Daily Readings Audio | Daily Meditation | January 14, 2019 – January 20, 2019


January 14, 2019

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In our First Reading Hebrews, we are told that the time of fulfillment arrived in the person of Jesus Christ – the Son of God who is far superior to the angels. In the Gospel, Jesus announces the presence of the kingdom of God, and calls his first disciples, promising to make them fishers of men.

Jesus calls us to repent and believe in the Gospel, for the time of fulfillment is at hand.

Jesus’ very first words in the Gospel of Mark are direct and concise. This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel. That is a bold opening statement – and one that even today we struggle with hearing and opeying. With those words, Jesus tells us that we have come to a turning point in salvation history – death will be overcome. It is our choice to follow him and live the life of discipleship that leads to eternal life. Let us pray for ll who serve in the Church, may they be graced with a penitential heart and an unwavering belief in the Gospel necessary to be fishers of men. Amen.

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 305

Reading 1 Heb 1:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe,

who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say:
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you?
Or again:
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a Son to me?
And again, when he leads the first born into the world, he says:
Let all the angels of God worship him

Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9

  1. (see 7c) Let all his angels worship him.
    The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
    let the many isles be glad.
    Justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
    R. Let all his angels worship him.
    The heavens proclaim his justice,
    and all peoples see his glory.
    Let all his angels worship him.
    R. Let all his angels worship him.
    Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
    exalted far above all gods.
    R. Let all his angels worship him.

Alleluia Mk 1:15

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand;
    repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 1:14-20

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.


January 15, 2019

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Today’s First reading from Hebrews reminds us that Jesus lived among us, sharing in our humanity, and that his suffering and death freed us. Mark’s Gospel introduces us to events early in Jesus’ public ministry. The people are astonished andc amazed by Jesus’ words and actions.

Jesus begins his ministry with preaching and miracle working.

Jesus, in opening himself to the will of the Father, accepted his humanity and suffered and died for us. He calls us brothers and sisters as he begins his ministry, teaching and performing miracles among the people. We are called to embrace his message and share it with others. Let us pray for all who shepherd our Church, that the Lord may richly bless them in their dedication to promoting healing and unity in the Church. Amen.

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 306

Reading 1 Heb 2:5-12

It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,
of which we are speaking.
Instead, someone has testified somewhere:

What is man that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under his feet.

In “subjecting” all things to him,
he left nothing not “subject to him.”
Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,”
but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor”
because he suffered death,
he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates
and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers” saying:

I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9

  1. (see 7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
    O LORD, our Lord,
    how glorious is your name over all the earth!
    What is man that you should be mindful of him,
    or the son of man that you should care for him?
    R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
    You have made him little less than the angels,
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
    You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
    putting all things under his feet.
    R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
    All sheep and oxen,
    yes, and the beasts of the field,
    The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
    and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
    R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

Alleluia See 1 Thes 2:13

  1. 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 1:21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet!  Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.


January 16, 2019

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The First Reading tells us how Jesus became like the descendants of Abraham in every way so that as high priest he could expiate our sins and destroy the power of death. In the Gospel, Jesus cures illnesses, drives out demons and preaches, saying this is his purpose for coming.

Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus has freed us from death.

During Jesus’ life, he preached the kingdom of God, cured many and drove out demons. Through his Passion, death and resurrection, he conquered death, which was introduced to the world through sin. Therefore, we can be confident there is life beyond the grave, and we are free from the fear of death. Let us pray for all catholic communities, that they may grow in grace and charity to serve our neighbor. Amen.

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 307

Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18

Since the children share in blood and Flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

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

  1. (8a)  The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    R. Alleluia.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generationsB
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    R.  Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 10:27

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.


January 17, 2019

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Memorial of Saint Anthony Abbot.

In the letter to the Hebrews, the writer reminds his readers of God’s many works for the people of Israel after their exodus from Egypt – and of how their hearts were hardened to God’s daily care for them. In the Gospel, Jesus proves his good will for the leper and makes him clean.

We are called on this day to become and remain a faithful partner of Christ.

Whether we have been attempting to follow God’s ways for forty years, as the Israelites in the desert did, or have only started, we are called to remain faithful to God on this very day. We are not to let our hearts become hardened by ingratitude or by taking God’s works for granted. Let us pray for all of those across our world without access to adequate food, clean water, housing or health care. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 308

Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14

The Holy Spirit says:
Oh, that today you would hear his voice,
“Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion
in the day of testing in the desert,
where your ancestors tested and tried me
and saw my works for forty years.
Because of this I was provoked with that generation
and I said, ‘They have always been of erring heart,
and they do not know my ways.’
As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter into my rest.'”

