Friday February 3

Daily Readings

  • READING (Isaiah 1.10, 16-20, 27-28, 31)

    The vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

    Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

    If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

    The strong shall become like tinder, and their work like a spark; they and their work shall burn together, with no one to quench them.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM (Psalm 50)

    R.  To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

    Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. I will not accept a bull from your house, or goats from your folds. R.

    What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. R.

    These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one just like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you. R.

    Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God. R.

  • GOSPEL (Matthew 23.1-12)

    Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ chair; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi.

    “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father — the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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