Daily Reading for Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Daily Reading for Sunday March 3, 2019

Reading 1, Sirach 27:4-7
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
Gospel, Luke 6:39-45
Reading 2, First Corinthians 15:54-58

 

Reading 1, Sirach 27:4-7

 

4 In a shaken sieve the rubbish is left behind, so too the defects of a person appear in speech.

5 The kiln tests the work of the potter, the test of a person is in conversation.

6 The orchard where the tree grows is judged by its fruit, similarly words betray what a person feels.

7 Do not praise anyone who has not yet spoken, since this is where people are tested.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

 

2 to proclaim your faithful love at daybreak, and your constancy all through the night,

3 on the lyre, the ten-stringed lyre, to the murmur of the harp.

13 Planted in the house of Yahweh, they will flourish in the courts of our God.

14 In old age they will still bear fruit, will remain fresh and green,

15 to proclaim Yahweh's integrity; my rock, in whom no fault can be found.

 

 

Gospel, Luke 6:39-45

 

39 He also told them a parable, 'Can one blind person guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit?

40 Disciple is not superior to teacher; but fully trained disciple will be like teacher.

41 Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the great log in your own?

42 How can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out that splinter in your eye," when you cannot see the great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter in your brother's eyes.

43 'There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit.

44 Every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles.

45 Good people draw what is good from the store of goodness in their hearts; bad people draw what is bad from the store of badness. For the words of the mouth flow out of what fills the heart.

 

 

Reading 2, First Corinthians 15:54-58

 

54 And after this perishable nature has put on imperishability and this mortal nature has put on immortality, then will the words of scripture come true: Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin comes from the Law.

57 Thank God, then, for giving us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.

58 So, my dear brothers, keep firm and immovable, always abounding in energy for the Lord's work, being sure that in the Lord none of your labours is wasted.

Daily Reading for Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Daily Reading for Saturday March 2, 2019

Reading 1, Sirach 17:1-15
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18
Gospel, Mark 10:13-16

 

Reading 1, Sirach 17:1-15

 

1 The Lord fashioned human beings from the earth, to consign them back to it.

2 He gave them so many days and so much time, he gave them authority over everything on earth.

3 He clothed them in strength, like himself, and made them in his own image.

4 He filled all living things with dread of human beings, making them masters over beasts and birds.

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6 He made them a tongue, eyes and ears, and gave them a heart to think with.

7 He filled them with knowledge and intelligence, and showed them what was good and what evil.

8 He put his own light in their hearts to show them the magnificence of his works,

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10 so that they would praise his holy name as they told of his magnificent works.

11 He set knowledge before them, he endowed them with the law of life.

12 He established an eternal covenant with them, and revealed his judgements to them.

13 Their eyes saw the majesty of his glory, and their ears heard the glory of his voice.

14 He said to them, 'Beware of all wrong-doing'; he gave each a commandment concerning his neighbour.

15 Their ways are always under his eye, they cannot be hidden from his sight.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18

 

13 As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him;

14 he knows of what we are made, he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for a human person -- his days are like grass, he blooms like the wild flowers;

16 as soon as the wind blows he is gone, never to be seen there again.

17 But Yahweh's faithful love for those who fear him is from eternity and for ever; and his saving justice to their children's children;

18 as long as they keep his covenant, and carefully obey his precepts.

 

Gospel, Mark 10:13-16

 

13 People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples scolded them,

14 but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, 'Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.

15 In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'

16 Then he embraced them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

Daily Reading for Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Daily Reading for Thursday March 28, 2019

Reading 1, Jeremiah 7:23-28
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Gospel, Luke 11:14-23

 

Reading 1, Jeremiah 7:23-28

 

23 My one command to them was this: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people. In everything, follow the way that I mark out for you, and you shall prosper.

24 But they did not listen, they did not pay attention; they followed their own devices, their own stubborn and wicked inclinations, and got worse rather than better.

25 From the day your ancestors left Egypt until today, I have sent you all my servants the prophets, persistently sending them day after day.

26 But they have not listened to me, have not paid attention; they have deliberately resisted, behaving worse than their ancestors.

27 So you will tell them all this, but they will not listen to you; you will call them, but they will not answer you."

28 Then you are to say to them, "This is the nation that will neither listen to the voice of Yahweh its God nor take correction. Sincerity is no more, it has vanished from their mouths.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

 

1 Come, let us cry out with joy to Yahweh, acclaim the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, acclaim him with music.

6 Come, let us bow low and do reverence; kneel before Yahweh who made us!

7 For he is our God, and we the people of his sheepfold, the flock of his hand. If only you would listen to him today!

8 Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as at the time of Massah in the desert,

9 when your ancestors challenged me, put me to the test, and saw what I could do!

