leaven corrupts the entire mass?
5:7Purge the old leaven, so that you may become the new bread, for you are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover, has now been immolated.
5:8And so, let us feast, not with the old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Holy Gospel According to John 20: 1-9

20:1Then on the first Sabbath, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and she saw that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb.
20:2Therefore, she ran and went to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and she said to them, “They have taken the Lord away from the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
20:3Therefore, Peter departed with the other disciple, and they went to the tomb.
20:4Now they both ran together, but the other disciple ran more quickly, ahead of Peter, and so he arrived at the tomb first.
20:5And when he bowed down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not yet enter.
20:6Then Simon Peter arrived, following him, and he entered the tomb, and he saw the linen cloths lying there,
20:7and the separate cloth which had been over his head, not placed with the linen cloths, but in a separate place, wrapped up by itself.
20:8Then the other disciple, who had arrived first at the tomb, also entered. And he saw and believed.
20:9For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that it was necessary for him to rise again from the dead.

April 20, 2019, Easter Vigil

First Reading: Genesis 1:1 – 2:2

Genesis:   1: 1-2: 2

1:1In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.
1:2But the earth was empty and unoccupied, and darknesses were over the face of the abyss; and so the Spirit of God was brought over the waters.
1:3And God said, “Let there be light.” And light became.
1:4And God saw the light, that it was good; and so he divided the light from the darknesses.
1:5And he called the light, ‘Day,’ and the darknesses, ‘Night.’ And it became evening and morning, one day.
1:6God also said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide waters from waters.”
1:7And God made a firmament, and he divided the waters that were under the firmament, from those that were above the firmament. And so it became.
1:8And God called the firmament ‘Heaven.’ And it became evening and morning, the second day.
1:9Truly God said: “Let the waters that are under heaven be gathered together into one place; and let the dry land appear.” And so it became.
1:10And God called the dry land, ‘Earth,’ and he called the gathering of the waters, ‘Seas.’ And God saw that it was good.
1:11And he said, “Let the land spring forth green plants, both those producing seed, and fruit-bearing trees, producing fruit according to their kind, whose seed is within itself, over all the earth.” And so it became.
1:12And the land brought forth green plants, both those producing seed, according to their kind, and trees producing fruit, with each having its own way of sowing, according to its species. And God saw that it was good.
1:13And it became evening and the morning, the third day.
1:14Then God said: “Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven. And let them divide day from night, and let them become signs, both of the seasons, and of the days and years.
1:15Let them shine in the firmament of heaven and illuminate the earth.” And so it became.
1:16And God made two great lights: a greater light, to rule over the day, and a lesser light, to rule over the night, along with the stars.
1:17And he set them in the firmament of heaven, to give light over all the earth,
1:18and to rule over the day as well as the night, and to divide light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
1:19And it became evening and morning, the fourth day.
1:20And then God said, “Let the waters produce animals with a living soul, and flying creatures above the earth, under the firmament of heaven.”
1:21And God created the great sea creatures, and everything with a living soul and the ability to move that the waters produced, according to their species, and all the flying creatures, according to their kind. And God saw that it was good.
1:22And he blessed them, saying: “Increase and multiply, and fill the waters of the sea. And let the birds be multiplied above the land.”
1:23And it became evening and morning, the fifth day.
1:24God also said, “Let the land produce living souls in their kind: cattle, and animals, and wild beasts of the earth, according to their species.” And so it became.
1:25And God made the wild beasts of the earth according to their species, and the cattle, and every animal on the land, according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
1:26And he said: “Let us make Man to our image and likeness. And let him rule over the fish of the sea, and the flying creatures of the air, and the wild beasts, and the entire earth, and every animal that moves on the earth.”
1:27And God created man to his own image; to the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.
1:28And God blessed them, and he said, “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the flying creatures of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
1:29And God said: “Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing plant upon the earth, and all the trees that have in themselves the ability to sow their own kind, to be food for you,
1:30and for all the animals of the land, and for all the flying things of the air, and for everything that moves upon the earth and in which there is a living soul, so that they may have these on which to feed.” And so it became.
1:31And God saw everything that he had made. And they were very good. And it became evening and morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 2

2:1And so the heavens and the earth were completed, with all their adornment.
2:2And on the seventh day, God fulfilled his work, which he had made. And on the seventh day he rested from all his work, which he had accomplished.

