• Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles<br>Mass during the Day - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11

    In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.
    He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,
    and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews
    he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
    –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.–
    He had him taken into custody and put in prison
    under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.
    He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.
    Peter thus was being kept in prison,
    but prayer by the Church was fervently being made
    to God on his behalf.

    On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial,
    Peter, secured by double chains,
    was sleeping between two soldiers,
    while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison.
    Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him
    and a light shone in the cell.
    He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying,
    "Get up quickly."
    The chains fell from his wrists.
    The angel said to him, "Put on your belt and your sandals."
    He did so.
    Then he said to him, "Put on your cloak and follow me."
    So he followed him out,
    not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real;
    he thought he was seeing a vision.
    They passed the first guard, then the second,
    and came to the iron gate leading out to the city,
    which opened for them by itself.
    They emerged and made their way down an alley,
    and suddenly the angel left him.
    Then Peter recovered his senses and said,
    "Now I know for certain
    that the Lord sent his angel
    and rescued me from the hand of Herod
    and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (5) The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
    Glorify the LORD with me,
    let us together extol his name.
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
    R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
    Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
    and your faces may not blush with shame.
    When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him.
    R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
    The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

    Reading 2 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18

    I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation,
    and the time of my departure is at hand.
    I have competed well; I have finished the race;
    I have kept the faith.
    From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
    which the Lord, the just judge,
    will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
    but to all who have longed for his appearance.

    The Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
    so that through me the proclamation might be completed
    and all the Gentiles might hear it.
    And I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
    The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
    and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom.
    To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Alleluia Mt 16:18

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 16:13-19

    When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
    he asked his disciples,
    "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
    They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
    still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
    He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
    Simon Peter said in reply,
    "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
    Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
    For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
    And so I say to you, you are Peter,
    and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
    Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
    and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."


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  • Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles<br>Vigil - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10

    Peter and John were going up to the temple area
    for the three o'clock hour of prayer.
    And a man crippled from birth was carried
    and placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate"
    every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
    When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
    he asked for alms.
    But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
    and said, "Look at us."
    He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
    Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold,
    but what I do have I give you:
    in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk."
    Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
    and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
    He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
    and went into the temple with them,
    walking and jumping and praising God.
    When all the people saw the man walking and praising God,
    they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging
    at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
    and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
    at what had happened to him.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5

    R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    Day pours out the word to day;
    and night to night imparts knowledge.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
    Not a word nor a discourse
    whose voice is not heard;
    through all the earth their voice resounds,
    and to the ends of the world, their message.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

    Reading 2 Gal 1:11-20

    I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
    that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
    For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
    but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

    For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
    how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
    and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism
    beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
    since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
    But when God, who from my mother's womb had set me apart
    and called me through his grace,
    was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
    so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
    I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
    nor did I go up to Jerusalem
    to those who were Apostles before me;
    rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

    Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
    to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.
    But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
    only James the brother of the Lord.
    --As to what I am writing to you, behold,
    before God, I am not lying.

    Alleluia Jn 21:17

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Lord, you know everything:
    you know that I love you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 21:15-19

    Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples
    and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter,
    "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?"
    Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
    Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."
    He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
    "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
    Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
    He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
    He said to him the third time,
    "Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
    Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
    "Do you love me?" and he said to him,
    "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you."
    Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
    Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
    you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
    but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
    and someone else will dress you
    and lead you where you do not want to go."
    He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
    And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."


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  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr - USCCB Daily Readings

    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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  • Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time - USCCB Daily Readings

    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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  • Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:30:00 +0000: Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time - USCCB Daily Readings

    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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