Daily Readings

June 20, 2019

Second Corinthians 11: 1- 11

11:1I wish that you would endure a small amount of my foolishness, so as to bear with me.
11:2For I am jealous toward you, with the jealousy of God. And I have espoused you to one husband, offering you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
11:3But I am afraid lest, as the serpent led astray Eve by his cleverness, so your minds might be corrupted and might fall away from the simplicity which is in Christ.
11:4For if anyone arrives preaching another Christ, one whom we have not preached; or if you receive another Spirit, one whom you have not received; or another Gospel, one which you have not been given: you might permit him to guide you.
11:5For I consider that I have done nothing less than the great Apostles.
11:6For although I may be unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge. But, in all things, we have been made manifest to you.
11:7Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you would be exalted? For I preached the Gospel of God to you freely.
11:8I have taken from other churches, receiving a stipend from them to the benefit of your ministry.
11:9And when I was with you and in need, I was burdensome to no one. For the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied whatever was lacking to me. And in all things, I have kept myself, and I will keep myself, from being burdensome to you.
11:10The truth of Christ is in me, and so this glorying shall not be broken away from me in the regions of Achaia.
11:11Why so? Is it because I do not love you? God knows I do.

Matthew 6: 7- 15

6:7And when praying, do not choose many words, as the pagans do. For they think that by their excess of words they might be heeded.
6:8Therefore, do not choose to imitate them. For your Father knows what your needs may be, even before you ask him.
6:9Therefore, you shall pray in this way: Our Father, who is in heaven: May your name be kept holy.
6:10May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
6:11Give us this day our life-sustaining bread.
6:12And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
6:13And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen.
6:14For if you will forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also will forgive you your offenses.
6:15But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your sins.

June 19, 2019

Second Corinthians 9: 6- 11

9:6But I say this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows with blessings shall also reap from blessings:
9:7each one giving, just as he has determined in his heart, neither out of sadness, nor out of obligation. For God loves a cheerful giver.
9:8And God is able to make every grace abound in you, so that, always having what you need in all things, you may abound unto every good work,
9:9just as it was written: “He has distributed widely, he has given to the poor; his justice remains from age to age.”
9:10And he who ministers seed to the sower will offer you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and will increase the growth of the fruits of your justice.
9:11So then, having been enriched in all things, you may abound in all simplicity, which works thanksgiving to God through us.

Matthew 6: 1- 6, 16- 18

6:1“Pay attention, lest you perform your justice before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you shall not have a reward with your Father, who is in heaven.
6:2Therefore, when you give alms, do not choose to sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the towns, so that they may be honored by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
6:3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
6:4so that your almsgiving may be in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.
6:5And when you pray, you should not be like the hypocrites, who love standing in the synagogues and at the corners of the streets to pray, so that they may be seen by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
6:6But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.
6:16And when you fast, do not choose to become gloomy, like the hypocrites. For they alter their faces, so that their fasting may be apparent to men. Amen I say to you, that they have received their reward.
6:17But as for you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
6:18so that your fasting will not be apparent to men, but to your Father, who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.

June 18, 2019

Second Corinthians 8: 1- 9

8:1And so we are making known to you, brothers, the grace of God that has been given in the churches of Macedonia.
8:2For within a great experience of tribulation, they have had an abundance of joy, and their profound poverty has only increased the richness of their simplicity.
8:3And I bear witness to them, that they were willing to accept what was in accord with their ability, and even what was beyond their ability.
8:4For they were begging us, with great exhortation, for the grace and the communication of the ministry that is with the saints.
8:5And this is beyond what we had hoped, since they gave themselves, first of all to the Lord, and then also to us, through the will of God,
8:6so much so that we petitioned Titus, that in the same manner as he had begun, he would also complete in you this same grace.
8:7But, just as in all things you abound in faith and in word and in knowledge and in all solicitude, and even more so in your charity toward us, so also may you abound in this grace.
8:8I am speaking, not commanding. But through the solicitude of others, I approve of the good character of your charity.
8:9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that through his poverty, you might become rich.

