Daily Readings

December 18, 2018

Jeremiah 23: 5- 8

23:5 Behold, the days are approaching, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous branch. And a king will reign, and he will be wise. And he will exercise judgment and justice upon the earth.
23:6 In those days, Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in confidence. And this is the name that they will call him: ‘The Lord, our Just One.’
23:7 Because of this, behold, the days are approaching, says the Lord, when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who led the sons of Israel away from the land of Egypt,’
23:8 but instead, ‘As the Lord lives, who led away and brought back the offspring of the house of Israel from the land of the north and from the entire earth,’ from the places to which I had cast them out. And they will live in their own land.”

Matthew 1: 18- 25

1:18 Now the procreation of the Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit.
1:19 Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not willing to hand her over, preferred to send her away secretly.
1:20 But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit.
1:21 And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation of his people from their sins.”
1:22 Now all this occurred in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb, and she shall give birth to a son. And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means: God is with us.”
1:24 Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his wife.
1:25 And he knew her not, yet she bore her son, the firstborn. And he called his name JESUS.

December 17, 2018

Genesis 49: 2, 8- 10

49:2 Gather together and listen, O sons of Jacob. Listen to Israel, your father.
49:8 Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be at the necks of your enemies; the sons of your father will reverence you.
49:9 Judah is a lion’s young. You have gone up to the prey, my son. While resting, you have lain like a lion. And just like a lioness, who would rouse him?
49:10 The scepter from Judah and the leader from his thigh will not be taken away, until he who will be sent arrives, and he will be the expectation of Gentiles.

Matthew 1: 1- 17

1:1 The book of the lineage of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
1:2 Abraham conceived Isaac. And Isaac conceived Jacob. And Jacob conceived Judah and his brothers.
1:3 And Judah conceived Perez and Zerah by Tamar. And Perez conceived Hezron. And Hezron conceived Ram.
1:4 And Ram conceived Amminadab. And Amminadab conceived Nahshon. And Nahshon conceived Salmon.
1:5 And Salmon conceived Boaz by Rahab. And Boaz conceived Obed by Ruth. And Obed conceived Jesse.
1:6 And Jesse conceived king David. And king David conceived Solomon, by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
1:7 And Solomon conceived Rehoboam. And Rehoboam conceived Abijah. And Abijah conceived Asa.
1:8 And Asa conceived Jehoshaphat. And Jehoshaphat conceived Joram. And Joram conceived Uzziah.
1:9 And Uzziah conceived Jotham. And Jotham conceived Ahaz. And Ahaz conceived Hezekiah.
1:10 And Hezekiah conceived Manasseh. And Manasseh conceived Amos. And Amos conceived Josiah.
1:11 And Josiah conceived Jechoniah and his brothers in the transmigration of Babylon.
1:12 And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechoniah conceived Shealtiel. And Shealtiel conceived Zerubbabel.
1:13 And Zerubbabel conceived Abiud. And Abiud conceived Eliakim. And Eliakim conceived Azor.
1:14 And Azor conceived Zadok. And Zadok conceived Achim. And Achim conceived Eliud.
1:15 And Eliud conceived Eleazar. And Eleazar conceived Matthan. And Matthan conceived Jacob.
1:16 And Jacob conceived Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
1:17 And so, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the transmigration of Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the transmigration of Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.

December 16, 2018

Zephaniah 3: 14- 18

3:14 Give praise, daughter of Zion. Shout joyfully, Israel. Rejoice and exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.
3:15 The Lord has taken away your judgment; he has turned aside your foes. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall no longer fear evil.
3:16 In that day, it will be said to Jerusalem, “Do not be afraid,” and to Zion, “Do not let your hands be weakened.”
3:17 The Lord your God is the strength in your midst; he will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness. In his love, he will be silent. He will exult over you with praise.
3:18 The triflers who withdrew from the law, I will gather together, because they were from you, so that you may no longer suffer disgrace over them.

Philippians 4: 4- 7

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say, rejoice.
4:5 Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is near.
4:6 Be anxious about nothing. But in all things, with prayer and supplication, with acts of thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.
4:7 And so shall the peace of God, which exceeds all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3: 10- 18

3:10 And the crowed was questioning him, saying, “What then should we do?”
3:11 But in response, he said to them: “Whoever has two coats, let him give to those who do not have. And whoever has food, let him act similarly.”
3:12 Now the tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”
3:13 But he said to them, “You should do nothing more than what has been appointed to you.”
3:14 Then the soldiers also questioned him, saying, “And what should we do?” And he said to them: “You should strike no one, and you should not make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”
3:15 Now all were thinking about John in their hearts, and the people were supposing that perhaps he might be the Christ.
3:16 John responded by saying to everyone: “Indeed, I baptize you with water. But there will arrive one stronger than me, the laces of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit, and with fire.
3:17 His winnowing fan is in his hand. And he will purify his threshing floor. And he will gather the wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
3:18 Indeed, he also proclaimed many other things, exhorting the people.

