Daily Readings

April 30, 2017

Acts 2: 14, 22- 33

2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and he spoke to them: “Men of Judea, and all those who are staying in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and incline your ears to my words.
2:22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus the Nazarene is a man confirmed by God among you through the miracles and wonders and signs that God accomplished through him in your midst, just as you also know.
2:23 This man, under the definitive plan and foreknowledge of God, was delivered by the hands of the unjust, afflicted, and put to death.
2:24 And he whom God has raised up has broken the sorrows of Hell, for certainly it was impossible for him to be held by it.
2:25 For David said about him: ‘I foresaw the Lord always in my sight, for he is at my right hand, so that I may not be moved.
2:26 Because of this, my heart has rejoiced, and my tongue has exulted. Moreover, my flesh shall also rest in hope.
2:27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hell, nor will you allow your Holy One to see corruption.
2:28 You have made known to me the ways of life. You will completely fill me with happiness by your presence.’
2:29 Noble brothers, permit me to speak freely to you about the Patriarch David: for he passed away and was buried, and his sepulcher is with us, even to this very day.
2:30 Therefore, he was a prophet, for he knew that God had sworn an oath to him about the fruit of his loins, about the One who would sit upon his throne.
2:31 Foreseeing this, he was speaking about the Resurrection of the Christ. For he was neither left behind in Hell, nor did his flesh see corruption.
2:32 This Jesus, God raised up again, and of this we are all witnesses.
2:33 Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the Promise of the Holy Spirit, he poured this out, just as you now see and hear.

First Peter 1: 17- 21

1:17 And if you invoke as Father him who, without showing favoritism to persons, judges according to each one’s work, then act in fear during the time of your sojourning here.
1:18 For you know that it was not with corruptible gold or silver that you were redeemed away from your useless behavior in the traditions of your fathers,
1:19 but it was with the precious blood of Christ, an immaculate and undefiled lamb,
1:20 foreknown, certainly, before the foundation of the world, and made manifest in these latter times for your sake.
1:21 Through him, you have been faithful to God, who raised him up from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope would be in God.

Luke 24: 13- 35

24:13 And behold, two of them went out, on the same day, to a town named Emmaus, which was the distance of sixty stadia from Jerusalem.
24:14 And they spoke to one another about all of these things that had occurred.
24:15 And it happened that, while they were speculating and questioning within themselves, Jesus himself, drawing near, traveled with them.
24:16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they would not recognize him.
24:17 And he said to them, “What are these words, which you are discussing with one another, as you walk and are sad?”
24:18 And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, responded by saying to him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
24:19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said, “About Jesus of Nazareth, who was a noble prophet, powerful in works and in words, before God and all the people.
24:20 And how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death. And they crucified him.
24:21 But we were hoping that he would be the Redeemer of Israel. And now, on top of all this, today is the third day since these things have happened.
24:22 Then, too, certain women from among us terrified us. For before daytime, they were at the tomb,
24:23 and, having not found his body, they returned, saying that they had even seen a vision of Angels, who said that he is alive.
24:24 And some of us went out to the tomb. And they found it just as the women had said. But truly, they did not find him.”
24:25 And he said to them: “How foolish and reluctant in heart you are, to believe everything that has been spoken by the Prophets!
24:26 Was not the Christ required to suffer these things, and so enter into his glory?”
24:27 And beginning from Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them, in all the Scriptures, the things that were about him.
24:28 And they drew near to the town where they were going. And he conducted himself so as to go on further.
24:29 But they were insistent with him, saying, “Remain with us, because it is toward evening and now daylight is declining.” And so he entered with them.
24:30 And it happened that, while he was at table with them, he took bread, and he blessed and broke it, and he extended it to them.
24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their eyes.
24:32 And they said to one another, “Was not our heart burning within us, while he was speaking on the way, and when he opened the Scriptures to us?”
24:33 And rising up at that same hour, they returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,
24:34 saying: “In truth, the Lord has risen, and he has appeared to Simon.”
24:35 And they explained the things that were done on the way, and how they had recognized him at the breaking of the bread.