Matthew 5: 43- 48

5:43You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and you shall have hatred for your enemy.’
5:44But I say to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who persecute and slander you.
5:45In this way, you shall be sons of your Father, who is in heaven. He causes his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and he causes it to rain upon the just and the unjust.
5:46For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Do not even tax collectors behave this way?
5:47And if you greet only your brothers, what more have you done? Do not even the pagans behave this way?
5:48Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

June 17, 2019

Second Corinthians 6: 1- 10

6:1But, as a help to you, we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
6:2For he says: “In a favorable time, I heeded you; and on the day of salvation, I helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
6:3May we never give offense to anyone, so that our ministry may not be disparaged.
6:4But in all things, let us exhibit ourselves as ministers of God with great patience: through tribulation, difficulties, and distress;
6:5despite wounds, imprisonment, and rebellion; with hard work, vigilance, and fasting;
6:6by chastity, knowledge, and longsuffering; in pleasantness, in the Holy Spirit, and in unfeigned charity;
6:7with the Word of truth, with the power of God, and with the armor of justice to the right and to the left;
6:8through honor and dishonor, despite good reports and bad, whether seen as deceivers or truth-tellers, whether ignored or acknowledged;
6:9as if dying and yet truly alive; as if chastised and yet not subdued;
6:10as if sorrowful and yet always rejoicing; as if needy and yet enriching many; as if having nothing and possessing everything.

Matthew 5: 38- 42

5:38You have heard that it was said: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’
5:39But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil, but if anyone will have struck you on your right cheek, offer to him the other also.
5:40And anyone who wishes to contend with you in judgment, and to take away your tunic, release to him your cloak also.
5:41And whoever will have compelled you for one thousand steps, go with him even for two thousand steps.
5:42Whoever asks of you, give to him. And if anyone would borrow from you, do not turn away from him.

June 16, 2019

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Proverbs 8: 22- 31

8: 22 Thus says the wisdom of God “The Lord possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;

8: 23 from of old I was poured forth,

8: 24 when there were no fountains or springs of water;

8: 25 before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth;

8 : 26 while as yet the earth and fields were not made nor the first clods of the world.”

8: 27When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked the vault over the face of the deep;

8: 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;

8: 29 when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command;

8: 30 then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while,

8: 31 playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race

Romans 5: 1- 5

5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, let us be at peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:2 For through him we also have access by faith to this grace, in which we stand firm, and to glory, in the hope of the glory of the sons of God.
5:3 And not only that, but we also find glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation exercises patience,
5:4 and patience leads to proving, yet truly proving leads to hope,
5:5 but hope is not unfounded, because the love of God is poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

John 16: 12- 15

16:12 I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now.
16:13 But when the Spirit of truth has arrived, he will teach the whole truth to you. For he will not be speaking from himself. Instead, whatever he will hear, he will speak. And he will announce to you the things that are to come.
16:14 He shall glorify me. For he will receive from what is mine, and he will announce it to you.
16:15 All things whatsoever that the Father has are mine. For this reason, I said that he will receive from what is mine and that he will announce it to you.

June 15, 2019

Second Corinthians 5: 14- 21

5:14For the charity of Christ urges us on, in consideration of this: that if one died for all, then all have died.
5:15And Christ died for all, so that even those who live might not now live for themselves, but for him who died for them and who rose again.
5:16And so, from now on, we know no one according to the flesh. And though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him in this way no longer.
5:17So if anyone is a new creature in Christ, what is old has passed away. Behold, all things have been made new.
5:18But all is of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
5:19For certainly God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging them with their sins. And he has placed in us the Word of reconciliation.
5:20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us. We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God.
5:21For God made him who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the justice of God in him.

Matthew 5: 33- 37

5:33Again, you have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not swear falsely. For you shall repay your oaths to the Lord.’
5:34But I say to you, do not swear an oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
5:35nor by earth, for it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.
5:36Neither shall you swear an oath by your own head, because you are not able to cause one hair to become white or black.
5:37But let your word ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ For anything beyond that is of evil.

June 14, 2019

Second Corinthians 4: 7- 15

4:7But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, so that what is sublime may be of the power of God, and not of us.
4:8In all things, we endure tribulation, yet we are not in anguish. We are constrained, yet we are not destitute.
4:9We suffer persecution, yet we have not been abandoned. We are thrown down, yet we do not perish.
4:10We ever carry around the mortification of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
4:11For we who live are ever handed over unto death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh.
4:12Therefore, death is at work in us, and life is at work in you.
4:13But we have the same Spirit of faith. And just as it is written, “I believed, and for that reason I spoke,” so we also believe, and for that reason, we also speak.
4:14For we know that the One who raised up Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and will place us with you.
4:15Thus, all is for you, so that grace, abounding through many in thanksgiving, may abound to the glory of God.

