Daily Prayer and Reading 2/7

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen

Daily Prayer & Reading for February 7, 2023

Merciful God, we thank You for Your compassion. Even though we struggle sometimes to remain by Your side, You are quick to forgive. You are our shining light when our lives seem immersed in darkness. Amen.

Mark 7:1-13

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
(For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
keeping the tradition of the elders.
And on coming from the marketplace
they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds.)
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites,
as it is written:

This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.

You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”
He went on to say,
“How well you have set aside the commandment of God
in order to uphold your tradition!
For Moses said,
Honor your father and your mother,
and Whoever curses father or mother shall die.
Yet you say,
‘If someone says to father or mother,
“Any support you might have had from me is qorban”‘
(meaning, dedicated to God),
you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother.
You nullify the word of God
in favor of your tradition that you have handed on.
And you do many such things.”

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
and the leading men of Galilee.
His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”

She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

7 de Febreo

Dios misericordioso, te damos gracias por tu compasión. Aunque a veces luchamos por permanecer a Tu lado, Tú eres rápido para perdonar. Tú eres nuestra luz resplandeciente cuando nuestras vidas parecen inmersas en la oscuridad. Amén.

Mc 7, 1-13

En aquel tiempo, se acercaron a Jesús los fariseos y algunos escribas, venidos de Jerusalén. Viendo que algunos de los discípulos de Jesús comían con las manos impuras, es decir, sin habérselas lavado, los fariseos y los escribas le preguntaron: “¿Por qué tus discípulos comen con manos impuras y no siguen la tradición de nuestros mayores?” (Los fariseos y los judíos, en general, no comen sin lavarse antes las manos hasta el codo, siguiendo la tradición de sus mayores; al volver del mercado, no comen sin hacer primero las abluciones, y observan muchas otras cosas por tradición, como purificar los vasos, las jarras y las ollas).

Jesús les contestó: “¡Qué bien profetizó Isaías sobre ustedes, hipócritas, cuando escribió: Este pueblo me honra con los labios, pero su corazón está lejos de mí. Es inútil el culto que me rinden, porque enseñan doctrinas que no son sino preceptos humanos. Ustedes dejan a un lado el mandamiento de Dios, para aferrarse a las tradiciones de los hombres”.

Después añadió: “De veras son ustedes muy hábiles para violar el mandamiento de Dios y conservar su tradición. Porque Moisés dijo: Honra a tu padre y a tu madre. El que maldiga a su padre o a su madre, morirá. Pero ustedes dicen: ‘Si uno dice a su padre o a su madre: Todo aquello con que yo te podría ayudar es corbán (es decir, ofrenda para el templo), ya no puede hacer nada por su padre o por su madre’. Así anulan la palabra de Dios con esa tradición que se han transmitido. Y hacen muchas cosas semejantes a ésta”.

Apenas bajaron de la barca, la gente los reconoció y de toda aquella región acudían a él, a cualquier parte donde sabían que se encontraba, y le llevaban en camillas a los enfermos.

A dondequiera que llegaba, en los poblados, ciudades o caseríos, la gente le ponía a sus enfermos en la calle y le rogaba que por lo menos los dejara tocar la punta de su manto; y cuantos lo tocaban, quedaban curados.

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