Daily Readings

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Reading 1 Sir 17:20-24

    To the penitent God provides a way back,
    he encourages those who are losing hope
    and has chosen for them the lot of truth.
    Return to him and give up sin,
    pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.
    Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,
    hate intensely what he loathes,
    and know the justice and judgments of God,
    Stand firm in the way set before you,
    in prayer to the Most High God.

    Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High
    in place of the living who offer their praise?
    Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,
    but offer your praise before death.
    No more can the dead give praise
    than those who have never lived;
    You who are alive and well
    shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.
    How great the mercy of the LORD,
    his forgiveness of those who return to him!

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7

    R. (11a) Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
    Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
    whose sin is covered.
    Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
    in whose spirit there is no guile.
    R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
    Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    my guilt I covered not.
    I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"
    and you took away the guilt of my sin.
    R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
    For this shall every faithful man pray to you
    in time of stress.
    Though deep waters overflow,
    they shall not reach him.
    R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
    You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
    with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.
    R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

    Alleluia 2 Cor 8:9

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich,
    so that by his poverty you might become rich.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 10:17-27

    As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
    knelt down before him, and asked him,
    "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
    Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good?
    No one is good but God alone.
    You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
    you shall not commit adultery;
    you shall not steal;
    you shall not bear false witness;
    you shall not defraud;
    honor your father and your mother
    ."
    He replied and said to him,
    "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."
    Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
    "You are lacking in one thing.
    Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
    and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
    At that statement, his face fell,
    and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

    Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
    "How hard it is for those who have wealth
    to enter the Kingdom of God!"
    The disciples were amazed at his words.
    So Jesus again said to them in reply,
    "Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
    It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
    than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."
    They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
    "Then who can be saved?"
    Jesus looked at them and said,
    "For men it is impossible, but not for God.
    All things are possible for God."
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  2. Reading 1 Is 49:14-15

    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 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (6a) Rest in God alone, my soul.
    Only in God is my soul at rest;
    from him comes my salvation.
    He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.
    R. Rest in God alone, my soul.
    Only in God be at rest, my soul,
    for from him comes my hope.
    He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
    R. Rest in God alone, my soul.
    With God is my safety and my glory,
    he is the rock of my strength; my refuge is in God.
    Trust in him at all times, O my people!
    Pour out your hearts before him.
    R. Rest in God alone, my soul.

    Reading 2 1 Cor 4:1-5

    Brothers and sisters:
    Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ
    and stewards of the mysteries of God.
    Now it is of course required of stewards
    that they be found trustworthy.
    It does not concern me in the least
    that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;
    I do not even pass judgment on myself;
    I am not conscious of anything against me,
    but I do not thereby stand acquitted;
    the one who judges me is the Lord.
    Therefore do not make any judgment before the appointed time,
    until the Lord comes,
    for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
    and will manifest the motives of our hearts,
    and then everyone will receive praise from God.

    Alleluia Hb 4:12

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The word of God is living and effective;
    discerning reflections and thoughts of the heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 6:24-34

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "No one can serve two masters.
    He will either hate one and love the other,
    or be devoted to one and despise the other.
    You cannot serve God and mammon.

    "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
    what you will eat or drink,
    or about your body, what you will wear.
    Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
    Look at the birds in the sky;
    they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
    yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
    Are not you more important than they?
    Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
    Why are you anxious about clothes?
    Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
    They do not work or spin.
    But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
    was clothed like one of them.
    If God so clothes the grass of the field,
    which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
    will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
    So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?'
    or 'What are we to drink?'or 'What are we to wear?'
    All these things the pagans seek.
    Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
    and all these things will be given you besides.
    Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
    Sufficient for a day is its own evil."
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  3. Reading 1 Sir 17:1-15

    God from the earth created man,
    and in his own image he made him.
    He makes man return to earth again,
    and endows him with a strength of his own.
    Limited days of life he gives him,
    with power over all things else on earth.
    He puts the fear of him in all flesh,
    and gives him rule over beasts and birds.
    He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears,
    and an inventive heart,
    and filled them with the discipline of understanding.
    He created in them knowledge of the spirit;
    With wisdom he fills their heart;
    good and evil he shows them.
    He put the fear of himself upon their hearts,
    and showed them his mighty works,
    That they might glory in the wonder of his deeds
    and praise his holy name.
    He has set before them knowledge,
    a law of life as their inheritance;
    An everlasting covenant he has made with them,
    his justice and his judgments he has revealed to them.
    His majestic glory their eyes beheld,
    his glorious voice their ears heard.
    He says to them, "Avoid all evil";
    each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men.
    Their ways are ever known to him,
    they cannot be hidden from his eyes.
    Over every nation he places a ruler,
    but God's own portion is Israel.
    All their actions are clear as the sun to him,
    his eyes are ever upon their ways.

