Daily Readings for Thursday August 08,2019

Reading 3, Jas 1:2-8 : The testing of the faith produces steadfastness

3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight--"4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.5 And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey.7 And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."


Gospel, Mk 11: 12-14,20-26 : Faith makes everything possible

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.

13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

14 And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it.

20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.

21 And Peter remembered and said to him, "Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered."

22 And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God.

23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."

26 * Other ancient authorities add: “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses”


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