Second Reading: Genesis 22:1 – 18

Genesis:   22: 1-18

22:1After these things occurred, God tested Abraham, and he said to him, “Abraham, Abraham.” And he answered, “Here I am.”
22:2He said to him: “Take your only begotten son Isaac, whom you love, and go into the land of vision. And there you shall offer him as a holocaust upon one of the mountains, which I will show to you.”
22:3And so Abraham, getting up in the night, harnessed his donkey, taking with him two youths, and his son Isaac. And when he had cut wood for the holocaust, he traveled toward the place, as God had instructed him.
22:4Then, on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place at a distance.
22:5And he said to his servants: “Wait here with the donkey. I and the boy will hurry further ahead to that place. After we have worshipped, will return to you.”
22:6He also took the wood for the holocaust, and he imposed it upon his son Isaac. And he himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as the two continued on together,
22:7Isaac said to his father, “My father.” And he answered, “What do you want, son?” “Behold,” he said, “fire and wood. Where is the victim for the holocaust?”
22:8But Abraham said, “God himself will provide the victim for the holocaust, my son.” Thus they continued on together.
22:9And they came to the place that God had shown to him. There he built an altar, and he set the wood in order upon it. And when he had bound his son Isaac, he laid him on the altar upon the pile of wood.
22:10And he reached out his hand and took hold of the sword, in order to sacrifice his son.
22:11And behold, an Angel of the Lord called out from heaven, saying, “Abraham, Abraham.” And he answered, “Here I am.”
22:12And he said to him, “Do not extend your hand over the boy, and do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, since you have not spared your only begotten son for my sake.”
22:13Abraham lifted up his eyes, and he saw behind his back a ram among the thorns, caught by the horns, which he took and offered as a holocaust, instead of his son.
22:14And he called the name of that place: ‘The Lord Sees.’ Thus, even to this day, it is said: ‘On the mountain, the Lord will see.’
22:15Then the Angel of the Lord called out to Abraham a second time from heaven, saying:
22:16“By my own self, I have sworn, says the Lord. Because you have done this thing, and have not spared your only begotten son for my sake,
22:17I will bless you, and I will multiply your offspring like the stars of heaven, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies.
22:18And in your offspring, all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you obeyed my voice.”

Third Reading: Exodus 14:15 – 15:1

Exodus:   14: 15- 15: 1

14:15And the Lord said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Tell the sons of Israel to continue on.
14:16Now, lift up your staff, and extend your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may walk through the midst of the sea on dry ground.
14:17Then I will harden the heart of the Egyptians, so as to pursue you. And I will be glorified in Pharaoh, and in all his army, and in his chariots, and in his horsemen.
14:18And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I will be glorified in Pharaoh, and in his chariots, as well as in his horsemen.”
14:19And the Angel of God, who preceded the camp of Israel, lifting himself up, went behind them. And the pillar of cloud, together with him, left the front for the rear
14:20and stood between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. And it was a dark cloud, yet it illuminated the night, so that they could not succeed at approaching one another at any time all that night.
14:21And when Moses had extended his hand over the sea, the Lord took it away by an intense burning wind, blowing throughout the night, and he turned it into dry ground. And the water was divided.
14:22And the sons of Israel went in through the midst of the dried sea. For the water was like a wall at their right hand and at their left hand.
14:23And the Egyptians, pursuing them, went in after them, along with all of the horses of Pharaoh, his chariots and horsemen, through the midst of the sea.
14:24And now the morning watch had arrived, and behold, the Lord, looking down upon the camp of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of cloud, put to death their army.
14:25And he overturned the wheels of the chariots, and they were carried into the deep. Therefore, the Egyptians said: “Let us flee from Israel. For the Lord fights on their behalf against us.”
14:26And the Lord said to Moses: “Extend your hand over the sea, so that the waters may return on the Egyptians, over their chariots and horsemen.”
14:27And when Moses had extended his hand opposite the sea, it was returned, at first light, to its former place. And the fleeing Egyptians met with the waters, and the Lord immersed them in the midst of the waves.
14:28And the waters were returned, and they covered the chariots and horsemen of the entire army of Pharaoh, who, in following, had entered into the sea. And not so much as one of them was left alive.
14:29But the sons of Israel continued directly through the midst of the dried sea, and the waters were to them like a wall on the right and on the left.
14:30And so the Lord freed Israel on that day from the hand of the Egyptians.
14:31And they saw the Egyptians dead on the shore of the sea and the great hand that the Lord had exercised against them. And the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in Moses his servant.

Exodus 15

15:1Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and they said: “Let us sing to the Lord, for he has been gloriously magnified: the horse and the rider he has cast into the sea.

Fourth Reading: 54:5 – 14

Isaiah   54: 5-14

54:5For the One who made you will rule over you. The Lord of hosts is his name. And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, will be called the God of all the earth.
54:6For the Lord has called you, like a woman forsaken and mourning in spirit, and like a wife rejected in her youth, said your God.
54:7For a brief moment, I have forsaken you, and with great pities, I will gather you.
54:8In a moment of indignation, I have hidden my face from you, for a little while. But with everlasting mercy, I have taken pity on you, said your Redeemer, the Lord.
54:9For me, it is just as in the days of Noah, to whom I swore that I would no longer bring in the waters of Noah over the earth. Thus have I sworn not to be angry with you, and not to rebuke you.
54:10For the mountains will be moved, and the hills will tremble. But my mercy will not depart from you, and the covenant of my peace will not be shaken, said the Lord, who has compassion on you.
54:11O poor little ones, convulsed by the tempest, away from any consolation! Behold, I will set your stones in order, and I will lay your foundation with sapphires,
54:12and I will make your ramparts out of jasper, and your gates out of sculpted stones, and all your borders out of desirable stones.
54:13All your children will be taught by the Lord. And great will be the peace of your children.
54:14And you will be founded in justice. Depart far from oppression, for you will not be afraid. And depart from terror, for it will not approach you.

