Daily Readings

June 25, 2019

Genesis 13: 2, 5- 18

13:2But he was very wealthy by the possession of gold and silver.
13:5But Lot also, who was with Abram, had flocks of sheep, and cattle, and tents.
13:6Neither was the land able to contain them, so that they might dwell together. Indeed, their substance was so great that they could not live in common.
13:7And then there also arose a conflict between the shepherds of Abram and of Lot. Now at that time the Canaanite and the Perizzite lived in that land.
13:8Therefore, Abram said to Lot: “I ask you, let there be no quarrel between me and you, and between my shepherds and your shepherds. For we are brothers.
13:9Behold, the entire land is before your eyes. Withdraw from me, I beg you. If you will go to the left, I will take the right. If you choose the right, I will pass to the left.”
13:10And so Lot, lifting up his eyes, saw all the region around the Jordan, which was thoroughly irrigated, before the Lord overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It was like the Paradise of the Lord, and it was like Egypt, approaching toward Zoar.
13:11And Lot chose for himself the region around the Jordan, and he withdrew by way of the east. And they were divided, one brother from the other.
13:12Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan. In truth, Lot stayed in the towns that were around the Jordan, and he lived in Sodom.
13:13But the men of Sodom were very wicked, and they were sinners before the Lord beyond measure.
13:14And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot was divided from him: “Lift up your eyes, and gaze out from the place where you are now, to the north and to the meridian, to the east and to the west.
13:15All the land that you see, I will give to you, and to your offspring even forever.
13:16And I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth. If any man is able to number the dust of the earth, he will be able to number your offspring as well.
13:17Arise and walk through the land in its length, and breadth. For I will give it to you.”
13:18Therefore, moving his tent, Abram went and dwelt by the steep valley of Mamre, which is in Hebron. And he built an altar there to the Lord.

Matthew 7: 6, 12- 14

7:6Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not cast your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they may trample them under their feet, and then, turning, they may tear you apart.
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.
7:13Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leads to perdition, and many there are who enter through it.
7:14How narrow is the gate, and how straight is the way, which leads to life, and few there are who find it!

June 24, 2019

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Isaiah 49: 1- 6

49:1Pay attention, you islands, and listen closely, you far away peoples. The Lord has called me from the womb; from the womb of my mother, he has been mindful of my name.
49:2And he has appointed my mouth as a sharp sword. In the shadow of his hand, he has protected me. And he has appointed me as an elect arrow. In his quiver, he has hidden me.
49:3And he has said to me: “You are my servant, Israel. For in you, I will glory.”
49:4And I said: “I have labored toward emptiness. I have consumed my strength without purpose and in vain. Therefore, my judgment is with the Lord, and my work is with my God.”
49:5And now, says the Lord, who formed me from the womb as his servant, so that I may bring back Jacob to him, for Israel will not be gathered together, but I have been glorified in the eyes of the Lord and my God has become my strength,
49:6and so he has said: “It is a small thing that you should be my servant so as to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and so as to convert the dregs of Israel. Behold, I have offered you as a light for the Gentiles, so that you may be my salvation, even to the furthest regions of the earth.”

Acts 13: 22- 26

13:22And having removed him, he raised up for them king David. And offering testimony about him, he said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, to be a man according to my own heart, who will accomplish all that I will.’
13:23From his offspring, according to the Promise, God has brought Jesus the Savior to Israel.
13:24John was preaching, before the face of his advent, a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
13:25Then, when John completed his course, he was saying: ‘I am not the one you consider me to be. For behold, one arrives after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loosen.’
13:26Noble brothers, sons of the stock of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, it is to you the Word of this salvation has been sent.

Luke 1: 57- 66, 80

1:57Now the time for Elizabeth to give birth arrived, and she brought forth a son.
1:58And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy with her, and so they congratulated her.
1:59And it happened that, on the eighth day, they arrived to circumcise the boy, and they called him by his father’s name, Zechariah.
1:60And in response, his mother said: “Not so. Instead, he shall be called John.”
1:61And they said to her, “But there is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”
1:62Then they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him to be called.
1:63And requesting a writing tablet, he wrote, saying: “His name is John.” And they all wondered.
1:64Then, at once, his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosened, and he spoke, blessing God.
1:65And fear fell upon all of their neighbors. And all these words were made known throughout all the hill country of Judea.
1:66And all those who heard it stored it up in their heart, saying: “What do you think this boy will be?” And indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.
1:80And the child grew, and he was strengthened in spirit. And he was in the wilderness, until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

June 23, 2019

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Genesis 14: 18- 20

14:18 Then in truth, Melchizedek, the king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine, for he was a priest of the Most High God;
14:19 he blessed him, and he said: “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, who created heaven and earth.
14:20 And blessed be the Most High God, through whose protection the enemies are in your hands.” And he gave him tithes from everything.

