366 Days with the Lord 2016


January 27, 2016 (Wednesday)

St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptM)

Wednesday of the Third Week

2 Sm 7:4-17

Ps 89

Mk 4:1-20



1On another occasion Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. 2And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, 3“Hear this! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. 6And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. 7Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. 8And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” 9He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

10And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. 11He answered them, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, 12so that/

they may look and see but not perceive,/ and hear and listen but not understand,/ in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.”/ 13Jesus said to them,“Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. 17But they have no root; they last only for a time.Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18Those sown among thorns are another sort.They are the people who hear the word, 19but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. 20But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”


January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)

Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops

2 Tm 1:1-8 [or Ti 1:1-5] Ps 96

Lk 10:1-9
[or Mk 3:31-35]



1The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. 2He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. 3Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. 5Into whatever house you enter, rst say, ‘Peace to this household.’ 6If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. 8Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, 9cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’ ”




January 25, 2016 (Monday)

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle (Feast)

Acts 22:3-16 [or 9:1-22]

Ps 117

Mk 16:15-18



15Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”



At rst hearing, these words sound very harsh. Jesus commands his disciples to preach the Gospel. ose who believe and are baptized will be saved, but those who do not believe will be condemned.

An analysis of the Greek word for believe, pistis, can help us understand the meaning of these words of Jesus. Pistis means faith, trust, faithfulness, rely ability. e author of the Letter to the Hebrews de nes faith as “the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). As a Christian virtue, faith is a recognition and acceptance of Christian teaching as such.

ose who do not accept and believe in the Gospel as their guide for life cannot see the right path to eternal happiness. ose who do not trust in Jesus and are not faithful in living the Gospel values will not experience the peace God gives to those who are faithful to him. us, they will be condemned by their own choice.

e profession of our faith must be expressed above all in the way we live.

“Faith without works is dead” ( Jas 2:26).

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