Daily Readings

  • March 1, 2024

    Genesis 37: 3-4, 12- 13, 17- 28

    37:3Now Israel loved Joseph above all his sons, because he had conceived him in his old age. And he made him a tunic, woven of many colors.
    37:4Then his brothers, seeing that he was loved by his father more than all his other sons, hated him, and they were not able to say anything peacefully to him.
    37:12And while his brothers were lodging at Shechem, pasturing their father’s flocks,
    37:13Israel said to him: “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Come, I will send you to them.” And when he answered,
    37:17And the man said to him: “They have withdrawn from this place. But I heard them saying, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’ ” Therefore, Joseph continued on after his brothers, and he found them at Dothan.
    37:18And, when they had seen him from afar, before he approached them, they decided to kill him.
    37:19And they said one to another: “Behold, the dreamer approaches.
    37:20Come, let us kill him and cast him into the old cistern. And let us say: ‘an evil wild beast has devoured him.’ And then it will become apparent what his dreams will do for him.”
    37:21But Reuben, on hearing this, strove to free him from their hands, and he said:
    37:22“Do not take away his life, nor shed blood. But throw him into this cistern, which is in the wilderness, and so keep your hands harmless.” But he said this, wanting to rescue him from their hands, so as to return him to his father.
    37:23And so, as soon as he came to his brothers, they very quickly stripped him of his tunic, which was ankle-length and woven of many colors,
    37:24and they cast him into an old cistern, which held no water.
    37:25And sitting down to eat bread, they saw some Ishmaelites, travelers coming from Gilead, with their camels, carrying spices, and resin, and oil of myrrh into Egypt.
    37:26Therefore, Judah said to his brothers: “What will it profit us, if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
    37:27It is better that he be sold to the Ishmaelites, and then our hands will not be defiled. For he is our brother and our flesh.” His brothers agreed to his words.
    37:28And when the Midianite merchants were passing by, they drew him from the cistern, and they sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And these led him into Egypt.

    Matthew 21: 33- 43, 45- 46

    21:33Listen 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.
    21:34Then, when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits.
    21:35And the farmers apprehended his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned yet another.
    21:36Again, he sent other servants, more than
    before; and they treated them similarly.
    21:37Then, at the very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere my son.’
    21:38But the farmers, seeing the son, said among themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then we will have his inheritance.’
    21:39And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard, and they killed him.
    21:40Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those farmers?”
    21:41They 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.”
    21:42Jesus 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?’
    21:43Therefore, 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.
    21:45And when the leaders of the priests, and the Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them.
    21:46And though they sought to take hold of him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

  • February 29, 2024

    Jeremiah 17: 5- 10

    17:5Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is a man who trusts in man, and who establishes what is flesh as his right arm, and whose heart withdraws from the Lord.
    17:6For he will be like a saltcedar tree in the desert. And he will not perceive it, when what is good has arrived. Instead, he will live in dryness, in a desert, in a land of salt, which is uninhabitable.
    17:7Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, for the Lord will be his confidence.
    17:8And he will be like a tree planted beside waters, which sends out its roots to moist soil. And it will not fear when the heat arrives. And its leaves will be green. And in the time of drought, it will not be anxious, nor will it cease at any time to bear fruit.
    17:9The heart is depraved above all things, and it is unsearchable, who can know it?
    17:10I am the Lord, who examines the heart and tests the temperament, who gives to each one according to his way and according to the fruit of his own decisions.

    Luke 16: 19- 31

    16:19A certain man was wealthy, and he was clothed in purple and in fine linen. And he feasted splendidly every day.
    16:20And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores,
    16:21wanting to be filled with the crumbs which were falling from the wealthy man’s table. But no one gave it to him. And even the dogs came and licked his sores.
    16:22Then it happened that the beggar died, and he was carried by the Angels into the bosom of Abraham. Now the wealthy man also died, and he was entombed in Hell.
    16:23Then lifting up his eyes, while he was in torments, he saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    16:24And crying out, he said: ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue. For I am tortured in this fire.’
    16:25And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, recall that you received good things in your life, and in comparison, Lazarus received bad things. But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented.
    16:26And besides all this, between us and you a great chaos has been established, so that those who might want to cross from here to you are not able, nor can someone cross from there to here.’
    16:27And he said: ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers,
    16:28so that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’
    16:29And Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’
    16:30So he said: ‘No, father Abraham. But if someone were to go to them from the dead, they would repent.’
    16:31But he said to him: ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe even if someone has resurrected from the dead.’ ”

  • February 28, 2024

    Jeremiah 18: 18- 20

    18:18And they said: “Come, and let us devise a plan against Jeremiah. For the law will not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor a sermon from the prophet. Come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us pay no attention to any of his words.”
    18:19Attend to me, O Lord, and hear the voice of my adversaries.
    18:20Should evil be rendered for good? For they have dug a pit for my soul! Remember that I have stood in your sight, so as to speak on their behalf for good, and to avert your indignation from them.

    Matthew 20: 17- 28

    20:17And Jesus, ascending to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside in private and said to them:
    20:18“Behold, we are ascending to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be handed over to the leaders of the priests and to the scribes. And they shall condemn him to death.
    20:19And they shall hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified. And on the third day, he shall rise again.”
    20:20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him, with her sons, adoring him, and petitioning something from him.
    20:21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these, my two sons, may sit, one at your right hand, and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
    20:22But Jesus, responding, said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice, from which I will drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”
    20:23He said to them: “From my chalice, indeed, you shall drink. But to sit at my right or my left is not mine to give to you, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
    20:24And the ten, upon hearing this, became indignant with the two brothers.
    20:25But Jesus called them to himself and said: “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers, and that those who are greater exercise power among them.
    20:26It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will want to be greater among you, let him be your minister.
    20:27And whoever will want to be first among you, he shall be your servant,
    20:28even as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a redemption for many.”

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