Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Wednesday 30 July 2014

July 30th, 2014

Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21

10Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. 16Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O LORD, God of hosts. 17I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because thy hand was upon me, for thou hadst filled me with indignation. 18Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Wilt thou be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? 19Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. 20And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the LORD. 21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”

Psalms 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18

1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God, protect me from those who rise up against me, 2deliver me from those who work evil, and save me from bloodthirsty men. 3For, lo, they lie in wait for my life; fierce men band themselves against me. For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD, 9O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee; for thou, O God, art my fortress. 10My God in his steadfast love will meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. 16But I will sing of thy might; I will sing aloud of thy steadfast love in the morning. For thou hast been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. 17O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee, for thou, O God, art my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

Matthew 13:44-46

44″The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45″Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 28 July 2014

July 28th, 2014

Jeremiah 13:1-11

1Thus said the LORD to me, “Go and buy a linen waistcloth, and put it on your loins, and do not dip it in water.” 2So I bought a waistcloth according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. 3And the word of the LORD came to me a second time, 4″Take the waistcloth which you have bought, which is upon your loins, and arise, go to the Euphra’tes, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.” 5So I went, and hid it by the Euphra’tes, as the LORD commanded me. 6And after many days the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphra’tes, and take from there the waistcloth which I commanded you to hide there.” 7Then I went to the Euphra’tes, and dug, and I took the waistcloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the waistcloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing. 8Then the word of the LORD came to me: 9″Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this waistcloth, which is good for nothing. 11For as the waistcloth clings to the loins of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

Deuteronomy 32:18-21

18You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth. 19″The LORD saw it, and spurned them, because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters. 20And he said, `I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness. 21They have stirred me to jealousy with what is no god; they have provoked me with their idols. So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people; I will provoke them with a foolish nation.

Matthew 13:31-35

31Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” 34All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. 35This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Sunday 27 July 2014

July 27th, 2014

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

5At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. 9Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?” 10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130

57The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep thy words. 72The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. 76Let thy steadfast love be ready to comfort me according to thy promise to thy servant. 77Let thy mercy come to me, that I may live; for thy law is my delight. 127Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, above fine gold. 128Therefore I direct my steps by all thy precepts; I hate every false way. 129Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. 130The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Romans 8:28-30

28We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Matthew 13:44-52

44″The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45″Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47″Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; 48when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. 49So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 50and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 51″Have you understood all this?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 22 July 2014

July 22nd, 2014

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20

14Shepherd thy people with thy staff, the flock of thy inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. 15As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt I will show them marvelous things. 18Who is a God like thee, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger for ever because he delights in steadfast love. 19He will again have compassion upon us, he will tread our iniquities under foot. Thou wilt cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Psalms 85:2-8

1LORD, thou wast favorable to thy land; thou didst restore the fortunes of Jacob. 2Thou didst forgive the iniquity of thy people; thou didst pardon all their sin. [Selah] 3Thou didst withdraw all thy wrath; thou didst turn from thy hot anger. 4Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away thy indignation toward us! 5Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? Wilt thou prolong thy anger to all generations? 6Wilt thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7Show us thy steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.

John 20:1-2, 11-18

1Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag’dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rab-bo’ni!” (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” 18Mary Mag’dalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 21 July 2014

July 21st, 2014

Wisdom 8:9-16

9Therefore I determined to take her to live with me, knowing that she would give me good counsel and encouragement in cares and grief. 10Because of her I shall have glory among the multitudes and honor in the presence of the elders, though I am young. 11I shall be found keen in judgment, and in the sight of rulers I shall be admired. 12When I am silent they will wait for me, and when I speak they will give heed; and when I speak at greater length they will put their hands on their mouths. 13Because of her I shall have immortality, and leave an everlasting remembrance to those who come after me. 14I shall govern peoples, and nations will be subject to me; 15dread monarchs will be afraid of me when they hear of me; among the people I shall show myself capable, and courageous in war. 16When I enter my house, I shall find rest with her, for companionship with her has no bitterness, and life with her has no pain, but gladness and joy.

