Daily Readings

October 18, 2017

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, 2017

Romans 1: 16- 25

1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation for all believers, the Jew first, and the Greek.
1:17 For the justice of God is revealed within it, by faith unto faith, just as it was written: “For the just one lives by faith.”
1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven over every impiety and injustice among those men who fend off the truth of God with injustice.
1:19 For what is known about God is manifest in them. For God has manifested it to them.
1:20 For unseen things about him have been made conspicuous, since the creation of the world, being understood by the things that were made; likewise his everlasting virtue and divinity, so much so that they have no excuse.
1:21 For although they had known God, they did not glorify God, nor give thanks. Instead, they became weakened in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was obscured.
1:22 For, while proclaiming themselves to be wise, they became foolish.
1:23 And they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of flying things, and of four-legged beasts, and of serpents.
1:24 For this reason, God handed them over to the desires of their own heart for impurity, so that they afflicted their own bodies with indignities among themselves.
1:25 And they exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And they worshipped and served the creature, rather than the Creator, who is blessed for all eternity. Amen.

The Holy Gospel According to 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 16, 2017

Reading

Romans 1: 1- 7

1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called as an Apostle, separated for the Gospel of God,
1:2 which he had promised beforehand, through his Prophets, in the Holy Scriptures,
1:3 about his Son, who was made for him from the offspring of David according to the flesh,
1:4 the Son of God, who was predestined in virtue according to the Spirit of sanctification from the resurrection of the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ,
1:5 through whom we have received grace and Apostleship, for the sake of his name, for the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles,
1:6 from whom you also have been called by Jesus Christ:
1:7 To all who are at Rome, the beloved of God, called as saints. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel

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 15, 2017

Reading

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.

Second Reading

Philippians  4: 12-14, 19-20

4:12 I know how to be humbled, and I know how to abound. I am prepared for anything, anywhere: either to be full or to be hungry, either to have abundance or to endure scarcity.

4:13 Everything is possible in him who has strengthened me.

4:14 Yet truly, you have done well by sharing in my tribulation.

4:19 And may my God fulfill all your desires, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

4:20 And to God our Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   22: 1-14

22:1 And responding, Jesus again spoke to them in parables, saying:
22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was king, who celebrated a wedding for his son.
22:3 And he sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding. But they were not willing to come.
22:4 Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell the invited: Behold, I have prepared my meal. My bulls and fatlings have been killed, and all is ready. Come to the wedding.’
22:5 But they ignored this and they went away: one to his country estate, and another to his business.
22:6 Yet truly, the rest took hold of his servants and, having treated them with contempt, killed them.
22:7 But when the king heard this, he was angry. And sending out his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and he burned their city.
22:8 Then he said to his servants: ‘The wedding, indeed, has been prepared. But those who were invited were not worthy.
22:9 Therefore, go out to the ways, and call whomever you will find to the wedding.’
22:10 And his servants, departing into the ways, gathered all those whom they found, bad and good, and the wedding was filled with guests.
22:11 Then the king entered to see the guests. And he saw a man there who was not clothed in a wedding garment.
22:12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how is it that you have entered here without having a wedding garment?’ But he was dumbstruck.
22:13 Then the king said to the ministers: ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.’ ”

October 14, 2017

Joel 3: 11- 21

3:11 Break out and advance, all nations of the world, and gather together. There the Lord will cause all your strong ones to meet death.”
3:12 Let them arise and ascend to the valley of Jehoshaphat. For there I will sit, so as to judge all the nations of the world.
3:13 Send forth the sickles, because the harvest has matured. Advance and descend, for the press is full, the pressing room is overflowing. For their malice has been increasing.
3:14 Nations, nations in the valley of being cut to pieces: for the day of the Lord fittingly takes place in the valley of being cut to pieces.
3:15 The sun and the moon have been darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their splendor.
3:16 And the Lord will roar from Zion and utter his voice from Jerusalem. And the heavens and the earth will be moved. And the Lord will be the hope of his people and the strength of the sons of Israel.
3:17 And you will know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem will be holy, and strangers will not cross through it anymore.
3:18 And it will happen, in that day, that the mountains will drip sweetness, and the hills will flow with milk. And the waters will pass through all the rivers of Judah. And a fountain will go forth from the house of the Lord, and it will irrigate the desert of thorns.
3:19 Egypt will be in desolation, and Edom will be a wilderness destroyed, because of what they have unfairly done to the sons of Judah, and because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
3:20 And Judea will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem for generation upon generation.
3:21 And I will cleanse their blood, which I had not cleansed. And the Lord will remain in Zion.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke   11: 27-28

