St. Berard, OFM, Priest and Companions, Protomartyrs (Memorial)
January 16, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 5:1-10
    1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
    2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
    3 Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.
    4 And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.
    5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee";
    6 as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek."
    7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.
    8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;
    9 and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
    10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchiz'edek.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 110:1-4
    1 The LORD says to my lord: "Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool."
    2 The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes!
    3 Your people will offer themselves freely on the day you lead your host upon the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning like dew your youth will come to you.
    4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchiz'edek."

  • Gospel

    Mark 2:18-22
    18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
    19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
    20 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
    21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
    22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 4:9-13
    9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men.
    10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
    11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless,
    12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
    13 when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 126:1-6
    1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
    2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
    3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
    4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb!
    5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!
    6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 10:16-22
    16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
    17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
    18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
    19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
    20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
    21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
    22 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

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