Daily Readings

October 19, 2018

Ephesians 1: 11- 14

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.
1:13 In him, you also, after you heard and believed the Word of truth, which is the Gospel of your salvation, were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the Promise.
1:14 He is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the acquisition of redemption, to the praise of his glory.

Luke 12: 1- 7

12:1 Then, as great crowds were standing so close that they were stepping on one another, he began to say to his disciples: “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
12:2 For there is nothing covered, which will not be revealed, nor anything hidden, which will not be known.
12:3 For the things that you have spoken in darkness will be declared in the light. And what you have said in the ear in bedrooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.
12:4 So I say to you, my friends: Do not be fearful of those who kill the body, and afterwards have no more that they can do.
12:5 But I will reveal to you whom you should fear. Fear him who, after he will have killed, has the power to cast into Hell. So I say to you: Fear him.
12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? And yet not one of these is forgotten in the sight of God.
12:7 But even the very hairs of your head have all been numbered. Therefore, do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.

October 18, 2018

econd Timothy 4: 10- 17

4:10 Crescens has gone to Galatia; Titus to Dalmatia.
4:11 Luke alone is with me. Take Mark and bring him with you; for he is useful to me in the ministry.
4:12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
4:13 When you return, bring with you the supplies that I left with Carpus at Troas, and the books, but especially the parchments.
4:14 Alexander the coppersmith has shown me much evil; the Lord will repay him according to his works.
4:15 And you should also avoid him; for he has strongly resisted our words.
4:16 At my first defense, no one stood by me, but everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them!
4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the preaching would be accomplished, and so that all the Gentiles would hear. And I was freed from the mouth of the lion.

Luke 10: 1- 9

10:1 Then, after these things, the Lord also designated another seventy-two. And he sent them in pairs before his face, into every city and place where he was to arrive.
10:2 And he said to them: “Certainly the harvest is great, but the workers are few. Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into his harvest.
10:3 Go forth. Behold, I send you out like lambs among wolves.
10:4 Do not choose to carry a purse, nor provisions, nor shoes; and you shall greet no one along the way.
10:5 Into whatever house you will have entered, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
10:6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.
10:7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking the things that are with them. For the worker is worthy of his pay. Do not choose to pass from house to house.
10:8 And into whatever city you have entered and they have received you, eat what they set before you.
10:9 And cure the sick who are in that place, and proclaim to them, ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’

October 17, 2018

Galatians 5: 18- 25

5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest; they are: fornication, lust, homosexuality, self-indulgence,
5:20 the serving of idols, drug use, hostility, contentiousness, jealousy, wrath, quarrels, dissensions, divisions,
5:21 envy, murder, inebriation, carousing, and similar things. About these things, I continue to preach to you, as I have preached to you: that those who act in this way shall not obtain the kingdom of God.
5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, forbearance,
5:23 meekness, faith, modesty, abstinence, chastity. There is no law against such things.
5:24 For those who are Christ’s have crucified their flesh, along with its vices and desires.
5:25 If we live by the Spirit, we should also walk by the Spirit.

Luke 11: 42- 46

11:42 But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but you ignore judgment and the charity of God. But these things you ought to have done, without omitting the others.
11:43 Woe to you, Pharisees! For you love the first seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the marketplace.
11:44 Woe to you! For you are like graves that are not noticeable, so that men walk over them without realizing it.”
11:45 Then one of the experts in the law, in response, said to him, “Teacher, in saying these things, you bring an insult against us as well.”
11:46 So he said: “And woe to you experts in the law! For you weigh men down with burdens which they are not able to bear, but you yourselves do not touch the weight with even one of your fingers.

October 16, 2018

Galatians 5: 1- 6

5:1 Stand firm, and do not be willing to be again held by the yoke of servitude.
5:2 Behold, I, Paul, say to you, that if you have been circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you.
5:3 For I again testify, about every man circumcising himself, that he is obligated to act according to the entire law.
5:4 You are being emptied of Christ, you who are being justified by the law. You have fallen from grace.
5:5 For in spirit, by faith, we await the hope of justice.
5:6 For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision prevails over anything, but only faith which works through charity.

Luke 11: 37- 41

11:37 And as he was speaking, a certain Pharisee asked him to eat with him. And going inside, he sat down to eat.
11:38 But the Pharisee began to say, thinking within himself: “Why might it be that he has not washed before eating?”
11:39 And the Lord said to him: “You Pharisees today clean what is outside the cup and the plate, but what is inside of you is full of plunder and iniquity.
11:40 Fools! Did not he who made what is outside, indeed also make what is inside?
11:41 Yet truly, give what is above as alms, and behold, all things are clean for you.

