Daily Readings

February 20, 2018

Reading

Isaiah    55: 10-11

55:10 And in the same manner as rain and snow descend from heaven, and no longer return there, but soak the earth, and water it, and cause it to bloom and to provide seed to the sower and bread to the hungry,
55:11 so also will my word be, which will go forth from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish whatever I will, and it will prosper in the tasks for which I sent it.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   6: 7-15

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

February 19, 2018

Reading

Leviticus   19: 1-2, 11-18

19:1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
19:2 Speak to the entire assembly of the sons of Israel, and you shall say to them: Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.
19:11 You shall not steal. You shall not lie. Neither shall anyone deceive his neighbor.
19:12 You shall not commit perjury in my name, nor shall you pollute the name of your God. I am the Lord.
19:13 You shall not slander your neighbor, nor shall you oppress him by violence. The wages of a hired hand, you shall not delay with you until tomorrow.
19:14 You shall not speak evil of the deaf, nor shall you place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear the Lord your God, for I am the Lord.
19:15 You shall not do what is unjust, nor shall you judge unjustly. You shall not consider the reputation of the poor, nor shall you honor the countenance of the powerful. Judge your neighbor justly.
19:16 You shall not be a detractor, nor a whisperer, among the people. You shall not stand against the blood of your neighbor. I am the Lord.
19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but reprove him openly, lest you have sin over him.
19:18 Do not seek revenge, neither should you be mindful of the injury of your fellow citizens. You shall love your friend as yourself. I am the Lord.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew    25: 31-46

25:31 But when the Son of man will have arrived in his majesty, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit upon the seat of his majesty.
25:32 And all the nations shall be gathered together before him. And he shall separate them from one another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
25:33 And he shall station the sheep, indeed, on his right, but the goats on his left.
25:34 Then the King shall say to those who will be on his right: ‘Come, you blessed of my Father. Possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
25:35 For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in;
25:36 naked, and you covered me; sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’
25:37 Then the just will answer him, saying: ‘Lord, when have we see you hungry, and fed you; thirsty, and given you drink?
25:38 And when have we seen you a stranger, and taken you in? Or naked, and covered you?
25:39 Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit to you?’
25:40 And in response, the King shall say to them, ‘Amen I say to you, whenever you did this for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it for me.’
25:41 Then he shall also say, to those who will be on his left: ‘Depart from me, you accursed ones, into the eternal fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels.
25:42 For I was hungry, and you did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and you did not give me to drink;
25:43 I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked, and you did not cover me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.’
25:44 Then they will also answer him, saying: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?’
25:45 Then he shall respond to them by saying: ‘Amen I say to you, whenever you did not do it to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.’
25:46 And these shall go into eternal punishment, but the just shall go into eternal life.”

February 18, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Genesis   9: 8-15

9:8 To Noah and to his sons with him, God also said this:
9:9 “Behold, I will establish my covenant with you, and with your offspring after you,
9:10 and with every living soul that is with you: as much with the birds as with the cattle and all the animals of the earth that have gone forth from the ark, and with all the wild beasts of the earth.
9:11 I will establish my covenant with you, and no longer will all that is flesh be put to death by the waters of a great flood, and, henceforth, there will not be a great flood to utterly destroy the earth.”
9:12 And God said: “This is the sign of the pact that I grant between me and you, and to every living soul that is with you, for perpetual generations.
9:13 I will place my arc in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the pact between myself and the earth.
9:14 And when I obscure the sky with clouds, my arc will appear in the clouds.
9:15 And I will remember my covenant with you, and with every living soul that enlivens flesh. And there will no longer be waters from a great flood to wipe away all that is flesh.

Second Reading

The First Letter of Saint Peter   3: 18-22

3:18 For Christ also died once for our sins, the Just One on behalf of the unjust, so that he might offer us to God, having died, certainly, in the flesh, but having been enlivened by the Spirit.
3:19 And in the Spirit, he preached to those who were in prison, going to those souls
3:20 who had been unbelieving in past times, while they waited for the patience of God, as in the days of Noah, when the ark was being built. In that ark, a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
3:21 And now you also are saved, in a similar manner, by baptism, not by the testimony of sordid flesh, but by the examination of a good conscience in God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
3:22 He is at the right hand of God, devouring death, so that we may be made heirs to eternal life. And since he has journeyed to heaven, the Angels and powers and virtues are subject to him.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark   1: 12-15

1:12 And immediately the Spirit prompted him into the desert.
1:13 And he was in the desert for forty days and forty nights. And he was tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the Angels ministered to him.
1:14 Then, after John was handed over, Jesus went into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God,
1:15 and saying: “For the time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