Fifth Reading: Isaiah 55:1 – 11

Isaiah   55: 1-11

55:1All you who thirst, come to the waters. And you who have no money: hurry, buy and eat. Approach, buy wine and milk, without money and without barter.
55:2Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and expend your labor for what does not satisfy? Listen very closely to me, and eat what is good, and then your soul will be delighted by a full measure.
55:3Incline your ear and draw near to me. Listen, and your soul will live. And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, by the faithful mercies of David.
55:4Behold, I have presented him as a witness to the people, as a commander and instructor to the nations.
55:5Behold, you will call to a nation that you did not know. And nations that did not know you will rush to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel. For he has glorified you.
55:6Seek the Lord, while he is able to be found. Call upon him, while he is near.
55:7Let the impious one abandon his way, and the iniquitous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will take pity on him, and to our God, for he is great in forgiveness.
55:8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says the Lord.
55:9For just as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so also are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.
55:10And in the same manner as rain and snow descend from heaven, and no longer return there, but soak the earth, and water it, and cause it to bloom and to provide seed to the sower and bread to the hungry,
55:11so also will my word be, which will go forth from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish whatever I will, and it will prosper in the tasks for which I sent it.

Sixth Reading: Baruch 3:9 – 15, 32

Baruch    3: 9-15, 32- 4: 4

3:9Listen, O Israel, to the commandments of life! Pay attention, so that you may learn prudence!
3:10How is it, O Israel, that you are in the land of your enemies,
3:11that you have grown old in a foreign land, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are regarded as among those who are descending into hell?
3:12You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom.
3:13For if you had walked in the way of God, you would certainly have lived in everlasting peace.
3:14Learn where prudence is, where virtue is, where understanding is, so that you may know at the same time where long life and prosperity are, where the light of the eyes and peace are.
3:15Who has discovered its place? And who has entered its treasure chamber?
3:32Yet he who knows the universe is familiar with her, and in his foresight he invented her, he who prepared the earth for time without end, and filled it with cattle and four-footed beasts,
3:33who sends out the light, and it goes, and who summoned it, and it obeyed him in fear.
3:34Yet the stars have given light from their posts, and they rejoiced.
3:35They were called, and so they said, “Here we are,” and they shined with cheerfulness to him who made them.
3:36This is our God, and no other can compare to him.
3:37He invented the way of all instruction, and delivered it to Jacob his child, and to Israel his beloved.
3:38After this, he was seen on earth, and he conversed with men.

Baruch 4

4:1“ ‘This is the book of the commandments of God and of the law, which exists in eternity. All those who keep it will attain to life, but those who have forsaken it, to death.
4:2Convert, O Jacob, and embrace it, walk in the way of its splendor, facing its light.
4:3Do not surrender your glory to another, nor your value to a foreign people.
4:4We have been happy, O Israel, because the things that are pleasing to God have been made clear to us.

Seventh Reading: Ezekiel 36:16 – 28

Ezekiel   36: 16-28

36:16And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
36:17“Son of man, the house of Israel lived on their own soil, and they defiled it with their ways and with their intentions. Their way, in my sight, became like the uncleanness of a menstruous woman.
36:18And so I poured out my indignation upon them, because of the blood which they shed upon the land, and because they defiled it with their idols.
36:19And I dispersed them among the Gentiles, and they have been scattered among the lands. I have judged them according to their ways and their plans.
36:20And when they walked among the Gentiles, to whom they had entered, they defiled my holy name, though it was being said about them: ‘This is the people of the Lord,’ and ‘They went forth from his land.’
36:21But I have spared my holy name, which the house of Israel has defiled among the Gentiles, to whom they entered.
36:22For this reason, you shall say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord God: I will act, not for your sake, O house of Israel, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have defiled among the Gentiles, to whom you entered.
36:23And I will sanctify my great name, which was defiled among the Gentiles, which you have defiled in their midst. So may the Gentiles know that I am the Lord, says the Lord of hosts, when I will have been sanctified in you, before their eyes.
36:24Certainly, I will take you away from the Gentiles, and I will gather you together from all the lands, and I will lead you into your own land.
36:25And I will pour clean water over you, and you shall be cleansed from all your filth, and I will cleanse you from all your idols.
36:26And I will give to you a new heart, and I will place in you a new spirit. And I will take away the heart of stone from your body, and I will give to you a heart of flesh.
36:27And I will place my Spirit in your midst. And I will act so that you may walk in my precepts and keep my judgments, and so that you may fulfill them.
36:28And you shall live in the land that I gave to your fathers. And you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Epistle: Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans 6:3 – 11

Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans    6: 3-11

6:3Do you not know that those of us who have been baptized in Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death?
6:4For through baptism we have been buried with him into death, so that, in the manner that Christ rose from the dead, by the glory of the Father, so may we also walk in the newness of life.
6:5For if we have been planted together, in the likeness of his death, so shall we also be, in the likeness of his resurrection.
6:6For we know this: that our former selves have been crucified together with him, so that the body which is of sin may be destroyed, and moreover, so that we may no longer serve sin.
6:7For he who has died has been justified from sin.
6:8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live together with Christ.
6:9For we know that Christ, in rising up from the dead, can no longer die: death no longer has dominion over him.
6:10For in as much as he died for sin, he died once. But in as much as he lives, he lives for God.
6:11And so, you should consider yourselves to be certainly dead to sin, and to be living for God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel
Luke 24: 1-12

24:1Then, on the first Sabbath, at very first light, they went to the tomb, carrying the aromatic spices that they had prepared.
24:2And they found the stone rolled back from the tomb.
24:3And upon entering, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
24:4And it happened that, while their minds were still confused about this, behold, two men stood beside them, in shining apparel.
24:5Then, since they were afraid and were turning their faces toward the ground, these two said to them: “Why do you seek the living with the dead?
24:6He is not here, for he has risen. Recall how he spoke to you, when he was still in Galilee,
24:7saying: ‘For the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ ”
24:8And they called to mind his words.
24:9And returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven, and to all the others.
24:10Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women who were with them, who told these things to the Apostles.
24:11But these words seemed to them a delusion. And so they did not believe them.
24:12But Peter, rising up, ran to the tomb. And stooping down, he saw the linen cloths positioned alone, and he went away wondering to himself about what had happened.

April 19, 2019

Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

First Reading: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

52:13Behold, my servant will understand; he will be exalted and lifted up, and he will be very sublime.
52:14Just as they were stupefied over you, so will his countenance be without glory among men, and his appearance, among the sons of men.
52:15He will sprinkle many nations; kings will close their mouth because of him. And those to whom he was not described, have seen. And those who have not heard, have considered.
53:1Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
53:2And he will rise up like a tender plant in his sight, and like a root from the thirsty ground. There is no beautiful or stately appearance in him. For we looked upon him, and there was no aspect, such that we would desire him.
53:3He is despised and the least among men, a man of sorrows who knows infirmity. And his countenance was hidden and despised. Because of this, we did not esteem him.
53:4Truly, he has taken away our weaknesses, and he himself has carried our sorrows. And we thought of him as if he were a leper, or as if he had been struck by God and humiliated.
53:5But he himself was wounded because of our iniquities. He was bruised because of our wickedness. The discipline of our peace was upon him. And by his wounds, we are healed.
53:6We have all gone astray like sheep; each one has turned aside to his own way. And the Lord has placed all our iniquity upon him.
53:7He was offered up, because it was his own will. And he did not open his mouth. He will be led like a sheep to the slaughter. And he will be mute like a lamb before his shearer. For he will not open his mouth.
53:8He was lifted up from anguish and judgment. Who will describe his life? For he has been cut off from the land of the living. Because of the wickedness of my people, I have struck him down.
53:9And he will be given a place with the impious for his burial, and with the rich for his death, though he has done no iniquity, nor was deceit in his mouth.
53:10But it was the will of the Lord to crush him with infirmity. If he lays down his life because of sin, he will see offspring with long lives, and the will of the Lord will be directed by his hand.
53:11Because his soul has labored, he will see and be satisfied. By his knowledge, my just servant will himself justify many, and he himself will carry their iniquities.
53:12Therefore, I will allot to him a great number. And he will divide the spoils of the strong. For he has handed over his life to death, and he was reputed among criminals. And he has taken away the sins of many, and he has prayed for the transgressors.