October 15, 2018

Galatians 4: 22- 24, 26- 27, 31- 5:1

4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: one by a servant woman, and one by a free woman.
4:23 And he who was of the servant was born according to the flesh. But he who was of the free woman was born by the promise.
4:24 These things are said through an allegory. For these represent the two testaments. Certainly the one, on Mount Sinai, gives birth unto servitude, which is Hagar.
4:26 But that Jerusalem which is above is free; the same is our mother.
4:27 For it was written: “Rejoice, O barren one, though you do not conceive. Burst forth and cry out, though you do not give birth. For many are the children of the desolate, even more than of her who has a husband.”
4:31 And so, brothers, we are not the sons of the servant woman, but rather of the free woman. And this is the freedom with which Christ has set us free.

Galatians 5

5:1 Stand firm, and do not be willing to be again held by the yoke of servitude.

Luke 11: 29- 32

11:29 Then, as the crowds were quickly gathering, he began to say: “This generation is a wicked generation: it seeks a sign. But no sign will be given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
11:30 For just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of man be to this generation.
11:31 The queen of the South will rise up, at the judgment, with the men of this generation, and she will condemn them. For she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And behold, more than Solomon is here.
11:32 The men of Nineveh will rise up, at the judgment, with this generation, and they will condemn it. For at the preaching of Jonah, they repented. And behold, more than Jonah is here.

October 14, 2018

First Reading

Wisdom 7: 7- 11

7:7 Because of this, I chose, and understanding was given to me; and I prayed, and the spirit of wisdom came to me;
7:8 and I placed her before kingdoms and thrones, and I considered riches nothing in comparison with her.
7:9 Neither did I compare to her a precious stone, for all gold in comparison with her is like a little sand, and silver, in view of her, will be valued as if dirt.
7:10 I loved her above health and beauty, and I placed having her before light, for her light is unfailing.
7:11 Yet all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable honors by her hand;

Second Reading

Hebrews 4: 12- 13

4:12 For the Word of God is living and effective: more piercing than any two-edged sword, reaching to the division even between the soul and the spirit, even between the joints and the marrow, and so it discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
4:13 And there is no created thing that is invisible to his sight. For all things are naked and open to the eyes of him, about whom we are speaking.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark    10: 17-30

10:17 And when he had departed on the way, a certain one, running up and kneeling before him, asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do, so that I may secure eternal life?”
10:18 But Jesus said to him, “Why call me good? No one is good except the one God.
10:19 You know the precepts: “Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not speak false testimony. Do not deceive. Honor your father and mother.”
10:20 But in response, he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”
10:21 Then Jesus, gazing at him, loved him, and he said to him: “One thing is lacking to you. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.”
10:22 But he went away grieving, having been greatly saddened by the word. For he had many possessions.
10:23 And Jesus, looking around, said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”
10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus, answering again, said to them: “Little sons, how difficult it is for those who trust in money to enter into the kingdom of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God.”
10:26 And they wondered even more, saying among themselves, “Who, then, can be saved?”
10:27 And Jesus, gazing at them, said: “With men it is impossible; but not with God. For with God all things are possible.”
10:28 And Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have left all things and have followed you.”
10:29 In response, Jesus said: “Amen I say to you, There is no one who has left behind house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or land, for my sake and for the Gospel,
10:30 who will not receive one hundred times as much, now in this time: houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land, with persecutions, and in the future age eternal life.

October 13, 2018

Galatians 3: 22- 29

3:22 But Scripture has enclosed everything under sin, so that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
3:23 But before the faith arrived, we were preserved by being enclosed under the law, unto that faith which was to be revealed.
3:24 And so the law was our guardian in Christ, in order that we might be justified by faith.
3:25 But now that faith has arrived, we are no longer under a guardian.
3:26 For you are all sons of God, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ have become clothed with Christ.
3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither servant nor free; there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then are you the offspring of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.

