Daily Readings

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Reading 1 Ex 3:13-20

    Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,
    "When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,
    'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,'
    if they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?"
    God replied, "I am who am."
    Then he added, "This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
    I AM sent me to you."

    God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:
    The LORD, the God of your fathers,
    the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
    has sent me to you.

    "This is my name forever;
    this my title for all generations.

    "Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and tell them:
    The LORD, the God of your fathers,
    the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
    has appeared to me and said:
    I am concerned about you
    and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
    so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
    into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
    Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
    a land flowing with milk and honey.

    "Thus they will heed your message.
    Then you and the elders of Israel
    shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him:
    "The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word.
    Permit us, then, to go a three-days' journey in the desert,
    that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God.

    "Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go
    unless he is forced.
    I will stretch out my hand, therefore,
    and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
    After that he will send you away."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:1 and 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27

    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.
    Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
    his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
    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.
    He greatly increased his people
    and made them stronger than their foes,
    Whose hearts he changed, so that they hated his people,
    and dealt deceitfully with his servants.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He sent Moses his servant;
    Aaron, whom he had chosen.
    They wrought his signs among them,
    and wonders in the land of Ham.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Mt 11:28

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:28-30

    Jesus said:
    "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for yourselves.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."


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  2. Reading 1 Ex 3:1-6, 9-12

    Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.
    Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
    the mountain of God.
    There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire
    flaming out of a bush.
    As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
    though on fire, was not consumed.
    So Moses decided,
    "I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
    and see why the bush is not burned."

    When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
    God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
    He answered, "Here I am."
    God said, "Come no nearer!
    Remove the sandals from your feet,
    for the place where you stand is holy ground.
    I am the God of your father," he continued,
    "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.
    The cry of the children of Israel has reached me,
    and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them.
    Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people,
    the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

    But Moses said to God,
    "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh
    and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
    He answered, "I will be with you;
    and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you:
    when you bring my people out of Egypt,
    you will worship God on this very mountain."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7

    R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    he heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    The LORD secures justice
    and the rights of all the oppressed.
    He has made known his ways to Moses,
    and his deeds to the children of Israel.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

    Alleluia See Mt 11:25

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:25-27

    At that time Jesus exclaimed:
    "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
    for although you have hidden these things
    from the wise and the learned
    you have revealed them to the childlike.
    Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
    All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
    No one knows the Son except the Father,
    and no one knows the Father except the Son
    and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."


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  3. Reading 1 Ex 2:1-15a

    A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,
    who conceived and bore a son.
    Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.
    When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,
    daubed it with bitumen and pitch,
    and putting the child in it,
    placed it among the reeds on the river bank.
    His sister stationed herself at a distance
    to find out what would happen to him.

    Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe,
    while her maids walked along the river bank.
    Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
    On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying!
    She was moved with pity for him and said,
    "It is one of the Hebrews' children."
    Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter,
    "Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women
    to nurse the child for you?"
    "Yes, do so," she answered.
    So the maiden went and called the child's own mother.
    Pharaoh's daughter said to her,
    "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you."
    The woman therefore took the child and nursed it.
    When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter,
    who adopted him as her son and called him Moses;
    for she said, "I drew him out of the water."

    On one occasion, after Moses had grown up,
    when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor,
    he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen.
    Looking about and seeing no one,
    he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
    The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting!
    So he asked the culprit,
    "Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?"
    But the culprit replied,
    "Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us?
    Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?"
    Then Moses became afraid and thought,
    "The affair must certainly be known."

    Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death.
    But Moses fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34

    R. (see 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
    where there is no foothold;
    I have reached the watery depths;
    the flood overwhelms me.
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    But I pray to you, O LORD,
    for the time of your favor, O God!
    In your great kindness answer me
    with your constant help.
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    But I am afflicted and in pain;
    let your saving help, O God, protect me;
    I will praise the name of God in song,
    and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
    "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."
    R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

    Alleluia Ps 95:8

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If today you hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:20-24

    Jesus began to reproach the towns
    where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
    since they had not repented.
    "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
    For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
    had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
    they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
    But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
    for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
    And as for you, Capernaum:

    Will you be exalted to heaven?
    You will go down to the netherworld.


    For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
    it would have remained until this day.
    But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
    for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."


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  4. Reading 1 Ex 1:8-14, 22

    A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt.
    He said to his subjects, "Look how numerous and powerful
    the people of the children of Israel are growing, more so than we ourselves!
    Come, let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their increase;
    otherwise, in time of war they too may join our enemies
    to fight against us, and so leave our country."

