Daily Readings

April 24, 2018

Acts 11: 19- 26

11:19 And some of them, having been dispersed by the persecution that had occurred under Stephen, traveled around, even to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the Word to no one, except to Jews only.
11:20 But some of these men from Cyprus and Cyrene, when they had entered into Antioch, were speaking also to the Greeks, announcing the Lord Jesus.
11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them. And a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.
11:22 Now the news came to the ears of the Church at Jerusalem about these things, and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch.
11:23 And when he had arrived there and had seen the grace of God, he was gladdened. And he exhorted them all to continue in the Lord with a resolute heart.
11:24 For he was a good man, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.
11:25 Then Barnabas set out for Tarsus, so that he might seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.
11:26 And they were conversing there in the Church for an entire year. And they taught such a great multitude, that it was at Antioch that the disciples were first known by the name of Christian.

John 10: 22- 30

10:22 Now it was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem, and it was winter.
10:23 And Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
10:24 And so the Jews surrounded him and said to him: “How long will you hold our souls in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
10:25 Jesus answered them: “I speak to you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in the name of my Father, these offer testimony about me.
10:26 But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.
10:27 My sheep hear my voice. And I know them, and they follow me.
10:28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall not perish, for eternity. And no one shall seize them from my hand.
10:29 What my Father gave to me is greater than all, and no one is able to seize from the hand of my Father.
10:30 I and the Father are one.”

April 23, 2018

Acts 11: 1- 8

11:1 Now the Apostles and brothers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God.
11:2 Then, when Peter had gone up to Jerusalem, those who were of the circumcision argued against him,
11:3 saying, “Why did you enter to uncircumcised men, and why did you eat with them?”
11:4 And Peter began to explain to them, in an orderly manner, saying:
11:5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw, in an ecstasy of mind, a vision: a certain container descending, like a great linen sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners. And it drew near to me.
11:6 And looking into it, I considered and saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the reptiles, and the flying things of the air.
11:7 Then I also heard a voice saying to me: ‘Rise up, Peter. Kill and eat.’
11:8 But I said: ‘Never, lord! For what is common or unclean has never entered into my mouth.’

John 10: 1- 10

10:1 “Amen, amen, I say to you, he who does not enter through the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up by another way, he is a thief and a robber.
10:2 But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out.
10:4 And when he has sent out his sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
10:5 But they do not follow a stranger; instead they flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
10:6 Jesus spoke this proverb to them. But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
10:7 Therefore, Jesus spoke to them again: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that I am the door of the sheep.
10:8 All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not listen to them.
10:9 I am the door. If anyone has entered through me, he will be saved. And he shall go in and go out, and he shall find pastures.
10:10 The thief does not come, except so that he may steal and slaughter and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.

April 22, 2018

Reading

The Acts of the Apostles    4: 8-12

4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Leaders of the people and elders, listen.
4:9 If we today are judged by a good deed done to an infirm man, by which he has been made whole,
4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all of the people of Israel, that in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, by him, this man stands before you, healthy.
4:11 He is the stone, which was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.
4:12 And there is no salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which it is necessary for us to be saved.”

Second Reading

The First Letter of Saint John     3: 1-2

3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we would be called, and would become, the sons of God. Because of this, the world does not know us, for it did not know him.
3:2 Most beloved, we are now the sons of God. But what we shall be then has not yet appeared. We know that when he does appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to John    10: 11-18

10:11 I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep.
10:12 But the hired hand, and whoever is not a shepherd, to whom the sheep do not belong, he sees the wolf approaching, and he departs from the sheep and flees. And the wolf ravages and scatters the sheep.
10:13 And the hired hand flees, because he is a hired hand and there is no concern for the sheep within him.
10:14 I am the good Shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me,
10:15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for my sheep.
10:16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold, and I must lead them. They shall hear my voice, and there shall be one sheepfold and one shepherd.
10:17 For this reason, the Father loves me: because I lay down my life, so that I may take it up again.
10:18 No one takes it away from me. Instead, I lay it down of my own accord. And I have the power to lay it down. And I have the power to take it up again. This is the commandment that I have received from my Father.”

