Daily Readings

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Reading 1 Gn 15:1-12, 17-18

    The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:

    "Fear not, Abram!
    I am your shield;
    I will make your reward very great."

    But Abram said,
    "O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be,
    if I keep on being childless
    and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?"
    Abram continued,
    "See, you have given me no offspring,
    and so one of my servants will be my heir."
    Then the word of the LORD came to him:
    "No, that one shall not be your heir;
    your own issue shall be your heir."
    He took him outside and said:
    "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
    Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."
    Abram put his faith in the LORD,
    who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

    He then said to him,
    "I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
    to give you this land as a possession."
    "O Lord GOD," he asked,
    "how am I to know that I shall possess it?"
    He answered him,
    "Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
    a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
    Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
    and placed each half opposite the other;
    but the birds he did not cut up.
    Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
    but Abram stayed with them.
    As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
    and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

    When the sun had set and it was dark,
    there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
    which passed between those pieces.
    It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
    saying: "To your descendants I give this land,
    from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River the Euphrates."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
    make known among the nations his deeds.
    Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Glory in his holy name;
    rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generations—
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 15:4a, 5b

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
    whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 7:15-20

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
    but underneath are ravenous wolves.
    By their fruits you will know them.
    Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
    Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
    and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
    A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
    nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
    Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
    and thrown into the fire.
    So by their fruits you will know them."


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  2. Reading 1 Gn 13:2, 5-18

    Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.

    Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
    so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;
    their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
    There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock
    and those of Lot's.
    (At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites
    were occupying the land.)

    So Abram said to Lot:
    "Let there be no strife between you and me,
    or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen.
    Is not the whole land at your disposal?
    Please separate from me.
    If you prefer the left, I will go to the right;
    if you prefer the right, I will go to the left."
    Lot looked about and saw how well watered
    the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar,
    like the LORD's own garden, or like Egypt.
    (This was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
    Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain
    and set out eastward.
    Thus they separated from each other;
    Abram stayed in the land of Canaan,
    while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain,
    pitching his tents near Sodom.
    Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked
    in the sins they committed against the LORD.

    After Lot had left, the LORD said to Abram:
    "Look about you, and from where you are,
    gaze to the north and south, east and west;
    all the land that you see I will give to you
    and your descendants forever.
    I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth;
    if anyone could count the dust of the earth,
    your descendants too might be counted.
    Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth,
    for to you I will give it."
    Abram moved his tents and went on to settle
    near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron.
    There he built an altar to the LORD.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5

    R. (1b) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
    He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
    who thinks the truth in his heart
    and slanders not with his tongue.
    R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
    Who harms not his fellow man,
    nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
    By whom the reprobate is despised,
    while he honors those who fear the LORD.
    R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
    Who lends not his money at usury
    and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
    He who does these things
    shall never be disturbed.
    R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

    Alleluia Jn 8:12

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

    Gospel Mt 7:6, 12-14

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
    lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

    "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
    This is the Law and the Prophets.

    "Enter through the narrow gate;
    for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
    and those who enter through it are many.
    How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
    And those who find it are few."


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  3. Reading 1 Gn 12:1-9

    The LORD said to Abram:
    "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
    and from your father's house to a land that I will show you.

    "I will make of you a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    so that you will be a blessing.
    I will bless those who bless you
    and curse those who curse you.
    All the communities of the earth
    shall find blessing in you."

    Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot went with him.
    Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
    Abram took his wife, Sarai, his brother's son Lot,
    all the possessions that they had accumulated,
    and the persons they had acquired in Haran,
    and they set out for the land of Canaan.
    When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land
    as far as the sacred place at Shechem,
    by the terebinth of Moreh.
    (The Canaanites were then in the land.)