Take care, brothers and sisters,
that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,
so as to forsake the living God.
Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,”
so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.
We have become partners of Christ
if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11

  1. (8)  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Come, let us bow down in worship;
    let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
    For he is our God,
    and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
    R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
    “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
    as in the day of Massah in the desert,
    Where your fathers tempted me;
    they tested me though they had seen my works.”
    R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Forty years I was wearied of that generation;
    I said: “This people’s heart goes astray,
    they do not know my ways.”
    Therefore I swore in my anger:
    “They shall never enter my rest.”
    R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Alleluia See Mt 4:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Anthony, please go here.


January 18, 2019

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In the letter to the Hebrews, the community is encouraged to remain obedient to God’s word and focused on entering into his rest. In Mark’s Gospel, a paralytic is healed by Jesus. When questioned by the scribes, Jesus claims his authority to forgive sins. Everyone is in awe and they glorify God.

God heals those whose faith is steadfast.

Part of being human requires dealing with constant change. Life is always in flux. God, however, desires for us to remain steadfast in faith. Faith allows us to be in awe God’s presence, and also keeps us lose to God in times of distress. Let us pray that the grace and love found in the sacrament of the Church may help all of us draw closer to the astounding mercy of God’s love. Amen.

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 309

Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11

Let us be on our guard
while the promise of entering into his rest remains,
that none of you seem to have failed.
For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.
But the word that they heard did not profit them,
for they were not united in faith with those who listened.
For we who believed enter into that rest,
just as he has said:

As I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter into my rest,”

and yet his works were accomplished
at the foundation of the world.
For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner,
And God rested on the seventh day from all his works;
and again, in the previously mentioned place,
They shall not enter into my rest.

Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest,
so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 78:3 and 4bc, 6c-7, 8

  1. (see 7b)  Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    What we have heard and know,
    and what our fathers have declared to us,
    we will declare to the generation to come
    The glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    That they too may rise and declare to their sons
    that they should put their hope in God,
    And not forget the deeds of God
    but keep his commands.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    And not be like their fathers,
    a generation wayward and rebellious,
    A generation that kept not its heart steadfast
    nor its spirit faithful toward God.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!

Alleluia Lk 7:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A great prophet has arisen in our midst
    and God has visited his people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,
“Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
“Why does this man speak that way?  He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what
they were thinking to themselves,
so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
–he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”


January 19, 2019

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Saturday in honor of the BVM.

In the First Reading, we are assured that our confessions will be treated with grace and mercy from Jesus our high priest, who sympathizes with our weaknesses. In the Gospel, mark tells the story of Jesus eating with tax collector and sinners, saying that he came to heal the sinners.

Nothing is hidden God and his mercy

All that we are and think is visible to God. His son, Jesus, after going through the test of humanity himself, shows us mercy in our sinfulness. We can be assured that Jesus came to heal us in our weaknesses. Let us pray for our families sand loved ones, may the light of Christ dispel and darkness and the peace of Christ resolve any discord. Amen.

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310

Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16

The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15

  1. (see John 6:63c)  Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
    find favor before you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Alleluia Lk 4:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
    and to proclaim liberty to captives.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”


January 20, 2019

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In relaying the words of the Lord to Israel, Isaiah uses the image of a marriage to describe the relationship between God and his chosen people. Saint Paul reminds us that the Spirit gives many different gifts to be used to build up the community. The Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ first miracle – turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana.

The Lord has betrothed himself to us Christ Jesus and we are not abandoned.

The wedding at Cana has Jesus at the heart of the celebration. He is present now as we gather to celebrate. Here today he bestows upon us his blessings and his gifts – bringing forth faith and reassuring us of his fidelity and abundant grace. Let us pray for those who have died marked with the sign of faith, may they enter into eternal life with the God who created them. Amen.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 66

Reading 1 Is 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you “Forsaken, ”
or your land “Desolate, ”
but you shall be called “My Delight, ”
and your land “Espoused.”
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10

  1. (3) Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
    Sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all you lands.
    Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
    R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
    Announce his salvation, day after day.
    Tell his glory among the nations;
    among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
    R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
    Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
    give to the LORD glory and praise;
    give to the LORD the glory due his name!
    R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.
    Worship the LORD in holy attire.
    Tremble before him, all the earth;
    Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
    He governs the peoples with equity.
    R. Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Reading 2 1 Cor 12:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom;
to another, the expression of knowledge according to the
same Spirit;
to another, faith by the same Spirit;
to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another, mighty deeds;
to another, prophecy;
to another, discernment of spirits;
to another, varieties of tongues;
to another, interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these,
distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

Alleluia Cf. 2 Thes 2:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God has called us through the Gospel
    to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
the mother of Jesus said to him,
“They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers,
“Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told the them,
“Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
“Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.