Psalms 67:2-5, 7-8

1May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, [Selah] 2that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving power among all nations. 3Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! 4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. [Selah] 6The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. 7God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Luke 9:1-6

1And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. 3And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. 4And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Sunday 20 July 2014

July 20th, 2014

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

13For neither is there any god besides thee, whose care is for all men, to whom thou shouldst prove that thou hast not judged unjustly; 16For thy strength is the source of righteousness, and thy sovereignty over all causes thee to spare all. 17For thou dost show thy strength when men doubt the completeness of thy power, and dost rebuke any insolence among those who know it. 18Thou who art sovereign in strength dost judge with mildness, and with great forbearance thou dost govern us; for thou hast power to act whenever thou dost choose. 19Through such works thou has taught thy people that the righteous man must be kind, and thou hast filled thy sons with good hope, because thou givest repentance for sins.

Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

5For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee. 6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication. 9All the nations thou hast made shall come and bow down before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name. 10For thou art great and doest wondrous things, thou alone art God. 15But thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 16Turn to me and take pity on me; give thy strength to thy servant, and save the son of thy handmaid.

Romans 8:26-27

26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. 27And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Matthew 13:24-43

24Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants of the householder came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 28He said to them, `An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said, `No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” 31Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” 34All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable. 35This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” 36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Saturday 19 July 2014

July 19th, 2014

Micah 2:1-5

1Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil upon their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. 3Therefore thus says the LORD: Behold, against this family I am devising evil, from which you cannot remove your necks; and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be an evil time. 4In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you, and wail with bitter lamentation, and say, “We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! Among our captors he divides our fields.” 5Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the LORD.

Psalms 10:1-4, 7-8, 14

1Why dost thou stand afar off, O LORD? Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble? 2In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised. 3For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD. 4In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” 7His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the hapless, 14Thou dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation, that thou mayest take it into thy hands; the hapless commits himself to thee; thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.

Matthew 12:14-21

14But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him. 15Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all, 16and ordered them not to make him known. 17This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18″Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. 19He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets; 20he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory; 21and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Thursday 17 July 2014

July 17th, 2014

Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

7The way of the righteous is level; thou dost make smooth the path of the righteous. 8In the path of thy judgments, O LORD, we wait for thee; thy memorial name is the desire of our soul. 9My soul yearns for thee in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee. For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 12O LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us, thou hast wrought for us all our works. 16O LORD, in distress they sought thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. 17Like a woman with child, who writhes and cries out in her pangs, when she is near her time, so were we because of thee, O LORD; 18we were with child, we writhed, we have as it were brought forth wind. We have wrought no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen. 19Thy dead shall live, their bodies shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For thy dew is a dew of light, and on the land of the shades thou wilt let it fall.

Psalms 102:13-21

12But thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever; thy name endures to all generations. 13Thou wilt arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come. 14For thy servants hold her stones dear, and have pity on her dust. 15The nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16For the LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his glory; 17he will regard the prayer of the destitute, and will not despise their supplication. 18Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD: 19that he looked down from his holy height, from heaven the LORD looked at the earth, 20to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die;

Matthew 11:28-30

28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Wednesday 09 July 2014

July 9th, 2014

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

1Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit. The more his fruit increased the more altars he built; as his country improved he improved his pillars. 2Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars, and destroy their pillars. 3For now they will say: “We have no king, for we fear not the LORD, and a king, what could he do for us?” 7Sama’ria’s king shall perish, like a chip on the face of the waters. 8The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. Thorn and thistle shall grow up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us, and to the hills, Fall upon us. 12Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain salvation upon you.

Psalms 105:2-7

2Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works! 3Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! 4Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually! 5Remember the wonderful works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, 6O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 7He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

Matthew 10:1-7

1And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. 2The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 08 July 2014

July 8th, 2014

Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13

4They made kings, but not through me. They set up princes, but without my knowledge. With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction. 5I have spurned your calf, O Sama’ria. My anger burns against them. How long will it be till they are pure 6in Israel? A workman made it; it is not God. The calf of Sama’ria shall be broken to pieces. 7For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads, it shall yield no meal; if it were to yield, aliens would devour it. 11Because E’phraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they have become to him altars for sinning. 12Were I to write for him my laws by ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing. 13They love sacrifice; they sacrifice flesh and eat it; but the LORD has no delight in them. Now he will remember their iniquity, and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.

Psalms 115:3-10

3Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases. 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. 6They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. 7They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. 8Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them. 9O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. 10O house of Aaron, put your trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

Matthew 9:32-38

32As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. 33And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” 35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”