Second Reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14 – 16, 5:7 – 9

4:14Therefore, since we have a great High Priest, who has pierced the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, we should hold to our confession.
4:15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to have compassion on our infirmities, but rather one who was tempted in all things, just as we are, yet without sin.
4:16Therefore, let us go forth with confidence toward the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, in a helpful time.
5:7It is Christ who, in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offered prayers and supplications to the One who was able to save him from death, and who was heard because of his reverence.
5:8And although, certainly, he is the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things that he suffered.
5:9And having reached his consummation, he was made, for all who are obedient to him, the cause of eternal salvation,

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 18:1 – 19:42

18:1When Jesus had said these things, he departed with his disciples across the Torrent of Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he entered with his disciples.
18:2But Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus had frequently met with his disciples there.
18:3Then Judas, when he had received a cohort from both the high priests and the attendants of the Pharisees, approached the place with lanterns and torches and weapons.
18:4And so Jesus, knowing all that was about to happen to him, advanced and said to them, “Who are you seeking?”
18:5They answered him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Now Judas, who betrayed him, was also standing with them.
18:6Then, when he said to them, “I am he,” they moved back and fell to the ground.
18:7Then again he questioned them: “Who are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
18:8Jesus responded: “I told you that I am he. Therefore, if you are seeking me, permit these others to go away.”
18:9This was so that the word might be fulfilled, which he said, “Of those whom you have given to me, I have not lost any of them.”
18:10Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it, and he struck the servant of the high priest, and he cut off his right ear. Now the name of the servant was Malchus.
18:11Therefore, Jesus said to Peter: “Set your sword into the scabbard. Should I not drink the chalice which my Father has given to me?”
18:12Then the cohort, and the tribune, and the attendants of the Jews apprehended Jesus and bound him.
18:13And they led him away, first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year.
18:14Now Caiaphas was the one who had given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die for the people.
18:15And Simon Peter was following Jesus with another disciple. And that disciple was known to the high priest, and so he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest.
18:16But Peter was standing outside at the entrance. Therefore, the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the woman who was the doorkeeper, and he led in Peter.
18:17Therefore, the woman servant keeping the door said to Peter, “Are you not also among the disciples of this man?” He said, “I am not.”
18:18Now the servants and attendants were standing before burning coals, for it was cold, and they were warming themselves. And Peter was standing with them also, warming himself.
18:19Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine.
18:20Jesus responded to him: “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews meet. And I have said nothing in secret.
18:21Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I said to them. Behold, they know these things that I have said.”
18:22Then, when he had said this, one the attendants standing nearby struck Jesus, saying: “Is this the way you answer the high priest?”
18:23Jesus answered him: “If I have spoken wrongly, offer testimony about the wrong. But if I have spoken correctly, then why do you strike me?”
18:24And Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.
18:25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. Then they said to him, “Are you not also one of his disciples?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”
18:26One of the servants of the high priest (a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off) said to him, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”
18:27Therefore, again, Peter denied it. And immediately the rooster crowed.
18:28Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the praetorium. Now it was morning, and so they did not enter into the praetorium, so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.
18:29Therefore, Pilate went outside to them, and he said, “What accusation are you bringing against this man?”
18:30They responded and said to him, “If he were not an evil-doer, we would not have handed him over you.”
18:31Therefore, Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your own law.” Then the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to execute anyone.”
18:32This was so that the word of Jesus would be fulfilled, which he spoke signifying what kind of death he would die.
18:33Then Pilate entered the praetorium again, and he called Jesus and said to him, “You are the king of the Jews?”
18:34Jesus responded, “Are you saying this of yourself, or have others spoken to you about me?”
18:35Pilate responded: “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the high priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”
18:36Jesus responded: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my ministers would certainly strive so that I would not be handed over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not now from here.”
18:37And so Pilate said to him, “You are a king, then?” Jesus answered, “You are saying that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world: so that I may offer testimony to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”
18:38Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and he said to them, “I find no case against him.
18:39But you have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore, do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
18:40Then they all cried out repeatedly, saying: “Not this one, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.

