Born 21 Aug 1567 Died 28 Dec 1622
Bishop of Geneva and Annecy
Orator and mystic
May I hereby draw your attention to
the daily reading of the Gospel?
This invitation wishes to share with you the joy
of the Gospel. Everyone, no one excepted,
can experience that joy by opening their hearts
to the healing power of God’s word.
Available every morning from 7 a.m.
Reading and interlude form a beautiful unity because Psalm 40, in particular, is quoted. The psalm takes on a deeper meaning in the reading as the writer applies the ‘body’ as the sacrifice of the body of Christ. Obedience to the will of God is more important than sacrifice. In Christ, both coincide so that his sacrifice becomes perfect.
FIRST READING Hebrews 10, 1-10
“I have come, O God, to do your will.”
From the letter to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters,
The law shows of the good things that were to come
only a shadow, not their true form.
Therefore, it cannot possibly
by annually dedicating the same sacrifices over and over again
bring the participants of her cult to perfection.
Otherwise one would have ceased that sacrificial service :
After all, one would once and for all know oneself to be cleansed
and freed from guilt.
But these sacrifices, on the contrary, should
keep the thought of sins alive ;
it is also out of the question
that the blood of bulls and goats would take away sins.
That is why Christ therefore says, when He comes into the world :
“Sacrifices and gifts hast Thou not wanted ,
but Thou hast prepared for me a body.
“Burnt offerings and kissing offerings could not please Thee.
“Then I said :
Here I am.
“As it is written about me in the scroll,
I am come, O God, to do Thy will.”
First He says :
Sacrifices and gifts,
burnt offerings and peace offerings Thou hast not wanted,
which could not please Thee
though the law required them to be brought.
And then He says :
Here am I,
I have come to do Thy will.
So He abolishes the first in order to assert the second.
By that will we are sanctified, once for all,
through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ.
INTERLUDIUM Ps. 40(39), 2, 4 ab, 7-8a, 10, 11
I come, Lord, to do your will.
With great confidence I have hoped in the Lord,
He has bowed down to me,
answered my cry.
He put in my mouth a new song,
a song to our God.
Gift and sacrifice hast Thou never desired,
but Thou hast opened my ears to thy voice.
Thou askest no burnt offering, no peace offering from me ;
so I said : Yes, I come.
In the assemblies I have preached righteousness,
not closed my lips, Lord, Thou knowest.
I did not keep your benefits hidden in my heart,
thy faithfulness, thy assistance I made known.
ALLELUIA Ps. 130(129), 5
In the Lord I put my hope,
on his word I trust.
GOSPEL Mk. 3, 31-35
My brother and my sister and my mother
are those who fulfil the will of God.
From the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to
Once Jesus’ mother and his brothers came ,
and while they remained outside,
they sent someone to call to Him.
There were many people around Him, who relayed the message :
“Your mother and your brothers out there are asking for You.”
He answered them in reply :
“Who is my mother ,
who are my brothers?”
And as He passed his gaze
over the people sitting in a circle around Him, He said :
“Behold my mother and my brothers.
“For my brother and my sister and my mother are those
who fulfil the will of God.”
On caring for the common home
A variety of opinions
60. Finally, we recognise that different visions and lines of thought have developed regarding the situation and possible solutions. At one extreme, some maintain the myth of progress at all costs, claiming that ecological problems will simply be solved with new technical applications without ethical considerations or fundamental changes. At the other extreme, others believe that the human species with whatever intervention can only threaten and endanger the global ecosystem and that it is therefore appropriate to reduce its presence on the planet and prevent it from intervening of any kind. Between these extremes, reflection should determine possible future scenarios, as there is no single path for a solution. This could leave room for a diversity of input that could open a dialogue for integral answers.
To be continued
The Bible text in this edition is taken from The New Bible Translation,
©Dutch Bible Society 2004/2007.
Considerations from Liturgical suggestions for weekdays and Sundays
Laudato Si Official English translation