Daily Readings

November 13, 2018

Titus 2: 1- 8, 11- 14

2:1 But you are to speak the things that befit sound doctrine.
2:2 Old men should be sober, chaste, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience.
2:3 Old women, similarly, should be in holy attire, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teaching well,
2:4 so that they may teach prudence to the young women, so that they may love their husbands, love their children,
2:5 be sensible, chaste, restrained, have concern for the household, be kind, be subordinate to their husbands: so that the Word of God may be not blasphemed.
2:6 Exhort young men similarly, so that they may show self-restraint.
2:7 In all things, present yourself as an example of good works: in doctrine, with integrity, with seriousness,
2:8 with sound words, irreproachably, so that he who is an opponent may dread that he has nothing evil to say about us.
2:11 For the grace of God our Savior has appeared to all men,
2:12 instructing us to reject impiety and worldly desires, so that we may live soberly and justly and piously in this age,
2:13 looking forward to the blessed hope and the advent of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ.
2:14 He gave himself for our sake, so that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse for himself an acceptable people, pursuers of good works.

Luke 17: 7- 10

17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, would say to him, as he was returning from the field, ‘Come in immediately; sit down to eat,
17:8 and would not say to him: ‘Prepare my dinner; gird yourself and minister to me, while I eat and drink; and after these things, you shall eat and drink?
17:9 Would he be grateful to that servant, for doing what he commanded him to do?
17:10 I think not. So too, when you have done all these things that have been taught to you, you should say: ‘We are useless servants. We have done what we should have done.’ ”

November 12, 2018

Titus 1:1-9

1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, in accord with the faith of God’s elect and in acknowledgment of the truth which is accompanied by piety,
1:2 in the hope of the eternal life that God, who does not lie, promised before the ages of time,
1:3 which, at the proper time, he has manifested by his Word, in the preaching that has been entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior;
1:4 to Titus, beloved son according to the common faith. Grace and peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Savior.
1:5 For this reason, I left you behind in Crete: so that those things which are lacking, you would correct, and so that you would ordain, throughout the communities, priests, (just as I also ordained you)
1:6 if such a man is without offense, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of self-indulgence, nor of insubordination.
1:7 And a bishop, as a steward of God, must be without offense: not arrogant, not short-tempered, not a drunkard, not violent, not desiring tainted profit,
1:8 but instead: hospitable, kind, sober, just, holy, chaste,
1:9 embracing faithful speech which is in agreement with doctrine, so that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to argue against those who contradict.

Luke 17: 1- 6

17:1 And he said to his disciples: “It is impossible for scandals not to occur. But woe to him through whom they come!
17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were placed around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than to lead astray one of these little ones.
17:3 Be attentive to yourselves. If your brother has sinned against you, correct him. And if he has repented, forgive him.
17:4 And if he has sinned against you seven times a day, and seven times a day has turned back to you, saying, ‘I am sorry,’ then forgive him.”
17:5 And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
17:6 But the Lord said: “If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you may say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be transplanted into the sea.’ And it would obey you.

November 11, 2018

First Kings 17: 10- 16

7:10 He rose up and went away to Zarephath. And when he had arrived at the gate of the city, he saw the widowed woman collecting wood, and he called to her. And he said to her, “Give me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.”
17:11 And as she was going to bring it, he called out after her, saying, “Bring me also, I beg you, a morsel of bread in your hand.”
17:12 And she responded: “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, except a handful of flour in a jar, and a little oil in a bottle. See, I am collecting a couple of sticks, so that I may go in and make it for myself and my son, so that we may eat it and die.”
17:13 And Elijah said to her: “Do not be afraid. But go and do as you have said. Yet truly, first make for me, from the same flour, a little bread baked under ashes, and bring it to me. Then afterward, make some for yourself and for your son.
17:14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘The jar of flour will not fail, nor the bottle of oil be diminished, until the day when the Lord will grant rain upon the face of the earth.’ ”
17:15 She went and acted in accord with the word of Elijah. And he ate, and she and her household ate. And from that day,
17:16 the jar of flour did not fail, and the bottle of oil was not diminished, in accord with the word of the Lord, which he had spoken by the hand of Elijah.

