Daily Readings

February 18, 2019

Genesis 4: 1- 15, 25

4:1Truly, Adam knew his wife Eve, who conceived and gave birth to Cain, saying, “I have obtained a man through God.”
4:2And again she gave birth to his brother Abel. But Abel was a pastor of sheep, and Cain was a farmer.
4:3Then it happened, after many days, that Cain offered gifts to the Lord, from the fruits of the earth.
4:4Abel likewise offered from the firstborn of his flock, and from their fat. And the Lord looked with favor on Abel and his gifts.
4:5Yet in truth, he did not look with favor on Cain and his gifts. And Cain was vehemently angry, and his countenance fell.
4:6And the Lord said to him: “Why are you angry? And why is your face fallen?
4:7If you behave well, will you not receive? But if you behave badly, will not sin at once be present at the door? And so its desire will be within you, and you will be dominated by it.”
4:8And Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go outside.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and he put him to death.
4:9And the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” And he responded: “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
4:10And he said to him: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the land.
4:11Now, therefore, you will be cursed upon the land, which opened its mouth and received the blood of your brother at your hand.
4:12When you work it, it will not give you its fruit; a vagrant and a fugitive shall you be upon the land.”
4:13And Cain said to the Lord: “My iniquity is too great to deserve kindness.
4:14Behold, you have cast me out this day before the face of the earth, and from your face I will be hidden; and I will be a vagrant and a fugitive on the earth. Therefore, anyone who finds me will kill me.”
4:15And the Lord said to him: “By no means will it be so; rather, whoever would kill Cain, will be punished sevenfold.” And the Lord placed a seal upon Cain, so that anyone who found him would not put him to death.
4:25Adam also knew his wife again, and she gave birth to a son, and she called his name Seth, saying, “God has given me another offspring, in place of Abel, whom Cain killed.”

Mark 8: 11- 13

8:11And the Pharisees went out and began to contend with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, testing him.
8:12And sighing deeply in spirit, he said: “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, if only a sign will be given to this generation!”
8:13And sending them away, he climbed into the boat again, and he went away across the sea.

February 17, 2019

Jeremiah    17: 5-10

17:5Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is a man who trusts in man, and who establishes what is flesh as his right arm, and whose heart withdraws from the Lord.
17:6For he will be like a saltcedar tree in the desert. And he will not perceive it, when what is good has arrived. Instead, he will live in dryness, in a desert, in a land of salt, which is uninhabitable.
17:7Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, for the Lord will be his confidence.
17:8And he will be like a tree planted beside waters, which sends out its roots to moist soil. And it will not fear when the heat arrives. And its leaves will be green. And in the time of drought, it will not be anxious, nor will it cease at any time to bear fruit.
17:9The heart is depraved above all things, and it is unsearchable, who can know it?
17:10I am the Lord, who examines the heart and tests the temperament, who gives to each one according to his way and according to the fruit of his own decisions.

First Corinthians  15: 12-20

15:12 Now if Christ is preached, that he rose again from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

15:13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen.

15:14 And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is useless, and your faith is also useless.

15:15 Then, too, we would be found to be false witnesses of God, because we would have given testimony against God, saying that he had raised up Christ, when he had not raised him up, if, indeed, the dead do not rise again.

15:16 For if the dead do not rise again, then neither has Christ risen again.

15:17 But if Christ has not risen, then your faith is vain; for you would still be in your sins.

15:18 Then, too, those who have fallen asleep in Christ would have perished.

15:19 If we have hope in Christ for this life only, then we are more miserable than all men.

15:20 But now Christ has risen again from the dead, as the first-fruits of those who sleep.

Luke 6: 17, 20- 16

6:17And descending with them, he stood in a level place with a multitude of his disciples, and a copious multitude of people from all of Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast, and Tyre and Sidon,
6:20And lifting up his eyes to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
6:21Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who are weeping now, for you shall laugh.
6:22Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they will have separated you and reproached you, and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of man.
6:23Be glad in that day and exult. For behold, your reward is great in heaven. For these same things their fathers did to the prophets.
6:24Yet truly, woe to you who are wealthy, for you have your consolation.
6:25Woe to you who are satisfied, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
6:26Woe to you when men will have blessed you. For these same things their fathers did to the false prophets