February 17, 2018

Isaiah 58: 9- 14

58:9 Then you will call, and the Lord will heed; you will cry out, and he will say, “Here I am,” if you take away the chains from your midst, and cease to point your finger and to speak what is not beneficial.
58:10 When you pour out your life for the hungry, and you satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light will rise up in darkness, and your darkness will be like the midday.
58:11 And the Lord will give you rest continually, and he will fill your soul with splendor, and he will free your bones, and you will be like a watered garden and like a fountain of water whose waters will not fail.
58:12 And places that have been desolate for ages will be built up by you. You will raise a foundation for generation after generation. And you will be called the repairer of hedges, who turns the roadways into quiet places.
58:13 If you restrain your foot on the Sabbath, from doing your own will on my holy day, and if you call the Sabbath delightful, and the Holy of the Lord glorious, and if you glorify him, while you do not act according to your own ways, and your own will is not found, not even to speak a word,
58:14 then you will find delight in the Lord, and I will take you up, above the heights of the earth, and I will nourish you with the inheritance of Jacob, your father. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Luke 5: 27- 32

5:27 And after these things, he went out, and he saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the customs office. And he said to him, “Follow me.”
5:28 And leaving behind everything, rising up, he followed him.
5:29 And Levi made a great feast for him in his own house. And there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others, who were sitting at table with them.
5:30 But the Pharisees and scribes were murmuring, saying to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
5:31 And responding, Jesus said to them: “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who have maladies.
5:32 I have not come to call the just, but sinners to repentance.”

February 16, 2018

Isaiah 58: 1- 9

58:1 Cry out! Cease not! Exalt your voice like a trumpet, and announce to my people their wicked acts, and to the house of Jacob their sins.
58:2 For they also seek me, from day to day, and they are willing to know my ways, like a nation which has done justice and has not abandoned the judgment of their God. They petition me for judgments of justice. They are willing to draw near to God.
58:3 “Why have we fasted, and you have not taken notice? Why have we humbled our souls, and you have not acknowledged it?” Behold, in the day of your fasting, your own will is found, and you petition for payment from all your debtors.
58:4 Behold, you fast with strife and contention, and you strike with the fist impiously. Do not choose to fast as you have done even to this day. Then your outcry will be heard on high.
58:5 Is this a fast such as I have chosen: for a man to afflict his soul for a day, to contort his head in a circle, and to spread sackcloth and ashes? Should you call this a fast and a day acceptable to the Lord?
58:6 Is not this, instead, the kind of fast that I have chosen? Release the constraints of impiety; relieve the burdens that oppress; freely forgive those who are broken; and break apart every burden.
58:7 Break your bread with the hungry, and lead the destitute and the homeless into your house. When you see someone naked, cover him, and do not despise your own flesh.
58:8 Then your light will break forth like the morning, and your health will improve quickly, and your justice will go before your face, and the glory of the Lord will gather you up.
58:9 Then you will call, and the Lord will heed; you will cry out, and he will say, “Here I am,” if you take away the chains from your midst, and cease to point your finger and to speak what is not beneficial.

Matthew 9: 14- 15

9:14 Then the disciples of John drew near to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast frequently, but your disciples do not fast?”
9:15 And Jesus said to them: “How can the sons of the groom mourn, while the groom is still with them? But the days will arrive when the groom will be taken away from them. And then they shall fast.

February 15, 2018

Deuteronomy 30: 15- 20

30:15 Consider what I have set forth in your sight this day, life and good, or, on the opposite side, death and evil,
30:16 so that you may love the Lord your God, and walk in his ways, and keep his commandments and ceremonies and judgments, and so that you may live, and he may multiply you and bless you in the land, which you shall enter in order to possess.
30:17 But if your heart will have been turned aside, so that you are not willing to listen, and, having been deceived by error, you adore strange gods and serve them,
30:18 then I predict to you this day that you will perish, and you will remain for only a short time in the land, for which you shall cross the Jordan, and which you shall enter in order to possess.
30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, so that both you and your offspring may live,
30:20 and so that you may love the Lord your God, and obey his voice, and cling to him, (for he is your life and the length of your days) and so that you may live in the land, about which the Lord swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that he would give it to them.”

Luke 9: 22- 25

9:22 saying, “For the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the leaders of the priests and the scribes, and be killed, and on the third day rise again.”
9:23 Then he said to everyone: “If anyone is willing to come after me: let him deny himself, and take up his cross every day, and follow me.
9:24 For whoever will have saved his life, will lose it. Yet whoever will have lost his life for my sake, will save it.
9:25 For how does it benefit a man, if he were to gain the whole world, yet lose himself, or cause himself harm?

February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

Joel 2: 12- 18

2:12 Now, therefore, the Lord says: “Be converted to me with your whole heart, in fasting and weeping and mourning.”
2:13 And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and convert to the Lord your God. For he is gracious and merciful, patient and full of compassion, and steadfast despite ill will.
2:14 Who knows if he might convert and forgive, and bequeath a blessing after him, a sacrifice and a libation to the Lord your God?
2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call an assembly.
2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the church, unite the elders, gather together the little ones and infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom depart from his bed, and the bride from her bridal chamber.
2:17 Between the vestibule and the altar, the priests, the ministers of the Lord, will weep, and they will say: “Spare, O Lord, spare your people. And do not bequeath your inheritance into disgrace, so that the nations would rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ”
2:18 The Lord has been zealous for his land, and he has spared his people.