John 19

19:1Therefore, Pilate then took Jesus into custody and scourged him.
19:2And the soldiers, plaiting a crown of thorns, imposed it on his head. And they put a purple garment around him.
19:3And they were approaching him and saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly.
19:4Then Pilate went outside again, and he said to them: “Behold, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may realize that I find no case against him.”
19:5(Then Jesus went out, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.) And he said to them, “Behold the man.”
19:6Therefore, when the high priests and the attendants had seen him, they cried out, saying: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them: “Take him yourselves and crucify him. For I find no case against him.”
19:7The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to the law, he ought to die, for he has made himself the Son of God.”
19:8Therefore, when Pilate had heard this word, he was more fearful.
19:9And he entered into the praetorium again. And he said to Jesus. “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no response.
19:10Therefore, Pilate said to him: “Will you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to crucify you, and I have authority to release you?”
19:11Jesus responded, “You would not have any authority over me, unless it were given to you from above. For this reason, he who has handed me over to you has the greater sin.”
19:12And from then on, Pilate was seeking to release him. But the Jews were crying out, saying: “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar. For anyone who makes himself a king contradicts Caesar.”
19:13Now when Pilate had heard these words, he brought Jesus outside, and he sat down in the seat of judgment, in a place which is called the Pavement, but in Hebrew, it is called the Elevation.
19:14Now it was the preparation day of the Passover, about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your king.”
19:15But they were crying out: “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests responded, “We have no king except Caesar.”
19:16Therefore, he then handed him over to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away.
19:17And carrying his own cross, he went forth to the place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew it is called the Place of the Skull.
19:18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle.
19:19Then Pilate also wrote a title, and he set it above the cross. And it was written: JESUS THE NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS.
19:20Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was close to the city. And it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin.
19:21Then the high priests of the Jews said to Pilate: Do not write, ‘King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’
19:22Pilate responded, “What I have written, I have written.”
19:23Then the soldiers, when they had crucified him, took his garments, and they made four parts, one part to each soldier, and the tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven from above throughout the whole.
19:24Then they said to one another, “Let us not cut it, but instead let us cast lots over it, to see whose it will be.” This was so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, saying: “They have distributed my garments among themselves, and for my vesture they have cast lots.” And indeed, the soldiers did these things.
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.
19:35And he who saw this has offered testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knows that he speaks the truth, so that you also may believe.
19:36For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “You shall not break a bone of him.”
19:37And again, another Scripture says: “They shall look upon him, whom they have pierced.”
19:38Then, after these things, Joseph from Arimathea, (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews) petitioned Pilate so that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. Therefore, he went and took away the body of Jesus.
19:39Now Nicodemus also arrived, (who had gone to Jesus at first by night) bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloe, weighing about seventy pounds.
19:40Therefore, they took the body of Jesus, and they bound it with linen cloths and the aromatic spices, just as it is the manner of the Jews to bury.
19:41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden there was a new tomb, in which no one had yet been laid.
19:42Therefore, because of the preparation day of the Jews, since the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus there.

April 18, 2019

There are two sets of readings today: one set for the Chrism Mass and one set for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Chrism Mass

Reading

Isaiah 61:1 – 9

61:1The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the meek, so as to heal the contrite of heart, to preach leniency to captives and release to the confined,
61:2and so to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vindication of our God: to console all who are mourning,
61:3to take up the mourners of Zion and to give them a crown in place of ashes, an oil of joy in place of mourning, a cloak of praise in place of a spirit of grief. And there, they shall be called the strong ones of justice, the planting of the Lord, unto glorification.
61:4And they will rebuild the deserted places of past ages, and they will raise up the ruins of antiquity, and they will repair the desolate cities, which had been dissipated for generation after generation.
61:5And foreigners will stand up and will pasture your flocks. And the sons of sojourners will be your farmers and the workers of your vineyards.
61:6But you yourselves will be called the priests of the Lord. It will be said to you, “You are the ministers of our God.” You will eat from the strength of the Gentiles, and you will pride yourself on their glory.
61:7Instead of your double confusion and shame, they will praise their portion. Because of this, they will possess double in their land. Everlasting joy will be for them.
61:8For I am the Lord, who loves judgment and who holds hatred for robbery within a burnt offering. And I will turn their work into truth, and I will forge a perpetual covenant with them.
61:9And they will know their offspring among the nations, and their progeny in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them: that these are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed.

Gospel according to Luke 4:16 – 21

4:16And he went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. And he entered into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the Sabbath day. And he rose up to read.
4:17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. And as he unrolled the book, he found the place where it was written:
4:18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because of this, he has anointed me. He has sent me to evangelize the poor, to heal the contrite of heart,
4:19to preach forgiveness to captives and sight to the blind, to release the broken into forgiveness, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of retribution.”
4:20And when he had rolled up the book, he returned it to the minister, and he sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.
4:21Then he began to say to them, “On this day, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

First Reading: Exodus 12:1 – 14

12:1The Lord also said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:
12:2“This month will be for you the beginning of the months. It will be first in the months of the year.
12:3Speak to the entire assembly of the sons of Israel, and say to them: On the tenth day of this month, let everyone take a lamb, by their families and houses.
12:4But if the number is less than may suffice to be able to consume the lamb, he shall accept his neighbor, who has been joined with his house according to the number of souls that may suffice to be able to eat the lamb.

2nd Reading: First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 11:23 – 26

11:23For I have received from the Lord what I have also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the same night that he was handed over, took bread,
11:24and giving thanks, he broke it, and said: “Take and eat. This is my body, which shall be given up for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
11:25Similarly also, the cup, after he had eaten supper, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
11:26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he returns.

Gospel according to John 13:1 – 15

13:1Before the feast day of the Passover, Jesus knew that the hour was approaching when he would pass from this world to the Father. And since he had always loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
13:2And when the meal had taken place, when the devil had now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him,
13:3knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands and that he came from God and was going to God,
13:4he rose up from the meal, and he set aside his vestments, and when he had received a towel, he wrapped it around himself.
13:5Next he put water into a shallow bowl, and he began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel with which he was wrapped.
13:6And then he came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to him, “Lord, would you wash my feet?”
13:7Jesus responded and said to him: “What I am doing, you do not now understand. But you shall understand it afterward.”
13:8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you will have no place with me.”
13:9Simon Peter said to him, “Then Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!”
13:10Jesus said to him: “He who is washed need only wash his feet, and then he will be entirely clean. And you are clean, but not all.”
13:11For he knew which one would betray him. For this reason, he said, “You are not all clean.”
13:12And so, after he washed their feet and received his vestments, when he had sat down at table again, he said to them: “Do you know what I have done for you?
13:13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you speak well: for so I am.
13:14Therefore, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another.
13:15For I have given you an example, so that just as I have done for you, so also should you do.

