Daily Readings

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Reading 1 Ex 32:7-14

    The LORD said to Moses,
    "Go down at once to your people
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
    for they have become depraved.
    They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
    making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
    sacrificing to it and crying out,
    'This is your God, O Israel,
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt!'"
    The LORD said to Moses,
    "I see how stiff-necked this people is.
    Let me alone, then,
    that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
    Then I will make of you a great nation."

    But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
    "Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
    with such great power and with so strong a hand?
    Why should the Egyptians say,
    'With evil intent he brought them out,
    that he might kill them in the mountains
    and exterminate them from the face of the earth'?
    Let your blazing wrath die down;
    relent in punishing your people.
    Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
    and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
    'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
    and all this land that I promised,
    I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.'"
    So the LORD relented in the punishment
    he had threatened to inflict on his people.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23

    R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
    and adored a molten image;
    They exchanged their glory
    for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    They forgot the God who had saved them,
    who had done great deeds in Egypt,
    Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
    terrible things at the Red Sea.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Then he spoke of exterminating them,
    but Moses, his chosen one,
    Withstood him in the breach
    to turn back his destructive wrath.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

    Verse Before the Gospel Jn 3:16

    God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

    Gospel Jn 5:31-47

    Jesus said to the Jews:
    "If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
    But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
    and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
    You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
    I do not accept human testimony,
    but I say this so that you may be saved.
    He was a burning and shining lamp,
    and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
    But I have testimony greater than John's.
    The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
    these works that I perform testify on my behalf
    that the Father has sent me.
    Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
    But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
    and you do not have his word remaining in you,
    because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
    You search the Scriptures,
    because you think you have eternal life through them;
    even they testify on my behalf.
    But you do not want to come to me to have life.

    "I do not accept human praise;
    moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
    I came in the name of my Father,
    but you do not accept me;
    yet if another comes in his own name,
    you will accept him.
    How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
    and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
    Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
    the one who will accuse you is Moses,
    in whom you have placed your hope.
    For if you had believed Moses,
    you would have believed me,
    because he wrote about me.
    But if you do not believe his writings,
    how will you believe my words?"
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  2. Reading 1 Is 49:8-15

    Thus says the LORD:
    In a time of favor I answer you,
    on the day of salvation I help you;
    and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,
    To restore the land
    and allot the desolate heritages,
    Saying to the prisoners: Come out!
    To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
    Along the ways they shall find pasture,
    on every bare height shall their pastures be.
    They shall not hunger or thirst,
    nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
    For he who pities them leads them
    and guides them beside springs of water.
    I will cut a road through all my mountains,
    and make my highways level.
    See, some shall come from afar,
    others from the north and the west,
    and some from the land of Syene.
    Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,
    break forth into song, you mountains.
    For the LORD comforts his people
    and shows mercy to his afflicted.

    But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me;
    my Lord has forgotten me."
    Can a mother forget her infant,
    be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
    Even should she forget,
    I will never forget you.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18

    R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and holy in all his works.
    The LORD lifts up all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    The LORD is just in all his ways
    and holy in all his works.
    The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
    to all who call upon him in truth.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.

    Verse Before the Gospel Jn 11:25a, 26

    I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
    whoever believes in me will never die.

    Gospel Jn 5:17-30

    Jesus answered the Jews:
    "My Father is at work until now, so I am at work."
    For this reason they tried all the more to kill him,
    because he not only broke the sabbath
    but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

    Jesus answered and said to them,
    "Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own,
    but only what he sees the Father doing;
    for what he does, the Son will do also.
    For the Father loves the Son
    and shows him everything that he himself does,
    and he will show him greater works than these,
    so that you may be amazed.
    For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life,
    so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
    Nor does the Father judge anyone,
    but he has given all judgment to the Son,
    so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.
    Whoever does not honor the Son
    does not honor the Father who sent him.
    Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word
    and believes in the one who sent me
    has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,
    but has passed from death to life.
    Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here
    when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
    and those who hear will live.
    For just as the Father has life in himself,
    so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.
    And he gave him power to exercise judgment,
    because he is the Son of Man.
    Do not be amazed at this,
    because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs
    will hear his voice and will come out,
    those who have done good deeds
    to the resurrection of life,
    but those who have done wicked deeds
    to the resurrection of condemnation.

