Daily Mass Readings

Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Reading I Heb 7:25—8:6

Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:  holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners,  higher than the heavens. He has no need, as did the high priests,  to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people;  he did that once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests,  but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law,  appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.

The main point of what has been said is this:  we have such a high priest,  who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary  and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. Now every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices;  thus the necessity for this one also to have something to offer. If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest,  since there are those who offer gifts according to the law. They worship in a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, as Moses was warned when he was about to erect the tabernacle. For God says, “See that you make everything  according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry  as he is mediator of a better covenant,  enacted on better promises.

Responsorial Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17

R.    (8a and 9a)  Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,     but ears open to obedience you gave me. Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;     then said I, “Behold I come.” R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. “In the written scroll it is prescribed for me, To do your will, O my God, is my delight,     and your law is within my heart!” R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. I announced your justice in the vast assembly;     I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.  R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. May all who seek you     exult and be glad in you, And may those who love your salvation     say ever, “The LORD be glorified.” R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia. Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing,  a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,  from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan,  and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,  so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him  and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.

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Author: USCCB
Posted: January 21, 2021, 9:30 am

Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I Heb 7:1-3, 15-17

Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High, met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings and blessed him. And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything. His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace. Without father, mother, or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life, thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.

It is even more obvious if another priest is raised up after the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become so, not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. For it is testified:

    You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.  

Responsorial Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R.    (4b)    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand     till I make your enemies your footstool.” R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:     “Rule in the midst of your enemies.” R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. “Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;     before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.” R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:     “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.  

Alleluia See Mt 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia. Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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Author: USCCB
Posted: January 20, 2021, 9:30 am

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I Heb 6:10-20

Brothers and sisters: God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

When God made the promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply you. And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise. Now, men swear by someone greater than themselves; for them an oath serves as a guarantee and puts an end to all argument. So when God wanted to give the heirs of his promise an even clearer demonstration of the immutability of his purpose, he intervened with an oath, so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner, becoming high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Responsorial Psalm 111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c

R.    (5)  The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R.    Alleluia. I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart     in the company and assembly of the just. Great are the works of the LORD,     exquisite in all their delights. R.    The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R.    Alleluia. He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;     gracious and merciful is the LORD. He has given food to those who fear him;     he will forever be mindful of his covenant. R.    The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R.    Alleluia. He has sent deliverance to his people;     he has ratified his covenant forever;     holy and awesome is his name.     His praise endures forever. R.    The Lord will remember his covenant for ever. or: R.    Alleluia.  

Alleluia See Eph 1:17-18

R. Alleluia, alleluia. May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call. R. Alleluia, alleluia.  

Gospel Mk 2:23-28

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

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Author: USCCB
Posted: January 19, 2021, 9:30 am

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