April 21, 2018

Acts 9: 31- 42

9:31 Certainly, the Church had peace throughout all of Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and it was being built up, while walking in the fear of the Lord, and it was being filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.
9:32 Then it happened that Peter, as he traveled around everywhere, came to the saints who were living at Lydda.
9:33 But he found there a certain man, named Aeneas, who was a paralytic, who had lain in bed for eight years.
9:34 And Peter said to him: “Aeneas, the Lord Jesus Christ heals you. Rise up and arrange your bed.” And immediately he rose up.
9:35 And all who were living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they were converted to the Lord.
9:36 Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which in translation is called Dorcas. She was filled with the good works and almsgiving that she was accomplishing.
9:37 And it happened that, in those days, she became ill and died. And when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.
9:38 Now since Lydda was close to Joppa, the disciples, upon hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, asking him: “Do not be slow in coming to us.”
9:39 Then Peter, rising up, went with them. And when he had arrived, they led him to an upper room. And all the widows were standing around him, weeping and showing him the tunics and garments that Dorcas had made for them.
9:40 And when they had all been sent outside, Peter, kneeling down, prayed. And turning to the body, he said: “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes and, upon seeing Peter, sat up again.
9:41 And offering her his hand, he lifted her up. And when he had called in the saints and the widows, he presented her alive.
9:42 Now this became known throughout all of Joppa. And many believed in the Lord.

John 6: 61- 70

6:61 Therefore, many of his disciples, upon hearing this, said: “This saying is difficult,” and, “Who is able to listen to it?”
6:62 But Jesus, knowing within himself that his disciples were murmuring about this, said to them: “Does this offend you?
6:63 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending to where he was before?
6:64 It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh does not offer anything of benefit. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
6:65 But there are some among you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who were unbelieving and which one would betray him.
6:66 And so he said, “For this reason, I said to you that no one is able to come to me, unless it has been given to him by my Father.”
6:67 After this, many of his disciples went back, and they no longer walked with him.
6:68 Therefore, Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
6:69 Then Simon Peter answered him: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.
6:70 And we have believed, and we recognize that you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

April 20, 2018

Reading

The Acts of the Apostles   9: 1-20

9:1 Now Saul, still breathing threats and beatings against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
9:2 and he petitioned him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that, if he found any men or women belonging to this Way, he could lead them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
9:3 And as he made the journey, it happened that he was approaching Damascus. And suddenly, a light from heaven shone around him.
9:4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
9:5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goad.”
9:6 And he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
9:7 And the Lord said to him, “Rise up and go into the city, and there you will be told what you ought to do.” Now the men who were accompanying him were standing stupefied, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no one.
9:8 Then Saul rose up from the ground. And upon opening his eyes, he saw nothing. So leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus.
9:9 And in that place, he was without sight for three days, and he neither ate nor drank.
9:10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
9:11 And the Lord said to him: “Rise up and go into the street that is called Straight, and seek, in the house of Judas, the one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying.”
9:12 (And Paul saw a man named Ananias entering and imposing hands upon him, so that he might receive his sight.)
9:13 But Ananias responded: “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.
9:14 And he has authority here from the leaders of the priests to bind all who invoke your name.”
9:15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, for this one is an instrument chosen by me to convey my name before nations and kings and the sons of Israel.
9:16 For I will reveal to him how much he must suffer on behalf of my name.”
9:17 And Ananias departed. And he entered the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, he who appeared to you on the way by which you arrived, sent me so that you would receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
9:18 And immediately, it was as if scales had fallen from his eyes, and he received his sight. And rising up, he was baptized.
9:19 And when he had taken a meal, he was strengthened. Now he was with the disciples who were at Damascus for some days.
9:20 And he was continuously preaching Jesus in the synagogues: that he is the Son of God.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to John   6: 52-59

6:52 If anyone eats from this bread, he shall live in eternity. And the bread that I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.”
6:53 Therefore, the Jews debated among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
6:54 And so, Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you.
6:55 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
6:56 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
6:57 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
6:58 Just as the living Father has sent me and I live because of the Father, so also whoever eats me, the same shall live because of me.
6:59 This is the bread that descends from heaven. It is not like the manna that your fathers ate, for they died. Whoever eats this bread shall live forever.”

