Friday February 3

Daily Readings

  • Reading (Exodus 19.1-2, 9-11, 16-20b)

    On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.

    Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with you and so trust you ever after.” When Moses had told the words of the people to the Lord, the Lord said to Moses: “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and prepare for the third day, because on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”

    On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain.

    Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently. As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.

    Responsorial Canticle (Daniel 3)

    R.  Glory and praise for ever!

    Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our ancestors and blessed is your glorious and holy name. R.

    Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, and to be extolled and highly glorified forever. R.

    Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, and to be extolled and highly exalted forever. R.

    Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne on the cherubim. R.

    Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, to be sung and glorified forever. R.

  • Gospel (Matthew 13.10-17)

    The disciples came and asked Jesus, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

    “For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’

    “With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: ‘You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn — and I would heal them.’

    “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

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