Daily Readings

January 17, 2019

Hebrews 3: 7- 14

3:7 Because of this, it is just as the Holy Spirit says: “If today you hear his voice,
3:8 harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, the very day of temptation, in the desert,
3:9 where your fathers tested me, even though they had seen and examined my works for forty years.
3:10 For this reason, I was enraged against this generation, and I said: They always wander astray in heart. For they have not known my ways.
3:11 So it is as I swore in my wrath: They shall not enter into my rest!
3:12 Be cautious, brothers, lest perhaps there may be, in any of you, an evil heart of unbelief, turning aside from the living God.
3:13 Instead, exhort one another every day, while it is still called ‘today,’ so that none of you may become hardened through the falseness of sin.
3:14 For we have been made participants in Christ. This is only so, if we firmly retain the beginning of his substance, even unto the end.

Mark 1: 40- 45

1:40And a leper came to him, begging him. And kneeling down, he said to him, “If you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.”

1:41Then Jesus, taking pity on him, reached out his hand. And touching him, he said to him: “I am willing. Be cleansed.”

1:42And after he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

1:43And he admonished him, and he promptly sent him away.

1:44And 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.”

1:45But 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.

January 16, 2019

Reading

The Letter to the Hebrews 2: 14-18

2:14 Therefore, because children have a common flesh and blood, he himself also, in like manner, has shared in the same, so that through death, he might destroy him who held the dominion of death, that is, the devil,
2:15 and so that he might free those who, through the fear of death, had been condemned to servitude throughout their entire life.
2:16 For at no time did he take hold of the Angels, but instead he took hold of the offspring of Abraham.
2:17 Therefore, it is fitting for him to be made similar to his brothers in all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful High Priest before God, in order that he might bring forgiveness to the offenses of the people.
2:18 For in as much as he himself has suffered and has been tempted, he also is able to assist those who are tempted.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark 1: 29-39

1:29 And soon after departing from the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
1:30 But the mother-in-law of Simon lay ill with a fever. And at once they told him about her.
1:31 And drawing near to her, he raised her up, taking her by the hand. And immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.
1:32 Then, when evening arrived, after the sun had set, they brought to him all who had maladies and those who had demons.
1:33 And the entire city was gathered together at the door.
1:34 And he healed many who were troubled with various illnesses. And he cast out many demons, but he would not permit them to speak, because they knew him.
1:35 And rising up very early, departing, he went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
1:36 And Simon, and those who were with him, followed after him.
1:37 And when they had found him, they said to him, “For everyone is seeking you.”
1:38 And he said to them: “Let us go into the neighboring towns and cities, so that I may preach there also. Indeed, it was for this reason that I came.”
1:39 And he was preaching in their synagogues and throughout all of Galilee, and casting out demons.

January 15, 2019

Reading

The Letter to the Hebrews 2: 5-12

2:5 For God did not subject the future world, about which we are speaking, to the Angels.
2:6 But someone, in a certain place, has testified, saying: “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the Son of man, that you visit him?
2:7 You have reduced him to a little less than the Angels. You have crowned him with glory and honor, and you have set him over the works of your hands.
2:8 You have subjected all things under his feet.” For in as much as he has subjected all things to him, he has left nothing not subject to him. But in the present time, we do not yet perceive that all things have been made subject to him.
2:9 Yet we understand that Jesus, who was reduced to a little less than the Angels, was crowned with glory and honor because of his Passion and death, in order that, by the grace of God, he might taste death for all.
2:10 For it was fitting for him, because of whom and through whom all things exist, who had led many children into glory, to complete the authorship of their salvation through his Passion.
2:11 For he who sanctifies, and those who are sanctified, are all from One. For this reason, he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying:
2:12 “I will announce your name to my brothers. In the midst of the Church, I will praise you.”

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark 1: 21-28

1:21 And they entered into Capernaum. And entering into the synagogue promptly on the Sabbaths, he taught them.
1:22 And they were astonished over his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one who has authority, and not like the scribes.
1:23 And in their synagogue, there was a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
1:24 saying: “What are we to you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.”
1:25 And Jesus admonished him, saying, “Be silent, and depart from the man.”
1:26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, departed from him.
1:27 And they were all so amazed that they inquired among themselves, saying: “What is this? And what is this new doctrine? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”
1:28 And his fame went out quickly, throughout the entire region of Galilee.