11:27 And it happened that, when he was saying these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you.”
11:28 Then he said, “Yes, but moreover: blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”

 

October 13, 2017

Joel 1: 13- 15, 2: 1- 2

1:13 Priests, gird yourselves and lament. Ministers of the altars, wail. Enter, ministers of my God, lie in sackcloth. For sacrifice and libation have passed away from the house of your God.
1:14 Sanctify a fast, call an assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of your God. And cry out to the Lord:
1:15 “Ah, ah, ah, the day!” For the day of the Lord is near, and it will arrive, like a devastation, before the powerful.
2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, wail on my holy mountain, let all the inhabitants of the land be stirred up. For the day of the Lord is on its way; for it is near:
2:2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and whirlwinds. Like the morning reaching over the mountains, they are a numerous and strong people. Nothing like them has existed since the beginning, nor will exist after them, even in the years of generation upon generation.

The Holy Gospel According to 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 12, 2017

Malachi 3: 13- 18

3:13 Your words have gathered strength over me, says the Lord.
3:14 And you have said, “What have we spoken against you?” You have said, “He labors in vain who serves God,” and, “What advantage is it that we have kept his precepts, and that we have walked sorrowfully in the sight of the Lord of hosts?
3:15 Therefore, we now call the arrogant blessed, as if those who work impiety have been built up, and as if they have tempted God and been saved.”
3:16 Then those who fear the Lord spoke, each one with his neighbor. And the Lord paid attention and heeded. And a book of remembrance was written in his sight, for those who fear the Lord and for those who consider his name.
3:17 And they will be my special possession, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I act. And I will spare them, just as a man spares his son who serves him.
3:18 And you shall be converted, and you will see the difference between the just and the impious, and between those who serve God and those who do not serve him.

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, 2017

Jonah   3: 1-10

3:1 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying:
3:2 Rise, and go to Nineveh, the great city. And preach in it the preaching that I say to you.
3:3 And Jonah rose, and he went to Nineveh in accordance with the word of the Lord. And Nineveh was a great city of three days’ journey.
3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city one day’s journey. And he cried out and said, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.”
3:5 And the men of Nineveh believed in God. And they proclaimed a fast, and they put on sackcloth, from the greatest all the way to the least.
3:6 And word reached the king of Nineveh. And he rose from his throne, and he threw off his robe from himself and was clothed in sackcloth, and he sat in ashes.
3:7 And he cried out and spoke: “In Nineveh, from the mouth of the king and of his princes, let it be said: Men and beasts and oxen and sheep may not taste anything. Neither shall they feed or drink water.
3:8 And let men and beasts be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry out to the Lord with strength, and may man be converted from his evil way, and from the iniquity that is in their hands.
3:9 Who knows if God may turn and forgive, and may turn away from his furious wrath, so that we might not perish?”
3:10 And God saw their works, that they had been converted from their evil way. And God took pity on them, concerning the harm that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke    10: 38-42

10:38 Now it happened that, while they were traveling, he entered into a certain town. And a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her home.
10:39 And she had a sister, named Mary, who, while sitting beside the Lord’s feet, was listening to his word.
10:40 Now Martha was continually busying herself with serving. And she stood still and said: “Lord, is it not a concern to you that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, speak to her, so that she may help me.”
10:41 And the Lord responded by saying to her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled over many things.
10:42 And yet only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the best portion, and it shall not be taken away from her.”

