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DAILY SCRIPTURES OCTOBER 12th

Reading 1 Rom 2:1-11

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.
We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.
Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience
in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?
By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,
you are storing up wrath for yourself
for the day of wrath and revelation
of the just judgment of God,
who will repay everyone according to his works,
eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality
through perseverance in good works,
but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth
and obey wickedness.
Yes, affliction and distress will come upon everyone
who does evil, Jew first and then Greek.
But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone
who does good, Jew first and then Greek.
There is no partiality with God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 9

R. (13b) Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
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. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
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. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

Gospel Lk 11:42-46

The Lord said:
“Woe to you Pharisees!
You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,
but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others.
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,
“Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law!
You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

DAILY SCRIPTURES

Reading 1 Ez 1:1-6

In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
‘All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem,
which is in Judah.
Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt,
be assisted by the people of that place
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
together with free-will offerings
for the house of God in Jerusalem.'”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin
and the priests and Levites-
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so-
prepared to go up to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way,
with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
and with many precious gifts
besides all their free-will offerings.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done marvels for us.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Gospel Lk 8:16-18

Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

PSALM 91

Psalms Chapter 91 תְּהִלִּים

א  יֹשֵׁב, בְּסֵתֶר עֶלְיוֹן;    בְּצֵל שַׁדַּי, יִתְלוֹנָן. 1 O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;
ב  אֹמַר–לַיהוָה, מַחְסִי וּמְצוּדָתִי;    אֱלֹהַי, אֶבְטַח-בּוֹ. 2 I will say of the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,
ג  כִּי הוּא יַצִּילְךָ, מִפַּח יָקוּשׁ;    מִדֶּבֶר הַוּוֹת. 3 That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
ד  בְּאֶבְרָתוֹ, יָסֶךְ לָךְ–וְתַחַת-כְּנָפָיו תֶּחְסֶה;    צִנָּה וְסֹחֵרָה אֲמִתּוֹ. 4 He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge; His truth is a shield and a buckler.
ה  לֹא-תִירָא, מִפַּחַד לָיְלָה;    מֵחֵץ, יָעוּף יוֹמָם. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;
ו  מִדֶּבֶר, בָּאֹפֶל יַהֲלֹךְ;    מִקֶּטֶב, יָשׁוּד צָהֳרָיִם. 6 Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
ז  יִפֹּל מִצִּדְּךָ, אֶלֶף–וּרְבָבָה מִימִינֶךָ:    אֵלֶיךָ, לֹא יִגָּשׁ. 7 A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee.
ח  רַק, בְּעֵינֶיךָ תַבִּיט;    וְשִׁלֻּמַת רְשָׁעִים תִּרְאֶה. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.
ט  כִּי-אַתָּה יְהוָה מַחְסִי;    עֶלְיוֹן, שַׂמְתָּ מְעוֹנֶךָ. 9 For thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.
י  לֹא-תְאֻנֶּה אֵלֶיךָ רָעָה;    וְנֶגַע, לֹא-יִקְרַב בְּאָהֳלֶךָ. 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
יא  כִּי מַלְאָכָיו, יְצַוֶּה-לָּךְ;    לִשְׁמָרְךָ, בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ. 11 For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
יב  עַל-כַּפַּיִם יִשָּׂאוּנְךָ:    פֶּן-תִּגֹּף בָּאֶבֶן רַגְלֶךָ. 12 They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
יג  עַל-שַׁחַל וָפֶתֶן, תִּדְרֹךְ;    תִּרְמֹס כְּפִיר וְתַנִּין. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.
יד  כִּי בִי חָשַׁק, וַאֲפַלְּטֵהוּ;    אֲשַׂגְּבֵהוּ, כִּי-יָדַע שְׁמִי. 14 ‘Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
טו  יִקְרָאֵנִי, וְאֶעֱנֵהוּ–עִמּוֹ-אָנֹכִי בְצָרָה;    אֲחַלְּצֵהוּ, וַאֲכַבְּדֵהוּ. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.
טז  אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ;    וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation.’ {P}

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PSALM 87

Psalms Chapter 87 תְּהִלִּים

א  לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח, מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר:    יְסוּדָתוֹ, בְּהַרְרֵי-קֹדֶשׁ. 1 A Psalm of the sons of Korah; a Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
ב  אֹהֵב יְהוָה, שַׁעֲרֵי צִיּוֹן–    מִכֹּל, מִשְׁכְּנוֹת יַעֲקֹב. 2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
ג  נִכְבָּדוֹת, מְדֻבָּר בָּךְ–    עִיר הָאֱלֹהִים סֶלָה. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah
ד  אַזְכִּיר, רַהַב וּבָבֶל–    לְיֹדְעָי:
הִנֵּה פְלֶשֶׁת וְצֹר עִם-כּוּשׁ;    זֶה, יֻלַּד-שָׁם.
4 ‘I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon as among them that know Me; {N}
behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this one was born there.’
ה  וּלְצִיּוֹן, יֵאָמַר–    אִישׁ וְאִישׁ, יֻלַּד-בָּהּ;
וְהוּא יְכוֹנְנֶהָ    עֶלְיוֹן.
5 But of Zion it shall be said: ‘This man and that was born in her; {N}
and the Most High Himself doth establish her.’
ו  יְהוָה–יִסְפֹּר, בִּכְתוֹב עַמִּים:    זֶה יֻלַּד-שָׁם סֶלָה. 6 The LORD shall count in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born there.’ Selah
ז  וְשָׁרִים כְּחֹלְלִים–    כָּל-מַעְיָנַי בָּךְ. 7 And whether they sing or dance, all my thoughts are in thee. {P}