April 29, 2017

Acts 6: 1- 7

6:1 In those days, as the number of disciples was increasing, there occurred a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, because their widows were treated with disdain in the daily ministration.
6:2 And so the twelve, calling together the multitude of the disciples, said: “It is not fair for us to leave behind the Word of God to serve at tables also.
6:3 Therefore, brothers, search among yourselves for seven men of good testimony, filled with the Holy Spirit and with wisdom, whom we may appoint over this work.
6:4 Yet truly, we will be continually in prayer and in the ministry of the Word.”
6:5 And the plan pleased the entire multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and with the Holy Spirit, and Philip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a new arrival from Antioch.
6:6 These they set before the sight of the Apostles, and while praying, they imposed hands on them.
6:7 And the Word of the Lord was increasing, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem was multiplied exceedingly. And even a large group of the priests were obedient to the faith.

John 6: 16- 21

6:16 Then, when evening arrived, his disciples descended to the sea.
6:17 And when they had climbed into a boat, they went across the sea to Capernaum. And darkness had now arrived, and Jesus had not returned to them.
6:18 Then the sea was stirred up by a great wind that was blowing.
6:19 And so, when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing near to the boat, and they were afraid.
6:20 But he said to them: “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
6:21 Therefore, they were willing to receive him into the boat. But immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

April 28, 2017

Acts 5: 34- 42

5:34But someone in the council, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law honored by all the people, rose up and ordered the men to be put outside briefly.

5:35And he said to them: “Men of Israel, you should be careful in your intentions about these men.5:36For before these days, Theudas stepped forward, asserting himself to be someone, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined with him. But he was killed, and all who believed in him were scattered, and they were reduced to nothing.

5:37After this one, Judas the Galilean stepped forward, in the days of the enrollment, and he turned the people toward himself. But he also perished, and all of them, as many as had joined with him, were dispersed.

5:38And now therefore, I say to you, withdraw from these men and leave them alone. For if this counsel or work is of men, it will be broken.

5:39Yet truly, if it is of God, you will not be able to break it, and perhaps you might be found to have fought against God.” And they agreed with him.

5:40And calling in the Apostles, having beaten them, they warned them not to speak at all in the name of Jesus. And they dismissed them.

5:41And indeed, they went forth from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were considered worthy to suffer insult on behalf of the name of Jesus.

5:42And every day, in the temple and among the houses, they did not cease to teach and to evangelize Christ Jesus.

John 6: 1- 15

6:1 After these things, Jesus traveled across the sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
6:2 And a great multitude was following him, for they saw the signs that he was accomplishing toward those who were infirm.
6:3 Therefore, Jesus went onto a mountain, and he sat down there with his disciples.
6:4 Now the Passover, the feast day of the Jews, was near.
6:5 And so, when Jesus had lifted up his eyes and had seen that a very great multitude came to him, he said to Philip, “From where should we buy bread, so that these may eat?”
6:6 But he said this to test him. For he himself knew what he would do.
6:7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii of bread would not be sufficient for each of them to receive even a little.”
6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him:
6:9 “There is a certain boy here, who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are these among so many?”
6:10 Then Jesus said, “Have the men sit down to eat.” Now, there was much grass in that place. And so the men, in number about five thousand, sat down to eat.
6:11 Therefore, Jesus took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting down to eat; similarly also, from the fish, as much as they wanted.
6:12 Then, when they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments that are left over, lest they be lost.”
6:13 And so they gathered, and they filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which were left over from those who had eaten.
6:14 Therefore, those men, when they had seen that Jesus had accomplished a sign, they said, “Truly, this one is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
6:15 And so, when he realized that they were going to come and take him away and make him king, Jesus fled back to the mountain, by himself alone.

