Daily Readings

December 11, 2017

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 10, 2017

First Reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah   40:1-5, 9-11

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.”
40:9 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.

Second Reading

The Second Letter of Saint Peter   3: 18-14

3:8 Yet truly, let this one thing not escape notice, most beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day.
3:9 The Lord is not delaying his promise, as some imagine, but he does act patiently for your sake, not wanting anyone to perish, but wanting all to be turned back to penance.
3:10 Then the day of the Lord shall arrive like a thief. On that day, the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and truly the elements shall be dissolved with heat; then the earth, and the works that are within it, shall be completely burned up.
3:11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what kind of people ought you to be? In behavior and in piety, be holy,
3:12 waiting for, and hurrying toward, the advent of the day of the Lord, by which the burning heavens shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt from the heat of the fire.
3:13 Yet truly, in accord with his promises, we are looking forward to the new heavens and the new earth, in which justice lives.
3:14 Therefore, most beloved, while awaiting these things, be diligent, so that you may be found to be immaculate and unassailable before him, in peace.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark    1: 1-8

1:1 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
1:2 As it has been written by the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.
1:3 The voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths.”
1:4 John was in the desert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance, as a remission of sins.
1:5 And there went out to him all the region of Judea and all those of Jerusalem, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
1:6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist. And he ate locusts and wild honey.
1:7 And he preached, saying: “One stronger than me comes after me. I am not worthy to reach down and loosen the laces of his shoes.
1:8 I have baptized you with water. Yet truly, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

December 9, 2017

Isaiah 30: 19- 21, 23- 26

30:19 For the people of Zion will live in Jerusalem. Bitterly, you will not weep. Mercifully, he will take pity on you. At the voice of your outcry, as soon as he hears, he will respond to you.
30:20 And the Lord will give you thick bread and accessible water. And he will not cause your teacher to fly away from you anymore. And your eyes will behold your instructor.
30:21 And your ears will listen to the word of one admonishing you behind your back: “This is the way! Walk in it! And do not turn aside, neither to the right, nor to the left.”
30:23 And wherever you sow seed upon the earth, rain will be given to the seed. And bread from the grain of the earth will be very plentiful and full. In that day, the lamb will pasture in the spacious land of your possession.
30:24 And your bulls, and the colts of the donkeys that work the ground, will eat a mix of grains like that winnowed on the threshing floor.
30:25 And there will be, on every lofty mountain, and on every elevated hill, rivers of running water, in the day of the slaughter of many, when the tower will fall.
30:26 And the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord will bind the wound of his people, and when he will heal the stroke of their scourge.

Matthew 9: 35- 10: 1, 5- 8

9:35 And Jesus traveled throughout all of the cities and towns, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every illness and every infirmity.
9:36 Then, seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them, because they were distressed and were reclining, like sheep without a shepherd.
9:37 Then he said to his disciples: “The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few.
9:38 Therefore, petition the Lord of the harvest, so that he may sent out laborers to his harvest.”
10:1 And having called together his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to cure every sickness and every infirmity.
10:5 Jesus sent these twelve, instructing them, saying: “Do not travel by the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter into the city of the Samaritans,
10:6 but instead go to the sheep who have fallen away from the house of Israel.
10:7 And going forth, preach, saying: ‘For the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.’
10:8 Cure the infirm, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You have received freely, so give freely.

December 8, 2017

Genesis 3: 9- 15, 20

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

Ephesians 1: 3- 6, 11- 12

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ,
1:4 just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight, in charity.
1:5 He has predestined us to adoption as sons, through Jesus Christ, in himself, according to the purpose of his will,
1:6 for the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son.
1:11 In him, we too are called to our portion, having been predestined in accord with the plan of the One who accomplishes all things by the counsel of his will.
1:12 So may we be, to the praise of his glory, we who have hoped beforehand in Christ.

Luke 1: 26- 38

1:26 Then, in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
1:27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.
1:28 And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”
1:29 And when she had heard this, she was disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be.
1:30 And the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.
1:31 Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name: JESUS.
1:32 He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity.
1:33 And his kingdom shall have no end.”
1:34 Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done, since I do not know man?”
1:35 And in response, the Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. And because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
1:36 And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.
1:37 For no word will be impossible with God.”
1:38 Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.

December 7, 2017

Reading: Isaiah 26: 1 – 6

26:1 In that day, this canticle will be sung in the land of Judah. Within it will be set the city of our strength: Zion, a savior, a wall with a bulwark.
26:2 Open the gates, and let the just people who guard the truth enter.
26:3 The old error has gone away. You will serve peace: peace, for we have hoped in you.
26:4 You have trusted in the Lord for all eternity, in the Lord God almighty forever.
26:5 For he will bend down those living in the heights. He will bring low the lofty city. He will lower it, even to the ground. He will tear it down, even to the dust.
26:6 The foot will tread it down: the feet of the poor, the steps of the indigent.