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A PRAYER FOR ISRAEL PSALM 83

A PRAYER FOR THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL

Psalms Chapter 83 תְּהִלִּים

א  שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף. 1 A Song, a Psalm of Asaph.
ב  אֱלֹהִים אַל-דֳּמִי-לָךְ;    אַל-תֶּחֱרַשׁ וְאַל-תִּשְׁקֹט אֵל. 2 O God, keep not Thou silence; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.
ג  כִּי-הִנֵּה אוֹיְבֶיךָ, יֶהֱמָיוּן;    וּמְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, נָשְׂאוּ רֹאשׁ. 3 For, lo, Thine enemies are in an uproar; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head.
ד  עַל-עַמְּךָ, יַעֲרִימוּ סוֹד;    וְיִתְיָעֲצוּ, עַל-צְפוּנֶיךָ. 4 They hold crafty converse against Thy people, and take counsel against Thy treasured ones.
ה  אָמְרוּ–לְכוּ, וְנַכְחִידֵם מִגּוֹי;    וְלֹא-יִזָּכֵר שֵׁם-יִשְׂרָאֵל עוֹד. 5 They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.’
ו  כִּי נוֹעֲצוּ לֵב יַחְדָּו;    עָלֶיךָ, בְּרִית יִכְרֹתוּ. 6 For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant;
ז  אָהֳלֵי אֱדוֹם, וְיִשְׁמְעֵאלִים;    מוֹאָב וְהַגְרִים. 7 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites;
ח  גְּבָל וְעַמּוֹן, וַעֲמָלֵק;    פְּלֶשֶׁת, עִם-יֹשְׁבֵי צוֹר. 8 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
ט  גַּם-אַשּׁוּר, נִלְוָה עִמָּם;    הָיוּ זְרוֹעַ לִבְנֵי-לוֹט סֶלָה. 9 Assyria also is joined with them; they have been an arm to the children of Lot. Selah
י  עֲשֵׂה-לָהֶם כְּמִדְיָן;    כְּסִיסְרָא כְיָבִין, בְּנַחַל קִישׁוֹן. 10 Do Thou unto them as unto Midian; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook Kishon;
יא  נִשְׁמְדוּ בְעֵין-דֹּאר;    הָיוּ דֹּמֶן, לָאֲדָמָה. 11 Who were destroyed at En-dor; they became as dung for the earth.
יב  שִׁיתֵמוֹ נְדִיבֵימוֹ, כְּעֹרֵב וְכִזְאֵב;    וּכְזֶבַח וּכְצַלְמֻנָּע, כָּל-נְסִיכֵימוֹ. 12 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and like Zebah and Zalmunna all their princes;
יג  אֲשֶׁר אָמְרוּ, נִירְשָׁה לָּנוּ–    אֵת, נְאוֹת אֱלֹהִים. 13 Who said: ‘Let us take to ourselves in possession the habitations of God.’
יד  אֱלֹהַי, שִׁיתֵמוֹ כַגַּלְגַּל;    כְּקַשׁ, לִפְנֵי-רוּחַ. 14 O my God, make them like the whirling dust; as stubble before the wind.
טו  כְּאֵשׁ תִּבְעַר-יָעַר;    וּכְלֶהָבָה, תְּלַהֵט הָרִים. 15 As the fire that burneth the forest, and as the flame that setteth the mountains ablaze;
טז  כֵּן, תִּרְדְּפֵם בְּסַעֲרֶךָ;    וּבְסוּפָתְךָ תְבַהֲלֵם. 16 So pursue them with Thy tempest, and affright them with Thy storm.
יז  מַלֵּא פְנֵיהֶם קָלוֹן;    וִיבַקְשׁוּ שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה. 17 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek Thy name, O LORD.
יח  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיִבָּהֲלוּ עֲדֵי-עַד;    וְיַחְפְּרוּ וְיֹאבֵדוּ. 18 Let them be ashamed and affrighted for ever; yea, let them be abashed and perish;
יט  וְיֵדְעוּ–    כִּי-אַתָּה שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה לְבַדֶּךָ:
עֶלְיוֹן,    עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ.
19 That they may know that it is Thou alone whose name is the LORD, {N}
the Most High over all the earth. {P}

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DAILY SCRIPTURES

Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 444

Reading 1 1 Tm 3:1-13

Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:
whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,
married only once, temperate, self-controlled,
decent, hospitable, able to teach,
not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,
not contentious, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well,
keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,
how can he take care of the Church of God?
He should not be a recent convert,
so that he may not become conceited
and thus incur the Devil’s punishment.
He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,
so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil’s trap.Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,
but temperate and faithful in everything.
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6

R. (2) I will walk with blameless heart.
Of mercy and judgment I will sing;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will persevere in the way of integrity;
when will you come to me?
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
I will walk with blameless heart,
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
any base thing.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
him will I destroy.
The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heart
I will not endure.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of integrity
shall be in my service.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.

Gospel Lk 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

DAILY SCRIPTURES

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 130

Reading 1 Sir 27:30-28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8) The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
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, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills.
redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.

Reading 2 Rom 14:7-9

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Gospel Mt 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

DAILY SCRIPTURES

Reading 1 1 Tm 1:15-17

Beloved:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5 and 6-7

R. (2) Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.
Who is like the LORD, our God,
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor.
R. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Gospel Lk 6:43-49

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”