First Corinthians 11: 23- 26

11:23 For I have received from the Lord what I have also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the same night that he was handed over, took bread,
11:24 and giving thanks, he broke it, and said: “Take and eat. This is my body, which shall be given up for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
11:25 Similarly also, the cup, after he had eaten supper, saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
11:26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he returns.

Luke 9: 11- 17

9:11 But when the crowd had realized this, they followed him. And he received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God. And those who were in need of cures, he healed.
9:12 Then the day began to decline. And drawing near, the twelve said to him: “Dismiss the crowds, so that, by going into the surrounding towns and villages, they may separate and find food. For we are here in a deserted place.”
9:13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “There is with us no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we are to go and buy food for this entire multitude.”
9:14 Now there were about five thousand men. So he said to his disciples, “Have them recline to eat in groups of fifty.”
9:15 And they did so. And they caused them all to recline to eat.
9:16 Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish, he gazed up to heaven, and he blessed and broke and distributed them to his disciples, in order to set them before the crowd.
9:17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And twelve baskets of fragments were taken up, which were left over from them.

June 22, 2019

Reading

Second Letter to the Corinthians 12: 1- 10

12:1 If it is necessary (though certainly not expedient) to glory, then I will next tell of visions and revelations from the Lord.

12:2 I know a man in Christ, who, more than fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I do not know, or out of the body, I do not know: God knows), was enraptured to the third heaven.

12:3 And I know a certain man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I do not know: God knows),

12:4 who was enraptured into Paradise. And he heard words of mystery, which it is not permitted for man to speak.

12:5 On behalf of someone like this, I will glory. But on behalf of myself, I will not glory about anything, except my infirmities.

12:6 For even though I am willing to glory, I will not be foolish. But I will speak the truth. Yet I will do so sparingly, lest anyone may consider me to be anything more than what he sees in me, or anything more than what he hears from me.

12:7 And lest the greatness of the revelations should extol me, there was given to me a prodding in my flesh: an angel of Satan, who struck me repeatedly.

12:8 Because of this, three times I petitioned the Lord that it might be taken away from me.

12:9 And he said to me: “My grace is sufficient for you. For virtue is perfected in weakness.” And so, willingly shall I glory in my weaknesses, so that the virtue of Christ may live within me.

12:10 Because of this, I am pleased in my infirmity: in reproaches, in difficulties, in persecutions, in distresses, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 6: 24-34

6:24No one is able to serve two masters. For either he will have hatred for the one, and love the other, or he will persevere with the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
6:25And so I say to you, do not be anxious about your life, as to what you will eat, nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
6:26Consider the birds of the air, how they neither sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much greater value than they are?
6:27And which of you, by thinking, is able to add one cubit to his stature?
6:28And as for clothing, why are you anxious? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither work nor weave.
6:29But I say to you, that not even Solomon, in all his glory, was arrayed like one of these.
6:30So if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and cast into the oven tomorrow, how much more will he care for you, O little in faith?
6:31Therefore, do not choose to be anxious, saying: ‘What shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and with what shall we be clothed?
6:32For the Gentiles seek all these things. Yet your Father knows that you need all these things.
6:33Therefore, seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added to you as well.
6:34Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow; for the future day will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its evil.”

June 21, 2019

Reading

Second Letter to Corinthians 11: 18, 21- 30

11:18 Since so many glory according to the flesh, I will glory also.

11:21 I speak according to disgrace, as if we had been weak in this regard. In this matter, (I speak in foolishness) if anyone dares, I dare also.

11:22 They are Hebrews; so am I. They are Israelites; so am I. They are the offspring of Abraham; so am I.

11:23 They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as if I were less wise); more so am I: with many more labors, with numerous imprisonments, with wounds beyond measure, with frequent mortifications.

11:24 On five occasions, I received forty stripes, less one, from the Jews.

11:25 Three times, I was beaten with rods. One time, I was stoned. Three times, I was shipwrecked. For a night and a day, I was in the depths of the sea.

11:26 I have made frequent journeys, through dangerous waters, in danger of robbers, in danger from my own nation, in danger from the Gentiles, in danger in the city, in danger in the wilderness, in danger in the sea, in danger from false brothers,

11:27 with hardships and difficulties, with much vigilance, in hunger and thirst, with frequent fasts, in cold and nakedness,

11:28 and, in addition to these things, which are external: there is my daily earnestness and solicitude for all the churches.

11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized, and I am not being burned?

11:30 If it is necessary to glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weaknesses.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 6: 19-23

6:19Do not choose to store up for yourselves treasures on earth: where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break in and steal.
6:20Instead, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither rust nor moth consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
6:21For where your treasure is, there also is your heart.
6:22The lamp of your body is your eye. If your eye is wholesome, your entire body will be filled with light.
6:23But if your eye has been corrupted, your entire body will be darkened. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great will that darkness be!

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 waysthe 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 therewhen 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.