    The LORD appeared to Abram and said,
    "To your descendants I will give this land."
    So Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
    From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel,
    pitching his tent with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east.
    He built an altar there to the LORD and invoked the LORD by name.
    Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:12-13, 18-19, 20 and 22

    R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
    the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
    From heaven the LORD looks down;
    he sees all mankind.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
    To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Our soul waits for the LORD,
    who is our help and our shield.
    May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
    who have put our hope in you.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

    Alleluia Heb 4:12

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The word of God is living and effective,
    able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 7:1-5

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
    For as you judge, so will you be judged,
    and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
    Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye,
    but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
    How can you say to your brother,
    'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,'
    while the wooden beam is in your eye?
    You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
    then you will see clearly
    to remove the splinter from your brother's eye."


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  4. Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13

    Jeremiah said:
    "I hear the whisperings of many:
    'Terror on every side!
    Denounce! let us denounce him!'
    All those who were my friends
    are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
    'Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
    and take our vengeance on him.'
    But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
    my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
    In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
    to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
    O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
    who probe mind and heart,
    let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
    for to you I have entrusted my cause.
    Sing to the LORD,
    praise the LORD,
    for he has rescued the life of the poor
    from the power of the wicked!"

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35

    R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    For your sake I bear insult,
    and shame covers my face.
    I have become an outcast to my brothers,
    a stranger to my children,
    Because zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    I pray to you, O LORD,
    for the time of your favor, O God!
    In your great kindness answer me
    with your constant help.
    Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness;
    in your great mercy turn toward me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    "See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
    For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
    Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
    the seas and whatever moves in them!''
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

    Reading 2 Rom 5:12-15

    Brothers and sisters:
    Through one man sin entered the world,
    and through sin, death,
    and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
    for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
    though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
    But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
    even over those who did not sin
    after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
    who is the type of the one who was to come.

    But the gift is not like the transgression.
    For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
    how much more did the grace of God
    and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
    overflow for the many.

    Alleluia Jn 15:26b, 27a

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord;
    and you also will testify.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 10:26-33

    Jesus said to the Twelve:
    "Fear no one.
    Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
    nor secret that will not be known.
    What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
    what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
    And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
    rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
    both soul and body in Gehenna.
    Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
    Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge.
    Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
    So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    Everyone who acknowledges me before others
    I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
    But whoever denies me before others,
    I will deny before my heavenly Father."


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  5. Reading 1 Is 49:1-6

    Hear me, O coastlands,
    listen, O distant peoples.
    The LORD called me from birth,
    from my mother's womb he gave me my name.
    He made of me a sharp-edged sword
    and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
    He made me a polished arrow,
    in his quiver he hid me.
    You are my servant, he said to me,
    Israel, through whom I show my glory.

    Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
    and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
    yet my reward is with the LORD,
    my recompense is with my God.
    For now the LORD has spoken
    who formed me as his servant from the womb,
    that Jacob may be brought back to him
    and Israel gathered to him;
    and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
    and my God is now my strength!
    It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
    and restore the survivors of Israel;
    I will make you a light to the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15

    R. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
    you know when I sit and when I stand;
    you understand my thoughts from afar.
    My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
    with all my ways you are familiar.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    Truly you have formed my inmost being;
    you knit me in my mother's womb.
    I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
    wonderful are your works.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    My soul also you knew full well;
    nor was my frame unknown to you
    When I was made in secret,
    when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

    Reading 2 Acts 13:22-26

    In those days, Paul said:
    "God raised up David as king;
    of him God testified,
    I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
    he will carry out my every wish.

    From this man's descendants God, according to his promise,
    has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
    John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
    to all the people of Israel;
    and as John was completing his course, he would say,
    'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
    Behold, one is coming after me;
    I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'

    "My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham,
    and those others among you who are God-fearing,
    to us this word of salvation has been sent."

    Alleluia See Lk 1:76

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80

    When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
    she gave birth to a son.
    Her neighbors and relatives heard
    that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
    and they rejoiced with her.
    When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
    they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
    but his mother said in reply,
    "No. He will be called John."
    But they answered her,
    "There is no one among your relatives who has this name."
    So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
    He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name,"
    and all were amazed.
    Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
    and he spoke blessing God.
    Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
    and all these matters were discussed
    throughout the hill country of Judea.
    All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
    "What, then, will this child be?"
    For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
    The child grew and became strong in spirit,
    and he was in the desert until the day
    of his manifestation to Israel.
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