St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
February 23, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 5:1-8
    1 Do not set your heart on your wealth, nor say, "I have enough."
    2 Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart.
    3 Do not say, "Who will have power over me?" for the Lord will surely punish you.
    4 Do not say, "I sinned, and what happened to me?" for the Lord is slow to anger.
    5 Do not be so confident of atonement that you add sin to sin.
    6 Do not say, "His mercy is great, he will forgive the multitude of my sins," for both mercy and wrath are with him, and his anger rests on sinners.
    7 Do not delay to turn to the Lord, nor postpone it from day to day; for suddenly the wrath of the Lord will go forth, and at the time of punishment you will perish.
    8 Do not depend on dishonest wealth, for it will not benefit you in the day of calamity.

  • 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

    Mark 9:41-50
    41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.
    42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
    43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
    45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
    47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
    48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
    49 For every one will be salted with fire.
    50 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Revelation 2:8-11
    8 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: `The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
    9 "`I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
    10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
    11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who conquers shall not be hurt by the second death.'

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16-17
    2 Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily! Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
    3 Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name's sake lead me and guide me,
    5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
    7 I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities,
    15 My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
    16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!

  • Gospel

    John 15:18-21
    18 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
    19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
    20 Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
    21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.

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