Friday February 3

Daily Readings

  • Reading (Jeremiah 23.5-8)

    “The days are surely coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

    “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

    “Therefore, the days are surely coming,” says the Lord, “when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought out and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the land of the north and out of all the lands where he had driven them.’ Then they shall live in their own land.”

    Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 72)

    R.  Justice and peace shall flourish for ever.

    or  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

    Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. R.

    For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. R.

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. R.

  • Gospel (Matthew 1.18-24)

    The birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

    Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

    All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

    “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Immanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

    When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took Mary as his wife.

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