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Today’s readings

  • Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
    Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also "king of Salem," that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become so,not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical... Read more »
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
    Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply you.And so, after patient waiting, Abraham... Read more »
  • Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
    Reading 1 Heb 5:1-10Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said to him:You are my Son:this day I have begotten you;just as he says... Read more »