February 16, 2019

Genesis 3: 9- 24

3:9And the Lord God called Adam and said to him: “Where are you?”
3:10And he said, “I heard your voice in Paradise, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and so I hid myself.”
3:11He 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?”
3:12And Adam said, “The woman, whom you gave to me as a companion, gave to me from the tree, and I ate.”
3:13And the Lord God said to the woman, “Why have you done this?” And she responded, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
3:14And 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.
3:15I 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.”
3:16To the woman, he also said: “I will multiply your labors and your conceptions. In pain shall you give birth to sons, and you shall be under your husband’s power, and he shall have dominion over you.”
3:17Yet truly, to Adam, he said: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, from which I instructed you that you should not eat, cursed is the land that you work. In hardship shall you eat from it, all the days of your life.
3:18Thorns and thistles shall it produce for you, and you shall eat the plants of the earth.
3:19By the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, until you return to the earth from which you were taken. For dust you are, and unto dust you shall return.”
3:20And Adam called the name of his wife, ‘Eve,’ because she was the mother of all the living.
3:21The Lord God also made for Adam and his wife garments from skins, and he clothed them.
3:22And he said: “Behold, Adam has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Therefore, now perhaps he may put forth his hand and also take from the tree of life, and eat, and live in eternity.”
3:23And so the Lord God sent him away from the Paradise of enjoyment, in order to work the earth from which he was taken.
3:24And he cast out Adam. And in front of the Paradise of enjoyment, he placed the Cherubim with a flaming sword, turning together, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Mark 8: 1- 10

8:1In those days, again, when there was a great crowd, and they did not have anything to eat, calling together his disciples, he said to them:
8:2“I have compassion for the multitude, because, behold, they have persevered with me now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat.
8:3And if I were to send them away fasting to their home, they might faint on the way.” For some of them came from far away.
8:4And his disciples answered him, “From where would anyone be able to obtain enough bread for them in the wilderness?”
8:5And he questioned them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”
8:6And he instructed the crowd to sit down to eat on the ground. And taking the seven loaves, giving thanks, he broke and gave it to his disciples in order to place before them. And they placed these before the crowd.
8:7And they had a few small fish. And he blessed them, and he ordered them to be placed before them.
8:8And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up what had been leftover from the fragments: seven baskets.
8:9And those who ate were about four thousand. And he dismissed them.
8:10And promptly climbing into a boat with his disciples, he went into the parts of Dalmanutha.

February 15, 2019

Genesis 3: 1- 8

3:1However, the serpent was more crafty than any of the creatures of the earth that the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Why has God instructed you, that you should not eat from every tree of Paradise?”
3:2The woman responded to him: “From the fruit of the trees which are in Paradise, we eat.
3:3Yet truly, from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of Paradise, God has instructed us that we should not eat, and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we may die.”
3:4Then the serpent said to the woman: “By no means will you die a death.
3:5For God knows that, on whatever day you will eat from it, your eyes will be opened; and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.”
3:6And so the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and beautiful to the eyes, and delightful to consider. And she took from its fruit, and she ate. And she gave to her husband, who ate.
3:7And the eyes of them both were opened. And when they realized themselves to be naked, they joined together fig leaves and made coverings for themselves.
3:8And when they had heard the voice of the Lord God taking a walk in Paradise in the afternoon breeze, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the face of the Lord God in the midst of the trees of Paradise.

Mark 7: 31- 37

7:31And again, departing from the borders of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the area of the Ten Cities.
7:32And they brought someone who was deaf and mute to him. And they begged him, so that he would lay his hand upon him.
7:33And taking him away from the crowd, he put his fingers into his ears; and spitting, he touched his tongue.
7:34And gazing up to heaven, he groaned and said to him: “Ephphatha,” which is, “Be opened.”
7:35And immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke correctly.
7:36And he instructed them not to tell anyone. But as much as he instructed them, so much more did they preach about it.
7:37And so much more did they wonder, saying: “He has done all things well. He has caused both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

February 14, 2019

Genesis 2: 18- 25

2:18The Lord God also said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. Let us make a helper for him similar to himself.”
2:19Therefore, the Lord God, having formed from the soil all the animals of the earth and all the flying creatures of the air, brought them to Adam, in order to see what he would call them. For whatever Adam would call any living creature, that would be its name.
2:20And Adam called each of the living things by their names: all the flying creatures of the air, and all the wild beasts of the land. Yet truly, for Adam, there was not found a helper similar to himself.
2:21And so the Lord God sent a deep sleep upon Adam. And when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and he completed it with flesh for it.
2:22And the Lord God built up the rib, which he took from Adam, into a woman. And he led her to Adam.
2:23And Adam said: “Now this is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. This one shall be called woman, because she was taken from man.”
2:24For this reason, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife; and the two shall be as one flesh.
2:25Now they were both naked: Adam, of course, and his wife. And they were not ashamed.