April 27, 2017

Acts 5: 27- 33

5:27 And when they had brought them, they stood them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,
5:28 and said: “We strongly order you not to teach in this name. For behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you wish to bring the blood of this man upon us.”
5:29 But Peter and the Apostles responded by saying: “It is necessary to obey God, more so than men.
5:30 The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by hanging him on a tree.
5:31 It is he whom God has exalted at his right hand as Ruler and Savior, so as to offer repentance and the remission of sins to Israel.
5:32 And we are witnesses of these things, with the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all who are obedient to him.”
5:33 When they had heard these things, they were deeply wounded, and they were planning to put them to death.

John 3: 31- 36

3:31 He who comes from above, is above everything. He who is from below, is of the earth, and he speaks about the earth. He who comes from heaven is above everything.
3:32 And what he has seen and heard, about this he testifies. And no one accepts his testimony.
3:33 Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified that God is truthful.
3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God. For God does not give the Spirit by measure.
3:35 The Father loves the Son, and he has given everything into his hand.
3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. But whoever is unbelieving toward the Son shall not see life; instead the wrath of God remains upon him.”

April 26, 2017

Acts 5: 17- 26

5:17 Then the high priest and all those who were with him, that is, the heretical sect of the Sadducees, rose up and were filled with jealousy.
5:18 And they laid hands on the Apostles, and they placed them in the common prison.
5:19 But in the night, an Angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison and led them out, saying,
5:20 “Go and stand in the temple, speaking to the people all these words of life.”
5:21 And when they had heard this, they entered the temple at first light, and they were teaching. Then the high priest, and those who were with him, approached, and they called together the council and all the elders of the sons of Israel. And they sent to the prison to have them brought.
5:22 But when the attendants had arrived, and, upon opening the prison, had not found them, they returned and reported to them,
5:23 saying: “We found the prison certainly locked up with all diligence, and the guards standing before the door. But upon opening it, we found no one within.”
5:24 Then, when the magistrate of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were uncertain about them, as to what should happen.
5:25 But someone arrived and reported to them, “Behold, the men whom you placed in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people.”
5:26 Then the magistrate, with the attendants, went and brought them without force. For they were afraid of the people, lest they be stoned.

John 3: 16- 21

3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.
3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world, in order to judge the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him.
3:18 Whoever believes in him is not judged. But whoever does not believe is already judged, because he does not believe in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
3:19 And this is the judgment: that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness more than light. For their works were evil.
3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light and does not go toward the Light, so that his works may not be corrected.
3:21 But whoever acts in truth goes toward the Light, so that his works may be manifested, because they have been accomplished in God.”

April 25, 2017

Feast of St. Mark

First Peter 5: 5- 14

5:5 Similarly, young persons, be subject to the elders. And infuse all humility among one another, for God resists the arrogant, but to the humble he gives grace.
5:6 And so, be humbled under the powerful hand of God, so that he may exalt you in the time of visitation.
5:7 Cast all your cares upon him, for he takes care of you.
5:8 Be sober and vigilant. For your adversary, the devil, is like a roaring lion, traveling around and seeking those whom he might devour.
5:9 Resist him by being strong in faith, being aware that the same passions afflict those who are your brothers in the world.
5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself perfect, confirm, and establish us, after a brief time of suffering.
5:11 To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
5:12 I have written briefly, through Sylvanus, whom I consider to be a faithful brother to you, begging and testifying that this is the true grace of God, in which you have been established.
5:13 The Church which is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you, as does my son, Mark.
5:14 Greet one another with a holy kiss. Grace be to all of you who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Mark 16: 15- 20

16:15 And he said to them: “Go forth to the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
16:16 Whoever will have believed and been baptized will be saved. Yet truly, whoever will not have believed will be condemned.
16:17 Now these signs will accompany those who believe. In my name, they shall cast out demons. They will speak in new languages.
16:18 They will take up serpents, and, if they drink anything deadly, it will not harm them. They shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they will be well.”
16:19 And indeed, the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and he sits at the right hand of God.
16:20 Then they, setting out, preached everywhere, with the Lord cooperating and confirming the word by the accompanying signs.

