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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2018-01-17:

  • St. Anthony of Egypt, Abbot 2018:


    Ephesians 6:10-13, 18

    10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 18Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,


    Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11

    1Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge. 2I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord;I have no good apart from thee." 5The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;thou holdest my lot. 7I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;in the night also my heart instructs me. 8I keep the LORD always before me;because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 11Thou dost show me the path of life;in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.


    Matthew 19:16-26

    16And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" 17And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." 18He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 20The young man said to him, "All these I have observed;what do I still lack?" 21Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;and come, follow me." 22When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful;for he had great possessions. 23And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" 26But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."


    Ordinary Time.


    1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

    David spoke to Saul:
    "Let your majesty not lose courage.
    I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine."
    But Saul answered David,
    "You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
    for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth."

    David continued:
    "The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
    will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine."
    Saul answered David, "Go! the LORD will be with you."

    Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
    and put them in the pocket of his shepherd's bag.
    With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

    With his shield bearer marching before him,
    the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
    When he had sized David up,
    and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
    the Philistine held David in contempt.
    The Philistine said to David,
    "Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?"
    Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
    and said to him, "Come here to me,
    and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
    and the beasts of the field."
    David answered him:
    "You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
    but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
    the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
    Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
    I will strike you down and cut off your head.
    This very day I will leave your corpse
    and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
    and the beasts of the field;
    thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God.
    All this multitude, too,
    shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves.
    For the battle is the LORD's and he shall deliver you into our hands."

    The Philistine then moved to meet David at close quarters,
    while David ran quickly toward the battle line
    in the direction of the Philistine.
    David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone,
    hurled it with the sling,
    and struck the Philistine on the forehead.
    The stone embedded itself in his brow,
    and he fell prostrate on the ground.
    Thus David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone;
    he struck the Philistine mortally, and did it without a sword.
    Then David ran and stood over him;
    with the Philistine's own sword which he drew from its sheath
    he dispatched him and cut off his head.


    Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10

    R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
    Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
    who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
    My refuge and my fortress,
    my stronghold, my deliverer,
    My shield, in whom I trust,
    who subdues my people under me.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
    O God, I will sing a new song to you;
    with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise,
    You who give victory to kings,
    and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.
    R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!


    Mk 3:1-6

    Jesus entered the synagogue.
    There was a man there who had a withered hand.
    They watched Jesus closely
    to see if he would cure him on the sabbath
    so that they might accuse him.
    He said to the man with the withered hand,
    "Come up here before us."
    Then he said to the Pharisees,
    "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,
    to save life rather than to destroy it?"
    But they remained silent.
    Looking around at them with anger
    and grieved at their hardness of heart,
    Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."
    He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
    The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel
    with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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