Daily Readings

  • July 14, 2024

    First Reading

    The Book of the Prophet Amos   7: 12-15

    7:12And Amaziah said to Amos, “You, seer, go out and flee into the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there.
    7:13And in Bethel, do not prophesy any longer, because it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is the house of the kingdom.”
    7:14And Amos responded, and he said to Amasias, “I am not a prophet, and I am not the son of a prophet, but I am a herdsman plucking from wild fig trees.
    7:15And the Lord took me, when I was following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ ”

    Second Reading

    The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians     1: 3-14

    1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ,
    1:4just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight, in charity.
    1:5He has predestined us to adoption as sons, through Jesus Christ, in himself, according to the purpose of his will,
    1:6for the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son.
    1:7In him, we have redemption through his blood: the remission of sins in accord with the riches of his grace,
    1:8which is superabundant in us, with all wisdom and prudence.
    1:9So does he make known to us the mystery of his will, which he has set forth in Christ, in a manner well-pleasing to him,
    1:10in the dispensation of the fullness of time, so as to renew in Christ everything that exists through him in heaven and on earth.
    1:11In 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.
    1:12So may we be, to the praise of his glory, we who have hoped beforehand in Christ.
    1:13In 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.
    1:14He is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the acquisition of redemption, to the praise of his glory.

    Gospel

    The Holy Gospel According to Mark     6: 7-13

    6:7And he called the twelve. And he began to send them out in twos, and he gave them authority over unclean spirits.
    6:8And he instructed them not to take anything for the journey, except a staff: no traveling bag, no bread, and no money belt,
    6:9but to wear sandals, and not to wear two tunics.
    6:10And he said to them: “Whenever you have entered into a house, stay there until you depart from that place.
    6:11And whoever will neither receive you, nor listen to you, as you go away from there, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
    6:12And going out, they were preaching, so that people would repent.
    6:13And they cast out many demons, and they anointed many of the sick with oil and healed them.

  • July 13, 2024

    Isaiah 6: 1- 8

    6:1 In 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.
    6:2 The 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.
    6:3 And 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!”
    6:4 And the lintels above the hinges were shaken at the voice of the one crying out. And the house was filled with smoke.
    6:5 And 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!”
    6:6 And one of the Seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a burning coal, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
    6:7 And 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.”
    6:8 And 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.”

    Gospel

    The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 24- 33

    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.
    10:31 But many of the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”


  • July 12, 2024

    Hosea 14: 2- 10

    14:2 Israel, convert to the Lord your God. For you have been ruined by your own iniquity.
    14:3 Take these words with you and return to the Lord. And say to him, “Remove all iniquity and accept the good. And we will repay the calves of our lips.
    14:4 Assur will not save us; we will not ride on horses. Neither will we say any more, ‘The works of our hands are our gods,’ for those that are in you will have mercy on the orphan.”
    14:5 I will heal their contrition; I will love them spontaneously. For my wrath has been turned away from them.
    14:6 I will be like the dew; Israel will spring forth like the lily, and his root will spread out like that of the cedars of Lebanon.
    14:7 His branches will advance, and his glory will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance will be like that of the cedars of Lebanon.
    14:8 They will be converted, sitting in his shadow. They will live on wheat, and they will grow like a vine. His memorial will be like the wine of the cedars of Lebanon.
    14:9 Ephraim will say, “What are idols to me any more?” I will listen to him, and I will set him straight like a healthy spruce tree. Your fruit has been found by me.
    14:10 Who is wise and will understand this? Who has understanding and will know these things? For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the just will walk in them, but truly, the traitors will fall in them.

    Gospel

    The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 16-23

    10:16 And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them.
    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!”


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