Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church
December 14, 2012

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 48:17-19
    17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
    18 O that you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
    19 your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 1:1-4, 6
    1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
    3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
    4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:16-19
    16 "But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,
    17 `We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.'
    18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon';
    19 the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 2:1-10
    1 When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom.
    2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
    3 And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling;
    4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
    5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
    6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
    7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.
    8 None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
    9 But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,"
    10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 37:3-6, 30-31
    3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
    4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
    6 He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday.
    30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
    31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.

  • Gospel

    Luke 14:25-33
    25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them,
    26 "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
    27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
    28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
    29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
    30 saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.'
    31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
    32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
    33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.


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