Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

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Reading 1 - 1 Kings 8.1-7, 9-13

The elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes,
the princes of the ancestral households
of the children of Israel,
were assembled with King Solomon in Jerusalem,
to bring up the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord
out of the city of David, which is Zion.
All the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon
at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
They brought up the Ark of the Lord, and the Tent of Meeting,
and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent.
The priests and the Levites brought these up.

King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel,
who were assembled with him before the ark,
sacrificed sheep and cattle,
that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.
The priests brought in the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord
to its place, to the most holy place,
under the wings of the cherubim.
For the cherubim spread their wings out
over the place of the Ark,
and the cherubim covered the ark and its poles from above.

There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets
which Moses put there at Horeb,
when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel,
when they came out of the land of Egypt.

It came to pass, when the priests had come out of the holy place,
that a cloud filled the Lord’s house,
so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud;
for the Lord’s glory filled the Lord’s house.
Then Solomon said,
“The Lord has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
I have surely built you a house of habitation,
a place for you to dwell in forever.”

Responsorial – Psalm 132.6-7, 8-10 R. 8a

R. Arise, the Lord, go to your resting place.

Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah.
We found it in the field of Jaar:
“We will go into his dwelling place.
We will worship at his footstool.

R. Arise, the Lord, go to your resting place.

Arise, the Lord, into your resting place;
you, and the ark of your strength.
Let your priest be clothed with righteousness.
Let your saints shout for joy!”
For the sake of your servant David,
do not turn away the face of your anointed one.

R. Arise, the Lord, go to your resting place.

Gospel – Mark 6.53-56

When they had crossed over,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret,
and moored to the shore.

When they had come out of the boat,
the people immediately recognized him,
and ran around that whole region,
and began to bring those who were sick, on their mats,
to where they heard he was.
Wherever he entered,
into villages, or into cities, or into the country,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces,
and begged him that
they might touch just the fringe of his garment;
and as many as touched him were made well.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Reading 1 - Job 7.1-4, 6-7

Job spoke, saying,
“Is not a man forced to labor on earth?
Are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
As a servant who earnestly desires the shade,
as a hireling who looks for his wages,
so am I made to possess months of misery,
wearisome nights are appointed to me.
When I lie down, I say,
‘When shall I arise, and the night be gone?’
I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
and are spent without hope.
Oh remember that my life is a breath.
My eye shall nevermore see good.

Responsorial – Psalm 147.1-2, 3-4, 5-6 Resp. 3a

R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia

Praise the Lord,
sing praises to our God, for he is good,
for it is pleasant and fitting to praise him.
the Lord builds up Jerusalem.
He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia

He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars.
He calls them all by their names.

R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia

Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord upholds the humble.
He brings the wicked down to the ground.

R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia

Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 9.16-19, 22-23

Brothers and sisters:
If I preach the Gospel,
I have nothing to boast about;
for necessity is laid on me;
but woe is to me if I do not preach the Gospel.
For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward.
But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.
What then is my reward?
That, when I preach the Gospel,
I present the Gospel of Christ without charge,
so as not to abuse my authority in the Gospel.

For though I was free from all masters,
I made myself a slave to all,
that I might win over more.
To the weak I became weak,
that I might win the weak.
To all, I became all,
so that that all would save some.
I do all this for the sake of the Gospel,
that I may come into my share in it.

Gospel - Mark 1:29-39

Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue,
they entered the house of Simon and Andrew,
with James and John.
Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever,
and immediately they told him about her.
He came and took her by the hand, and raised her up.
The fever left her, and she served them.

At evening, when the sun had set,
they brought to him all who were sick
and those who were possessed by demons.
All the city was gathered together at the door.
He healed many who were sick with various diseases
and cast out many demons.
He did not allow the demons to speak,
since they knew him.

Early in the morning, while it was still dark,
he rose up and went out
and left for a deserted place and prayed there.
Simon and those who were with him
followed after him, and they found him,
and told him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He said to them, “Let us go elsewhere
to the next towns, that I may preach there also,
because I came out for this reason.”
He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee,
preaching and casting out demons.