Hebrews 9: 24- 28

9:24 For Jesus did not enter by means of holy things made with hands, mere examples of the true things, but he entered into Heaven itself, so that he may appear now before the face of God for us.
9:25 And he did not enter so as to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters into the Holy of Holies each year, with the blood of another.
9:26 Otherwise, he would need to have suffered repeatedly since the beginning of the world. But now, one time, at the consummation of the ages, he has appeared in order to destroy sin though his own sacrifice.
9:27 And in the same manner as it has been appointed for men to die one time, and after this, to be judged,
9:28 so also Christ was offered, one time, in order to empty the sins of so many. He shall appear a second time without sin, for those who await him, unto salvation.

Mark 12: 38- 44

12:38And he said to them in his doctrine: “Beware of the scribes, who prefer to walk in long robes and to be greeted in the marketplace,12:39and to sit in the first chairs in the synagogues, and to have the first seats at feasts,12:40who devour the houses of widows under the pretense of long prayers. These shall receive the more extensive judgment.”12:41And Jesus, sitting opposite the offertory box, considered the way in which the crowd cast coins into the offertory, and that many of the wealthy cast in a great deal.12:42But when one poor widow had arrived, she put in two small coins, which is a quarter.12:43And calling together his disciples, he said to them: “Amen I say to you, that this poor widow has put in more than all those who contributed to the offertory.12:44For they all gave from their abundance, yet truly, she gave from her scarcity, even all that she had, her entire living.”

November 10, 2018

Philippians 4: 10- 19

4:10 Now I rejoice in the Lord exceedingly, because finally, after some time, your feelings for me have flourished again, just as you formerly felt. For you had been preoccupied.
4:11 I am not saying this as if out of need. For I have learned that, in whatever state I am, it is sufficient.
4:12 I know how to be humbled, and I know how to abound. I am prepared for anything, anywhere: either to be full or to be hungry, either to have abundance or to endure scarcity.
4:13 Everything is possible in him who has strengthened me.
4:14 Yet truly, you have done well by sharing in my tribulation.
4:15 But you also know, O Philippians, that at the beginning of the Gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not a single church shared with me in the plan of giving and receiving, except you alone.
4:16 For you even sent to Thessalonica, once, and then a second time, for what was useful to me.
4:17 It is not that I am seeking a gift. Instead, I seek the fruit that abounds to your benefit.
4:18 But I have everything in abundance. I have been filled up, having received from Epaphroditus the things that you sent; this is an odor of sweetness, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
4:19 And may my God fulfill all your desires, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Luke 16: 9- 15

16:9 And so I say to you, make friends for yourself using iniquitous mammon, so that, when you will have passed away, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles.
16:10 Whoever is faithful in what is least, is also faithful in what is greater. And whoever is unjust in what is small, is also unjust in what is greater.
16:11 So then, if you have not been faithful with iniquitous mammon, who will trust you with what is true?
16:12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours?
16:13 No servant is able to serve two lords. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will cling to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
16:14 But the Pharisees, who were greedy, were listening to all these things. And they ridiculed him.
16:15 And he said to them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of men. But God knows your hearts. For what is lifted up by men is an abomination in the sight of God.

November 9, 2018

The feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Ezekiel 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12

47:1 And he turned me back to the gate of the house. And behold, waters went out, from under the threshold of the house, toward the east. For the face of the house looked toward the east. But the waters descended on the right side of the temple, toward the south of the altar.
47:2 And he led me out, along the way of the north gate, and he turned me back toward the way outside the exterior gate, the way which looked toward the east. And behold, the waters overflowed on the right side.
47:8 And he said to me: “These waters, which go forth toward the hillocks of sand to the east, and which descend to the plains of the desert, will enter the sea, and will go out, and the waters will be healed.
47:9 And every living soul that moves, wherever the torrent arrives, will live. And there will be more than enough fish, after these waters have arrived there, and they will be healed. And all things will live, where the torrent arrives.
47:12 And above the torrent, on its banks on both sides, every kind of fruit tree will rise up. Their foliage will not fall away, and their fruit will not fail. Every single month they will bring forth first-fruits. For its waters will go forth from the sanctuary. And its fruits will be for food, and its leaves will be for medicine.”

