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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

    Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14

    The Holy Spirit says:
    Oh, that today you would hear his voice,
    "Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion
    in the day of testing in the desert,
    where your ancestors tested and tried me
    and saw my works for forty years.
    Because of this I was provoked with that generation
    and I said, 'They have always been of erring heart,
    and they do not know my ways.'
    As I swore in my wrath,
    'They shall not enter into my rest.'"

    Take care, brothers and sisters,
    that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,
    so as to forsake the living God.
    Encourage yourselves daily while it is still "today,"
    so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.
    We have become partners of Christ
    if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11

    R. (8)  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Come, let us bow down in worship;
    let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
    For he is our God,
    and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
    R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
    "Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
    as in the day of Massah in the desert,
    Where your fathers tempted me;
    they tested me though they had seen my works."
    R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
    Forty years I was wearied of that generation;
    I said: "This people's heart goes astray,
    they do not know my ways."
    Therefore I swore in my anger:
    "They shall never enter my rest."
    R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

    Alleluia See Mt 4:23

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:40-45

    A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
    "If you wish, you can make me clean."
    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
    touched the leper, and said to him,
    "I do will it. Be made clean."
    The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
    Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
    Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
    but go, show yourself to the priest
    and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
    that will be proof for them."
    The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
    He spread the report abroad
    so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
    He remained outside in deserted places,
    and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

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  2. Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18

    Since the children share in blood and Flesh,
    Jesus likewise shared in them,
    that through death he might destroy the one
    who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
    and free those who through fear of death
    had been subject to slavery all their life.
    Surely he did not help angels
    but rather the descendants of Abraham;
    therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,    
    that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
    to expiate the sins of the people.
    Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
    he is able to help those who are being tested.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (8a)  The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
    make known among the nations his deeds.
    Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Glory in his holy name;
    rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generationsB
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    or:
    R.  Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 10:27

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:29-39

    On leaving the synagogue
    Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
    Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
    They immediately told him about her.
    He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
    Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

    When it was evening, after sunset,
    they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
    The whole town was gathered at the door.
    He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
    and he drove out many demons,
    not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

    Rising very early before dawn,
    he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
    Simon and those who were with him pursued him
    and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you."
    He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages
    that I may preach there also.
    For this purpose have I come."
    So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
    throughout the whole of Galilee.
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