Daily Readings

October 13, 2019

Second Kings 5: 14-17

5:14So he descended and washed in the Jordan seven times, in accord with the word of the man of God. And his flesh was restored, like the flesh of a little child. And he was made clean.
5:15And returning to the man of God, with his entire retinue, he arrived, and stood before him, and he said: “Truly, I know there is no other God, in all the earth, except in Israel. And so I beg you to accept a blessing from your servant.”
5:16But he responded, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will not accept it.” And though he urged him strongly, he did not agree at all.
5:17And Naaman said: “As you wish. But I beg you to grant to me, your servant, that I may take from here the burden of two mules from the ground. For your servant will no longer offer holocaust or victim to other gods, except to the Lord.

Second Timothy 2: 8- 13

2:8Be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the offspring of David, has risen again from the dead, according to my Gospel.
2:9I labor in this Gospel, even while chained like an evildoer. But the Word of God is not bound.
2:10I endure all things for this reason: for the sake of the elect, so that they, too, may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.
2:11It is a faithful saying: that if we have died with him, we will also live with him.
2:12If we suffer, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he will also deny us.
2:13If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful: he is not able to deny himself.

Luke 17: 11-19

17:11And it happened that, while he was traveling to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
17:12And as he was entering a certain town, ten leprous men met him, and they stood at a distance.
17:13And they lifted up their voice, saying, “Jesus, Teacher, take pity on us.”
17:14And when he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And it happened that, as they were going, they were cleansed.
17:15And one of them, when he saw that he was cleansed, returned, magnifying God with a loud voice.
17:16And he fell face down before his feet, giving thanks. And this one was a Samaritan.
17:17And in response, Jesus said: “Were not ten made clean? And so where are the nine?
17:18Was no one found who would return and give glory to God, except this foreigner?”
17:19And he said to him: “Rise up, go forth. For your faith has saved you.”

October 12, 2019

Joel 3: 11- 21

3:11Break out and advance, all nations of the world, and gather together. There the Lord will cause all your strong ones to meet death.”
3:12Let them arise and ascend to the valley of Jehoshaphat. For there I will sit, so as to judge all the nations of the world.
3:13Send 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.
3:14Nations, 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.
3:15The sun and the moon have been darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their splendor.
3:16And 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.
3:17And 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.
3:18And 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.
3:19Egypt 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.
3:20And Judea will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem for generation upon generation.
3:21And 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

11:27And 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.”
11:28Then he said, “Yes, but moreover: blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”

October 11, 2019

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

1:13Priests, 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.
1:14Sanctify 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.
2:1Blow 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:
2:2a 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

11:15But some of them said, “It is by Beelzebub, the leader of demons, that he casts out demons.”
11:16And others, testing him, required a sign from heaven of him.
11:17But when he perceived their thoughts, he said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself will become desolate, and house will fall upon house.
11:18So 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.
11:19But if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your own sons cast them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges.
11:20Moreover, if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then certainly the kingdom of God has overtaken you.
11:21When a strong armed man guards his entrance, the things that he possesses are at peace.
11:22But 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.
11:23Whoever is not with me, is against me. And whoever does not gather with me, scatters.
11:24When 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.’
11:25And when he has arrived, he finds it swept clean and decorated.
11:26Then 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 10, 2019

Malachi 3: 13- 18

3:13Your words have gathered strength over me, says the Lord.
3:14And 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?
3:15Therefore, 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.”
3:16Then 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.
3:17And 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.
3:18And 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

11:5And 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,
11:6because a friend of mine has arrived from a journey to me, and I do not have anything to set before him.’
11:7And 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.’
11:8Yet 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.
11:9And 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.
11:10For everyone who asks, receives. And whoever seeks, finds. And whoever knocks, it shall be opened to him.
11:11So 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?
11:12Or if he will ask for an egg, he would offer to him a scorpion?
11:13Therefore, 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 9, 2019