    "I cannot do anything on my own;
    I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
    because I do not seek my own will
    but the will of the one who sent me."
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  3. Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12

    The angel brought me, Ezekiel,
    back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,
    and I saw water flowing out
    from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
    for the façade of the temple was toward the east;
    the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,
    south of the altar.
    He led me outside by the north gate,
    and around to the outer gate facing the east,
    where I saw water trickling from the right side.
    Then when he had walked off to the east
    with a measuring cord in his hand,
    he measured off a thousand cubits
    and had me wade through the water,
    which was ankle-deep.
    He measured off another thousand
    and once more had me wade through the water,
    which was now knee-deep.
    Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade;
    the water was up to my waist.
    Once more he measured off a thousand,
    but there was now a river through which I could not wade;
    for the water had risen so high it had become a river
    that could not be crossed except by swimming.
    He asked me, "Have you seen this, son of man?"
    Then he brought me to the bank of the river, where he had me sit.
    Along the bank of the river I saw very many trees on both sides.
    He said to me,
    "This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
    and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh.
    Wherever the river flows,
    every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
    and there shall be abundant fish,
    for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
    Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
    their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
    Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
    for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
    Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

    R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
    God is our refuge and our strength,
    an ever-present help in distress.
    Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken
    and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
    R. The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
    There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
    the holy dwelling of the Most High.
    God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
    God will help it at the break of dawn.
    R. The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
    The LORD of hosts is with us;
    our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
    Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
    the astounding things he has wrought on earth.
    R. The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

    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 Jn 5:1-16

    There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
    Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
    a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
    In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
    One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
    When Jesus saw him lying there
    and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
    "Do you want to be well?"
    The sick man answered him,
    "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
    when the water is stirred up;
    while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me."
    Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your mat, and walk."
    Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.

    Now that day was a sabbath.
    So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
    "It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat."
    He answered them, "The man who made me well told me,
    'Take up your mat and walk.'"
    They asked him,
    "Who is the man who told you, 'Take it up and walk'?"
    The man who was healed did not know who it was,
    for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
    After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him,
    "Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
    so that nothing worse may happen to you."
    The man went and told the Jews
    that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
    Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus
    because he did this on a sabbath.


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  4. Reading 1 Is 65:17-21

    Thus says the LORD:
    Lo, I am about to create new heavens
    and a new earth;
    The things of the past shall not be remembered
    or come to mind.
    Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness
    in what I create;
    For I create Jerusalem to be a joy
    and its people to be a delight;
    I will rejoice in Jerusalem
    and exult in my people.
    No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,
    or the sound of crying;
    No longer shall there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime;
    He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years,
    and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed.
    They shall live in the houses they build,
    and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b

    R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
    I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
    and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
    O LORD, you brought me up from the nether world;
    you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
    R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
    Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
    For his anger lasts but a moment;
    a lifetime, his good will.
    At nightfall, weeping enters in,
    but with the dawn, rejoicing.
    R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
    "Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
    O LORD, be my helper."
    You changed my mourning into dancing;
    O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
    R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

    Verse Before the Gospel Am 5:14

    Seek good and not evil so that you may live,
    and the LORD will be with you.

    Gospel Jn 4:43-54

    At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee.
    For Jesus himself testified
    that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
    When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him,
    since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast;
    for they themselves had gone to the feast.

    Then he returned to Cana in Galilee,
    where he had made the water wine.
    Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
    When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
    he went to him and asked him to come down
    and heal his son, who was near death.
    Jesus said to him,
    "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe."
    The royal official said to him,
    "Sir, come down before my child dies."
    Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live."
    The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
    While the man was on his way back,
    his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
    He asked them when he began to recover.
    They told him,
    "The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon."
    The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
    "Your son will live,"
    and he and his whole household came to believe.
    Now this was the second sign Jesus did
    when he came to Galilee from Judea.


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  5. Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a

    The LORD said to Samuel:
    "Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
    I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
    for I have chosen my king from among his sons."

    As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
    Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
    "Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."
    But the LORD said to Samuel:
    "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
    because I have rejected him.
    Not as man sees does God see,
    because man sees the appearance
    but the LORD looks into the heart."
    In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
    but Samuel said to Jesse,
    "The LORD has not chosen any one of these."
    Then Samuel asked Jesse,
    "Are these all the sons you have?"
    Jesse replied,
    "There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep."
    Samuel said to Jesse,
    "Send for him;
    we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here."
    Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
    He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
    and making a splendid appearance.
    The LORD said,
    "There—anoint him, for this is the one!"
    Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
    anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
    and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 23: 1-3a, 3b-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.
    He guides me in right paths
    for his name's sake.
    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.

