Friday February 3

Daily Readings

  • FIRST READING (Exodus 16.2-4, 12-15, 31a)

    The whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The children of Israel said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

    Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

    “I have heard the complaining of the children of Israel; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

    In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.

    When the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

    The house of Israel called it manna.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM (Psalm 78)

    R.  The Lord gave them the bread of heaven.

    Things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us, we will not hide; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. R.

    He commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven; he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the bread of heaven. R.

    Man ate of the bread of Angels; he sent them food in abundance. And he brought them to his holy hill, to the mountain that his right hand had won. R.

  • SECOND READING (Ephesians 4.17, 20-24)

    Brothers and sisters: Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds.

    That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus.

    You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the New Man, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

  • GOSPEL (John 6.24-35)

    When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were at the place where Jesus had given the bread, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

    When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

    Then they said to Jesus, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

    Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

    They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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