Friday February 3

Daily Readings

  • First Reading (Proverbs 31.10-13, 16-18, 20, 26, 28-31)

    A capable wife, who can find her?
    She is far more precious than jewels.
    The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.
    She does him good, and not harm,
    all the days of her life.
    She seeks wool and flax,
    and works with willing hands.

    She considers a field and buys it;
    with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
    She girds herself with strength,
    and makes her arms strong.
    She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
    Her lamp does not go out at night.

    She opens her hand to the poor,
    and reaches out her hands to the needy.
    She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

    Her children rise up and call her happy;
    her husband too, and he praises her:
    “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
    Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the city gates.

    Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 128)

    R.  Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord.

    Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. R.

    Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. R.

    Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. R.

  • Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 5.1-6)

    Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!

    But you, beloved, are not in darkness for that day to surprise you like a thief. You are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

  • Gospel – shorter (Matthew 25.14-15, 19-21)
    For the longer version, see the print edition of
    Living with Christ.

    Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

    “After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

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