Jonah 4: 1- 11

4:1And Jonah was afflicted with a great affliction, and he was angry.
4:2And he prayed to the Lord, and he said, “I beg you, Lord, was this not my word, when I was still in my own land? Because of this, I knew beforehand to flee into Tarshish. For I know that you are a lenient and merciful God, patient and great in compassion, and forgiving despite ill will.
4:3And now, Lord, I ask you to take my life from me. For it is better for me to die than to live.”
4:4And the Lord said, “Do you really think you are right to be angry?”
4:5And Jonah went out of the city, and he sat opposite the east of the city. And he made himself a shelter there, and he was sitting under it in the shadow, until he might see what would befall the city.
4:6And the Lord God prepared an ivy, and it ascended over the head of Jonah so as to be a shadow over his head, and to protect him (for he had labored hard). And Jonah rejoiced because of the ivy, with great rejoicing.
4:7And God prepared a worm, when dawn approached on the next day, and it struck the ivy, and it dried up.
4:8And when the sun had risen, the Lord ordered a hot and burning wind. And the sun beat down on the head of Jonah, and he burned. And he petitioned for his soul that he might die, and he said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
4:9And the Lord said to Jonah, “Do you really think that you are right to be angry because of the ivy?” And he said, “I am right to be angry even unto death.”
4:10And the Lord said, “You grieve for the ivy, for which you have not labored and which you did not cause to grow, though it had been born during one night, and during one night perished.
4:11And shall I not spare Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than one hundred and twenty thousand men, who do not know the difference between their right and their left, and many beasts?”

Luke 11: 1- 4

11:1And 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.”
11:2And he said to them: “When you are praying, say: Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come.
11:3Give us this day our daily bread.
11:4And forgive us our sins, since we also forgive all who are indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

October 8, 2019

Jonah   3: 1-10

3:1And the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying:
3:2Rise, and go to Nineveh, the great city. And preach in it the preaching that I say to you.
3:3And 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.
3:4And 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.”
3:5And 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.
3:6And 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.
3:7And 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.
3:8And 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.
3:9Who knows if God may turn and forgive, and may turn away from his furious wrath, so that we might not perish?”
3:10And 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

10:38Now it happened that, while they were traveling, he entered into a certain town. And a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her home.
10:39And she had a sister, named Mary, who, while sitting beside the Lord’s feet, was listening to his word.
10:40Now 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.”
10:41And the Lord responded by saying to her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled over many things.
10:42And yet only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the best portion, and it shall not be taken away from her.”

October 7, 2019

Reading

Jonah 1: 1- 2: 2, 11

1:1And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying:
1:2Rise and go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach in it. For its malice has ascended before my eyes.
1:3And 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.
1:4But 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.
1:5And 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.
1:6And 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.”
1:7And 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.
1:8And 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?”
1:9And he said to them, “I am Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
1:10And 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.)
1:11And 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.
1:12And 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.”
1:13And the men were rowing, so as to return to dry land, but they did not succeed. For the sea flowed and swelled against them.
1:14And 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.”
1:15And they took Jonah and cast him into the sea. And the sea was stilled from its fury.
1:16And the men feared the Lord greatly, and they sacrificed victims to the Lord, and they made vows.
2:1And the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.
2:2And Jonah prayed to the Lord, his God, from the belly of the fish.
2:11And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Luke   10: 25-37

10:25And behold, a certain expert in the law rose up, testing him and saying, “Teacher, what must I do to possess eternal life?”
10:26But he said to him: “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
10:27In 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.”
10:28And he said to him: “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”
10:29But since he wanted to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
10:30Then 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.
10:31And it happened that a certain priest was descending along the same way. And seeing him, he passed by.
10:32And similarly a Levite, when he was near the place, also saw him, and he passed by.
10:33But a certain Samaritan, being on a journey, came near him. And seeing him, he was moved by mercy.
10:34And 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.
10:35And 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.’
10:36Which of these three, does it seem to you, was a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”
10:37Then he said, “The one who acted with mercy toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, and act similarly.”

October 6, 2019

Habakkuk 1: 2- 3, 2: 2- 4

1:2How long, O Lord, shall I cry out, and you will not heed? Shall I shout to you while suffering violence, and you will not save?
1:3Why have you revealed to me iniquity and hardship, to see plunder and injustice opposite me? And there has been judgment, but the opposition is more powerful.
2:2And the Lord responded to me and said: Write the vision and explain it on tablets, so that he who reads it may run through it.
2:3For as yet the vision is far off, and it will appear in the end, and it will not lie. If it expresses any delay, wait for it. For it is arriving and it will arrive, and it will not be hindered.
2:4Behold, he who is unbelieving, his soul will not be right within himself; but he who is just shall live in his faith.

