Daily Readings

  • Thursday of the First Week of Lent

    Reading I Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,  from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.  Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers that you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you. Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O LORD, my God. “And now, come to help me, an orphan. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with him may perish. Save us from the hand of our enemies; turn our mourning into gladness and our sorrows into wholeness.” Responsorial Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8 R.    (3a)  Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,     for you have heard the words of my mouth;     in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; I will worship at your holy temple     and give thanks to your name. R.    Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. Because of your kindness and your truth;     for you have made great above all things     your name and your promise. When I called, you answered me;     you built up strength within me. R.    Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. Your right hand saves me. The LORD will complete what he has done for me;     your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;     forsake not the work of your hands. R.    Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. Verse before the Gospel Ps 51:12a, 14a A clean heart create for me, O God; give me back the joy of your salvation. Gospel Mt 7:7-12 Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.  This is the law and the prophets.” - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

    Reading I Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: “Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.  Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.” When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 R.    (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;     in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt     and of my sin cleanse me. R.    A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. A clean heart create for me, O God,     and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence,     and your Holy Spirit take not from me.  R.    A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. For you are not pleased with sacrifices;     should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it. My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;     a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. R.    A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. Verse before the Gospel Jl 2:12-13 Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart for I am gracious and merciful. Gospel Lk 11:29-32 While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.  Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment  the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation  and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.  At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

    Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr Reading I Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens     the rain and snow come down And do not return there     till they have watered the earth,     making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to the one who sows     and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be     that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void,     but shall do my will,     achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R.    (18b)  From all their distress God rescues the just. Glorify the LORD with me,     let us together extol his name. I sought the LORD, and he answered me     and delivered me from all my fears.  R.    From all their distress God rescues the just. Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,     and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,     and from all his distress he saved him. R.    From all their distress God rescues the just. The LORD has eyes for the just,     and ears for their cry. The LORD confronts the evildoers,     to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. R.    From all their distress God rescues the just. When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,     and from all their distress he rescues them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;     and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. R.    From all their distress God rescues the just.   Verse before the Gospel Mt 4:4b One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Gospel Mt 6:7-15 Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray:     Our Father who art in heaven,         hallowed be thy name,         thy Kingdom come,     thy will be done,         on earth as it is in heaven.     Give us this day our daily bread;     and forgive us our trespasses,         as we forgive those who trespass against us;     and lead us not into temptation,         but deliver us from evil. “If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

    Reading I 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved: I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 R.    (1)  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.     In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me;     he refreshes my soul. R.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Even though I walk in the dark valley     I fear no evil; for you are at my side With your rod and your staff     that give me courage. R.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. You spread the table before me     in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. R.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Only goodness and kindness follow me     all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD     for years to come. R.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Verse before the Gospel Mt 16:18 You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.   Gospel Mt 16:13-19 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply,  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  • First Sunday of Lent

    Reading I Gn 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him:  “See, I am now establishing my covenant with you  and your descendants after you  and with every living creature that was with you:  all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals  that were with you and came out of the ark. I will establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood;  there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.” God added: “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,  of the covenant between me and you  and every living creature with you:  I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth,  and the bow appears in the clouds,  I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings,  so that the waters shall never again become a flood  to destroy all mortal beings.”   Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. (cf. 10) Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant. Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;     teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me,     for you are God my savior. R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant. Remember that your compassion, O LORD,     and your love are from of old. In your kindness remember me,     because of your goodness, O LORD. R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant. Good and upright is the LORD,     thus he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice,     and he teaches the humble his way. R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.   Reading II 1 Pt 3:18-22 Beloved: Christ suffered for sins once,  the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,  that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh,  he was brought to life in the Spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison,  who had once been disobedient  while God patiently waited in the days of Noah  during the building of the ark,  in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body  but an appeal to God for a clear conscience,  through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God,  with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him. Verse Before the Gospel Mt 4:4b One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Gospel Mk 1:12-15 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,  and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested,  Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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