    Reading 2 Eph 5:8-14

    Brothers and sisters:
    You were once darkness,
    but now you are light in the Lord.
    Live as children of light,
    for light produces every kind of goodness
    and righteousness and truth.
    Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
    Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
    rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
    the things done by them in secret;
    but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
    for everything that becomes visible is light.
    Therefore, it says:
    "Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
    and Christ will give you light."

    Verse Before the Gospel Jn 8:12

    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.

    Gospel Jn 9:1-41

    As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
    His disciples asked him,
    "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
    that he was born blind?"
    Jesus answered,
    "Neither he nor his parents sinned;
    it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
    We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day.
    Night is coming when no one can work.
    While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
    When he had said this, he spat on the ground
    and made clay with the saliva,
    and smeared the clay on his eyes,
    and said to him,
    "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" —which means Sent—.
    So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

    His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,
    "Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?"
    Some said, "It is, "
    but others said, "No, he just looks like him."
    He said, "I am."
    So they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?"
    He replied,
    "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes
    and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.'
    So I went there and washed and was able to see."
    And they said to him, "Where is he?"
    He said, "I don't know."

    They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
    Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
    So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
    He said to them,
    "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see."
    So some of the Pharisees said,
    "This man is not from God,
    because he does not keep the sabbath."
    But others said,
    "How can a sinful man do such signs?"
    And there was a division among them.
    So they said to the blind man again,
    "What do you have to say about him,
    since he opened your eyes?"
    He said, "He is a prophet."

    Now the Jews did not believe
    that he had been blind and gained his sight
    until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight.
    They asked them,
    "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?
    How does he now see?"
    His parents answered and said,
    "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
    We do not know how he sees now,
    nor do we know who opened his eyes.
    Ask him, he is of age;
    he can speak for himself."
    His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews,
    for the Jews had already agreed
    that if anyone acknowledged him as the Christ,
    he would be expelled from the synagogue.
    For this reason his parents said,
    "He is of age; question him."

    So a second time they called the man who had been blind
    and said to him, "Give God the praise!
    We know that this man is a sinner."
    He replied,
    "If he is a sinner, I do not know.
    One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see."
    So they said to him,
    "What did he do to you?
    How did he open your eyes?"
    He answered them,
    "I told you already and you did not listen.
    Why do you want to hear it again?
    Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
    They ridiculed him and said,
    "You are that man's disciple;
    we are disciples of Moses!
    We know that God spoke to Moses,
    but we do not know where this one is from."
    The man answered and said to them,
    "This is what is so amazing,
    that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
    We know that God does not listen to sinners,
    but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
    It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
    If this man were not from God,
    he would not be able to do anything."
    They answered and said to him,
    "You were born totally in sin,
    and are you trying to teach us?"
    Then they threw him out.

    When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
    he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
    He answered and said,
    "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
    Jesus said to him,
    "You have seen him,
    the one speaking with you is he."
    He said,
    "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
    Then Jesus said,
    "I came into this world for judgment,
    so that those who do not see might see,
    and those who do see might become blind."

    Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this
    and said to him, "Surely we are not also blind, are we?"
    Jesus said to them,
    "If you were blind, you would have no sin;
    but now you are saying, 'We see,' so your sin remains.

    or JN 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

    As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
    He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva,
    and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him,
    "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" — which means Sent —.
    So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

    His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,
    "Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?"
    Some said, "It is, "
    but others said, "No, he just looks like him."
    He said, "I am."

    They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
    Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
    So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
    He said to them,
    "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see."
    So some of the Pharisees said,
    "This man is not from God,
    because he does not keep the sabbath."
    But others said,
    "How can a sinful man do such signs?"
    And there was a division among them.
    So they said to the blind man again,
    "What do you have to say about him,
    since he opened your eyes?"
    He said, "He is a prophet."

    They answered and said to him,
    "You were born totally in sin,
    and are you trying to teach us?"
    Then they threw him out.

    When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
    he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
    He answered and said,
    "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
    Jesus said to him,
    "You have seen him, and
    the one speaking with you is he."
    He said,
    "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
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