Second Timothy 1: 6- 8, 13- 14

1:6Because of this, I admonish you to revive the grace of God, which is in you by the imposition of my hands.
1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of virtue, and of love, and of self-restraint.
1:8And so, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, his prisoner. Instead, collaborate with the Gospel in accord with the virtue of God,
1:13Hold to the kind of sound words that you have heard from me in the faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
1:14Guard the good entrusted to you through the Holy Spirit, who lives within us.

Luke 17: 5- 10

17:5And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
17:6But the Lord said: “If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be transplanted into the sea.’ And it would obey you.
17:7But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, would say to him, as he was returning from the field, ‘Come in immediately; sit down to eat,’
17:8and would not say to him: ‘Prepare my dinner; gird yourself and minister to me, while I eat and drink; and after these things, you shall eat and drink?’
17:9Would he be grateful to that servant, for doing what he commanded him to do?
17:10I think not. So too, when you have done all these things that have been taught to you, you should say: ‘We are useless servants. We have done what we should have done.’ ”

October 5, 2019

Reading

Baruch   4: 5-12, 27-29

4:5Be ever more peaceful in soul, O people of God, the memorial of Israel.
4:6You have been sold to the nations, not into destruction, but because of this, in resentment, you provoked God to wrath, and so you have been delivered to adversity.
4:7For you have exasperated him who made you, the eternal God, by sacrificing to evil spirits, and not to God.
4:8For you have forgotten God, who nurtured you, and you have saddened Jerusalem, your nurse.
4:9For she saw the wrath of God approaching you, and she said, “Listen, region of Zion, for God has brought upon me great sorrow.
4:10For I have seen the captivity of my people, my sons and daughters, which the Eternal has led over them.
4:11For I nurtured them with joy, but I sent them away with weeping and sorrow.
4:12Let no one rejoice over me, a widow and a desolation, for I am forsaken by many because of the sins of my sons, because they strayed from the law of God.
4:25Sons, endure patiently the wrath that has come upon you, for your enemy has persecuted you, but you will quickly see his destruction and you will climb over his neck.
4:26My delicate ones have walked rough ways, for they were regarded as a flock torn apart by enemies.
4:27Be ever more peaceful in soul, sons, and call out to the Lord, for you will be remembered by him who led you away.
4:28For as much as you thought to go astray from God, ten times as much again he will require of you when converting.
4:29For he who led you into evil, he himself will again lead you to eternal happiness with your salvation.”

Gospel

Luke   10: 17-24

10:17Then the seventy-two returned with gladness, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us, in your name.”
10:18And he said to them: “I was watching as Satan fell like lightning from heaven.
10:19Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the powers of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
10:20Yet truly, do not choose to rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
10:21In the same hour, he exulted in the Holy Spirit, and he said: “I confess to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones. It is so, Father, because this way was pleasing before you.
10:22All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and those to whom the Son has chosen to reveal him.”
10:23And turning to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
10:24For I say to you, that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things that you see, and they did not see them, and to hear the things that you hear, and they did not hear them.”

October 4, 2019

Baruch   1: 15-22

1:15And you will say, ‘To the Lord our God is justice, but to us is confusion of our face, just as it is this day for all of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
1:16even for our kings, and our leaders, and our priests, and our prophets, and our fathers.
1:17We have sinned before the Lord our God and we have not believed, lacking confidence in him.
1:18And we have not been submissive to him, and we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God, so as to walk in his commandments, which he has given to us.
1:19From the day that he led our fathers out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, we were unfaithful to the Lord our God, and, having been scattered, we fell away. We did not listen to his voice.
1:20And we joined ourselves to many evils and to the curses which the Lord established through Moses, his servant, who led our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land flowing with milk and honey, just as it is in the present day.
1:21And we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God, according to all the words of the prophets whom he sent to us.
1:22And we have gone astray, each one after the inclinations of his own malignant heart, serving strange gods and doing evil before the eyes of the Lord our God.

Luke   10: 13-16

10:13Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that have been wrought in you, had been wrought in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in haircloth and ashes.
10:14Yet truly, Tyre and Sidon will be forgiven more in the judgment than you will be.
10:15And as for you, Capernaum, who would be exalted even up to Heaven: you shall be submerged into Hell.
10:16Whoever hears you, hears me. And whoever despises you, despises me. And whoever despises me, despises him who sent me.”