April 24, 2017

Acts 4: 23- 31

4:23 Then, having been released, they went to their own, and they reported in full what the leaders of the priests and the elders had said to them.
4:24 And when they had heard it, with one accord, they lifted up their voice to God, and they said: “Lord, you are the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them,
4:25 who, by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said: ‘Why have the Gentiles been seething, and why have the people been pondering nonsense?
4:26 The kings of the earth have stood up, and the leaders have joined together as one, against the Lord and against his Christ.’
4:27 For truly Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, joined together in this city against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed
4:28 to do what your hand and your counsel had decreed would be done.
4:29 And now, O Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to your servants that they may speak your word with all confidence,
4:30 by extending your hand in cures and signs and miracles, to be done through the name of your holy Son, Jesus.”
4:31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered was moved. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they were speaking the Word of God with confidence.

John 3: 1- 8

3:1 Now there was a man among the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
3:2 He went to Jesus at night, and he said to him: “Rabbi, we know that you have arrived as a teacher from God. For no one would be able to accomplish these signs, which you accomplish, unless God were with him.”
3:3 Jesus responded and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one has been reborn anew, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.”
3:4 Nicodemus said to him: “How could a man be born when he is old? Surely, he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be reborn?”
3:5 Jesus responded: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one has been reborn by water and the Holy Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God.
3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 You should not be amazed that I said to you: You must be born anew.
3:8 The Spirit inspires where he wills. And you hear his voice, but you do not know where he comes from, or where he is going. So it is with all who are born of the Spirit.”

 

April 23, 2017

First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 2:42 – 47

2:42 Now they were persevering in the doctrine of the Apostles, and in the communion of the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers.
2:43 And fear developed in every soul. Also, many miracles and signs were accomplished by the Apostles in Jerusalem. And there was a great awe in everyone.
2:44 And then all who believed were together, and they held all things in common.
2:45 They were selling their possessions and belongings, and dividing them to all, just as any of them had need.
2:46 Also, they continued, daily, to be of one accord in the temple and to break bread among the houses; and they took their meals with exultation and simplicity of heart,
2:47 praising God greatly, and holding favor with all the people. And every day, the Lord increased those who were being saved among them.

Second Reading: The First Letter of Saint Peter 1:3 – 9

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has regenerated us into a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead:
1:4 unto an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance, which is reserved for you in heaven.
1:5 By the power of God, you are guarded through faith for a salvation which is ready to be revealed in the end time.
1:6 In this, you should exult, if now, for a brief time, it is necessary to be made sorrowful by various trials,
1:7 so that the testing of your faith, which is much more precious than gold tested by fire, may be found in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1:8 For though you have not seen him, you love him. In him also, though you do not see him, you now believe. And in believing, you shall exult with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
1:9 returning with the goal of your faith, the salvation of souls.

Gospel according to John 20:19 – 31

20:19 Then, when it was late on the same day, on the first of the Sabbaths, and the doors were closed where the disciples were gathered, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and he said to them: “Peace to you.”
20:20 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and side. And the disciples were gladdened when they saw the Lord.
20:21 Therefore, he said to them again: “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them. And he said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit.
20:23 Those whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and those whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”
20:24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus arrived.
20:25 Therefore, the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I will see in his hands the mark of the nails and place my finger into the place of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
20:26 And after eight days, again his disciples were within, and Thomas was with them. Jesus arrived, though the doors had been closed, and he stood in their midst and said, “Peace to you.”
20:27 Next, he said to Thomas: “Look at my hands, and place your finger here; and bring your hand close, and place it at my side. And do not choose to be unbelieving, but faithful.”
20:28 Thomas responded and said to him, “My Lord and my God.”
20:29 Jesus said to him: “You have seen me, Thomas, so you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
20:30 Jesus also accomplished many other signs in the sight of his disciples. These have not been written in this book.
20:31 But these things have been written, so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that, in believing, you may have life in his name.