April 17, 2019

Reading

Isaiah 50: 4 – 9

50:4The Lord has given me a learned tongue, so that I would know how to uphold with a word, one who has weakened. He rises in the morning, he rises to my ear in the morning, so that I may heed him like a teacher.
50:5The Lord God has opened my ear. And I do not contradict him. I have not turned back.
50:6I have given my body to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked them. I have not averted my face from those who rebuked me and who spit on me.
50:7The Lord God is my helper. Therefore, I have not been confounded. Therefore, I have set my face like a very hard rock, and I know that I will not be confounded.
50:8He who justifies me is near. Who will speak against me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him approach me.
50:9Behold, the Lord God is my helper. Who is the one who would condemn me? Behold, they will all be worn away like a garment; the moth will devour them.

Gospel according to Matthew 26:14 – 25

26:14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the leaders of the priests,
26:15and he said to them, “What are you willing to give me, if I hand him over to you?” So they appointed thirty pieces of silver for him.
26:16And from then on, he sought an opportunity to betray him.
26:17Then, on the first day of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
26:18So Jesus said, “Go into the city, to a certain one, and say to him: ‘The Teacher said: My time is near. I am observing the Passover with you, along with my disciples.’ ”
26:19And the disciples did just as Jesus appointed to them. And they prepared the Passover.
26:20Then, when evening arrived, he sat at table with his twelve disciples.
26:21And while they were eating, he said: “Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me.”
26:22And being greatly saddened, each one of them began to say, “Surely, it is not I, Lord?”
26:23But he responded by saying: “He who dips his hand with me into the dish, the same will betray me.
26:24Indeed, the Son of man goes, just as it has been written about him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man will be betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”
26:25Then Judas, who betrayed him, responded by saying, “Surely, it is not I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said it.”

April 16, 2019

Isaiah 49: 1- 6

49:1Pay 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.
49:2And 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.
49:3And he has said to me: “You are my servant, Israel. For in you, I will glory.”
49:4And 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.”
49:5And 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,
49:6and 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.”

John 13: 21- 33, 36- 38

13:21When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit. And he bore witness by saying: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that one among you shall betray me.”
13:22Therefore, the disciples looked around at one another, uncertain about whom he spoke.
13:23And leaning against the bosom of Jesus was one of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved.
13:24Therefore, Simon Peter motioned to this one and said to him, “Who is it that he is speaking about?”
13:25And so, leaning against the chest of Jesus, he said to him, “Lord, who is it?”
13:26Jesus responded, “It is he to whom I shall extend the dipped bread.” And when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon.
13:27And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
13:28Now none of those sitting at table knew why he had said this to him.
13:29For some were thinking that, because Judas held the purse, that Jesus had told him, “Buy those things which are needed by us for the feast day,” or that he might give something to the needy.
13:30Therefore, having accepted the morsel, he went out immediately. And it was night.
13:31Then, when he had gone out, Jesus said: “Now the Son of man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
13:32If God has been glorified in him, then God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him without delay.
13:33Little sons, for a brief while, I am with you. You shall seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to go,’ so also I say to you now.
13:36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus responded: “Where I am going, you are not able to follow me now. But you shall follow afterward.”
13:37Peter said to him: “Why am I unable to follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!”
13:38Jesus answered him: “You will lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the rooster will not crow, until you deny me three times.”


April 15, 2019

Isaiah 42: 1- 7

42:1Behold my servant, I will uphold him, my elect, with him my soul is well-pleased. I have sent my Spirit upon him. He will offer judgment to the nations.
42:2He will not cry out, and he will not show favoritism to anyone; neither will his voice be heard abroad.
42:3The bruised reed he will not break, and the smoldering wick he will not extinguish. He will lead forth judgment unto truth.
42:4He will not be saddened or troubled, until he establishes judgment on earth. And the islands will await his law.
42:5Thus says the Lord God, who created the heavens and expanded it, who formed the earth and all that springs from it, who gives breath to the people in it, and spirit to those walking on it.
42:6I, the Lord, have called you in justice, and I have taken your hand and preserved you. And I have presented you as a covenant of the people, as a light to the Gentiles,
42:7so that you may open the eyes of the blind, and lead out the prisoner from confinement and those sitting in darkness from the house of incarceration.

