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01/02/2021 Day 32

Wisdom 2:12-20; John 12

Memorial of Blessed Benedict Daswa – Martyr
Antiphons from Common of Martyrs on p.1893 of Daily Missal
Readings are special for this memorial.

Entrance Antiphon
This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock.


First reading on page 292 of the Daily Missal

First Reading: Wisdom 2:12-20

A reading from the Book of Wisdom.
Ungodly people reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves:
“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins against our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
the very sight of him is a burden to us,
because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
and his ways are strange.

We are considered by him as something base,
and he avoids our ways as unclean;
he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
and boasts that God is his father.

Let us see if his words are true,
and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
for if the righteous man is God’s son, he will help him,
and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
Let us test him with insult and torture,
that we may find out how gentle he is,
and make trial of his forbearance.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death,
for, according to what he says, he will be protected.”

Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray,
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they did not know the secret purposes of God,
nor hope for the wages of holiness,
nor discern the prize for blameless souls.

The Word of the Lord


The Responsorial Psalm is on p.356 of the Daily Missal
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27: (R.1a)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. The Lord is my light and my salvation

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
whom should I dread?

When those who do evil draw near
to devour my flesh,
it is they, my enemies and foes,
who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart would not fear.
Though war break out against me,
even then would I trust.

I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong;
be stout-hearted, and wait for the Lord!

R/. The Lord is my light and my salvation

Please stand for the Gospel                          (No.717(1) Page 1912)

Alleluia, Alleluia.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


The Gospel is No. 718(5) on p.1914 of the Daily Missal

Gospel: John 12:24-26

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

At that time:
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains alone;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
He who loves his life loses it,
and he who hates his life in this world
will keep it for eternal life.
If anyone serves me, he must follow me;
and where I am, there shall my servant be also;
if anyone serves me, the Father will honour him.

The Gospel of the Lord


Communion Antiphon                                                    (P. 1894)
Whoever wishes to come after me, must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me, says the Lord.

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