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Kings 3.4-13

King Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there;
for that was the great high place.
Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night;
and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
Solomon said, “You have shown
to your servant David my father great loving kindness,
according to how he walked before you in truth,
and in righteousness and in uprightness of heart with you.
You have continued for him this great loving kindness,
for you have given him a son to sit on his throne,
as it is this day.

Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king
instead of David my father.
I am but a little child.
I do not know how to go out or come in.
Your servant is in the midst of
your people whom you have chosen, a great people,
that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Give your servant therefore an understanding heart
to rule your people, that I may discern between good and evil;
for who is able to rule this great people of yours?”

The prayer pleased the Lord,
that Solomon had asked this thing.
God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing,
and have not asked for yourself long life,
nor riches for yourself, nor the life of your enemies,
but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice;
behold, I have done according to your word.

Lo, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart;
so that there has been no one like you before you,
nor after you shall any arise like you.
I have also given you that which you have not asked,
both riches and honor,
so that there shall not be any among the kings like you, all your days.

Responsorial – Psalm 119.9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Resp. 12b

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

With my whole heart, I have sought you.
Do npt let me wander from your commands.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

Blessed are you, O Lord.
Teach me your statutes.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

With my lips, I have declared
all the ordinances of your mouth.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

I have rejoiced in the way of your covenant,
as much as in all riches.

R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

Gospel – Mark 6.30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus,
and they told him all things they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.”
For there were many coming and going,
and they had not leisure even to eat.
They went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
The people saw them going, and many came to know it
and ran there on foot from all the cities.
And they arrived before them.
Jesus came out, saw a great multitude,
and had compassion on them,
because they were like sheep without a shepherd,
and he began to teach them many things.

Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 – Sirach 47.2-11

As the fat is set aside in the peace offering,
so was David chosen out of the children of Israel.
He played with lions as with kids,
and with bears as with lambs.
Did he not slay a giant,
when he was yet but young?
Did he not take away reproach from the people,
when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling,
and beat down the boasting of Goliath?
For he called upon the most high Lord;
who gave him strength in his right hand
to slay that mighty warrior,
and set up the horn of his people.
So the women honored him with ten thousands,
and praised him in the blessings of the Lord,
When he gave him a crown of glory,
he destroyed the enemies on every side,
and brought to nothing the Philistines his adversaries,
and broke their horn in sunder unto this day.
In all his works he praised the Holy One Most High
with words of glory;
with his whole heart he sang songs,
and loved him who made him.
He set singers before the altar,
that by their voices they might make sweet melody,
and daily sing praises in their songs.
He beautified their feasts,
and set in order the solemn seasons,
that they might praise the Holy Name,
and that the temple might resound from daybreak.
The Lord took away his sins,
and exalted his horn for ever:
he gave him a covenant of kings,
and established his throne in Israel.

Responsorial – Psalm 18.31, 47+50, 51 Resp. 47b

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

As for God, his way is perfect.
The Lord’s word is tried.
He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock!
Exalted be the God of my salvation,
Therefore I will give thanks to you, the Lord, among the nations,
and will sing praises to your name.

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

He gives great deliverance to his king,
and shows loving kindness to his anointed,
to David and to his seed, forevermore.

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

Gospel – Mark 6.14-29

King Herod heard about Jesus,
for his name had become known,
and he said, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead,
and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
But others said, “He is Elijah.”
Others said, “He is a prophet like one of the prophets.”
But Herod, when he heard this, said,
“This is John, whom I beheaded. He has risen from the dead.”

