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St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
December 14, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17
    2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and saw Israel encamping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him,
    3 and he took up his discourse, and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Be'or, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
    4 the oracle of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having his eyes uncovered:
    5 how fair are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel!
    6 Like valleys that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the LORD has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters.
    7 Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
    15 And he took up his discourse, and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Be'or, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
    16 the oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, but having his eyes uncovered:
    17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh: a star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab, and break down all the sons of Sheth.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 25:4-9
    4 Make me to know thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
    5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long.
    6 Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
    7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to thy steadfast love remember me, for thy goodness' sake, O LORD!
    8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
    9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 21:23-27
    23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"
    24 Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.
    25 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, `From heaven,' he will say to us, `Why then did you not believe him?'
    26 But if we say, `From men,' we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet."
    27 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

  • 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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