October 9, 2017

Reading

Jonah 1: 1- 2: 2, 11

1:1 And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying:
1:2 Rise and go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach in it. For its malice has ascended before my eyes.
1:3 And Jonah rose in order to flee from the face of the Lord to Tarshish. And he went down to Joppa and found a ship bound for Tarshish. And he paid its fare, and he went down into it, in order to go with them to Tarshish from the face of the Lord.
1:4 But the Lord sent a great wind into the sea. And a great tempest took place in the sea, and the ship was in danger of being crushed.
1:5 And the mariners were afraid, and the men cried out to their god. And they threw the containers that were in the ship into the sea in order to lighten it of them. And Jonah went down into the interior of the ship, and he fell into a painful deep sleep.
1:6 And the helmsman approached him, and he said to him, “Why are you weighed down with sleep? Rise, call upon your God, so perhaps God will be mindful of us and we might not perish.”
1:7 And a man said to his shipmate, “Come, and let us cast lots, so that we may know why this disaster is upon us.” And they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
1:8 And they said to him: “Explain to us what is the reason that this disaster is upon us. What is your work? Which is your country? And where are you going? Or which people are you from?”
1:9 And he said to them, “I am Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
1:10 And the men were greatly afraid, and they said to him, “Why have you done this?” (For the men knew that he was fleeing from the face of the Lord, because he had told them.)
1:11 And they said to him, “What are we to do with you, so that the sea will cease for us?” For the sea flowed and swelled.
1:12 And he said to them, “Take me, and cast me into the sea, and the sea will cease for you. For I know that it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
1:13 And the men were rowing, so as to return to dry land, but they did not succeed. For the sea flowed and swelled against them.
1:14 And they cried out to the Lord, and they said, “We beseech you, Lord, do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not attribute to us innocent blood. For you, Lord, have done just as it pleased you.”
1:15 And they took Jonah and cast him into the sea. And the sea was stilled from its fury.
1:16 And the men feared the Lord greatly, and they sacrificed victims to the Lord, and they made vows.

2:1 And the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
2:2 And Jonah prayed to the Lord, his God, from the belly of the fish.
2:11 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Luke   10: 25-37

10:25 And behold, a certain expert in the law rose up, testing him and saying, “Teacher, what must I do to possess eternal life?”
10:26 But he said to him: “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
10:27 In response, he said: “You shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and from your whole soul, and from all your strength, and from all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
10:28 And he said to him: “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”
10:29 But since he wanted to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
10:30 Then Jesus, taking this up, said: “A certain man descended from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he happened upon robbers, who now also plundered him. And inflicting him with wounds, they went away, leaving him behind, half-alive.
10:31 And it happened that a certain priest was descending along the same way. And seeing him, he passed by.
10:32 And similarly a Levite, when he was near the place, also saw him, and he passed by.
10:33 But a certain Samaritan, being on a journey, came near him. And seeing him, he was moved by mercy.
10:34 And approaching him, he bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. And setting him on his pack animal, he brought him to an inn, and he took care of him.
10:35 And the next day, he took out two denarii, and he gave them to the proprietor, and he said: ‘Take care of him. And whatever extra you will have spent, I will repay to you at my return.’
10:36 Which of these three, does it seem to you, was a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”
10:37 Then he said, “The one who acted with mercy toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, and act similarly.”

October 8, 2017

Isaiah 5: 1- 7

5:1 I will sing to my beloved the canticle of my paternal cousin, about his vineyard. A vineyard was made for my beloved, at the horn in the son of oil.
5:2 And he fenced it in, and he picked the stones out of it, and he planted it with the best vines, and he built a tower in the middle of it, and he set up a winepress within it. And he expected it to produce grapes, but it produced wild vines.
5:3 Now then, inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah: judge between me and my vineyard.
5:4 What more should I have done for my vineyard that I did not do for it? Should I not have expected it to produce grapes, though it produced wild vines?
5:5 And now, I will reveal to you what I will do to my vineyard. I will take away its fence, and it will be plundered. I will pull down its wall, and it will be trampled.
5:6 And I will make it desolate. It will not be pruned, and it will not be dug. And briers and thorns will rise up. And I will command the clouds not to rain upon it.
5:7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel. And the man of Judah is his delightful seedling. And I expected that he would do judgment, and behold iniquity, and that he would do justice, and behold an outcry.

Second Reading

Philippians 4: 6-9

4:6 Be anxious about nothing. But in all things, with prayer and supplication, with acts of thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.

4:7 And so shall the peace of God, which exceeds all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

4:8 Concerning the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is chaste, whatever is just, whatever is holy, whatever is worthy to be loved, whatever is of good repute, if there is any virtue, if there is any praiseworthy discipline: meditate on these.

4:9 All the things that you have learned and accepted and heard and seen in me, do these. And so shall the God of peace be with you.

Gospel

Matthew 21: 33-43

21:33 Listen to another parable. There was a man, the father of a family, who planted a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a press in it, and built a tower. And he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out to sojourn abroad.

21:34 Then, when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits.

21:35 And the farmers apprehended his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned yet another.

21:36 Again, he sent other servants, more than before; and they treated them similarly.

21:37 Then, at the very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere my son.’

21:38 But the farmers, seeing the son, said among themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then we will have his inheritance.’

21:39 And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard, and they killed him.

21:40 Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those farmers?”

21:41 They said to him, “He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will loan out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall repay to him the fruit in its time.”

21:42 Jesus said to them: “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’

21:43 Therefore, I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a people who shall produce its fruits.