Daily Readings

September 18, 2018

Reading

The First Letter to the Corinthians 12: 12-14, 27-31

12:12 For just as the body is one, and yet has many parts, so all the parts of the body, though they are many, are only one body. So also is Christ.

12:13 And indeed, in one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether servant or free. And we all drank in the one Spirit.

12:14 For the body, too, is not one part, but many.

12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and parts like any part.

12:28 And indeed, God has established a certain order in the Church: first Apostles, second Prophets, third Teachers, next miracle-workers, and then the grace of healing, of helping others, of governing, of different kinds of languages, and of the interpretation of words.

12:29 Are all Apostles? Are all Prophets? Are all Teachers?

12:30 Are all workers of miracles? Do all have the grace of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

12:31 But be zealous for the better charisms. And I reveal to you a yet more excellent way.

The Holy Gospel According to Luke 7: 11-17

7:11 And it happened afterwards that he went to a city, which is called Nain. And his disciples, and an abundant crowd, went with him.
7:12 Then, when he had drawn near to the gate of the city, behold, a deceased person was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
7:13 And when the Lord had seen her, being moved by mercy over her, he said to her, “Do not weep.”
7:14 And he drew near and touched the coffin. Then those who carried it stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
7:15 And the dead youth sat up and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
7:16 Then fear fell over all of them. And they magnified God, saying: “For a great prophet has risen up among us,” and, “For God has visited his people.”
7:17 And this word about him went out to all of Judea and to the entire surrounding region.

September 17, 2018

Corinthians 11: 17- 26, 33

11:17 Now I caution you, without praising, about this: that you assemble together, and not for better, but for worse.
11:18 First of all, indeed, I hear that when you assemble together in the church, there are schisms among you. And I believe this, in part.
11:19 For there must also be heresies, so that those who have been tested may be made manifest among you.
11:20 And so, when you assemble together as one, it is no longer in order to eat the Lord’s supper.
11:21 For each one first takes his own supper to eat. And as a result, one person is hungry, while another is inebriated.
11:22 Do you not have houses, in which to eat and drink? Or do you have such contempt for the Church of God that you would confound those who do not have such contempt? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I am not praising you in this.
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.
11:33 And so, my brothers, when you assemble together to eat, be attentive to one another.

Luke 7: 1- 10

7:1 And when he had completed all his words in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
7:2 Now the servant of a certain centurion was dying, due to an illness. And he was very dear to him.
7:3 And when he had heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, petitioning him, so that he would come and heal his servant.
7:4 And when they had come to Jesus, they petitioned him anxiously, saying to him: “He is worthy that you should provide this to him.
7:5 For he loves our nation, and he has built a synagogue for us.”
7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying: “Lord, do not trouble yourself. For I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.
7:7 Because of this, I also did not consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
7:8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
7:9 And upon hearing this, Jesus was amazed. And turning to the multitude following him, he said, “Amen I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.”
7:10 And those who had been sent, upon returning to the house, found that the servant, who had been sick, was now healthy.

September 16, 2018

First Reading

Isaiah 50: 4- 9

50:4 The Lord has given me a learned tongue, so that I would know how to uphold with a word, one who has weakened. He rises in the morning, he rises to my ear in the morning, so that I may heed him like a teacher.
50:5 The Lord God has opened my ear. And I do not contradict him. I have not turned back.
50:6 I have given my body to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked them. I have not averted my face from those who rebuked me and who spit on me.
50:7 The Lord God is my helper. Therefore, I have not been confounded. Therefore, I have set my face like a very hard rock, and I know that I will not be confounded.
50:8 He who justifies me is near. Who will speak against me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him approach me.
50:9 Behold, the Lord God is my helper. Who is the one who would condemn me? Behold, they will all be worn away like a garment; the moth will devour them.

Second Reading

James 2: 14- 18

2:14 My brothers, what benefit is there if someone claims to have faith, but he does not have works? How would faith be able to save him?
2:15 So if a brother or sister is naked and daily in need of food,
2:16 and if anyone of you were to say to them: “Go in peace, keep warm and nourished,” and yet not give them the things that are necessary for the body, of what benefit is this?
2:17 Thus even faith, if it does not have works, is dead, in and of itself.
2:18 Now someone may say: “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works! But I will show you my faith by means of works.

Gospel

Mark 8: 27- 35

8:27 And Jesus departed with his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way, he questioned his disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?
8:28 And they answered him by saying: “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others perhaps one of the prophets.”
8:29 Then he said to them, “Yet truly, who do you say that I am?” Peter responded by saying to him, “You are the Christ.”
8:30 And he admonished them, not to tell anyone about him.
8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and by the high priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32 And he spoke the word openly. And Peter, taking him aside, began to correct him.
8:33 And turning away and looking at his disciples, he admonished Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan, for you do not prefer the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.”
8:34 And calling together the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone chooses to follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
8:35 For whoever will have chosen to save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life, for my sake and for the Gospel, shall save it.

