Daily Readings

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59

    Judas and his brothers said,
    "Now that our enemies have been crushed,
    let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it."
    So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion.

    Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month,
    that is, the month of Chislev,
    in the year one hundred and forty-eight,
    they arose and offered sacrifice according to the law
    on the new altar of burnt offerings that they had made.
    On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it,
    on that very day it was reconsecrated
    with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals.
    All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven,
    who had given them success.

    For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar
    and joyfully offered burnt offerings and sacrifices
    of deliverance and praise.
    They ornamented the facade of the temple with gold crowns and shields;
    they repaired the gates and the priests' chambers
    and furnished them with doors.
    There was great joy among the people
    now that the disgrace of the Gentiles was removed.
    Then Judas and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel
    decreed that the days of the dedication of the altar
    should be observed with joy and gladness
    on the anniversary every year for eight days,
    from the twenty-fifth day of the month Chislev.

    Responsorial Psalm 1 Chr 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd

    R. (13b) We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
    "Blessed may you be, O LORD,
    God of Israel our father,
    from eternity to eternity."
    R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
    "Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
    majesty, splendor, and glory.
    For all in heaven and on earth is yours."
    R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
    "Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty;
    you are exalted as head over all.
    Riches and honor are from you."
    R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.
    "You have dominion over all,
    In your hand are power and might;
    it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all."
    R. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.

    Alleluia Jn 10:27

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

    Gospel Lk 19:45-48

    Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
    those who were selling things, saying to them,
    "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
    but you have made it a den of thieves.
    "
    And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
    The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
    were seeking to put him to death,
    but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
    because all the people were hanging on his words.
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  2. Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24

    And now, bless the God of all,
    who has done wondrous things on earth;
    Who fosters people's growth from their mother's womb,
    and fashions them according to his will!
    May he grant you joy of heart
    and may peace abide among you;
    May his goodness toward us endure in Israel
    to deliver us in our days.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11

    R. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    Every day will I bless you,
    and I will praise your name forever and ever.
    Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    Generation after generation praises your works
    and proclaims your might.
    They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
    and tell of your wondrous works.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
    and declare your greatness.
    They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your justice.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

    Reading 2 1 Cor 1:3-9

    Brothers and sisters:
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father
    and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    I give thanks to my God always on your account
    for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
    that in him you were enriched in every way,
    with all discourse and all knowledge,
    as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
    so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
    as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    He will keep you firm to the end,
    irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    God is faithful,
    and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Alleluia 1 THES 5:18

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In all circumstances, give thanks,
    for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 17:11-19

    As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
    he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
    As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him.
    They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
    "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
    And when he saw them, he said,
    "Go show yourselves to the priests."
    As they were going they were cleansed.
    And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
    returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
    and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
    He was a Samaritan.
    Jesus said in reply,
    "Ten were cleansed, were they not?
    Where are the other nine?
    Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
    Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
    your faith has saved you."
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  3. Reading 1 1 Mc 2:15-29

    The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy
    came to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.
    Many of Israel joined them,
    but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.
    Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:
    "You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,
    supported by sons and kin.
    Come now, be the first to obey the king's command,
    as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah
    and those who are left in Jerusalem have done.
    Then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King's Friends,
    and shall be enriched with silver and gold and many gifts."
    But Mattathias answered in a loud voice:
    "Although all the Gentiles in the king's realm obey him,
    so that each forsakes the religion of his fathers
    and consents to the king's orders,
    yet I and my sons and my kin
    will keep to the covenant of our fathers.
    God forbid that we should forsake the law and the commandments.
    We will not obey the words of the king
    nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree."

    As he finished saying these words,
    a certain Jew came forward in the sight of all
    to offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein
    according to the king's order.
    When Mattathias saw him, he was filled with zeal;
    his heart was moved and his just fury was aroused;
    he sprang forward and killed him upon the altar.
    At the same time, he also killed the messenger of the king
    who was forcing them to sacrifice,
    and he tore down the altar.
    Thus he showed his zeal for the law,
    just as Phinehas did with Zimri, son of Salu.

    Then Mattathias went through the city shouting,
    "Let everyone who is zealous for the law
    and who stands by the covenant follow after me!"
    Thereupon he fled to the mountains with his sons,
    leaving behind in the city all their possessions.
    Many who sought to live according to righteousness and religious custom
    went out into the desert to settle there.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15

    R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    From Zion, perfect in beauty,
    God shines forth.
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    "Gather my faithful ones before me,
    those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice."
    And the heavens proclaim his justice;
    for God himself is the judge.
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    "Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
    and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
    Then call upon me in time of distress;
    I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me."
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

    Alleluia Ps 95:8

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If today you hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 19:41-44

    As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
    he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
    "If this day you only knew what makes for peace–
    but now it is hidden from your eyes.
    For the days are coming upon you
    when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
    they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
    They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
    and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
    because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
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  4. Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

    It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
    and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
    to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law.

    Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
    who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
    yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
    Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
    she exhorted each of them
    in the language of their ancestors with these words:
    "I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
    it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
    nor was it I who set in order
    the elements of which each of you is composed.
    Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
    who shapes each man's beginning,
    as he brings about the origin of everything,
    he, in his mercy,
    will give you back both breath and life,
    because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law."

    Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
    thought he was being ridiculed.
    As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
    not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
    to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
    he would make him his Friend
    and entrust him with high office.
    When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
    the king appealed to the mother,
    urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
    After he had urged her for a long time,
    she went through the motions of persuading her son.
    In derision of the cruel tyrant,
    she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
    "Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
    nursed you for three years, brought you up,
    educated and supported you to your present age.
    I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
    and see all that is in them;
    then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
    and in the same way the human race came into existence.
    Do not be afraid of this executioner,
    but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
    so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them."

    She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said:
    "What are you waiting for?
    I will not obey the king's command.
    I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses.
    But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews,
    will not escape the hands of God."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15

    R. (15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
    Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
    attend to my outcry;
    hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.
    R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
    My steps have been steadfast in your paths,
    my feet have not faltered.
    I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my word.
    R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
    Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings.
    But I in justice shall behold your face;
    on waking, I shall be content in your presence.
    R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

    Alleluia See Jn 15:16

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I chose you from the world,
    to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 19:11-28

    While people were listening to Jesus speak,
    he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
    and they thought that the Kingdom of God
    would appear there immediately.
    So he said,
    "A nobleman went off to a distant country
    to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
    He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
    and told them, 'Engage in trade with these until I return.'
    His fellow citizens, however, despised him
    and sent a delegation after him to announce,
    'We do not want this man to be our king.'
    But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
    he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
    to learn what they had gained by trading.
    The first came forward and said,
    'Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.'
    He replied, 'Well done, good servant!
    You have been faithful in this very small matter;
    take charge of ten cities.'
    Then the second came and reported,
    'Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.'
    And to this servant too he said,
    'You, take charge of five cities.'
    Then the other servant came and said,
    'Sir, here is your gold coin;
    I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
    for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
    you take up what you did not lay down
    and you harvest what you did not plant.'
    He said to him,
    'With your own words I shall condemn you,
    you wicked servant.
    You knew I was a demanding man,
    taking up what I did not lay down
    and harvesting what I did not plant;
    why did you not put my money in a bank?
    Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.'
    And to those standing by he said,
    'Take the gold coin from him
    and give it to the servant who has ten.'
    But they said to him,
    'Sir, he has ten gold coins.'
    He replied, 'I tell you,
    to everyone who has, more will be given,
    but from the one who has not,
    even what he has will be taken away.
    Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
    bring them here and slay them before me.'"

    After he had said this,
    he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
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  5. Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31

    Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,
    a man of advanced age and noble appearance,
    was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.
    But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,
    he spat out the meat,
    and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,
    as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food
    which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.
    Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,
    because of their long acquaintance with him,
    and urged him to bring meat of his own providing,
    such as he could legitimately eat,
    and to pretend to be eating some of the meat of the sacrifice
    prescribed by the king;
    in this way he would escape the death penalty,
    and be treated kindly because of their old friendship with him.
    But Eleazar made up his mind in a noble manner,
    worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age,
    the merited distinction of his gray hair,
    and of the admirable life he had lived from childhood;
    and so he declared that above all
    he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God.

    He told them to send him at once
    to the abode of the dead, explaining:
    "At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense;
    many young people would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar
    had gone over to an alien religion.
    Should I thus pretend for the sake of a brief moment of life,
    they would be led astray by me,
    while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age.
    Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men,
    I shall never, whether alive or dead,
    escape the hands of the Almighty.
    Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now,
    I will prove myself worthy of my old age,
    and I will leave to the young a noble example
    of how to die willingly and generously
    for the revered and holy laws."

    Eleazar spoke thus,
    and went immediately to the instrument of torture.
    Those who shortly before had been kindly disposed,
    now became hostile toward him because what he had said
    seemed to them utter madness.
    When he was about to die under the blows,
    he groaned and said:
    "The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that,
    although I could have escaped death,
    I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging,
    but also suffering it with joy in my soul
    because of my devotion to him."
    This is how he died,
    leaving in his death a model of courage
    and an unforgettable example of virtue
    not only for the young but for the whole nation.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

    R. (6b) The Lord upholds me.
    O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
    Many rise up against me!
    Many are saying of me,
    "There is no salvation for him in God."
    R. The Lord upholds me.
    But you, O LORD, are my shield;
    my glory, you lift up my head!
    When I call out to the LORD,
    he answers me from his holy mountain.
    R. The Lord upholds me.
    When I lie down in sleep,
    I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
    I fear not the myriads of people
    arrayed against me on every side.
    R. The Lord upholds me.

    Alleluia 1 Jn 4:10b

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God loved us, and sent his Son
    as expiation for our sins.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 19:1-10

    At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
    Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
    who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
    was seeking to see who Jesus was;
    but he could not see him because of the crowd,
    for he was short in stature.
    So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
    who was about to pass that way.
    When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
    "Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
    for today I must stay at your house."
    And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
    When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
    "He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
    But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
    "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
    and if I have extorted anything from anyone
    I shall repay it four times over."
    And Jesus said to him,
    "Today salvation has come to this house
    because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
    For the Son of Man has come to seek
    and to save what was lost."
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