Holy Gospel according to Matthew 7: 21, 24 – 27

7:21 Not all who say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and perform many powerful deeds in your name?’
7:23 And then will I disclose to them: ‘I have never known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.’
7:24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
7:25 And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, but it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.
7:27 And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, and it did fall, and great was its ruin.”

December 6, 2017

Isaiah    25: 6-10

25:6 And the Lord of hosts will cause all the peoples on this mountain to feast on fatness, to feast on wine, a fatness full of marrow, a purified wine.
25:7 And he will cast down violently, on this mountain, the face of the chains, with which all peoples had been bound, and the net, with which all nations had been covered.
25:8 He will violently cast down death forever. And the Lord God will take away the tears from every face, and he will take away the disgrace of his people from the entire earth. For the Lord has spoken it.
25:9 And they will say in that day: “Behold, this is our God! We have waited for him, and he will save us. This is the Lord! We have endured for him. We will exult and rejoice in his salvation.”
25:10 For the hand of the Lord will rest upon this mountain. And Moab will be trampled under him, just as stubble is worn away by a wagon.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew    15: 29-37

15:29 And when Jesus had passed from there, he arrived beside the sea of Galilee. And ascending onto a mountain, he sat down there.
15:30 And great multitudes came to him, having with them the mute, the blind, the lame, the disabled, and many others. And they cast them down at his feet, and he cured them,
15:31 so much so that the crowds wondered, seeing the mute speaking, the lame walking, the blind seeing. And they magnified the God of Israel.
15:32 And Jesus, calling together his disciples, said: “I have compassion on the crowds, because they have persevered with me now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat. And I am not willing to dismiss them, fasting, lest they faint along the way.”
15:33 And the disciples said to him: “From where, then, in the desert, would we obtain enough bread to satisfy so a great multitude?”
15:34 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” But they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
15:35 And he instructed the crowds to recline upon the ground.
15:36 And taking the seven loaves and the fish, and giving thanks, he broke and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the people.
15:37 And they all ate and were satisfied. And, from what was left over of the fragments, they took up seven full baskets.

December 5, 2017

Isaiah 11: 1- 10

11:1 And a rod will go forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower will ascend from his root.
11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety.
11:3 And he will be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He will not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.
11:4 Instead, he will judge the poor with justice, and he will reprove the meek of the earth with fairness. And he will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and he will slay the impious with the spirit of his lips.
11:5 And justice will be the belt around his waist. And faith will be the warrior’s belt at his side.
11:6 The wolf will dwell with the lamb; and the leopard will lie down with the kid; the calf and the lion and the sheep will abide together; and a little boy will drive them.
11:7 The calf and the bear will feed together; their young ones will rest together. And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
11:8 And a breastfeeding infant will play above the lair of the asp. And a child who has been weaned will thrust his hand into the den of the king snake.
11:9 They will not harm, and they will not kill, on all my holy mountain. For the earth has been filled with the knowledge of the Lord, like the waters covering the sea.
11:10 In that day, the root of Jesse, who stands as a sign among the people, the same the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulcher will be glorious.

Luke 10: 21- 24

10:21 In the same hour, he exulted in the Holy Spirit, and he said: “I confess to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones. It is so, Father, because this way was pleasing before you.
10:22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and those to whom the Son has chosen to reveal him.”
10:23 And turning to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
10:24 For I say to you, that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things that you see, and they did not see them, and to hear the things that you hear, and they did not hear them.”

December 4, 2017

Isaiah 2: 1- 5

2:1 The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2:2 And in the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be prepared at the summit of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and all the nations shall flow to it.
2:3 And many peoples will go, and they will say: “Let us approach and ascend to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob. And he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
2:4 And he will judge the nations, and he will rebuke many peoples. And they shall forge their swords into plowshares, and their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they continue to train for battle.
2:5 O house of Jacob, let us approach and walk in the light of the Lord.