First Corinthians 3: 9-11, 16-17

3:9 For we are God’s assistants. You are God’s cultivation; you are God’s construction.
3:10 According to the grace of God, which has been given to me, I have laid the foundation like a wise architect. But another builds upon it. So then, let each one be careful how he builds upon it.
3:11 For no one is able to lay any other foundation, in place of that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus.
3:16 Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God lives within you?
3:17 But if anyone violates the Temple of God, God will destroy him. For the Temple of God is holy, and you are that Temple.

John 2: 13- 22

2:13 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and so Jesus ascended to Jerusalem.
2:14 And he found, sitting in the temple, sellers of oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers.
2:15 And when he had made something like a whip out of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, including the sheep and the oxen. And he poured out the brass coins of the moneychangers, and he overturned their tables.
2:16 And to those who were selling doves, he said: “Take these things out of here, and do not make my Father’s house into a house of commerce.”
2:17 And truly, his disciples were reminded that it is written: “Zeal for your house consumes me.”
2:18 Then the Jews responded and said to him, “What sign can you show to us, that you may do these things?
2:19 Jesus responded and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
2:20 Then the Jews said, “This temple has been built up over forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?
2:21 Yet he was speaking about the Temple of his body.
2:22 Therefore, when he had resurrected from the dead, his disciples were reminded that he had said this, and they believed in the Scriptures and in the word that Jesus had spoken.

November 8, 2018

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 3: 3-8

3:3 For we are the circumcised, we who serve God in the Spirit and who glory in Christ Jesus, having no confidence in the flesh.
3:4 Nevertheless, I might have confidence also in the flesh, for if anyone else seems to have confidence in the flesh, more so do I.
3:5 For I was circumcised on the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, from the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew among Hebrews. According to the law, I was a Pharisee;
3:6 according to zeal, I persecuted the Church of God; according to the justice that is in the law, I lived without blame.
3:7 But the things which had been to my gain, the same have I considered a loss, for the sake of Christ.
3:8 Yet truly, I consider everything to be a loss, because of the preeminent knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of everything, considering it all to be like dung, so that I may gain Christ,

 

November 7, 2018

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2: 12-18

2:12 And so, my most beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but even more so now in my absence: work toward your salvation with fear and trembling.
2:13 For it is God who works in you, both so as to choose, and so as to act, in accord with his good will.
2:14 And do everything without murmuring or hesitation.
2:15 So may you be without blame, simple sons of God, without reproof, in the midst of a depraved and perverse nation, among whom you shine like lights in the world,
2:16 holding to the Word of Life, until my glory in the day of Christ. For I have not run in vain, nor have I labored in vain.
2:17 Moreover, if I am to be immolated because of the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and give thanks with all of you.
2:18 And over this same thing, you also should rejoice and give thanks, together with me.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke 14: 25-33

14:25 Now great crowds traveled with him. And turning around, he said to them:
14:26 “If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yes, even his own life, he is not able to be my disciple.
14:27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me, is not able to be my disciple.
14:28 For who among you, wanting to build a tower, would not first sit down and determine the costs that are required, to see if he has the means to complete it?
14:29 Otherwise, after he will have laid the foundation and not been able to finish it, everyone who sees it may begin to mock him,
14:30 saying: ‘This man began to build what he was not able to finish.’
14:31 Or, what king, advancing to engage in war against another king, would not first sit down and consider whether he may be able, with ten thousand, to meet one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
14:32 If not, then while the other is still far away, sending a delegation, he would ask him for terms of peace.
14:33 Therefore, everyone of you who does not renounce all that he possesses is not able to be my disciple.