September 15, 2018

First Corinthians 10: 14- 22

10:14 Because of this, most beloved of mine, flee from the worship of idols.
10:15 Since I am speaking to those who are prudent, judge what I say for yourselves.
10:16 The cup of benediction that we bless, is it not a communion in the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of the Lord?
10:17 Through the one bread, we, though many, are one body: all of us who are partakers of the one bread.
10:18 Consider Israel, according to the flesh. Are not those who eat from the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
10:19 What is next? Should I say that what is immolated to idols is anything? Or that the idol is anything?
10:20 But the things that the Gentiles immolate, they immolate to demons, and not to God. And I do not want you to become partakers with demons.
10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons. You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and partakers of the table of demons.
10:22 Or should we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he is? All is lawful to me, but not all is expedient.

Gospel

John 19: 25- 27

19:25 And standing beside the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, and Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
19:26 Therefore, when Jesus had seen his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.”
19:27 Next, he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour, the disciple accepted her as his own.

September 14, 2018

Numbers 21: 4- 9

21:4 Then they set out from mount Hor, by the way that leads to the Red Sea, to circle around the land of Edom. And the people began to tire of their journey and hardships.
21:5 And speaking against God and Moses, they said: “Why did you lead us away from Egypt, so as to die in the wilderness? Bread is lacking; there are no waters. Our soul is now nauseous over this very light food.”
21:6 For this reason, the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, which wounded or killed many of them.
21:7 And so they went to Moses, and they said: “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray, so that he may take away these serpents from us.” And Moses prayed for the people.
21:8 And the Lord said to him: “Make a bronze serpent, and place it as a sign. Whoever, having been struck, gazes upon it, shall live.”
21:9 Therefore, Moses made a bronze serpent, and he placed it as a sign. When those who had been struck gazed upon it, they were healed.

Philippians 2: 6- 11

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.

John 3: 13- 17

3:13 And no one has ascended to heaven, except the one who descended from heaven: the Son of man who is in heaven.
3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so also must the Son of man be lifted up,
3:15 so that whoever believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.
3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.
3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world, in order to judge the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him.

September 13, 2018

Reading

The First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 8: 1-7, 11-13

8:1 Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to idols: we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity builds up.
8:2 But if anyone considers himself to know anything, he does not yet know in the way that he ought to know.
8:3 For if anyone loves God, he is known by him.
8:4 But as to the foods that are immolated to idols, we know that an idol in the world is nothing, and that no one is God, except One.
8:5 For although there are things that are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, (if one even considers there to be many gods and many lords)
8:6 yet we know that there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things are, and in whom we are, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and by whom we are.
8:7 But knowledge is not in everyone. For some persons, even now, with consent to an idol, eat what has been sacrificed to an idol. And their conscience, being infirm, becomes polluted.
8:11 And should an infirm brother perish by your knowledge, even though Christ died for him?
8:12 So when you sin in this way against the brothers, and you harm their weakened conscience, then you sin against Christ.
8:13 Because of this, if food leads my brother to sin, I will never eat meat, lest I lead my brother to sin.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Luke 6: 27-38

6:27 But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
6:28 Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who slander you.
6:29 And to him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your coat, do not withhold even your tunic.
6:30 But distribute to all who ask of you. And do not ask again of him who takes away what is yours.
6:31 And exactly as you would want people to treat you, treat them also the same.
6:32 And if you love those who love you, what credit is due to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
6:33 And if you will do good to those who do good to you, what credit is due to you? Indeed, even sinners behave this way.
6:34 And if you will loan to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is due to you? For even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive the same in return.
6:35 So truly, love your enemies. Do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return. And then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and to the wicked.
6:36 Therefore, be merciful, just as your Father is also merciful.
6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
6:38 Give, 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.”

September 12, 2018

First Corinthians 7: 25- 31

7:25 Now, concerning virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord. But I give counsel, as one who has obtained the mercy of the Lord, so as to be faithful.
7:26 Therefore, I consider this to be good, because of the present necessity: that it is good for a man to be such as I am.
7:27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be freed. Are you free of a wife? Do not seek a wife.
7:28 But if you take a wife, you have not sinned. And if a virgin has married, she has not sinned. Even so, such as these will have the tribulation of the flesh. But I would spare you from this.
7:29 And so, this is what I say, brothers: The time is short. What remains of it is such that: those who have wives should be as if they had none;
7:30 and those who weep, as though they were not weeping; and those who rejoice, as if they were not rejoicing; and those who buy, as if they possessed nothing;
7:31 and those who use the things of this world, as if they were not using them. For the figure of this world is passing away.

Luke 6: 20- 26

6:20 And lifting up his eyes to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
6:21 Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who are weeping now, for you shall laugh.
6:22 Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they will have separated you and reproached you, and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of man.
6:23 Be glad in that day and exult. For behold, your reward is great in heaven. For these same things their fathers did to the prophets.
6:24 Yet truly, woe to you who are wealthy, for you have your consolation.
6:25 Woe to you who are satisfied, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
6:26 Woe to you when men will have blessed you. For these same things their fathers did to the false prophets.