Luke 11: 28- 29

11:28 Then he said, “Yes, but moreover: blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
11:29 Then, as the crowds were quickly gathering, he began to say: “This generation is a wicked generation: it seeks a sign. But no sign will be given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

October 12, 2018

Galatians 3: 7- 14

3:7 Therefore, know that those who are of faith, these are the sons of Abraham.
3:8 Thus Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, foretold to Abraham: “All nations shall be blessed in you.”
3:9 And so, those who are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham.
3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it has been written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things that have been written in the book of the Law, so as to do them.”
3:11 And, since in the law no one is justified with God, this is manifest: “For the just man lives by faith.”
3:12 But the law is not of faith; instead, “he who does these things shall live by them.”
3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, since he became a curse for us. For it is written: “Cursed is anyone who hangs from a tree.”
3:14 This was so that the blessing of Abraham might reach the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, in order that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Luke 11: 15- 26

11:15 But some of them said, “It is by Beelzebub, the leader of demons, that he casts out demons.”
11:16 And others, testing him, required a sign from heaven of him.
11:17 But when he perceived their thoughts, he said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself will become desolate, and house will fall upon house.
11:18 So then, if Satan is also divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebub that I cast out demons.
11:19 But if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your own sons cast them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges.
11:20 Moreover, if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then certainly the kingdom of God has overtaken you.
11:21 When a strong armed man guards his entrance, the things that he possesses are at peace.
11:22 But if a stronger one, overwhelming him, has defeated him, he will take away all his weapons, in which he trusted, and he will distribute his spoils.
11:23 Whoever is not with me, is against me. And whoever does not gather with me, scatters.
11:24 When an unclean spirit has departed from a man, he walks through waterless places, seeking rest. And not finding any, he says: ‘I will return to my house, from which I departed.’
11:25 And when he has arrived, he finds it swept clean and decorated.
11:26 Then he goes, and he takes in seven other spirits with him, more wicked than himself, and they enter and live there. And so, the end of that man is made worse the beginning.”

October 11, 2018

Galatians 3: 1-5

3:1 O senseless Galatians, who has so fascinated you that you would not obey the truth, even though Jesus Christ has been presented before your eyes, crucified among you?
3:2 I wish to know only this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3:3 Are you so foolish that, though you began with the Spirit, you would now end with the flesh?
3:4 Have you been suffering so much without a reason? If so, then it is in vain.
3:5 Therefore, does he who distributes the Spirit to you, and who works miracles among you, act by the works of the law, or by the hearing of the faith?

Luke 11: 5- 13

11:5 And he said to them: “Which of you will have a friend and will go to him in the middle of the night, and will say to him: ‘Friend, lend me three loaves,
11:6 because a friend of mine has arrived from a journey to me, and I do not have anything to set before him.’
11:7 And from within, he would answer by saying: ‘Do not disturb me. The door is closed now, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give it to you.’
11:8 Yet if he will persevere in knocking, I tell you that, even though he would not get up and give it to him because he is a friend, yet due to his continued insistence, he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 And so I say to you: Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you.
11:10 For everyone who asks, receives. And whoever seeks, finds. And whoever knocks, it shall be opened to him.
11:11 So then, who among you, if he asks his father for bread, he would give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he would give him a serpent, instead of a fish?
11:12 Or if he will ask for an egg, he would offer to him a scorpion?
11:13 Therefore, if you, being evil, know how to give good things to your sons, how much more will your Father give, from heaven, a spirit of goodness to those who ask him?”

October 10, 2018

Galatians 2: 1-2, 7- 14

2:1 Next, after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, taking with me Barnabas and Titus.
2:2 And I went up according to revelation, and I debated with them about the Gospel that I am preaching among the Gentiles, but away from those who were pretending to be something, lest perhaps I might run, or have run, in vain.
2:7 But it was to the contrary, since they had seen that the Gospel to the uncircumcised was entrusted to me, just as the Gospel to the circumcised was entrusted to Peter.
2:8 For he who was working the Apostleship to the circumcised in Peter, was also working in me among the Gentiles.
2:9 And so, when they had acknowledged the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who seemed like pillars, gave to me and to Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we would go to the Gentiles, while they went to the circumcised,
2:10 asking only that we should be mindful of the poor, which was the very thing that I also was solicitous to do.
2:11 But when Cephas had arrived at Antioch, I stood against him to his face, because he was blameworthy.
2:12 For before certain ones arrived from James, he ate with the Gentiles. But when they had arrived, he drew apart and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.
2:13 And the other Jews consented to his pretense, so that even Barnabas was led by them into that falseness.
2:14 But when I had seen that they were not walking correctly, by the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas in front of everyone: “If you, while you are a Jew, are living like the Gentiles and not the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to keep the customs of the Jews?”

Luke 11: 1- 4

11:1 And it happened that, while he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
11:2 And he said to them: “When you are praying, say: Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come.
11:3 Give us this day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins, since we also forgive all who are indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”