Daily Readings

March 21, 2019

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.’ ”

March 20, 2019

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.”

March 19, 2019

Second Samuel 7: 4- 5, 12- 14, 16

7:4But it happened in that night, behold, the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
7:5“Go, and say to my servant David: ‘Thus says the Lord: Should you build a house for me as a dwelling place?
7:12And when your days will have been fulfilled, and you will sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who will go forth from your loins, and I will make firm his kingdom.
7:13He himself shall build a house to my name. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom, even forever.
7:14I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. And if he will commit any iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and with the wounds of the sons of men.
7:16And your house shall be faithful, and your kingdom shall be before your face, for eternity, and your throne shall be secure continuously.’ ”

Romans 4: 13, 16- 18, 22

4:13For the Promise to Abraham, and to his posterity, that he would inherit the world, was not through the law, but through the justice of faith.
4:16Because of this, it is from faith according to grace that the Promise is ensured for all posterity, not only for those who are of the law, but also for those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all before God,
4:17in whom he believed, who revives the dead and who calls those things that do not exist into existence. For it is written: “I have established you as the father of many nations.”
4:18And he believed, with a hope beyond hope, so that he might become the father of many nations, according to what was said to him: “Thus shall your posterity shall be.”
4:22And for this reason, it was reputed to him unto justice.

Matthew 1: 16, 18- 21, 24

1:16And Jacob conceived Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
1:18Now the procreation of the Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit.
1:19Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not willing to hand her over, preferred to send her away secretly.
1:20But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit.
1:21And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation of his people from their sins.”
1:24Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his wife.

March 18, 2019

Daniel 9: 4- 10

9:1In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the offspring of the Medes, who ruled over the kingdom of the Chaldeans,
9:2in year one of his reign, I, Daniel, understood in the books the number of the years, concerning the word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah, the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would be completed in seventy years.
9:3And I set my face to the Lord, my God, to ask and make supplication with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
9:4And I prayed to the Lord, my God, and I confessed, and I said, “I beg you, O Lord God, great and terrible, preserving the covenant and mercy for those who love you and keep your commandments.
9:5We have sinned, we have committed iniquity, we acted impiously and have withdrawn, and we have turned aside from your commandments as well as your judgments.
9:6We have not obeyed your servants, the prophets, who have spoken in your name to our kings, our leaders, our fathers, and all the people of the land.
9:7To you, O Lord, is justice, but to us is confusion of face, just as it is on this day for the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, for those who are near and those who are far off, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of their iniquities by which they have sinned against you.
9:8O Lord, to us belongs confusion of face: to our kings, our leaders, and our fathers, who have sinned.
9:9But to you, the Lord our God, is mercy and atonement, for we have withdrawn from you,
9:10and we have not listened to the voice of the Lord, our God, so as to walk in his law, which he established for us by his servants, the prophets.

Luke 6: 36- 38

6:36Therefore, be merciful, just as your Father is also merciful.
6:37Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
6:38Give, and it will be given to you: a good measure, pressed down and shaken together and overflowing, they will place upon your lap. Certainly, the same measure that you use to measure out, will be used to measure back to you again.”


March 17, 2019

Genesis 15: 5- 12, 17- 18

15:5And he brought him outside, and he said to him, “Take in the heavens, and number the stars, if you can.” And he said to him, “So also will your offspring be.”
15:6Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
15:7And he said to him, “I am the Lord who led you away from Ur of the Chaldeans, so as to give you this land, and so that you would possess it.”
15:8But he said, “Lord God, in what way may I be able to know that I will possess it?
15:9And the Lord responded by saying: “Take for me a cow of three years, and a she-goat of three years, and a ram of three years, also a turtle-dove and a pigeon.”
15:10Taking all these, he divided them through the middle, and placed both parts opposite one another. But the birds he did not divide.
15:11And birds descended upon the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
15:12And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a dread, great and dark, invaded him.
15:17Then, when the sun had set, there came a dark mist, and there appeared a smoking furnace and a lamp of fire passing between those divisions.
15:18On that day, God formed a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your offspring I will give this land, from the river of Egypt, even to the great river Euphrates

Philippians 3: 17- 4: 1

3:17Be imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who are walking similarly, just as you have seen by our example.
3:18For many persons, about whom I have often told you (and now tell you, weeping,) are walking as enemies of the cross of Christ.
3:19Their end is destruction; their god is their belly; and their glory is in their shame: for they are immersed in earthly things.
3:20But our way of life is in heaven. And from heaven, too, we await the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ,
3:21who will transform the body of our lowliness, according to the form of the body of his glory, by means of that power by which he is even able to subject all things to himself.
4:1And so, my most beloved and most desired brothers, my joy and my crown: stand firm in this way, in the Lord, most beloved.

Luke 9: 28- 36

9:28And it happened that, about eight days after these words, he took Peter and James and John, and he ascended onto a mountain, so that he might pray.
9:29And while he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his vestment became white and shining.
9:30And behold, two men were talking with him. And these were Moses and Elijah, appearing in majesty.
9:31And they spoke of his departure, which he would accomplish at Jerusalem.
9:32Yet truly, Peter and those who were with him were weighed down by sleep. And becoming alert, they saw his majesty and the two men who were standing with him.
9:33And it happened that, as these were departing from him, Peter said to Jesus: “Teacher, it is good for us to be here. And so, let us make three tabernacles: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what he was saying.
9:34Then, as he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them. And as these were entering into the cloud, they were afraid.
9:35And a voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved son. Listen to him.”
9:36And while the voice was being uttered, Jesus was found to be alone. And they were silent and told no one, in those days, any of these things, which they had seen.