January 14, 2018

Reading

The Letter to the Hebrews 1: 1-6

1:1 In many places and in many ways, in past times, God spoke to the fathers through the Prophets;
1:2 lastly, in these days, he has spoken to us through the Son, whom he appointed as the heir of all things, and through whom he made the world.
1:3 And since the Son is the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and is carrying all things by the Word of his virtue, thereby accomplishing a purging of sins, he sits at the right hand of Majesty on high.
1:4 And having been made so much better than the Angels, he has inherited a name so much greater than theirs.
1:5 For to which of the Angels has he ever said: “You are my Son; today have I begotten you?” Or again: “I will be a Father to him, and he shall be a Son to me?
1:6 And again, when he brings the only-begotten Son into the world, he says: “And let all the Angels of God adore him.”

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Mark 1: 14-20

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.”
1:16 And passing by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishermen.
1:17 And Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
1:18 And at once abandoning their nets, they followed him.
1:19 And continuing on a little ways from there, he saw James of Zebedee and his brother John, and they were mending their nets in a boat.
1:20 And immediately he called them. And leaving behind their father Zebedee in the boat with his hired hands, they followed him.

January 13, 2018

Isaiah 42: 1- 4, 6- 7

42:1 Behold my servant, I will uphold him, my elect, with him my soul is well-pleased. I have sent my Spirit upon him. He will offer judgment to the nations.
42:2 He will not cry out, and he will not show favoritism to anyone; neither will his voice be heard abroad.
42:3 The bruised reed he will not break, and the smoldering wick he will not extinguish. He will lead forth judgment unto truth.
42:4 He will not be saddened or troubled, until he establishes judgment on earth. And the islands will await his law.
42:6 I, the Lord, have called you in justice, and I have taken your hand and preserved you. And I have presented you as a covenant of the people, as a light to the Gentiles,
42:7 so that you may open the eyes of the blind, and lead out the prisoner from confinement and those sitting in darkness from the house of incarceration.

Acts of the Apostles 10: 34- 38

10:34 Then, Peter, opening his mouth, said: “I have concluded in truth that God is not a respecter of persons.
10:35 But within every nation, whoever fears him and works justice is acceptable to him.
10:36 God sent the Word to the sons of Israel, announcing the peace through Jesus Christ, for he is the Lord of all.
10:37 You know that the Word has been made known throughout all Judea. For beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached,
10:38 Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, traveled around doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil. For God was with him.

Luke 3: 15- 16, 21- 22

3:15 Now all were thinking about John in their hearts, and the people were supposing that perhaps he might be the Christ.
3:16 John responded by saying to everyone: “Indeed, I baptize you with water. But there will arrive one stronger than me, the laces of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit, and with fire.
3:21 Now it happened that, when all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized; and as he was praying, heaven was opened.
3:22 And the Holy Spirit, in a corporal appearance like a dove, descended upon him. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my beloved Son. In you, I am well pleased.”

January 12, 2018

The First Letter of St. John 5: 14-21

5:14 And this is the confidence which we have toward God: that no matter what we shall request, in accord with his will, he hears us.
5:15 And we know that he hears us, no matter what we request; so we know that we can obtain the things that we request of him.
5:16 Anyone who realizes that his brother has sinned, with a sin that is not unto death, let him pray, and life shall be given to him who has sinned not unto death. There is a sin which is unto death. I am not saying that anyone should ask on behalf of that sin.
5:17 All that is iniquity is sin. But there is a sin unto death.
5:18 We know that everyone who is born of God does not sin. Instead, rebirth in God preserves him, and the evil one cannot touch him.
5:19 We know that we are of God, and that the entire world is established in wickedness.
5:20 And we know that the Son of God has arrived, and that he has given us understanding, so that we may know the true God, and so that we may remain in his true Son. This is the true God, and this is Eternal Life.
5:21 Little sons, keep yourselves from false worship. Amen.

John 3: 22-30

3:22 After these things, Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea. And he was living there with them and baptizing.

3:23 Now John was also baptizing, at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water in that place. And they were arriving and being baptized.

3:24 For John had not yet been cast into prison.

3:25 Then a dispute occurred between the disciples of John and the Jews, about purification.

3:26 And they went to John and said to him: “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, about whom you offered testimony: behold, he is baptizing and everyone is going to him.”

3:27 John responded and said: “A man is not able to receive anything, unless it has been given to him from heaven.

3:28 You yourselves offer testimony for me that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but that I have been sent before him.

3:29 He who holds the bride is the groom. But the friend of the groom, who stands and listens to Him, rejoices joyfully at the voice of the groom. And so, this, my joy, has been fulfilled.

3:30 He must increase, while I must decrease.