April 22, 2017

Reading: Acts of the Apostles 4:13 – 21

4:13 Then, seeing the constancy of Peter and John, having verified that they were men without letters or learning, they wondered. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
4:14 Also, seeing the man who had been cured standing with them, they were unable to say anything to contradict them.
4:15 But they ordered them to withdraw outside, away from the council, and they conferred among themselves,
4:16 saying: “What shall we do to these men? For certainly a public sign has been done through them, before all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It is manifest, and we cannot deny it.
4:17 But lest it spread further among the people, let us threaten them not to speak anymore in this name to any man.”
4:18 And calling them in, they warned them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
4:19 Yet truly, Peter and John said in response to them: “Judge whether it is just in the sight of God to listen to you, rather than to God.
4:20 For we are unable to refrain from speaking the things that we have seen and heard.”
4:21 But they, threatening them, sent them away, having not found a way that they might punish them because of the people. For all were glorifying the things that had been done in these events.

Gospel according Mark 16:9 – 15

16:9 But he, rising early on the first Sabbath, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
16:10 She went and announced it to those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping.
16:11 And they, upon hearing that he was alive and that he had been seen by her, did not believe it.
16:12 But after these events, he was shown in another likeness to two of them walking, as they were going out to the countryside.
16:13 And they, returning, reported it to the others; neither did they believe them.
16:14 Finally, he appeared to the eleven, as they sat at table. And he rebuked them for their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen that he had risen again.
16:15 And he said to them: “Go forth to the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature.

April 21, 2017

Reading: Acts of the Apostles 4:1 – 12

4:1 But while they were speaking to the people, the priests and the magistrate of the temple and the Sadducees overwhelmed them,
4:2 being grieved that they were teaching the people and announcing in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
4:3 And they laid hands on them, and they placed them under guard until the next day. For it was now evening.
4:4 But many of those who had heard the word believed. And the number of men became five thousand.
4:5 And it happened on the next day that their leaders and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem,
4:6 including Annas, the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and as many as were of the priestly family.
4:7 And stationing them in the middle, they questioned them: “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Leaders of the people and elders, listen.
4:9 If we today are judged by a good deed done to an infirm man, by which he has been made whole,
4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all of the people of Israel, that in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, by him, this man stands before you, healthy.
4:11 He is the stone, which was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.
4:12 And there is no salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which it is necessary for us to be saved.”

Gospel according to John 21:1 – 14

21:1 And looking around, he saw the wealthy putting their donations into the offertory.
21:2 Then he also saw a certain widow, a pauper, putting in two small brass coins.
21:3 And he said: “Truly, I say to you, that this poor widow has put in more than all the others.
21:4 For all these, out of their abundance, have added to the gifts for God. But she, out of what she needed, has put in all that she had to live on.”
21:5 And when some of them were saying, about the temple, that it was adorned with excellent stones and gifts, he said,
21:6 “These things that you see, the days will arrive when there will not be left behind stone upon stone, which is not thrown down.”
21:7 Then they questioned him, saying: “Teacher, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things will happen?”
21:8 And he said: “Be cautious, lest you be seduced. For many will come in my name, saying: ‘For I am he,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ And so, do not choose to go after them.
21:9 And when you will have heard of battles and seditions, do not be terrified. These things must happen first. But the end is not so soon.”
21:10 Then he said to them: “People will rise up against people, and kingdom against kingdom.
21:11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and there will be great signs.
21:12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, handing you over to synagogues and into custody, dragging you before kings and governors, because of my name.
21:13 And this will be an opportunity for you to give testimony.
21:14 Therefore, set this in your hearts: that you should not consider in advance how you might respond.