April 19, 2018

Reading

The Acts of the Apostles    8: 26-40

8:26 Now an Angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Rise up and go toward the south, to the way which descends from Jerusalem into Gaza, where there is a desert.”
8:27 And rising up, he went. And behold, an Ethiopian man, a eunuch, powerful under Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasures, had arrived in Jerusalem to worship.
8:28 And while returning, he was sitting upon his chariot and reading from the prophet Isaiah.
8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Draw near and join yourself to this chariot.”
8:30 And Philip, hurrying, heard him reading from the prophet Isaiah, and he said, “Do you think that you understand what you are reading?”
8:31 And he said, “But how can I, unless someone will have revealed it to me?” And he asked Philip to climb up and sit with him.
8:32 Now the place in Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter. And like a lamb silent before his shearer, so he opened not his mouth.
8:33 He endured his judgment with humility. Who of his generation shall describe how his life was taken away from the earth?”
8:34 Then the eunuch responded to Philip, saying: “I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone else?”
8:35 Then Philip, opening his mouth and beginning from this Scripture, evangelized Jesus to him.
8:36 And while they were going along the way, they arrived at a certain water source. And the eunuch said: “There is water. What would prevent me from being baptized?”
8:37 Then Philip said, “If you believe from your whole heart, it is permitted.” And he responded by saying, “I believe the Son of God to be Jesus the Christ.”
8:38 And he ordered the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch descended into the water. And he baptized him.
8:39 And when they had ascended from the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him anymore. Then he went on his way, rejoicing.
8:40 Now Philip was found in Azotus. And continuing on, he evangelized all the cities, until he arrived in Caesarea.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According John    6: 44-51

6:44 No one is able to come to me, unless the Father, who has sent me, has drawn him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
6:45 It has been written in the Prophets: ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has listened and learned from the Father comes to me.
6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God; this one has seen the Father.
6:47 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me has eternal life.
6:48 I am the bread of life.
6:49 Your fathers ate manna in the desert, and they died.
6:50 This is the bread which descends from heaven, so that if anyone will eat from it, he may not die.
6:51 I am the living bread, who descended from heaven.

April 18, 2018

Reading

Acts    8: 1-8

8:1 Now in those days, there occurred a great persecution against the Church at Jerusalem. And they were all dispersed throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles.

8:2 But God-fearing men arranged for Stephen’s funeral, and they made a great mourning over him.

8:3 Then Saul was laying waste to the Church by entering throughout the houses, and dragging away men and women, and committing them to prison.

8:4 Therefore, those who had been dispersed were traveling around, evangelizing the Word of God.

8:5 Now Philip, descending to a city of Samaria, was preaching Christ to them.

8:6 And the crowd was listening intently and with one accord to those things which were being said by Philip, and they were watching the signs which he was accomplishing.

8:7 For many of them had unclean spirits, and, crying out with a loud voice, these departed from them.

8:8 And many of the paralytics and the lame were cured.

Gospel

John   6: 35-40

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

6:36 But I say to you, that even though you have seen me, you do not believe.

6:37 All that the Father gives to me shall come to me. And whoever comes to me, I will not cast out.

6:38 For I descended from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

6:39 Yet this is the will of the Father who sent me: that I should lose nothing out of all that he has given to me, but that I should raise them up on the last day.

6:40 So then, this is the will of my Father who sent me: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

April 17, 2018

Reading

The Acts of the Apostles   7: 51-8:1

7:51 Stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you ever resist the Holy Spirit. Just as your fathers did, so also do you do.
7:52 Which of the Prophets have your fathers not persecuted? And they killed those who foretold the advent of the Just One. And you have now become the betrayers and murderers of him.
7:53 You received the law by the actions of Angels, and yet you have not kept it.”
7:54 Then, upon hearing these things, they were deeply wounded in their hearts, and they gnashed their teeth at him.
7:55 But he, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and gazing intently toward heaven, saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.”
7:56 Then they, crying out with a loud voice, blocked their ears and, with one accord, rushed violently toward him.
7:57 And driving him out, beyond the city, they stoned him. And witnesses placed their garments beside the feet of a youth, who was called Saul.
7:58 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
7:59 Then, having been brought to his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his murder.

