Daily Readings

July 19, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 26: 7-9, 12, 16-19

26:7 The path of the just is upright; the difficult path of the just is right to walk in.
26:8 And in the path of your judgments, O Lord, we have endured for you. Your name and your remembrance are the desire of the soul.
26:9 My soul has desired you in the night. But I will also watch for you with my spirit, in my inmost heart, from the morning. When you accomplish your judgments upon the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn justice.
26:12 Lord, you will give us peace. For all our works have been wrought for us by you.
26:16 Lord, they have sought you in anguish. Your doctrine was with them, amid the tribulation of murmuring.
26:17 Like a woman who has conceived and is approaching the time for delivery, who, in anguish, cries out in her pains, so have we become before your face, O Lord.
26:18 We have conceived, and it is as if we were in labor, but we have given birth to wind. We have not brought forth salvation on the earth. For this reason, the inhabitants of the earth have not fallen.
26:19 Your dead shall live. My slain will rise again. Be awakened, and give praise, you who live in the dust! For your dew is the dew of the light, and you shall be dragged down to the land of the giants, to ruination.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 11: 28-30

11:28 Come to me, all you who labor and have been burdened, and I will refresh you.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”

July 18, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 10: 5-7, 13-16

10:5 Woe to Assur! He is the rod and the staff of my fury, and my indignation is in their hands.
10:6 I will send him to a deceitful nation, and I will order him against the people of my fury, so that he may take away the plunder, and tear apart the prey, and place it to be trampled like the mud of the streets.
10:7 But he will not consider it to be so, and his heart will not suppose it to be this way. Instead, his heart will be set to crush and to exterminate more than a few nations.
10:13 For he has said: “I have acted with the strength of my own hand, and I have understood with my own wisdom, and I have removed the limits of the people, and I have plundered their leaders, and, like one with power, I have pulled down those residing on high.
10:14 And my hand has reached to the strength of the people, as to a nest. And, just as the eggs which have been left behind are gathered, so have I gathered the entire earth. And there was no one who moved a wing, or opened a mouth, or uttered a snarl.”
10:15 Should the axe glorify itself over him who wields it? Or can the saw exalt itself over him who pulls it? How can a rod lift itself up against him who wields it, or a staff exalt itself, though it is only wood?
10:16 Because of this, the sovereign Lord, the Lord of hosts, will send leanness among his fat ones. And under the influence of his glory, a burning ardor will rage, like a consuming fire.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 11: 25-27

11:25 At that time, Jesus responded and said: “I acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones.
11:26 Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you.
11:27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.

July 17, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 7: 1-9

7:1 And it happened in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, the king of Judah, that Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, ascended to Jerusalem to battle against it. But they were not able to defeat it.
7:2 And they reported to the house of David, saying: “Syria has withdrawn to Ephraim.” And his heart was shaken, with the heart of his people, just as the trees of the forest are moved by the face of the wind.
7:3 And the Lord said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son, Jashub, who was left behind, to the end of the aqueduct, at the upper pool, on the road to the fuller’s field.
7:4 And you shall say to him: “See to it that you are silent. Do not be afraid. And have no dread in your heart over the two tails of these firebrands, nearly extinguished, which are the wrath of the fury of Rezin, king of Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.”
7:5 For Syria has undertaken a plan against you, with the evil of Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, saying:
7:6 “Let us ascend to Judah, and stir it up, and tear it away for ourselves, and appoint the son of Tabeel as a king in its midst.”
7:7 Thus says the Lord God: This shall not stand, and this shall not be.
7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within sixty-five years from now, Ephraim will cease to be a people.
7:9 For the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not believe, you will not continue.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 11: 20-24

11:20 Then he began to rebuke the cities in which many of his miracles were accomplished, for they still had not repented.
11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in haircloth and ashes.
11:22 Yet truly, I say to you, Tyre and Sidon shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment.
11:23 And you, Capernaum, would you be exalted all the way to heaven? You shall descend all the way to Hell. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, perhaps it would have remained, even to this day.
11:24 Yet truly, I say to you, that the land of Sodom shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment.”