For Herod himself had sent out and arrested John,
and bound him in prison
for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,
for he had married her.
For John said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias set herself against him,
and desired to kill him, but she could not,
for Herod feared John,
knowing that he was a righteous and holy man,
and kept him safe.
When he heard him, he was confused but he heard him gladly.
Then a day of opportunity came,
when Herod on his birthday made a feast for his nobles,
the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.
When Herod’s own daughter came in and danced,
she pleased Herod and those sitting with him.
The king said to the young lady,
“Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.”
He swore to her, “Whatever you shall ask of me,
I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”
She went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?”
She said, “The head of John the Baptist.”
She came in immediately with haste to the king,
and asked, “I want you to give me right now
the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

The king was exceedingly sorry,
but for the sake of his oaths, and of his dinner guests,
he did not wish to refuse her.
Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard,
and commanded him to bring John’s head,
and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
and brought his head on a platter,
and gave it to the young lady;
and the young lady gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard this,
they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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Reading 1 – Malachi 3.1-4

Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I send my messenger,
and he will prepare the way before me;
and the Lord, whom you seek,
will suddenly come to his temple;
and the messenger of the covenant,
whom you desire,
behold, he comes!”
says the Lord of Hosts.
“But who can endure the day of his coming?
And who will stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner’s fire,
and like the fuller’s lye;
and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
and refine them like gold and silver;
and they shall offer to the Lord
righteous sacrifices.
Then the sacrifices of Judah and Jerusalem
will be pleasant to the Lord,
as in the days of old, and as in ancient years.

Responsorial – Psalm 24.7, 8, 9, 10 Resp. 8

R. Who is the King of glory? It is the Lord!

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Be lifted up, you everlasting doors,
and the King of glory will come in.

R. Who is the King of glory? It is the Lord!

Who is the King of glory?
the Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.

R. Who is the King of glory? It is the Lord!

Lift up your heads, you gates;
yes, lift them up, you everlasting doors,
and the King of glory will come in.

R. Who is the King of glory? It is the Lord!

Who is this King of glory?
the Lord of Hosts is the King of glory!

R. Who is the King of glory? It is the Lord!

Reading 2 – Hebrews 2.14-18

Since the children have shared in flesh and blood,
Jesus himself in the same way partook of the same,
that through death he might bring to nothing
him who had the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and might deliver all of those
who through fear of death
were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

For most certainly, he does not give help to angels,
but he does give help to the seed of Abraham.
Therefore he was obligated in all things
to be made like his brothers and sisters,
that he might become a merciful and faithful
high priest before God,
to make atonement for the sins of the people.
Since he himself was tested by suffering,
he is able to help those who are tested.

Gospel – Luke 2.22-40

When the days were fulfilled of
their purification according to the law of Moses
Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem,
to present him to the Lord
as it is written in the law of the Lord:
“Every male who opens the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord”,
and to offer a sacrifice
according to that which is said
in the law of the Lord:
“A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem
whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
looking for the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
He came in the Spirit into the temple.

When the parents brought in the child, Jesus,
to do concerning him according to the custom of the law,
he took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
“Now you may release your servant, Master,
according to your word, in peace;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;
a light for revelation to the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

Joseph and his mother were marveling at the things
which were spoken concerning him,
and Simeon blessed them,
and said to Mary, his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the falling and the rising of many in Israel,
and for a sign which will be contradicted.
(Indeed, a sword will pierce through your own soul)
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

There was a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Asher.
She was of a great age,
having lived with a husband
seven years from her virginity,
and as a widow for about eighty-four years.
She did not depart from the temple,
worshiping with fasting and petitions night and day.
Coming up at the same hour,
she gave thanks to the Lord,
and spoke of him to all those
who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem.
When they had accomplished all things
that were according to the law of the Lord,
they returned into Galilee,
to their own city, Nazareth.
The child grew,
and became strong in spirit,
being filled with wisdom,
and the grace of God was upon him.

Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

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Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 24.2, 9-17

King David said to Joab the captain of the army,
who was with him,
“Now go back and forth through all the tribes of Israel,
from Dan even to Beersheba,
and number the people, that I may know
the total number of the people.”

Joab gave up the total of the numbering of the people to the king:
there were in Israel eight hundred thousand
valiant men who drew the sword;
and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

David’s heart struck him afterward, since he had counted the people.
David said to the Lord,
“I have sinned greatly in that which I have done.
But now, Lord, put away, I beg you,
the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.”
When David rose up in the morning,
the Lord’s word came
to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,
“Go and speak to David, ‘Thus says the Lord,
“I offer you three things. Choose one of them,
that I may do it to you.”’”

So Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him,
“Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land?
Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you?
Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land?
Now answer, and consider what answer I shall return to him who sent me.”
David said to Gad, “I am in distress.
Let us fall now into the hand of the Lord;
for his mercies are great. Let me not fall into the hand of man.”
So the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel
from the morning until the appointed time;
and there died of the people
from Dan to Beersheba seventy thousand men.
When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it,
the Lord relented of the disaster,
and said to the angel who destroyed the people,
“It is enough. Now stay your hand.”
The Lord’s angel was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
David spoke to the Lord
when he saw the angel who struck the people, and said,
“Behold, I have sinned, and I have acted perversely;
but these sheep, what have they done?
Please let your hand be against me, and against my father’s house.”

Responsorial – Psalm 32.1-2, 5, 6, 7 Resp. 5c

R. Lord, forgive the guilt of my sin.

Blessed is he whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
in whose spirit there is no deceit.

R. Lord, forgive the iniquity of my sin.

I acknowledged my sin to you.
I did not hide my iniquity.
I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

R. Lord, forgive the iniquity of my sin.

For this, let everyone who is godly pray to you
in a time when you may be found.
Surely when the great waters overflow,
they shall not reach to him.

R. Lord, forgive the iniquity of my sin.

You are my hiding place. You will preserve me from trouble.
You will surround me with songs of deliverance.

R. Lord, forgive the iniquity of my sin.

Gospel – Mark 6.1-6

Jesus went out from there.
He came into his own country,
and his disciples followed him.
When the Sabbath had come,
he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many hearing him were astonished, saying,
“Where did this man get these things?” and,
“What is the wisdom that is given to this man,
that such mighty works come about by his hands?
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and brother of James, Joseph, Judah, and Simon?
Are not his sisters here with us?”
They were offended at him.

Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor,
except in his own country, and among his own relatives,
and in his own house.”
He could do no mighty work there,
except that he laid his hands on a few sick people,
and healed them.
He marveled at their unbelief.

Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

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Reading 1 - 2 Samuel 18.9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30; 19.3

Absalom happened to meet the servants of David.
Absalom was riding on his mule,
and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak,
and his hair got caught in the tree,
and he was taken up between the sky and the ground;
and the mule that was under him went on.
Someone saw it, and told Joab, and said,
“Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak.”
He took three arrows in his hand,
and thrust them through the heart of Absalom,
while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

Now David was sitting between the two gates:
and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate in the wall,
and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw a man running alone.
The watchman cried out, and told the king.
The king said, “If he is alone, there is good news in his mouth.”
The king said, “Turn aside, and stand here.”
He turned aside, and stood still.

Behold, the Cushite came and said,
“News for my lord the king;
for the Lord has avenged you this day
of all those who rose up against you.”
The king said to the Cushite,
“Is it well with the young man Absalom?”
The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king,
and all who rise up against you to do you harm,
be as that young man is.”
The king was much moved,
and went up to the room above the gate, and wept.
As he wept, he said,
“My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!
I wish I had died instead of you,
Absalom, my son, my son!”

It was told Joab,
“Behold, the king weeps and mourns for Absalom.”
The victory that day was turned into mourning
for all the people; for the people heard it that day,
“The king grieves for his son.”

Responsorial – Psalm 86.1-2, 3-4, 5-6 Resp. 1a

R. Hear, Lord, and answer me.

Hear, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my soul, for I am godly.
Save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God.

R. Hear, Lord, and answer me.

Be merciful to me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to the soul of your servant,
for to you, Lord, I lift up my soul.

R. Hear, Lord, and answer me.

For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive;
abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.
Hear, O Lord, my prayer.
Listen to the voice of my petition.

R. Hear, Lord, and answer me.

Gospel – Mark 5.21-43

When Jesus had crossed back over in the boat to the other side,
a great multitude was gathered to him; and he was by the sea.
Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came.
Seeing him, he fell at his feet, and begged him much, saying,
“My little daughter is at the point of death.
Please come and lay your hands on her,
that she may be made healthy, and live.”
He went with him, and a great multitude followed him.