    Accordingly, taskmasters were set over the children of Israel
    to oppress them with forced labor.
    Thus they had to build for Pharaoh
    the supply cities of Pithom and Raamses.
    Yet the more they were oppressed,
    the more they multiplied and spread.
    The Egyptians, then, dreaded the children of Israel
    and reduced them to cruel slavery,
    making life bitter for them with hard work in mortar and brick
    and all kinds of field work—the whole cruel fate of slaves.

    Pharaoh then commanded all his subjects,
    "Throw into the river every boy that is born to the Hebrews,
    but you may let all the girls live."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8

    R. (8a) Our help is in the name of the Lord.
    Had not the LORD been with us–
    let Israel say, had not the LORD been with us–
    When men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive,
    When their fury was inflamed against us.
    R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
    Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
    The torrent would have swept over us;
    over us then would have swept
    the raging waters.
    Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
    a prey to their teeth.
    R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
    We were rescued like a bird
    from the fowlers' snare;
    Broken was the snare,
    and we were freed.
    Our help is in the name of the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

    Alleluia Mt 5:10

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 10:34—11:1

    Jesus said to his Apostles:
    "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
    I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
    For I have come to set
    a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
    and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
    and one's enemies will be those of his household.

    "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
    and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
    and whoever does not take up his cross
    and follow after me is not worthy of me.
    Whoever finds his life will lose it,
    and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    "Whoever receives you receives me,
    and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
    Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
    will receive a prophet's reward,
    and whoever receives a righteous man
    because he is righteous
    will receive a righteous man's reward.
    And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
    to one of these little ones to drink
    because he is a disciple–
    amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."

    When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples,
    he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.


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  5. Reading 1 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;
    my word shall not return to me void,
    but shall do my will,
    achieving the end for which I sent it.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14

    R. (Lk 8:8) The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
    You have visited the land and watered it;
    greatly have you enriched it.
    God's watercourses are filled;
    you have prepared the grain.
    R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
    Thus have you prepared the land: drenching its furrows,
    breaking up its clods,
    Softening it with showers,
    blessing its yield.
    R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
    You have crowned the year with your bounty,
    and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
    The untilled meadows overflow with it,
    and rejoicing clothes the hills.
    R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.
    The fields are garmented with flocks
    and the valleys blanketed with grain.
    They shout and sing for joy.
    R. The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

    Reading 2 Rom 8:18-23

    Brothers and sisters:
    I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
    compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
    For creation awaits with eager expectation
    the revelation of the children of God;
    for creation was made subject to futility,
    not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,
    in hope that creation itself
    would be set free from slavery to corruption
    and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
    We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
    and not only that, but we ourselves,
    who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
    we also groan within ourselves
    as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

    Alleluia

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
    All who come to him will have life forever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 13:1-23

    On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
    Such large crowds gathered around him
    that he got into a boat and sat down,
    and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
    And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
    "A sower went out to sow.
    And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
    and birds came and ate it up.
    Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
    It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
    and when the sun rose it was scorched,
    and it withered for lack of roots.
    Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
    But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
    a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
    Whoever has ears ought to hear."

    The disciples approached him and said,
    "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
    He said to them in reply,
    "Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
    has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
    To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
    from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
    This is why I speak to them in parables, because
    they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
    Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
    You shall indeed hear but not understand,
    you shall indeed look but never see.
    Gross is the heart of this people,
    they will hardly hear with their ears,
    they have closed their eyes,
    lest they see with their eyes
    and hear with their ears
    and understand with their hearts and be converted,
    and I heal them.

    "But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
    and your ears, because they hear.
    Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
    longed to see what you see but did not see it,
    and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

    "Hear then the parable of the sower.
    The seed sown on the path is the one
    who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
    and the evil one comes and steals away
    what was sown in his heart.
    The seed sown on rocky ground
    is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
    But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
    When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
    he immediately falls away.
    The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
    but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
    and it bears no fruit.
    But the seed sown on rich soil
    is the one who hears the word and understands it,
    who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."

    or Mt 13:1-9

    On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
    Such large crowds gathered around him
    that he got into a boat and sat down,
    and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
    And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
    "A sower went out to sow.
    And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
    and birds came and ate it up.
    Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
    It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
    and when the sun rose it was scorched,
    and it withered for lack of roots.
    Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
    But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit,
    a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
    Whoever has ears ought to hear."


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