8:1 Now in those days, there occurred a great persecution against the Church at Jerusalem. And they were all dispersed throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to John    6: 30-35

6:30 And so they said to him: “Then what sign will you do, so that we may see it and believe in you? What will you work?
6:31 Our fathers ate manna in the desert, just as it has been written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
6:32 Therefore, Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, Moses did not give you bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
6:33 For the bread of God is he who descends from heaven and gives life to the world.”
6:34 And so they said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
6:35 Then Jesus said to them: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

April 16, 2018

Reading

The Acts of the Apostles    6: 8-15

6:8 Then Stephen, filled with grace and fortitude, wrought great signs and miracles among the people.
6:9 But certain ones, from the synagogue of the so-called Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those who were from Cilicia and Asia rose up and were disputing with Stephen.
6:10 But they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
6:11 Then they suborned men who were to claim that they had heard him speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.
6:12 And thus did they stir up the people and the elders and the scribes. And hurrying together, they seized him and brought him to the council.
6:13 And they set up false witnesses, who said: “This man does not cease to speak words against the holy place and the law.
6:14 For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and will change the traditions, which Moses handed down to us.”
6:15 And all those who were sitting in the council, gazing at him, saw his face, as if it had become the face of an Angel.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to John    6: 22-29

6:22 On the next day, the crowd which was standing across the sea saw that there were no other small boats in that place, except one, and that Jesus had not entered into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had departed alone.
6:23 Yet truly, other boats came over from Tiberias, next to the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord gave thanks.
6:24 Therefore, when the crowd had seen that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they climbed into the small boats, and they went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
6:25 And when they had found him across the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
6:26 Jesus answered them and said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten from the bread and were satisfied.
6:27 Do not work for food that perishes, but for that which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”
6:28 Therefore, they said to him, “What should we do, so that we may labor in the works of God?”
6:29 Jesus responded and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.”

April 15, 2018

Acts 3: 13- 15, 17- 19

3:13 The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you, indeed, handed over and denied before the face of Pilate, when he was giving judgment to release him.
3:14 Then you denied the Holy and Just One, and petitioned for a murderous man to be given to you.
3:15 Truly, it was the Author of Life whom you put to death, whom God raised from the dead, to whom we are witnesses.
3:17 And now, brothers, I know that you did this through ignorance, just as your leaders also did.
3:18 But in this way God has fulfilled the things that he announced beforehand through the mouth of all the Prophets: that his Christ would suffer.
3:19 Therefore, repent and be converted, so that your sins may be wiped away.

First St. John 2: 1- 5

2:1 My little sons, this I write to you, so that you may not sin. But if anyone has sinned, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just One.
2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins. And not only for our sins, but also for those of the whole world.
2:3 And we can be sure that we have known him by this: if we observe his commandments.
2:4 Whoever claims that he knows him, and yet does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2:5 But whoever keeps his word, truly in him the charity of God is perfected. And by this we know that we are in him.

Luke 24: 35- 48

24:35 And they explained the things that were done on the way, and how they had recognized him at the breaking of the bread.
24:36 Then, while they were talking about these things, Jesus stood in their midst, And he said to them: “Peace be with you. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
24:37 Yet truly, they were very disturbed and terrified, supposing that they saw a spirit.
24:38 And he said to them: “Why are you disturbed, and why do these thoughts rise up in your hearts?
24:39 See my hands and feet, that it is I myself. Look and touch. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”
24:40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
24:41 Then, while they were still in disbelief and in wonder out of joy, he said, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
24:42 And they offered him a piece of roasted fish and a honeycomb.
24:43 And when he had eaten these in their sight, taking up what was left, he gave it to them.
24:44 And he said to them: “These are the words that I spoke to you when I was still with you, because all things must be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms about me.”
24:45 Then he opened their mind, so that they might understand the Scriptures.
24:46 And he said to them: “For so it is written, and so it was necessary, for the Christ to suffer and to rise up from the dead on the third day,
24:47 and, in his name, for repentance and the remission of sins to be preached, among all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
24:48 And you are witnesses of these things.