Matthew 5: 27- 32

5:27You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
5:28But I say to you, that anyone who will have looked at a woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
5:29And if your right eye causes you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your whole body be cast into Hell.
5:30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your whole body go into Hell.
5:31And it has been said: ‘Whoever would dismiss his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.’
5:32But I say to you, that anyone who will have dismissed his wife, except in the case of fornication, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever will have married her who has been dismissed commits adultery.

June 13, 2019

Second Corinthians 3: 15- 4: 1, 3- 6

3:15But even until today, when Moses is read, a veil is still set over their hearts.
3:16But when they will have been converted to the Lord, then the veil shall be taken away.
3:17Now the Spirit is Lord. And wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
3:18Yet truly, all of us, as we gaze upon the unveiled glory of the face of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image, from one glory to another. And this is done by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 4

4:1Therefore, since we have this ministry, and in as much as we have obtained mercy for ourselves, we are not inadequate.
4:3But if our Gospel is in some way hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing.
4:4As for them, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, would not shine in them.
4:5For we are not preaching about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ our Lord. We are merely your servants through Jesus.
4:6For God, who told the light to shine out of darkness, has shined a light into our hearts, to illuminate the knowledge of the splendor of God, in the person of Christ Jesus.

Matthew 5: 20- 26

5:20For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed that of the scribes and the Pharisees you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
5:21You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not murder; whoever will have murdered shall be liable to judgment.’
5:22But I say to you, that anyone who becomes angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment. But whoever will have called his brother, ‘Idiot,’ shall be liable to the council. Then, whoever will have called him, ‘Worthless,’ shall be liable to the fires of Hell.
5:23Therefore, if you offer your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
5:24leave your gift there, before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to your brother, and then you may approach and offer your gift.
5:25Be reconciled with your adversary quickly, while you are still on the way with him, lest perhaps the adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you will be thrown in prison.
5:26Amen I say to you, that you shall not go forth from there, until you have repaid the last quarter.

June 12, 2019

Second Corinthians 3: 4- 11

3:4And we have such faith, through Christ, toward God.
3:5It is not that we are adequate to think anything of ourselves, as if anything was from us. But our adequacy is from God.
3:6And he has made us suitable ministers of the New Testament, not in the letter, but in the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
3:7But if the ministration of death, engraved with letters upon stones, was in glory, (so much so that the sons of Israel were not able to gaze intently upon the face of Moses, because of the glory of his countenance) even though this ministration was ineffective,
3:8how could the ministration of the Spirit not be in greater glory?
3:9For if the ministration of condemnation is with glory, so much more is the ministration of justice abundant in glory.
3:10And neither was it glorified by means of an excellent glory, though it was made illustrious in its own way.
3:11For if even what was temporary has its glory, then what is lasting has an even greater glory.

Matthew 5: 17- 19

5:17Do not think that I have come to loosen the law or the prophets. I have not come to loosen, but to fulfill.
5:18Amen I say to you, certainly, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota, not one dot shall pass away from the law, until all is done.
5:19Therefore, whoever will have loosened one of the least of these commandments, and have taught men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever will have done and taught these, such a one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

June 11, 2019

Acts 11:  21- 26, 13: 1- 3

11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them. And a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.
11:22 Now the news came to the ears of the Church at Jerusalem about these things, and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch.
11:23 And when he had arrived there and had seen the grace of God, he was gladdened. And he exhorted them all to continue in the Lord with a resolute heart.
11:24 For he was a good man, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.
11:25 Then Barnabas set out for Tarsus, so that he might seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.
11:26 And they were conversing there in the Church for an entire year. And they taught such a great multitude, that it was at Antioch that the disciples were first known by the name of Christian.
13:1 Now there were, in the Church at Antioch, prophets and teachers, among whom were Barnabas, and Simon, who was called the Black, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
13:2 Now as they were ministering for the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them: “Separate Saul and Barnabas for me, for the work for which I have selected them.”
13:3 Then, fasting and praying and imposing their hands upon them, they sent them away.

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 7-13

10:7 Because of this, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife.
10:8 And these two shall be one in flesh. And so, they are now, not two, but one flesh.
10:9 Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.”
10:10 And again, in the house, his disciples questioned him about the same thing.
10:11 And he said to them: “Whoever dismisses his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.
10:12 And if a wife dismisses her husband, and is married to another, she commits adultery.”
10:13 And they brought to him the little children, so that he might touch them. But the disciples admonished those who brought them.