July 16, 2018

Reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 1: 10-17

1:10 Listen to the Word of the Lord, you leaders of the people of Sodom. Listen closely to the law of our God, O people of Gomorrah.
1:11 The multitude of your sacrifices, what is that to me, says the Lord? I am full. I do not desire holocausts of rams, nor the fat of fatlings, nor the blood of calves and of lambs and of he-goats.
1:12 When you approach before my sight, who is it that requires these things from your hands, so that you would walk in my courts?
1:13 You should no longer offer sacrifice vain. Incense is an abomination to me. The new moons and the Sabbaths and the other feast days, I will not receive. Your gatherings are iniquitous.
1:14 My soul hates your days of proclamation and your solemnities. They have become bothersome to me. I labor to endure them.
1:15 And so, when you extend your hands, I will avert my eyes from you. And when you multiply your prayers, I will not heed you. For your hands are full of blood.
1:16 Wash, become clean, take away the evil of your intentions from my eyes. Cease to act perversely.
1:17 Learn to do good. Seek judgment, support the oppressed, judge for the orphan, defend the widow.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 34-11: 1

10:34 Do not think that I came to send peace upon the earth. I came, not to send peace, but the sword.
10:35 For I came to divide a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
10:36 And the enemies of a man will be those of his own household.
10:37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter above me is not worthy of me.
10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross, and follow me is not worthy of me.
10:39 Whoever finds his life, will lose it. And whoever will have lost his life because of me, shall find it.
10:40 Whoever receives you, receives me. And whoever receives me, receives him who sent me.
10:41 Whoever receives a prophet, in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet. And whoever receives the just in the name of the just shall receive the reward of the just.
10:42 And whoever shall give, even to one of the least of these, a cup of cold water to drink, solely in the name of a disciple: Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

11:1 And it happened that, when Jesus had completed instructing his twelve disciples, he went away from there in order to teach and to preach in their cities.

July 15, 2018

First Reading

The Book of the Prophet Amos 7: 12-15

7:12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “You, seer, go out and flee into the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there.
7:13 And in Bethel, do not prophesy any longer, because it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is the house of the kingdom.”
7:14 And Amos responded, and he said to Amasias, “I am not a prophet, and I am not the son of a prophet, but I am a herdsman plucking from wild fig trees.
7:15 And the Lord took me, when I was following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ ”

Second Reading

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 1: 3-14

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ,
1:4 just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight, in charity.
1:5 He has predestined us to adoption as sons, through Jesus Christ, in himself, according to the purpose of his will,
1:6 for the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son.
1:7 In him, we have redemption through his blood: the remission of sins in accord with the riches of his grace,
1:8 which is superabundant in us, with all wisdom and prudence.
1:9 So does he make known to us the mystery of his will, which he has set forth in Christ, in a manner well-pleasing to him,
1:10 in the dispensation of the fullness of time, so as to renew in Christ everything that exists through him in heaven and on earth.
1:11 In him, we too are called to our portion, having been predestined in accord with the plan of the One who accomplishes all things by the counsel of his will.
1:12 So may we be, to the praise of his glory, we who have hoped beforehand in Christ.
1:13 In him, you also, after you heard and believed the Word of truth, which is the Gospel of your salvation, were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the Promise.
1:14 He is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the acquisition of redemption, to the praise of his glory.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark 6: 7-13

6:7 And he called the twelve. And he began to send them out in twos, and he gave them authority over unclean spirits.
6:8 And he instructed them not to take anything for the journey, except a staff: no traveling bag, no bread, and no money belt,
6:9 but to wear sandals, and not to wear two tunics.
6:10 And he said to them: “Whenever you have entered into a house, stay there until you depart from that place.
6:11 And whoever will neither receive you, nor listen to you, as you go away from there, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
6:12 And going out, they were preaching, so that people would repent.
6:13 And they cast out many demons, and they anointed many of the sick with oil and healed them.