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

    R. (see 17) The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
    For he knows how we are formed;
    he remembers that we are dust.
    R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    Man's days are like those of grass;
    like a flower of the field he blooms;
    The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
    and his place knows him no more.
    R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
    to eternity toward those who fear him,
    And his justice toward children's children
    among those who keep his covenant.
    R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

    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 Mk 10:13-16

    People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
    but the disciples rebuked them.
    When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
    "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
    for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
    Amen, I say to you,
    whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
    will not enter it."
    Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
    placing his hands on them.


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  4. Reading 1 Sir 6:5-17

    A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,
    and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.
    Let your acquaintances be many,
    but one in a thousand your confidant.
    When you gain a friend, first test him,
    and be not too ready to trust him.
    For one sort is a friend when it suits him,
    but he will not be with you in time of distress.
    Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,
    and tells of the quarrel to your shame.
    Another is a friend, a boon companion,
    who will not be with you when sorrow comes.
    When things go well, he is your other self,
    and lords it over your servants;
    But if you are brought low, he turns against you
    and avoids meeting you.
    Keep away from your enemies;
    be on your guard with your friends.
    A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
    he who finds one finds a treasure.
    A faithful friend is beyond price,
    no sum can balance his worth.
    A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy,
    such as he who fears God finds;
    For he who fears God behaves accordingly,
    and his friend will be like himself.

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

    R. (35a) Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Blessed are you, O LORD;
    teach me your statutes.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    In your statutes I will delight;
    I will not forget your words.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Open my eyes, that I may consider
    the wonders of your law.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
    and keep it with all my heart.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Lead me in the path of your commands,
    for in it I delight.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

    Alleluia Jn 17:17b, 17a

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your word, O Lord, is truth;
    consecrate us in the truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 10:1-12

    Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan.
    Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom,
    he again taught them.
    The Pharisees approached him and asked,
    "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?"
    They were testing him.
    He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?"
    They replied,
    "Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
    and dismiss her."
    But Jesus told them,
    "Because of the hardness of your hearts
    he wrote you this commandment.
    But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
    For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
    and be joined to his wife,
    and the two shall become one flesh.
    So they are no longer two but one flesh.
    Therefore what God has joined together,
    no human being must separate."
    In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
    He said to them,
    "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
    commits adultery against her;
    and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
    she commits adultery."
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  5. Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8

    Rely not on your wealth;
    say not: "I have the power."
    Rely not on your strength
    in following the desires of your heart.
    Say not: "Who can prevail against me?"
    or, "Who will subdue me for my deeds?"
    for God will surely exact the punishment.
    Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?"
    for the Most High bides his time.
    Of forgiveness be not overconfident,
    adding sin upon sin.
    Say not: "Great is his mercy;
    my many sins he will forgive."
    For mercy and anger alike are with him;
    upon the wicked alights his wrath.
    Delay not your conversion to the LORD,
    put it not off from day to day.
    For suddenly his wrath flames forth;
    at the time of vengeance you will be destroyed.
    Rely not upon deceitful wealth,
    for it will be no help on the day of wrath.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

    R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked
    Nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
    But delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
    That yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

    Alleluia 1 Thes 2:13

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
    but as it truly is, the word of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 9:41-50

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
    because you belong to Christ,
    amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

    "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
    it would be better for him if a great millstone
    were put around his neck
    and he were thrown into the sea.
    If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
    It is better for you to enter into life maimed
    than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
    into the unquenchable fire.
    And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
    It is better for you to enter into life crippled
    than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
    And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
    Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye
    than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

    "Everyone will be salted with fire.
    Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid,
    with what will you restore its flavor?
    Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another."
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