St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
December 14, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 41:13-20
    13 For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
    14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you, says the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
    15 Behold, I will make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;
    16 You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the LORD; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
    17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
    18 I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
    19 I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together;
    20 that men may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 145:1, 9-13
    1 I will extol thee, my God and King, and bless thy name for ever and ever.
    9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
    10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD, and all thy saints shall bless thee!
    11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and tell of thy power,
    12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:11-15
    11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
    12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
    13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John;
    14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli'jah who is to come.
    15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

  • 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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