 

December 15, 2018

Sirarch 48: 1- 4, 9- 11

48:1 And the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, and his word burned like a torch.
48:2 He brought a famine upon them, and those who provoked him in their envy became few. For they could not bear the precepts of the Lord.
48:3 By the word of the Lord, he closed the heavens, and he brought down fire from heaven three times.
48:4 In this way, Elijah was magnified in his wondrous works. So who can say that he is similar to you in glory?
48:9 He was received into a whirlwind of fire, into a swift chariot with fiery horses.
48:10 He is written in the judgments of the times, so as to lessen the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
48:11 Blessed are those who saw you, and who were adorned with your friendship.

Matthew 17: 9- 13

17:9 And as they were descending from the mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, “Tell no one about the vision, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.”
17:10 And his disciples questioned him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that it is necessary for Elijah to arrive first?”
17:11 But in response, he said to them: “Elijah, indeed, shall arrive and restore all things.
17:12 But I say to you, that Elijah has already arrived, and they did not recognize him, but they did whatever they wanted to him. So also shall the Son of man suffer from them.”
17:13 Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

December 14, 2018

Reading

Isaiah 48: 17- 19

48:17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord, your God, who teaches you beneficial things, who guides you in the way that you walk.
48:18 If only you had paid attention to my commandments! Your peace would have been like a river, and your justice would have been like the waves of the sea,
48:19 and your offspring would have been like the sand, and the stock from your loins would have been like its stones. His name would not have passed away, nor would it have been worn away before my face.

Gospel

Matthew 11: 16- 19

11:16 But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplace,
11:17 who, calling out to their companions, say: ‘We played music for you, and you did not dance. We lamented, and you did not mourn.’
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say, ‘He has a demon.’
11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking; and they say, ‘Behold, a man who eats voraciously and who drinks wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her sons.”

December 13, 2018

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah    41: 13-20

41:13 For I am the Lord your God. I take you by your hand, and I say to you: Do not be afraid. I have helped you.
41:14 Fear not, O worm of Jacob, you who are dead within Israel. I have helped you, says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
41:15 I have established you like a new threshing cart, having serrated blades. You will thresh the mountains and crush them. And you will turn the hills into chaff.
41:16 You will winnow them, and the wind will blow them away, and the whirlwind will scatter them. And you shall exult in the Lord; you shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
41:17 The indigent and the poor are seeking water, but there is none. Their tongue has been dried up by thirst. I, the Lord, will heed them. I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.
41:18 I will open rivers in the high hills, and fountains in the midst of the plains. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the impassable land into streams of water.
41:19 I will plant the cedar in a deserted place, with the thorn, and the myrtle, and the olive tree. In the desert, I will plant the pine, and the elm, and the box tree together,
41:20 so that they may see and know, acknowledge and understand, together, that the hand of the Lord has accomplished this, and that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   11: 11-15

11:11 Amen I say to you, among those born of women, there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
11:12 But from the days of John the Baptist, even until now, the kingdom of heaven has endured violence, and the violent carry it away.
11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied, even until John.
11:14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah, who is to come.
11:15 Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.

December 12, 2018

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Book of the Prophet Zechariah 2:10 – 13

(Alternatively listed as verses 2:14 – 17 in other versions of the Bible.)

2:10 Sing praise and rejoice, daughter of Zion. For behold, I approach, and I will dwell in your midst, says the Lord.
2:11 And many nations will be joined to the Lord in that day, and they will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. And you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.
2:12 And the Lord will possess his portion, Judah, in the sanctified land, and still he will single out Jerusalem.
2:13 Let all flesh be silent before the face of the Lord: for he has arisen from his holy dwelling place.

 

December 11, 2018

Isaiah 40: 1- 11

40:1 “Be consoled, be consoled, O my people!” says your God.
40:2 Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call out to her! For her malice has reached its end. Her iniquity has been forgiven. She has received double for all her sins from the hand of the Lord.
40:3 The voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight the paths of our God, in a solitary place.
40:4 Every valley will be exalted, and every mountain and hill will be brought low. And the crooked will be straightened, and the uneven will become level ways.
40:5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. And all flesh together will see that the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
40:6 The voice of one saying, “Cry out!” And I said, “What should I cry out?” “All flesh is grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field.
40:7 The grass has dried up, and the flower has fallen. For the Spirit of the Lord has blown over it. Truly, the people are like grass.
40:8 The grass has dried up, and the flower has fallen. But the Word of our Lord remains for eternity.”
40:9 You who evangelize Zion, climb a high mountain! You who evangelize Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength! Lift it up! Do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah: “Behold, your God!”
40:10 Behold, the Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him.
40:11 He will pasture his flock like a shepherd. He will gather together the lambs with his arm, and he will lift them up to his bosom, and he himself will carry the very young.