John 12: 1- 11

12:1Then six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethania, where Lazarus had died, whom Jesus raised up.
12:2And they made a dinner for him there. And Martha was ministering. And truly, Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at table with him.
12:3And then Mary took twelve ounces of pure spikenard ointment, very precious, and she anointed the feet of Jesus, and she wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
12:4Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was soon to betray him, said,
12:5“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the needy?”
12:6Now he said this, not out of concern for the needy, but because he was a thief and, since he held the purse, he used to carry what was put into it.
12:7But Jesus said: “Permit her, so that she may keep it against the day of my burial.
12:8For the poor, you have with you always. But me, you do always not have.”
12:9Now a great multitude of the Jews knew that he was in that place, and so they came, not so much because of Jesus, but so that they might see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
12:10And the leaders of the priests planned to put Lazarus to death also.
12:11For many of the Jews, because of him, were going away and were believing in Jesus.

April 13, 2019

Ezekiel 37: 21- 28

37:21And you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take up the sons of Israel, from the midst of the nations to which they have gone, and I will gather them together on every side, and I will lead them onto their own soil.
37:22And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will be ruler over all. And they will no longer be two nations, nor will they be divided any more into two kingdoms.
37:23And they will no longer be defiled by their idols, and by their abominations, and by all their iniquities. And I will save them, out of all the settlements in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them. And they will be my people, and I will be their God.
37:24And my servant David shall be the king over them, and they shall have one shepherd. They shall walk in my judgments, and they shall keep my commandments, and they shall do them.
37:25And they shall live upon the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived. And they shall live upon it, they and their sons, and the sons of their sons, even for all time. And David, my servant, shall be their leader, in perpetuity.
37:26And I will strike a covenant of peace with them. This will be an everlasting covenant for them. And I will establish them, and multiply them. And I will set my sanctuary in their midst, unceasingly.
37:27And my tabernacle shall be among them. And I will be their God, and they will be my people.
37:28And the Gentiles shall know that I am the Lord, the Sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary will be in their midst, forever.”

John 11: 45- 56

11:45Therefore, many of the Jews, who had come to Mary and Martha, and who had seen the things that Jesus did, believed in him.
11:46But certain ones among them went to the Pharisees and told them the things that Jesus had done.
11:47And so, the high priests and the Pharisees gathered a council, and they were saying: “What can we do? For this man accomplishes many signs.
11:48If we leave him alone, in this way all will believe in him. And then the Romans will come and take away our place and our nation.”
11:49Then one of them, named Caiaphas, since he was the high priest that year, said to them: “You do not understand anything.
11:50Nor do you realize that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the entire nation should not perish.”
11:51Yet he did not say this from himself, but since he was the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation.
11:52And not only for the nation, but in order to gather together as one the children of God who have been dispersed.
11:53Therefore, from that day, they planned to put him to death.
11:54And so, Jesus no longer walked in public with the Jews. But he went into a region near the desert, to a city which is called Ephraim. And he lodged there with his disciples.
11:55Now the Passover of the Jews was near. And many from the countryside ascended to Jerusalem before the Passover, so that they might sanctify themselves.
11:56Therefore, they were seeking Jesus. And they conferred with one another, while standing in the temple: “What do you think? Will he come to the feast day?”

April 12, 2019

Jeremiah 20: 10- 13

20:10For I heard the insults of many, and terror all around: ‘Persecute him!’ and, ‘Let us persecute him!’ from all the men who had been at peace with me and who had kept watch by my side. ‘If only there were some way that he might be deceived, and we might prevail against him and obtain vengeance from him!’
20:11But the Lord is with me, like a strong warrior. For this reason, those who persecute me will fall, and they will be ineffective. They will be greatly confounded. For they have not understood the everlasting disgrace that will never be wiped away.
20:12And you, O Lord of hosts, the Tester of the just, who sees the temperament and the heart: I beg you to let me see your vengeance upon them. For I have revealed my case to you.
20:13Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For he has freed the soul of the poor from the hand of the wicked.

John 10: 31- 42

10:31Therefore, the Jews took up stones, in order to stone him.
10:32Jesus answered them: “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”
10:33The Jews answered him: “We do not stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy and because, though you are a man, you make yourself God.”
10:34Jesus responded to them: “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said: you are gods?’
10:35If he called those to whom the word of God was given gods, and Scripture cannot be broken,
10:36why do you say, about him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You have blasphemed,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’
10:37If I do not do the works of my Father, do not believe in me.
10:38But if I do them, even if you are not willing to believe in me, believe the works, so that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”
10:39Therefore, they sought to apprehend him, but he escaped from their hands.
10:40And he went again across the Jordan, to that place where John first was baptizing. And he lodged there.
10:41And many went out to him. And they were saying: “Indeed, John accomplished no signs.
10:42But all things whatsoever that John said about this man were true.” And many believed in him.