Mark 7: 24- 30

7:24And rising up, he went from there to the area of Tyre and Sidon. And entering into a house, he intended no one to know about it, but he was not able to remain hidden.
7:25For a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit, as soon as she heard about him, entered and fell prostrate at his feet.
7:26For the woman was a Gentile, by birth a Syro-Phoenician. And she petitioned him, so that he would cast the demon from her daughter.
7:27And he said to her: “First allow the sons to have their fill. For it is not good to take away the bread of the sons and throw it to the dogs.”
7:28But she responded by saying to him: “Certainly, Lord. Yet the young dogs also eat, under the table, from the crumbs of the children.”
7:29And he said to her, “Because of this saying, go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”
7:30And when she had gone to her house, she found the girl lying on the bed; and the demon had gone away.

February 13, 2019

Genesis 2: 4- 9, 15- 17

2:4These are the generations of heaven and earth, when they were created, in the day when the Lord God made heaven and earth,
2:5and every sapling of the field, before it would rise up in the land, and every wild plant, before it would germinate. For the Lord God had not brought rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the land.
2:6But a fountain ascended from the earth, irrigating the entire surface of the land.
2:7And then the Lord God formed man from the clay of the earth, and he breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
2:8Now the Lord God had planted a Paradise of enjoyment from the beginning. In it, he placed the man whom he had formed.
2:9And from the soil the Lord God produced every tree that was beautiful to behold and pleasant to eat. And even the tree of life was in the midst of Paradise, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
2:15Thus, the Lord God brought the man, and put him into the Paradise of enjoyment, so that it would be attended and preserved by him.
2:16And he instructed him, saying: “From every tree of Paradise, you shall eat.
2:17But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat. For in whatever day you will eat from it, you will die a death.”

Mark 7: 14- 23

7:14And again, calling the crowd to him, he said to them: “Listen to me, all of you, and understand.
7:15There is nothing from outside a man which, by entering into him, is able to defile him. But the things which procede from a man, these are what pollute a man.
7:16Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”
7:17And when he had entered into the house, away from the crowd, his disciples questioned him about the parable.
7:18And he said to them: “So, are you also without prudence? Do you not understand that everything entering to a man from outside is not able to pollute him?
7:19For it does not enter into his heart, but into the gut, and it exits into the sewer, purging all foods.”
7:20“But,” he said “the things which go out from a man, these pollute a man.
7:21For from within, from the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
7:22thefts, avarice, wickedness, deceitfulness, homosexuality, an evil eye, blasphemy, self-exaltation, foolishness.
7:23All these evils procede from within and pollute a man.”

February 12, 2019

Genesis 1: 20- 2: 4

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.
2:3And he blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. For in it, he had ceased from all his work: the work whereby God created whatever he should make.
2:4These are the generations of heaven and earth, when they were created, in the day when the Lord God made heaven and earth,

Mark 7: 1- 13

7:1And the Pharisees and some of the scribes, arriving from Jerusalem, gathered together before him.
7:2And when they had seen certain ones from his disciples eating bread with common hands, that is, with unwashed hands, they disparaged them.
7:3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat without repeatedly washing their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders.
7:4And when returning from the market, unless they wash, they do not eat. And there are many other things which have been handed down to them to observe: the washings of cups, and pitchers, and bronze containers, and beds.
7:5And so the Pharisees and the scribes questioned him: “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but they eat bread with common hands?”
7:6But in response, he said to them: “So well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, just as it has been written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7:7And in vain do they worship me, teaching the doctrines and precepts of men.’
7:8For abandoning the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men, to the washing of pitchers and cups. And you do many other things similar to these.”
7:9And he said to them: “You effectively nullify the precept of God, so that you may observe your own tradition.
7:10For Moses said: ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever will have cursed father or mother, let him die a death.’
7:11But you say, ‘If a man will have said to his father or mother: Korban, (which is a gift) whatever is from me will be to your benefit,’
7:12then you do not release him to do anything for his father or mother,
7:13rescinding the word of God through your tradition, which you have handed down. And you do many other similar things in this way.”

February 11, 2019

Genesis 1: 1- 19

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.