Matthew 18: 12- 14

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.

December 10, 2018

Isaiah 35: 1- 10

35:1 The desolate and impassable land will rejoice, and the place of solitude will exult, and it will flourish like the lily.
35:2 It will spring up and blossom, and it will exult with rejoicing and praising. The glory of Lebanon has been given to it, with the beauty of Carmel and Sharon. These will see the glory of the Lord and the beauty of our God.
35:3 Strengthen the lax hands, and confirm the weak knees!
35:4 Say to the fainthearted: “Take courage and fear not! Behold, your God will bring the vindication of retribution. God himself will arrive to save you.”
35:5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared.
35:6 Then the disabled will leap like a buck, and the tongue of the mute will be untied. For the waters have burst forth in the desert, and torrents in solitary places.
35:7 And the land that was dry will have a pond, and the thirsty land will have fountains of water. In the hollows where the serpents lived before, there will rise up the greenery of reed and bulrush.
35:8 And there shall be a path and a road in that place. And it will be called the Holy Way. The defiled will not pass through it. For this will be an upright path for you, so much so that the foolish will not wander along it.
35:9 There will be no lions in that place, and harmful wild animals will neither climb up to it, nor be found there. Only those who have been freed will walk in that place.
35:10 And the redeemed of the Lord will be converted, and they will return to Zion with praising. And everlasting joy will be upon their heads. They will obtain gladness and rejoicing. For pain and sorrow will flee away.

Luke 5: 17- 26

5:17 And it happened, on a certain day, that he again sat down, teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting nearby, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present, to heal them.
5:18 And behold, some men were carrying in the bed of a man who was paralyzed. And they sought a way to bring him in, and to place him before him.
5:19 And not finding a way by which they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they climbed up to the roof, and they let him down through the roof tiles with his bed, into their midst, in front of Jesus.
5:20 And when he saw his faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
5:21 And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: “Who is this, who is speaking blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins, except God alone?”
5:22 But when Jesus realized their thoughts, responding, he said to them: “What are you thinking in your hearts?
5:23 Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk?’
5:24 But so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he said to the paralytic, “I say to you to: Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your house.”
5:25 And at once, rising up in their sight, he took up the bed on which he was lying, and he went away to his own house, magnifying God.
5:26 And astonishment took hold of everyone, and they were magnifying God. And they were filled with fear, saying: “For we have seen miracles today.”

December 9, 2018

Baruch 5: 1- 9

5:1 “ ‘Take off, O Jerusalem, the garment of your sorrow and troubles, and put on your beauty and the honor of that eternal glory, which you have from God.
5:2 God will surround you with a double garment of justice, and he will set a crown on your head of everlasting honor.
5:3 For God will reveal his splendor in you to all who are under heaven.
5:4 For your name will be given to you by God for eternity: the peace of justice and the honor of piety.
5:5 Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand in exaltation, and look around towards the east, and see your sons, gathering together, from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun, by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance of God.
5:6 For they went out from you on foot, led by the enemies, but the Lord will lead them to you, being carried in honor like sons of the kingdom.
5:7 For God has resolved to humble every high mountain and the longstanding cliffs, and to fill up the steep valleys in order to level the ground, so that Israel may walk diligently in the honor of God.
5:8 Yet the woods and every sweet-smelling tree have provided shade for Israel by the commandment of God.
5:9 For God will lead Israel with joy into the light of his majesty, with mercy and justice, which is from him.’ ”

Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11

1:4 always, in all my prayers, making supplication for all of you with joy,
1:5 because of your communion in the Gospel of Christ, from the first day even until now.
1:6 I am confident of this very thing: that he who has begun this good work in you will perfect it, unto the day of Christ Jesus.
1:8 For God is my witness how, within the heart of Jesus Christ, I long for all of you.
1:9 And this I pray: that your charity may abound more and more, with knowledge and with all understanding,
1:10 so that you may be confirmed in what is better, in order that you may be sincere and without offense on the day of Christ:
1:11 filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, in the glory and praise of God.

Luke 3: 1-6

3:1 Then, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being procurator of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
3:2 under the high priests Annas and Caiaphas: the word of the Lord came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.
3:3 And he went into the entire region of the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
3:4 just as it has been written in the book of the sermons of the prophet Isaiah: “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.
3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low. And what is crooked shall be made straight. And the rough paths shall be made into level ways.
3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”