September 11, 2018

First Corinthians 6: 1-11

6:1 How is it that anyone of you, having a dispute against another, would dare to be judged before the iniquitous, and not before the saints?
6:2 Or do you not know that the saints from this age shall judge it? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you unworthy, then, to judge even the smallest matters?
6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more the things of this age?
6:4 Therefore, if you have matters to judge concerning this age, why not appoint those who are most contemptible in the Church to judge these things!
6:5 But I am speaking so as to shame you. Is there no one among you wise enough, so that he might be able to judge between his brothers?
6:6 Instead, brother contends against brother in court, and this before the unfaithful!
6:7 Now there is certainly an offense among you, beyond everything else, when you have court cases against one another. Should you not accept injury instead? Should you not endure being cheated instead?
6:8 But you are doing the injuring and the cheating, and this toward brothers!
6:9 Do you not know that the iniquitous will not possess the kingdom of God? Do not choose to wander astray. For neither fornicators, nor servants of idolatry, nor adulterers,
6:10 nor the effeminate, nor males who sleep with males, nor thieves, nor the avaricious, nor the inebriated, nor slanderers, nor the rapacious shall possess the kingdom of God.
6:11 And some of you were like this. But you have been absolved, but you have been sanctified, but you have been justified: all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Luke 6: 12- 19

6:12 And it happened that, in those days, he went out to a mountain to pray. And he was in the prayer of God throughout the night.
6:13 And when daylight had arrived, he called his disciples. And he chose twelve out of them (whom he also named Apostles):
6:14 Simon, whom he surnamed Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
6:15 Matthew and Thomas, James of Alphaeus, and Simon who is called the Zealot,
6:16 and Jude of James, and Judas Iscariot, who was a traitor.
6:17 And descending with them, he stood in a level place with a multitude of his disciples, and a copious multitude of people from all of Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast, and Tyre and Sidon,
6:18 who had come so that they might listen to him and be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled by unclean spirits were cured.
6:19 And the entire crowd was trying to touch him, because power went out from him and healed all.

September 10, 2018

First Corinthians 5: 1- 8

5:1 Above all else, it is being said that there is fornication among you, even fornication of a such kind that is not among the Gentiles, so that someone would have the wife of his father.
5:2 And yet you are inflated, and you have not instead been grieved, so that he who has done this thing would be taken away from your midst.
5:3 Certainly, though absent in body, I am present in spirit. Thus, I have already judged, as if I were present, him who has done this.
5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have been gathered together with my spirit, in the power of our Lord Jesus,
5:5 to hand over such a one as this to Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, so that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:6 It is not good for you to glory. Do you not know that a little leaven corrupts the entire mass?
5:7 Purge the old leaven, so that you may become the new bread, for you are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover, has now been immolated.
5:8 And so, let us feast, not with the old leaven, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Luke 6: 6- 11

6:6 And it happened that, on another Sabbath, he entered into the synagogue, and he taught. And there was a man there, and his right hand was withered.
6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees observed whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might thereby find an accusation against him.
6:8 Yet truly, he knew their thoughts, and so he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Rise up and stand in the middle.” And rising up, he stood still.
6:9 Then Jesus said to them: “I ask you if it is lawful on the Sabbaths to do good, or to do evil? To give health to a life, or to destroy it?
6:10 And looking around at everyone, he said to the man, “Extend your hand.” And he extended it. And his hand was restored.
6:11 Then they were filled with madness, and they discussed with one another, what, in particular, they might do about Jesus.

September 9, 2018

First Reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 35: 4-7

35:4 Say to the fainthearted: “Take courage and fear not! Behold, your God will bring the vindication of retribution. God himself will arrive to save you.”
35:5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared.
35:6 Then the disabled will leap like a buck, and the tongue of the mute will be untied. For the waters have burst forth in the desert, and torrents in solitary places.
35:7 And the land that was dry will have a pond, and the thirsty land will have fountains of water. In the hollows where the serpents lived before, there will rise up the greenery of reed and bulrush.

Second Reading

James 2: 1- 5

2:1 My brothers, within the glorious faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, do not choose to show favoritism toward persons.
2:2 For if a man has entered your assembly having a gold ring and splendid apparel, and if a poor man has also entered, in dirty clothing,
2:3 and if you are then attentive to the one who is clothed in excellent apparel, so that you say to him, “You may sit in this good place,” but you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit below my footstool,
2:4 are you not judging within yourselves, and have you not become judges with unjust thoughts?
2:5 My most beloved brothers, listen. Has not God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that God has promised to those who love him

Gospel

Mark 7: 31-37

7:31 And again, departing from the borders of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the area of the Ten Cities.
7:32 And they brought someone who was deaf and mute to him. And they begged him, so that he would lay his hand upon him.
7:33 And taking him away from the crowd, he put his fingers into his ears; and spitting, he touched his tongue.
7:34 And gazing up to heaven, he groaned and said to him: “Ephphatha,” which is, “Be opened.”
7:35 And immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke correctly.
7:36 And he instructed them not to tell anyone. But as much as he instructed them, so much more did they preach about it.
7:37 And so much more did they wonder, saying: “He has done all things well. He has caused both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”