March 16, 2019

Deuteronomy 26: 16- 19

26:16Today the Lord your God has instructed you to carry out these commandments and judgments, and to keep and fulfill them, with all your heart and with all your soul.

26:17Today, you have chosen the Lord to be your God, so that you may walk in his ways, and keep his ceremonies and commandments and judgments, and obey his command.

26:18Today, the Lord has chosen you, so that you may be his particular people, just as he has spoken to you, and so that you may keep all his precepts,

26:19and so that he may cause you to be more exalted than all the nations which he has created, for the sake of his own praise and name and glory, in order that you may be a holy people for the Lord your God, just as he has spoken.”

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.”

March 15, 2019

Ezekiel 18: 21- 28

18:21But if the impious man does penance for all his sins which he has committed, and if he keeps all my precepts, and accomplishes judgment and justice, then he shall certainly live, and he shall not die.
18:22I will not remember all his iniquities, which he has worked; by his justice, which he has worked, he shall live.
18:23How could it be my will that an impious man should die, says the Lord God, and not that he should be converted from his ways and live?
18:24But if a just man turns himself away from his justice, and does iniquity in accord with all the abominations that the impious man so often does, why should he live? All his justices, which he has accomplished, shall not be remembered. By the transgression, in which he has transgressed, and by his sin, in which he has sinned, by these he shall die.
18:25And you have said, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Therefore, listen, O house of Israel. How could it be that my way is not fair? And is it not instead your ways that are perverse?
18:26For when the just man turns himself away from his justice, and commits iniquity, he shall die by this; by the injustice that he has worked, he shall die.
18:27And when the impious man turns himself away from his impiety, which he has done, and accomplishes judgment and justice, he shall cause his own soul to live.
18:28For by considering and turning himself away from all his iniquities, which he has worked, he shall certainly live, and he shall not die.

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.

March 14, 2019

Esther 8: 1- 5, 12- 13, 19

8:1Queen Esther also, fearing the danger that was imminent, fled to the Lord.
8:2And when she had put aside her royal apparel, she took up garments suitable for weeping and mourning, and instead of various ointments, she covered her head with ashes from burnt dung, and she humbled her body with fasting, and all the aspects of her beauty, she covered with her torn hair.
8:3And she begged the Lord God of Israel, saying, “My Lord, who alone is our King, help me, a solitary woman, for there is no other helper but you.
8:4My peril is close at hand.
8:5I have heard from my father that you, Lord, chose Israel from among all nations and our fathers from among all their former ancestors, to possess them as an everlasting inheritance, and you have done for them just as you said.
8:12Be mindful, Lord, and show yourself to us in the time of our tribulation, and give me faith, Lord, King of gods and of every power.
8:13Grant fitting words to my mouth in the sight of the lion, and transform his heart to hate our enemy, so that both he, and the others who conspire with him, may perish.
8:19O God, whose strength is above all things, heed the voice of those who have no other hope, and free us from the hand of the wicked, and rescue me from my fear.”

Matthew 7: 7- 12

7:7Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you.
7:8For everyone who asks, receives; and whoever seeks, finds; and to anyone who knocks, it will be opened.
7:9Or what man is there among you, who, if his son were to ask him for bread, would offer him a stone;
7:10or if he were to ask him for a fish, would offer him a snake?
7:11Therefore, if you, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your sons, how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to those who ask him?
7:12Therefore, all things whatsoever that you wish that men would do to you, do so also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

March 13, 2019

Jonah 3: 1- 10

3:1And the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying:
3:2Rise, and go to Nineveh, the great city. And preach in it the preaching that I say to you.
3:3And Jonah rose, and he went to Nineveh in accordance with the word of the Lord. And Nineveh was a great city of three days’ journey.
3:4And Jonah began to enter into the city one day’s journey. And he cried out and said, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.”
3:5And the men of Nineveh believed in God. And they proclaimed a fast, and they put on sackcloth, from the greatest all the way to the least.
3:6And word reached the king of Nineveh. And he rose from his throne, and he threw off his robe from himself and was clothed in sackcloth, and he sat in ashes.
3:7And he cried out and spoke: “In Nineveh, from the mouth of the king and of his princes, let it be said: Men and beasts and oxen and sheep may not taste anything. Neither shall they feed or drink water.
3:8And let men and beasts be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry out to the Lord with strength, and may man be converted from his evil way, and from the iniquity that is in their hands.
3:9Who knows if God may turn and forgive, and may turn away from his furious wrath, so that we might not perish?
3:10And God saw their works, that they had been converted from their evil way. And God took pity on them, concerning the harm that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Luke 11: 29- 32

11:29Then, as the crowds were quickly gathering, he began to say: “This generation is a wicked generation: it seeks a sign. But no sign will be given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
11:30For just as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of man be to this generation.
11:31The queen of the South will rise up, at the judgment, with the men of this generation, and she will condemn them. For she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And behold, more than Solomon is here.
11:32The men of Nineveh will rise up, at the judgment, with this generation, and they will condemn it. For at the preaching of Jonah, they repented. And behold, more than Jonah is here.

March 12, 2019

Isaiah 55: 10- 11

55:10And 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,
55:11so 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.

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.