January 11, 2019

First Letter of John 5: 5- 13

5:5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God!
5:6 This is the One who came by water and blood: Jesus Christ. Not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit is the One who testifies that the Christ is the Truth.
5:7 For there are Three who give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. And these Three are One.
5:8 And there are three who give testimony on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood. And these three are one.
5:9 If we accept the testimony of men, then the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater: that he has testified about his Son.
5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God, holds the testimony of God within himself. Whoever does not believe in the Son, makes him a liar, because he does not believe in the testimony which God has testified about his Son.
5:11 And this is the testimony which God has given to us: Eternal Life. And this Life is in his Son.
5:12 Whoever has the Son, has Life. Whoever does not have the Son, does not have Life.
5:13 I am writing this to you, so that you may know that you have Eternal Life: you who believe in the name of the Son of God.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke 5: 12-16

5:12 And it happened that, while he was in a certain city, behold, there was a man full of leprosy who, upon seeing Jesus and falling to his face, petitioned him, saying: “Lord, if you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.”
5:13 And extending his hand, he touched him, saying: “I am willing. Be cleansed.” And at once, the leprosy departed from him.
5:14 And he instructed him that he should tell no one, “But go, show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your cleansing, just as Moses has commanded, as a testimony for them.”
5:15 Yet word of him traveled around all the more. And great crowds came together, so that they might listen and be cured by him from their infirmities.
5:16 And he withdrew into the desert and prayed.

January 10, 2019

The First Letter of Saint John 4: 19-5:4

4:19 Therefore, let us love God, for God first loved us.
4:20 If anyone says that he loves God, but hates his brother, then he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he does see, in what way can he love God, whom he does not see?
4:21 And this is the commandment that we have from God, that he who loves God must also love his brother.
5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. And everyone who loves God, who provides that birth, also loves him who has been born of God.
5:2 In this way, we know that we love those born of God: when we love God and do his commandments.
5:3 For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not heavy.
5:4 For all that is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith.

Luke 4: 14- 22

4:14 And Jesus returned, in the power of the Spirit, into Galilee. And his fame spread throughout the entire region.
4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, and he was magnified by everyone.
4:16 And he went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. And he entered into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the Sabbath day. And he rose up to read.
4:17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. And as he unrolled the book, he found the place where it was written:
4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because of this, he has anointed me. He has sent me to evangelize the poor, to heal the contrite of heart,
4:19 to preach forgiveness to captives and sight to the blind, to release the broken into forgiveness, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of retribution.”
4:20 And when he had rolled up the book, he returned it to the minister, and he sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.
4:21 Then he began to say to them, “On this day, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
4:22 And everyone gave testimony to him. And they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth. And they said, “Is this not the son of Joseph?

January 9, 2019

First John 4: 11- 18

4:11 Most beloved, if God has so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.
4:13 In this way, we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he has given to us from his Spirit.
4:14 And we have seen, and we testify, that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
4:15 Whoever has confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love. And he who abides in love, abides in God, and God in him.
4:17 In this way, the love of God is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment. For as he is, so also are we, in this world.
4:18 Fear is not in love. Instead, perfect love casts out fear, for fear pertains to punishment. And whoever fears is not perfected in love.

Mark 6: 45- 52

6:45 And without delay he urged his disciples to climb into the boat, so that they might precede him across the sea to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the people.
6:46 And when he had dismissed them, he went to the mountain to pray.
6:47 And when it was late, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land.
6:48 And seeing them struggling to row, (for the wind was against them,) and about the fourth watch of the night, he came to them, walking upon the sea. And he intended to pass by them.
6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they thought it was an apparition, and they cried out.
6:50 For they all saw him, and they were very disturbed. And immediately he spoke with them, and he said to them: “Be strengthened in faith. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
6:51 And he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they became even more astonished within themselves.
6:52 For they did not understand about the bread. For their heart had been blinded.

January 8, 2019

The First Letter of Saint John 4: 7-10

4:7 Most beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God. And everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
4:8 Whoever does not love, does not know God. For God is love.
4:9 The love of God was made apparent to us in this way: that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
4:10 In this is love: not as if we had loved God, but that he first loved us, and so he sent his Son as a propitiation for our sins.

The Holy Gospel According to Mark 6: 34-44

6:34 And Jesus, going out, saw a great multitude. And he took pity on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
6:35 And when many hours had now passed, his disciples drew near to him, saying: “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late.
6:36 Send them away, so that by going out to nearby villages and towns, they might buy provisions for themselves to eat.”
6:37 And responding, he said to them, “Give them something to eat yourselves.” And they said to him, “Let us go out and buy bread for two hundred denarii, and then we will give them something to eat.”
6:38 And he said to them: “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
6:39 And he instructed them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass.
6:40 And they sat down in divisions by hundreds and by fifties.
6:41 And having received the five loaves and the two fish, gazing up to heaven, he blessed and broke the bread, and he gave it to his disciples to set before them. And the two fish he divided among them all.
6:42 And they all ate and were satisfied.
6:43 And they brought together the remainder: twelve baskets full of fragments and of fish.
6:44 Now those who ate were five thousand men.