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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Is 8:23—9:3

    First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun
    and the land of Naphtali;
    but in the end he has glorified the seaward road,
    the land west of the Jordan,
    the District of the Gentiles.

    Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness:
    for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.
    The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
    upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
    a light has shone.
    You have brought them abundant joy
    and great rejoicing,
    as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
    as people make merry when dividing spoils.
    For the yoke that burdened them,
    the pole on their shoulder,
    and the rod of their taskmaster
    you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14

    R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
    The LORD is my life’s refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?
    R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    One thing I ask of the LORD;
    this I seek:
    To dwell in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
    and contemplate his temple.
    R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
    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. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

    Reading 2 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17

    I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    that all of you agree in what you say,
    and that there be no divisions among you,
    but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
    For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters,
    by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.
    I mean that each of you is saying,
    “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,”
    or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”
    Is Christ divided?
    Was Paul crucified for you?
    Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
    For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel,
    and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,
    so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.

    Alleluia Mt 4:23

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

    When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
    he withdrew to Galilee.
    He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
    in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
    that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
    might be fulfilled:
    Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles,
    the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
    on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
    light has arisen.

    From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
    “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

    As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
    Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
    casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
    He said to them,
    “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
    At once they left their nets and followed him.
    He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
    James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
    They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
    He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
    and followed him.
    He went around all of Galilee,
    teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
    and curing every disease and illness among the people.

    or

    When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
    he withdrew to Galilee.
    He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
    in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
    that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
    might be fulfilled:
    Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles,
    the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
    on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
    light has arisen.

    From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
    “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

     

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  2. Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

    Reading 1 Acts 22:3-16

    Paul addressed the people in these words:
    “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,
    but brought up in this city.
    At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law
    and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.
    I persecuted this Way to death,
    binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.
    Even the high priest and the whole council of elders
    can testify on my behalf.
    For from them I even received letters to the brothers
    and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem
    in chains for punishment those there as well.

    “On that journey as I drew near to Damascus,
    about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me.
    I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me,
    ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
    I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’
    And he said to me,
    ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’
    My companions saw the light
    but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me.
    I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’
    The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus,
    and there you will be told about everything
    appointed for you to do.’
    Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light,
    I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.

    “A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law,
    and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,
    came to me and stood there and said,
    ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’
    And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him.
    Then he said,
    ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will,
    to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice;
    for you will be his witness before all
    to what you have seen and heard.
    Now, why delay?
    Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away,
    calling upon his name.’”

    Or

    Acts 9:1-22

    Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
    went to the high priest and asked him
    for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
    if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
    he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
    On his  journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
    a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
    He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
    “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
    He said, “Who are you, sir?”
    The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
    Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
    The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
    for they heard the voice but could see no one.
    Saul got up from the ground,
    but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
    so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
    For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

    There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
    and the Lord said to him in a vision, AAnanias.”
    He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
    The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight
    and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
    He is there praying,
    and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
    come in and lay his hands on him,
    that he may regain his sight.”
    But Ananias replied,
    “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
    what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
    And here he has authority from the chief priests
    to imprison all who call upon your name.”
    But the Lord said to him,
    “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
    to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
    and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”
    So Ananias went and entered the house;
    laying his hands on him, he said,
    “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
    Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
    that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
    Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
    and he regained his sight.
    He got up and was baptized,
    and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

    He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
    and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
    that he is the Son of God.
    All who heard him were astounded and said,
    “Is not this the man who in Jerusalem
    ravaged those who call upon this name,
    and came here expressly to take them back in chains
    to the chief priests?”
    But Saul grew all the stronger
    and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus,
    proving that this is the Christ.

    Responsorial Psalm 117:1bc, 2

    R.    (Mark 16:15)  Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R.    Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R.    Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R.    Alleluia, alleluia.

    Alleluia 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 Mk 16:15-18

    Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
    “Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

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