July 14, 2018

Isaiah 6: 1- 8

6:1 In the year in which king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, sublime and exalted, and the things that were under him filled the temple.
6:2 The Seraphims were standing above the throne. One had six wings, and the other had six wings: with two they were covering his face, and with two they were covering his feet, and with two they were flying.
6:3 And they were crying out to one another, and saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!
6:4 And the lintels above the hinges were shaken at the voice of the one crying out. And the house was filled with smoke.
6:5 And I said: “Woe to me! For I have remained silent. For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live in the midst of a people having unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King, the Lord of hosts!
6:6 And one of the Seraphims flew to me, and in his hand was a burning coal, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
6:7 And he touched my mouth, and he said, “Behold, this has touched your lips, and so your iniquities will be taken away, and your sin will be cleansed.”
6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send?” and, “Who will go for us?” And I said: “Here I am. Send me.”

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 24- 33

10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus, answering again, said to them: “Little sons, how difficult it is for those who trust in money to enter into the kingdom of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God.”
10:26 And they wondered even more, saying among themselves, “Who, then, can be saved?
10:27 And Jesus, gazing at them, said: “With men it is impossible; but not with God. For with God all things are possible.”
10:28 And Peter began to say to him, “Behold, we have left all things and have followed you.”
10:29 In response, Jesus said: “Amen I say to you, There is no one who has left behind house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or land, for my sake and for the Gospel,
10:30 who will not receive one hundred times as much, now in this time: houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land, with persecutions, and in the future age eternal life.
10:31 But many of the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

July 13, 2018

Hosea 14: 2- 10

14:2 Israel, convert to the Lord your God. For you have been ruined by your own iniquity.
14:3 Take these words with you and return to the Lord. And say to him, “Remove all iniquity and accept the good. And we will repay the calves of our lips.
14:4 Assur will not save us; we will not ride on horses. Neither will we say any more, ‘The works of our hands are our gods,’ for those that are in you will have mercy on the orphan.”
14:5 I will heal their contrition; I will love them spontaneously. For my wrath has been turned away from them.
14:6 I will be like the dew; Israel will spring forth like the lily, and his root will spread out like that of the cedars of Lebanon.
14:7 His branches will advance, and his glory will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance will be like that of the cedars of Lebanon.
14:8 They will be converted, sitting in his shadow. They will live on wheat, and they will grow like a vine. His memorial will be like the wine of the cedars of Lebanon.
14:9 Ephraim will say, “What are idols to me any more?” I will listen to him, and I will set him straight like a healthy spruce tree. Your fruit has been found by me.
14:10 Who is wise and will understand this? Who has understanding and will know these things? For the ways of the Lord are straight, and the just will walk in them, but truly, the traitors will fall in them.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 16-23

10:16 And embracing them, and laying his hands upon them, he blessed them.
10:17 And when he had departed on the way, a certain one, running up and kneeling before him, asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do, so that I may secure eternal life?
10:18 But Jesus said to him, “Why call me good? No one is good except the one God.
10:19 You know the precepts: “Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not speak false testimony. Do not deceive. Honor your father and mother.”
10:20 But in response, he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”
10:21 Then Jesus, gazing at him, loved him, and he said to him: “One thing is lacking to you. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.”
10:22 But he went away grieving, having been greatly saddened by the word. For he had many possessions.
10:23 And Jesus, looking around, said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

July 12, 2018

Hosea 11: 1- 4, 8-9

11:1 Just as the morning passes, so has the king of Israel passed by. For Israel was a child and I loved him; and out of Egypt I called my son.
11:2 They called them, and so they departed before their face. They offered victims to the Baals, and they sacrificed to graven images.
11:3 And I was like a foster father to Ephraim. I carried them in my arms. And they did not know that I healed them.
11:4 I will draw them with the cords of Adam, with the bands of love. And I will be to them like one who raises the yoke over their jaws. And I will reach down to him so that he may eat.

11:8 How will I provide for you, Ephraim; how will I protect you, Israel? How will I provide for you as for Adam; will I set you like Zeboiim? My heart has changed within me; together with my regret, it has been stirred up.
11:9 I will not act on the fury of my wrath. I will not turn back to utterly destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, the Divine in your midst, and I will not advance upon the city.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 7-15

10:7 Because of this, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife.
10:8 And these two shall be one in flesh. And so, they are now, not two, but one flesh.
10:9 Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.”
10:10 And again, in the house, his disciples questioned him about the same thing.
10:11 And he said to them: “Whoever dismisses his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.
10:12 And if a wife dismisses her husband, and is married to another, she commits adultery.”
10:13 And they brought to him the little children, so that he might touch them. But the disciples admonished those who brought them.
10:14 But when Jesus saw this, he took offense, and he said to them: “Allow the little ones to come to me, and do not prohibit them. For of such as these is the kingdom of God.
10:15 Amen I say to you, whoever will not accept the kingdom of God like a little child, will not enter into it.”

July 11, 2018

Hosea 10: 1- 3, 7- 8, 12

10:1 Israel is a leafy vine, its fruit has been suitable to him. According to the multitude of his fruit, he has multiplied altars; according to the fertility of his land, he has abounded with graven images.
10:2 His heart has been divided, so now they will cross the divide. He will break apart their images; he will plunder their sanctuaries.
10:3 For now they will say, “We have no king. For we do not fear the Lord. And what would a king do for us?

10:7 Samaria has required her king to pass by, like foam on the face of the water.
10:8 And the heights of the idol, the sin of Israel, will be utterly destroyed. The burr and the thistle will rise up over their altars. And they will say to the mountains, ‘Cover us,’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us.’
10:12 Sow for yourselves in justice, and harvest in the mouth of mercy; renew your fallow land. But the time when you will seek the Lord is the time when he will arrive who will teach you justice.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 10: 1-7

10:1 And rising up, he went from there into the area of Judea beyond the Jordan. And again, the crowd came together before him. And just as he was accustomed to do, again he taught them.
10:2 And approaching, the Pharisees questioned him, testing him: “Is it lawful for a man to dismiss his wife?
10:3 But in response, he said to them, “What did Moses instruct you?
10:4 And they said, “Moses gave permission to write a bill of divorce and to dismiss her.”
10:5 But Jesus responded by saying: “It was due to the hardness of your heart that he wrote that precept for you.
10:6 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
10:7 Because of this, a man shall leave behind his father and mother, and he shall cling to his wife.

July 10, 2018

Hosea 8: 4- 7, 11- 13

8:4 They have reigned, but not by me. Leaders have emerged, and I did not recognize them. Their silver and their gold, they have made into idols for themselves, so that they might cross over.
8:5 Your calf, Samaria, has been rejected. My fury has been enraged against them. How long will they be incapable of being cleansed?
8:6 For it is itself also from Israel: a workman made it, and it is not God. For the calf of Samaria will be used for the webs of spiders.
8:7 For they will sow wind and reap a whirlwind. It does not have a firm stalk; the bud will yield no grain. But if it does yield, strangers will eat it.

8:11 For Ephraim multiplied altars to sin, and sanctuaries have become an offense for him.
8:12 I will write to him my intricate laws, which have been treated like strangers.
8:13 They will offer victims, they will immolate flesh and will eat, and the Lord will not accept them. For now he will remember their iniquity, and he will repay their sins: they will be turned back to Egypt.

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 9: 32-38

9:32 And they went to Capernaum. And when they were in the house, he questioned them, “What did you discuss on the way?
9:33 But they were silent. For indeed, on the way, they had disputed among themselves as to which of them was greater.
9:34 And sitting down, he called the twelve, and he said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be the last of all and the minister of all.”
9:35 And taking a child, he set him in their midst. And when he had embraced him, he said to them:
9:36 “Whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me. And whoever receives me, receives not me, but him who sent me.”
9:37 John responded to him by saying, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name; he does not follow us, and so we prohibited him.”
9:38 But Jesus said: “Do not prohibit him. For there is no one who can act with virtue in my name and soon speak evil about me.