St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
January 24, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 10:1-10
    1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near.
    2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin.
    3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year.
    4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
    5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me;
    6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.
    7 Then I said, `Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God, 'as it is written of me in the roll of the book."
    8 When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),
    9 then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
    10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.
    10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.

  • Gospel

    Mark 3:31-35
    31 And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him.
    32 And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you."
    33 And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
    34 And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
    35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 3:8-12
    8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
    9 and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
    10 that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
    11 This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
    12 in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

  • 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

    John 15:9-17
    9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.
    10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
    11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
    12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
    13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
    15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
    16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
    17 This I command you, to love one another.

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