Daily Reading

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16

    At the mountain of God, Horeb,
    Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter.
    But the word of the LORD came to him,
    "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
    the LORD will be passing by."
    A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
    and crushing rocks before the LORD—
    but the LORD was not in the wind.
    After the wind there was an earthquake—
    but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
    After the earthquake there was fire—
    but the LORD was not in the fire.
    After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
    When he heard this,
    Elijah hid his face in his cloak
    and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
    A voice said to him, "Elijah, why are you here?"
    He replied, "I have been most zealous for the LORD,
    the God of hosts.
    But the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant,
    torn down your altars,
    and put your prophets to the sword.
    I alone am left, and they seek to take my life."
    The LORD said to him,
    "Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus.
    When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram.
    Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel,
    and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah,
    as prophet to succeed you."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14

    R. (8b) I long to see your face, O Lord.
    Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
    have pity on me, and answer me.
    Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
    R. I long to see your face, O Lord.
    Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
    Hide not your face from me;
    do not in anger repel your servant.
    You are my helper: cast me not off.
    R. I long to see your face, O Lord.
    I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD with courage;
    be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
    R. I long to see your face, O Lord.

    Alleluia Phil 2:15d, 16a

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Shine like lights in the world,
    as you hold on to the word of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:27-32

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
    But I say to you,
    everyone who looks at a woman with lust
    has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    If your right eye causes you to sin,
    tear it out and throw it away.
    It is better for you to lose one of your members
    than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
    And if your right hand causes you to sin,
    cut it off and throw it away.
    It is better for you to lose one of your members
    than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

    "It was also said,
    Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
    But I say to you,
    whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
    causes her to commit adultery,
    and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
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  2. Reading 1 1 Kgs 18:41-46

    Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink,
    for there is the sound of a heavy rain."
    So Ahab went up to eat and drink,
    while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,
    crouched down to the earth,
    and put his head between his knees.
    "Climb up and look out to sea," he directed his servant,
    who went up and looked, but reported, "There is nothing."
    Seven times he said, "Go, look again!"
    And the seventh time the youth reported,
    "There is a cloud as small as a man's hand rising from the sea."
    Elijah said, "Go and say to Ahab,
    'Harness up and leave the mountain before the rain stops you.'"
    In a trice the sky grew dark with clouds and wind,
    and a heavy rain fell.
    Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
    But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah,
    who girded up his clothing and ran before Ahab
    as far as the approaches to Jezreel.

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

    R. (2a) It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
    You have visited the land and watered it;
    greatly have you enriched it.
    God's watercourses are filled;
    you have prepared the grain.
    R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
    Thus have you prepared the land:
    drenching its furrows, breaking up its clods,
    Softening it with showers,
    blessing its yield.
    R. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
    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. It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.

    Alleluia Jn 13:34

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I give you a new commandment:
    love one another as I have loved you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:20-26

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that
    of the scribes and Pharisees,
    you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

    "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
    You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
    But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
    will be liable to judgment,
    and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
    will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
    and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
    Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
    and there recall that your brother
    has anything against you,
    leave your gift there at the altar,
    go first and be reconciled with your brother,
    and then come and offer your gift.
    Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.
    Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
    and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
    and you will be thrown into prison.
    Amen, I say to you,
    you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."
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  3. Reading 1 1 Kgs 18:20-39

    Ahab sent to all the children of Israel
    and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel.

    Elijah appealed to all the people and said,
    "How long will you straddle the issue?
    If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him."
    The people, however, did not answer him.
    So Elijah said to the people,
    "I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,
    and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.
    Give us two young bulls.
    Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood,
    but start no fire.
    I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood,
    but shall start no fire.
    You shall call on your gods, and I will call on the LORD.
    The God who answers with fire is God."
    All the people answered, "Agreed!"

    Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal,
    "Choose one young bull and prepare it first,
    for there are more of you.
    Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire."
    Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it
    and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying,
    "Answer us, Baal!"
    But there was no sound, and no one answering.
    And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.
    When it was noon, Elijah taunted them:
    "Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating,
    or may have retired, or may be on a journey.
    Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened."
    They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears,
    as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.
    Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state
    until the time for offering sacrifice.
    But there was not a sound;
    no one answered, and no one was listening.

    Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me."
    When the people had done so, he repaired the altar of the LORD
    that had been destroyed.
    He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob,
    to whom the LORD had said, "Your name shall be Israel."
    He built an altar in honor of the LORD with the stones,
    and made a trench around the altar
    large enough for two measures of grain.
    When he had arranged the wood,
    he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.
    "Fill four jars with water," he said,
    "and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood."
    "Do it again," he said, and they did it again.
    "Do it a third time," he said,
    and they did it a third time.
    The water flowed around the altar,
    and the trench was filled with the water.

    At the time for offering sacrifice,
    the prophet Elijah came forward and said,
    "LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
    let it be known this day that you are God in Israel
    and that I am your servant
    and have done all these things by your command.
    Answer me, LORD!
    Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God
    and that you have brought them back to their senses."
    The LORD's fire came down
    and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
    and it lapped up the water in the trench.
    Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
    "The LORD is God! The LORD is God!"

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab and 8, 11

    R. (1b) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    They multiply their sorrows
    who court other gods.
    Blood libations to them I will not pour out,
    nor will I take their names upon my lips.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    O LORD, my allotted portion and cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

    Alleluia Ps 25:4b, 5a

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Teach me your paths, my God,
    and guide me in your truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:17-19

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
    I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
    Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
    not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
    will pass from the law,
    until all things have taken place.
    Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
    and teaches others to do so
    will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
    But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
    will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."


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  4. Reading 1  ACTS 11:21B-26; 13:1-3

    In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
    The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
    and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
    When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
    he rejoiced and encouraged them all
    to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
    for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.
    And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
    Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
    and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.
    For a whole year they met with the Church
    and taught a large number of people,
    and it was in Antioch that the disciples
    were first called Christians.Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
    Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger,
    Lucius of Cyrene,
    Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
    While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
    “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
    for the work to which I have called them.”
    Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
    they laid hands on them and sent them off.

    Responsorial Psalm  PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6

    R. (see 2b)  The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
    Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
    R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

    Alleluia  Mt 5:16

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Let your light shine before others
    That they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel  MT 5:13-16

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “You are the salt of the earth.
    But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
    It is no longer good for anything
    but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
    You are the light of the world.
    A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
    Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
    it is set on a lampstand,
    where it gives light to all in the house.
    Just so, your light must shine before others,
    that they may see your good deeds
    and glorify your heavenly Father.”

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    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

  5. Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:1-6

    Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab:
    “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve,
    during these years there shall be no dew or rain except at my word.”
    The LORD then said to Elijah:
    “Leave here, go east
    and hide in the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan.
    You shall drink of the stream,
    and I have commanded ravens to feed you there.”
    So he left and did as the LORD had commanded.
    He went and remained by the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan.
    Ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning,
    and bread and meat in the evening,
    and he drank from the stream.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 121:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

    R. (see 2) Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
    I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;
    whence shall help come to me?
    My help is from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
    May he not suffer your foot to slip;
    may he slumber not who guards you:
    Indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps,
    the guardian of Israel.
    R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
    The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade;
    he is beside you at your right hand.
    The sun shall not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
    R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
    The LORD will guard you from all evil;
    he will guard your life.
    The LORD will guard your coming and your going,
    both now and forever.
    R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

    Alleluia Mt 5:12a

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Rejoice and be glad;
    for your reward will be great in heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:1-12

    When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
    and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
    He began to teach them, saying:

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are they who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the land.
    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be satisfied.
    Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the clean of heart,
    for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
    and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
    Rejoice and be glad,
    for your reward will be great in heaven.
    Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
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    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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