St. Anthony, Abbot (Memorial)
January 17, 2018

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
    32 And David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."
    33 And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth."
    37 And David said, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you!"
    40 Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in his shepherd's bag or wallet; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.
    41 And the Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.
    42 And when the Philistine looked, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, ruddy and comely in appearance.
    43 And the Philistine said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
    44 The Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field."
    45 Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
    46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
    47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD'S and he will give you into our hand."
    48 When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.
    49 And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
    50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine, and killed him; there was no sword in the hand of David.
    51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 144:1-2, 9-10
    1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;
    2 my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under him.
    9 I will sing a new song to thee, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to thee,
    10 who givest victory to kings, who rescuest David thy servant.

  • Gospel

    Mark 3:1-6
    1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
    2 And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him.
    3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come here."
    4 And he said to them, "Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent.
    5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
    6 The Pharisees went out, and immediately held counsel with the Hero'di-ans against him, how to destroy him.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 6:10-13, 18
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
    11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
    13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
    1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
    2 I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee."
    5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
    7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 19:16-26
    16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
    17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."
    18 He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
    19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?"
    21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
    22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
    23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
    25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
    26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."