Second Corinthians 5: 20- 6: 2

5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us. We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God.
5:21 For God made him who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the justice of God in him.

 

6:1 But, as a help to you, we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
6:2 For 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.

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.
6:2 Therefore, 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.
6:3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
6:4 so that your almsgiving may be in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.
6:5 And 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.
6:6 But 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.
6:16 And 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.
6:17 But as for you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
6:18 so 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.

February 13, 2018

Reading

The Letter of Saint James    1: 12-18

1:12 Blessed is the man who suffers temptation. For when he has been proven, he shall receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.
1:13 No one should say, when he is tempted, that he was tempted by God. For God does not entice toward evils, and he himself tempts no one.
1:14 Yet truly, each one is tempted by his own desires, having been enticed and drawn away.
1:15 Thereafter, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. Yet truly sin, when it has been consummated, produces death.
1:16 And so, do not choose to go astray, my most beloved brothers.
1:17 Every excellent gift and every perfect gift is from above, descending from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor any shadow of alteration.
1:18 For by his own will he produced us through the Word of truth, so that we might be a kind of beginning among his creatures.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark   8: 14-21

8:14 And they forgot to take bread. And they did not have any with them in the boat, except one loaf.
8:15 And he instructed them, saying: “Consider and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod.”
8:16 And they discussed this with one another, saying, “For we have no bread.”
8:17 And Jesus, knowing this, said to them: “Why do you consider that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet know or understand? Do you still have blindness in your heart?
8:18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? Do you not remember,
8:19 when I broke the five loves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments you took up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”
8:20 “And when the seven loaves were among the four thousand, how many baskets of fragments did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.”
8:21 And he said to them, “How is it that you do not yet understand?”

February 12, 2018

Reading

The Reading of Saint James   1: 1-11

1:1 James, servant of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes of the dispersion, greetings.
1:2 My brothers, when you have fallen into various trials, consider everything a joy,
1:3 knowing that the proving of your faith exercises patience,
1:4 and patience brings a work to perfection, so that you may be perfect and whole, deficient in nothing.
1:5 But if anyone among you is in need of wisdom, let him petition God, who gives abundantly to all without reproach, and it shall be given to him.
1:6 But he should ask with faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave on the ocean, which is moved about by the wind and carried away;
1:7 then a man should not consider that he would receive anything from the Lord.
1:8 For a man who is of two minds is inconstant in all his ways.
1:9 Now a humble brother should glory in his exaltation,
1:10 and a rich one, in his humiliation, for he will pass away like the flower of the grass.
1:11 For the sun has risen with a scorching heat, and has dried the grass, and its flower has fallen off, and the appearance of its beauty has perished. So also will the rich one wither away, according to his paths.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark   8: 11-13

8:11 And the Pharisees went out and began to contend with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, testing him.
8:12 And sighing deeply in spirit, he said: “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, if only a sign will be given to this generation!”
8:13 And sending them away, he climbed into the boat again, and he went away across the sea.

February 11, 2018

Leviticus 13: 1- 2, 44- 46

13:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:
13:2 The man in whose skin or flesh there will have arisen a diverse color, or a pustule, or something that seems to shine, which is the mark of leprosy, shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to anyone you wish among his sons.
13:44 Therefore, whoever will have been spotted by leprosy, and who has been separated at the judgment of the priest,
13:45 shall have his clothes unstitched, his head bare, his mouth covered with a cloth, and he himself shall cry out that he is contaminated and filthy.
13:46 The entire time that he is a leper and unclean he shall live alone outside the camp.

First Corinthians 10: 31- 11: 1

10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever else you may do, do everything for the glory of God.
10:32 Be without offense toward the Jews, and toward the Gentiles, and toward the Church of God,
10:33 just as I also, in all things, please everyone, not seeking what is best for myself, but what is best for many others, so that they may be saved.

11:1 Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.

Mark 1: 40- 45

1:40 And a leper came to him, begging him. And kneeling down, he said to him, “If you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.”
1:41 Then Jesus, taking pity on him, reached out his hand. And touching him, he said to him: “I am willing. Be cleansed.”
1:42 And after he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
1:43 And he admonished him, and he promptly sent him away.
1:44 And he said to him: “See to it that you tell no one. But go and show yourself to the high priest, and offer for your cleansing that which Moses instructed, as a testimony for them.”
1:45 But having departed, he began to preach and to disseminate the word, so that he was no longer able to openly enter a city, but had to remain outside, in deserted places. And they were gathered to him from every direction.