Mark 6: 53- 56

6:53And when they had crossed over, they arrived in the land of Genesaret, and they reached the shore.
6:54And when they had disembarked from the boat, the people immediately recognized him.
6:55And running throughout that entire region, they began to carry on beds those who had maladies, to where they heard that he would be.
6:56And in whichever place he entered, in towns or villages or cities, they placed the infirm in the main streets, and they pleaded with him that they might touch even the hem of his garment. And as many as touched him were made healthy.

February 10, 2019

Isaiah 6: 1- 8

6:1In the year in which king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, sublime and exalted, and the things that were under him filled the temple.
6:2The Seraphims were standing above the throne. One had six wings, and the other had six wings: with two they were covering his face, and with two they were covering his feet, and with two they were flying.
6:3And they were crying out to one another, and saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!”
6:4And the lintels above the hinges were shaken at the voice of the one crying out. And the house was filled with smoke.
6:5And I said: “Woe to me! For I have remained silent. For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live in the midst of a people having unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6:6And one of the Seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a burning coal, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
6:7And he touched my mouth, and he said, “Behold, this has touched your lips, and so your iniquities will be taken away, and your sin will be cleansed.”
6:8And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send?” and, “Who will go for us?” And I said: “Here I am. Send me.”

First Corinthians 15: 1- 11

15:1And so I make known to you, brothers, the Gospel that I preached to you, which you also received, and on which you stand.
15:2By the Gospel, too, you are being saved, if you hold to the understanding that I preached to you, lest you believe in vain.
15:3For I handed on to you, first of all, what I also received: that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures;
15:4and that he was buried; and that he rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures;
15:5and that he was seen by Cephas, and after that by the eleven.
15:6Next he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, many of whom remain, even to the present time, although some have fallen asleep.
15:7Next, he was seen by James, then by all the Apostles.
15:8And last of all, he was seen also by me, as if I were someone born at the wrong time.
15:9For I am the least of the Apostles. I am not worthy to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.
15:10But, by the grace of God, I am what I am. And his grace in me has not been empty, since I have labored more abundantly than all of them. Yet it is not I, but the grace of God within me.
15:11For whether it is I or they: so we preach, and so you have believed.

Luke 5: 1- 11

5:1Now it happened that, when the crowds pressed toward him, so that they might hear the word of God, he was standing beside the lake of Genesaret.
5:2And he saw two boats standing beside the lake. But the fishermen had climbed down, and they were washing their nets.
5:3And so, climbing into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, he asked him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting down, he taught the crowds from the boat.
5:4Then, when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Lead us into deep water, and release your nets for a catch.”
5:5And in response, Simon said to him: “Teacher, working throughout the night, we caught nothing. But on your word, I will release the net.”
5:6And when they had done this, they enclosed such a copious multitude of fish that their net was rupturing.
5:7And they signaled to their associates, who were in the other boat, so that they would come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were nearly submerged.
5:8But when Simon Peter had seen this, he fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
5:9For astonishment had enveloped him, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish that they had taken.
5:10Now the same was true of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were associates of Simon. And Jesus said to Simon: “Do not be afraid. From now on, you will be catching men.”
5:11And having led their boats to land, leaving behind everything, they followed him.


February 9, 2019

Hebrews 13: 15- 17, 20- 21

13:15Therefore, through him, let us offer the sacrifice of continual praise to God, which is the fruit of lips confessing his name.
13:16But do not be willing to forget good works and fellowship. For God is deserving of such sacrifices.
13:17Obey your leaders and be subject to them. For they watch over you, as if to render an account of your souls. So then, may they do this with joy, and not with grief. Otherwise, it would not be as helpful to you.
13:20Then may the God of peace, who led back from the dead that great Pastor of sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, with the blood of the eternal testament,
13:21equip you with all goodness, so that you may do his will. May he accomplish in you whatever is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom is glory forever and ever. Amen.

Mark 6: 30- 34

6:30And the Apostles, returning to Jesus, reported to him everything that they had done and taught.
6:31And he said to them, “Go out alone, into a deserted place, and rest for a little while.” For there were so many who were coming and going, that they did not even have time to eat.
6:32And climbing into a boat, they went away to a deserted place alone.
6:33And they saw them going away, and many knew about it. And together they ran by foot from all the cities, and they arrived before them.
6:34And Jesus, going out, saw a great multitude. And he took pity on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.