Matthew 8: 5- 11

8:5 And when he had entered into Capernaum, a centurion approached, petitioning him,
8:6 and saying, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed and badly tormented.”
8:7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8:8 And responding, the centurion said: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
8:9 For I, too, am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
8:10 And, hearing this, Jesus wondered. And he said to those following him: “Amen I say to you, I have not found so great a faith in Israel.
8:11 For I say to you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and they shall sit at table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

December 3, 2017

Isaiah 63: 16- 17, 19, 64: 2- 7

63:16 For you are our Father, and Abraham has not known us, and Israel has been ignorant of us. You are our Father, O Lord our Redeemer. Your name is beyond all ages.
63:17 Why have you allowed us to stray from your ways, O Lord? Why have you hardened our heart, so that we do not fear you? Return, for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your inheritance.
63:19 We have become as we were in the beginning, when you did not rule over us, and when we were not called by your name.
64:2 They would melt, as if thoroughly burned by fire. The waters would burn with fire, so that your name might be made known to your enemies, so that the nations would be stirred up before your face.
64:3 When you will perform miracles, we will not be able to withstand them. You descended, and the mountains flowed away before your presence.
64:4 From ages past, they have not heard it, and they have not perceived it with the ears. Apart from you, O God, the eye has not seen what you have prepared for those who await you.
64:5 You have met with those who rejoice in doing justice. By your ways, they will remember you. Behold, you have been angry, for we have sinned. In this, we have continued, but we will be saved.
64:6 And we have all become like the unclean. And all our justices are like a rag of menstruation. And we have all fallen away, like a leaf. And our iniquities have carried us away, like the wind.
64:7 There is no one who calls upon your name, who rises up and holds fast to you. You have concealed your face from us, and you have crushed us with the hand of our own iniquity.

First Corinthians 1: 3- 9

1:3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:4 I give thanks to my God continuously for you because of the grace of God that has been given to you in Christ Jesus.
1:5 By that grace, in all things, you have become wealthy in him, in every word and in all knowledge.
1:6 And so, the testimony of Christ has been strengthened in you.
1:7 In this way, nothing is lacking to you in any grace, as you await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:8 And he, too, will strengthen you, even until the end, without guilt, until the day of the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:9 God is faithful. Through him, you have been called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mark 13: 33- 37

13:33 Take heed, be vigilant, and pray. For you do not know when the time may be.
13:34 It is like a man who, setting out on a sojourn, left behind his house, and gave his servants authority over every work, and instructed the doorkeeper to stand watch.
13:35 Therefore, be vigilant, for you do not know when the lord of the house may arrive: in the evening, or in the middle of the night, or at first light, or in the morning.
13:36 Otherwise, when he will have arrived unexpectedly, he may find you sleeping.
13:37 But what I say to you, I say to all: Be vigilant.”

December 2, 2017

Daniel 7: 15- 27

7:15 My spirit was terrified. I, Daniel, was fearful at these things, and the visions of my head disturbed me.
7:16 I approached one of the attendants and asked the truth from him about all these things. He told me the interpretation of the words, and he instructed me:
7:17 “These four great beasts are four kingdoms, which will rise from the earth.
7:18 Yet it is the saints of the Most High God who will receive the kingdom, and they will hold the kingdom from this generation, and forever and ever.”
7:19 After this, I wanted to learn diligently about the fourth beast, which was very different from all, and exceedingly terrible; his teeth and claws were of iron; he devoured and crushed, and the remainder he trampled with his feet;
7:20 and about the ten horns, which he had on his head, and about the other, which had sprung up, before which three horns fell, and about that horn which had eyes and a mouth speaking great things, and which was more powerful than the rest.
7:21 I watched, and behold, that horn made war against the holy ones and prevailed over them,
7:22 until the Ancient of days came and gave judgment to the holy ones of the Supreme One, and the time arrived, and the holy ones obtained the kingdom.
7:23 And thus he said, “The fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom on earth, which will be greater than all the kingdoms, and will devour the whole earth, and will trample and crush it.
7:24 Moreover, the ten horns of the same kingdom will be ten kings, and another will rise up after them, and he will be mightier than the ones before him, and he will bring down three kings.
7:25 And he will speak words against the Supreme One, and will exhaust the holy ones of the Most High, and he will think about what it would take to change the times and the laws, and they will be given into his hand until a time, and times, and half a time.
7:26 And a trial will begin, so that his power may be taken away, and be crushed, and be undone all the way to the end.
7:27 Yet the kingdom, and the power, and the greatness of that kingdom, which is under all of heaven, shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all kings will serve and obey him.”

Luke 21: 34- 36

21:34 But be attentive to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts may be weighed down by self-indulgence and inebriation and the cares of this life. And then that day may overwhelm you suddenly.
21:35 For like a snare it will overwhelm all those who sit upon the face of the entire earth.
21:36 And so, be vigilant, praying at all times, so that you may be held worthy to escape from all these things, which are in the future, and to stand before the Son of man.”