Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church
January 2, 2012

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 John 2:22-28
    22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
    23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.
    24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father.
    25 And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.
    26 I write this to you about those who would deceive you;
    27 but the anointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one should teach you; as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie, just as it has taught you, abide in him.
    28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 98:1-4
    1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
    2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
    3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
    4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

  • Gospel

    John 1:19-28
    19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
    20 He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
    21 And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" And he answered, "No."
    22 They said to him then, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
    23 He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, `Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
    24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
    25 They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"
    26 John answered them, "I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know,
    27 even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."
    28 This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
    1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
    2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,
    3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call,
    5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
    6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.
    7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
    11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
    12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
    13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 23:1-6
    1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
    2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
    3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 23:8-12
    8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.
    9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
    10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.
    11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;
    12 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.


Follow us:

Check out Catholic News Agency Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome