St. Anthony, Abbot (Memorial)
January 17, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 6:10-20
    10 For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.
    11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end,
    12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
    13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
    14 saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you."
    15 And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.
    16 Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.
    17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath,
    18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.
    19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain,
    20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchiz'edek.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
    1 Praise the LORD. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
    2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who have pleasure in them.
    4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
    5 He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
    9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and terrible is his name!
    10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures for ever!

  • Gospel

    Mark 2:23-28
    23 One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.
    24 And the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?"
    25 And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him:
    26 how he entered the house of God, when Abi'athar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?"
    27 And he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath;
    28 so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 6:10-13, 18
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
    11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
    13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
    1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
    2 I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee."
    5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
    7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 19:16-26
    16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
    17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."
    18 He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
    19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?"
    21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
    22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
    23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
    25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
    26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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