November 6, 2018

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2: 5-11

2:5 For this understanding in you was also in Christ Jesus:
2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be seized.
2:7 Instead, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man.
2:8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, even the death of the Cross.
2:9 Because of this, God has also exalted him and has given him a name which is above every name,
2:10 so that, at the name of Jesus, every knee would bend, of those in heaven, of those on earth, and of those in hell,
2:11 and so that every tongue would confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke 14: 15-24

14:15 When someone sitting at table with him had heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God.”
14:16 So he said to him: “A certain man prepared a great feast, and he invited many.
14:17 And he sent his servant, at the hour of the feast, to tell the invited to come; for now everything was ready.
14:18 And at once they all began to make excuses. The first said to him: ‘I bought a farm, and I need to go out and see it. I ask you to excuse me.’
14:19 And another said: ‘I bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to examine them. I ask you to excuse me.’
14:20 And another said, ‘I have taken a wife, and therefore I am not able to go.’
14:21 And returning, the servant reported these things to his lord. Then the father of the family, becoming angry, said to his servant: ‘Go out quickly into the streets and neighborhoods of the city. And lead here the poor, and the disabled, and the blind, and the lame.’
14:22 And the servant said: ‘It has been done, just as you ordered, lord, and there is still room.’
14:23 And the lord said to the servant: ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel them to enter, so that my house may be filled.
14:24 For I tell you, that none of those men who were invited will taste of my feast.’ ”

November 5, 2018

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2: 1-4

2:1 Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, any solace of charity, any fellowship of the Spirit, any feelings of commiseration:
2:2 complete my joy by having the same understanding, holding to the same charity, being of one mind, with the same sentiment.
2:3 Let nothing be done by contention, nor in vain glory. Instead, in humility, let each of you esteem others to be better than himself.
2:4 Let each of you not consider anything to be your own, but rather to belong to others.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke 14: 12-14

14:12 Then he also said to the one who had invited him: “When you prepare a lunch or dinner, do not choose to call your friends, or your brothers, or your relatives, or your wealthy neighbors, lest perhaps they might then invite you in return and repayment would made to you.
14:13 But when you prepare a feast, call the poor, the disabled, the lame, and the blind.
14:14 And you will be blessed because they do not have a way to repay you. So then, your recompense will be in the resurrection of the just.”

November 4, 2018

Deuteronomy 6: 2- 6

6:2 So may you fear the Lord your God, and keep all his commandments and precepts, which I am entrusting to you, and to your sons and grandsons, all the days of your life, so that your days may be prolonged.
6:3 Listen and observe, O Israel, so that you may do just as the Lord has instructed you, and it may be well with you, and you may be multiplied all the more, for the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey.
6:4 Listen, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.
6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6:6 And these words, which I instruct to you this day, shall be in your heart.

Hebrews 7: 23- 28

7:23 And certainly, so many of the others became priests because, due to death, they were prohibited from continuing.
7:24 But this man, because he continues forever, has an everlasting priesthood.
7:25 And for this reason, he is able, continuously, to save those who approach God through him, since he is ever alive to make intercession on our behalf.
7:26 For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.
7:27 And he has no need, daily, in the manner of other priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people. For he has done this once, by offering himself.
7:28 For the law appoints men as priests, though they have infirmities. But, by the word of the oath that is after the law, the Son has been perfected for eternity.

Mark 12: 28- 34

12:28 And one of the scribes, who had heard them arguing, drew near to him. And seeing that he had answered them well, he questioned him as to which was the first commandment of all.
12:29 And Jesus answered him: “For the first commandment of all is this: ‘Listen, O Israel. The Lord your God is one God.
12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and from your whole soul, and from your whole mind, and from your whole strength. This is the first commandment.’
12:31 But the second is similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
12:32 And the scribe said to him: Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth that there is one God, and there is no other beside him;
12:33 and that he should be loved from the whole heart, and from the whole understanding, and from the whole soul, and from the whole strength. And to love one’s neighbor as one’s self is greater than all holocausts and sacrifices.”
12:34 And Jesus, seeing that he had responded wisely, said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to question him.