 

Gospel, Luke 11:14-23

 

14 He was driving out a devil and it was dumb; and it happened that when the devil had gone out the dumb man spoke, and the people were amazed.

15 But some of them said, 'It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he drives devils out.'

16 Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven;

17 but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, 'Any kingdom which is divided against itself is heading for ruin, and house collapses against house.

18 So, too, with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? - since you claim that it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out.

19 Now if it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out, through whom do your own sons drive them out? They shall be your judges, then.

20 But if it is through the finger of God that I drive devils out, then the kingdom of God has indeed caught you unawares.

21 So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own home, his goods are undisturbed;

22 but when someone stronger than himself attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil.

23 'Anyone who is not with me is against me; and anyone who does not gather in with me throws away.

Daily Reading for Friday, March 1st, 2019

Daily Reading for Friday March 1, 2019

Reading 1, Sirach 6:5-17
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35
Gospel, Mark 10:1-12

 

Reading 1, Sirach 6:5-17

 

5 A kindly turn of speech attracts new friends, a courteous tongue invites many a friendly response.

6 Let your acquaintances be many, but for advisers choose one out of a thousand.

7 If you want to make a friend, take him on trial, and do not be in a hurry to trust him;

8 for one kind of friend is so only when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.

9 Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make your quarrel public,

10 and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not stand by you in your day of trouble:

11 when you are doing well he will be your second self, ordering your servants about;

12 but, if disaster befalls you, he will recoil from you and keep out of your way.

13 Keep well clear of your enemies, and be wary of your friends.

14 A loyal friend is a powerful defence: whoever finds one has indeed found a treasure.

15 A loyal friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth.

16 A loyal friend is the elixir of life, and those who fear the Lord will find one.

17 Whoever fears the Lord makes true friends, for as a person is, so is his friend too.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35

 

12 Blessed are you, Yahweh, teach me your will!

16 I find my delight in your will, I do not forget your words.

18 Open my eyes and I shall fix my gaze on the wonders of your Law.

27 Show me the way of your precepts, that I may reflect on your wonders.

34 Give me understanding and I will observe your Law, and keep it wholeheartedly.

35 Guide me in the way of your commandments, for my delight is there.

 

Gospel, Mark 10:1-12

 

1 After leaving there, he came into the territory of Judaea and Transjordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as his custom was.

2 Some Pharisees approached him and asked, 'Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?' They were putting him to the test.

3 He answered them, 'What did Moses command you?'

4 They replied, 'Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.'

5 Then Jesus said to them, 'It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you.

6 But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female.

7 This is why a man leaves his father and mother,

8 and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh.

9 So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.'

10 Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this,

11 and he said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her.

12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.'

Daily Reading for Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Daily Reading for Thursday February 28, 2019

Reading 1, Sirach 5:1-8
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3-4, 6
Gospel, Mark 9:41-50

 

Reading 1, Sirach 5:1-8

 

1 Do not put your confidence in your money or say, 'With this I am self-sufficient.'

2 Do not be led by your appetites and energy to follow the passions of your heart.

3 And do not say, 'Who has authority over me?' for the Lord will certainly give you your deserts.

4 Do not say, 'I have sinned, but what harm has befallen me?' for the Lord's forbearance is long.

5 Do not be so sure of forgiveness that you add sin to sin.

6 And do not say, 'His compassion is great, he will forgive me my many sins'; for with him are both mercy and retribution, and his anger does not pass from sinners.

7 Do not delay your return to the Lord, do not put it off day after day; for suddenly the Lord's wrath will blaze out, and on the day of punishment you will be utterly destroyed.

8 Do not set your heart on ill-gotten gains, they will be of no use to you on the day of disaster.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3-4, 6

 

1 How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked and does not take a stand in the path that sinners tread, nor a seat in company with cynics,

2 but who delights in the law of Yahweh and murmurs his law day and night.

3 Such a one is like a tree planted near streams; it bears fruit in season and its leaves never wither, and every project succeeds.

4 How different the wicked, how different! Just like chaff blown around by the wind

6 For Yahweh watches over the path of the upright, but the path of the wicked is doomed.

 

Gospel, Mark 9:41-50

 

41 'If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, then in truth I tell you, he will most certainly not lose his reward.

42 'But anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone hung round his neck.

43 And if your hand should be your downfall, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that can never be put out.

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45 And if your foot should be your downfall, cut it off; it is better for you enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.

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47 And if your eye should be your downfall, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell

48 where their worm will never die nor their fire be put out.

49 For everyone will be salted with fire.

50 Salt is a good thing, but if salt has become insipid, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.'