A certain woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years,
and had suffered many things by many physicians,
and had spent all that she had, and was no better,
but rather grew worse,
having heard the things concerning Jesus,
came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes.
For she said, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up,
and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Immediately, Jesus, perceiving in himself
that the power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd, and asked,
“Who touched my clothes?”
His disciples said to him,
“You see the multitude pressing against you,
and you say, ‘Who touched me?’”
He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
But the woman, fearing and trembling,
knowing what had been done to her,
came and fell down before him,
and told him all the truth.
He said to her,
“Daughter, your faith has made you well.
Go in peace, and be cured of your disease.”

While he was still speaking,
people came from the synagogue ruler’s house saying,
“Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”
But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken,
immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue,
“Do not be afraid, only believe.”
He allowed no one to follow him,
except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
He came to the synagogue ruler’s house,
and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.
When he had entered in, he said to them,
“Why do you make an uproar and weep?
The child is not dead, but is asleep.”
They ridiculed him.
But he, having put them all out,
took the father of the child,
her mother, and those who were with him,
and went in where the child was lying.
Taking the child by the hand, he said to her,
“Talitha koum!”
which translated means “Girl, I tell you, get up!”
Immediately the girl rose up and walked;
she was twelve years old.
They were amazed with great amazement.
He strictly ordered them that no one should know this,
and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 15.13-14, 30; 16:5-13

A messenger came to David, saying,
“The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”
David said to all his servants
who were with him in Jerusalem,
“Arise, and let us flee;
or none of us shall escape from Absalom.
Make speed to depart,
lest he overtake us quickly,
and bring down evil on us,
and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives,
and wept as he went up;
and he had his head covered, and went barefoot:
and all the people who were with him
covered their heads,
and they went up, weeping as they went up.

When King David came to Bahurim,
behold, a man of the family of the house of Saul
whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera
came out, and cursed as he came.
He threw stones at David,
and at all the servants of King David,
and all the people and all the mighty men
were on his right hand and on his left.
Shimei said when he cursed,
“Be gone, be gone, you man of blood, and base fellow!
The Lord has returned on you
all the blood of the house of Saul,
in whose place you have reigned!
The Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hand
of Absalom your son!
Behold, you are caught by your own mischief,
because you are a man of blood!”

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king,
“Why should this dead dog
curse my lord the king?
Please let me go over and take off his head.”
The king said, “What is it to you or me,
sons of Zeruiah, that he curses.
Perhaps the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David;’
who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”
David said to Abishai, and to all his servants,
“Behold, my son, who came out of my loins,
seeks my life.
How much more this Benjamite, then?
Leave him alone, and let him curse;
for the Lord has invited him.
It may be that the Lord will look
on the wrong done to me,
and that the Lord will repay me good
for the cursing of me today.”
So David and his men went their way;
and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him,
and cursed as he went, throwing stones at him and dust.

Responsorial – Psalm 3.2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Resp. 8a

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are those who rise up against me.
Many there are who say of my soul,
“There is no help for him in God.”

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, who lifts up my head.
I cry to the Lord with my voice,
and he answers me out of his holy mountain.

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

I laid myself down and slept.
I awakened; for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of myriads of people
who have set themselves against me on every side.

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

Gospel – Mark 5.1-20

Jesus and his disciples
came to the other side of the sea,
into the country of the Gerasenes.
When he had come out of the boat,
immediately a man with an unclean spirit
met him from the tombs.
He lived among the tombs.
Nobody could bind him any more,
not even with chains,
because he had often been bound
with fetters and chains,
and the chains had been torn apart by him,
and the fetters broken in pieces.
Nobody had the strength to tame him.
Always, night and day,
in the tombs and in the mountains,
he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from afar,
he ran and bowed down to him,
Crying out with a loud voice, he said,
“What have I to do with you,
Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”
For he had said to him,
“Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
He asked him, “What is your name?”
He said to him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
He begged him much
that he would not send them away out of the country.
Now on the mountainside
there was a great herd of pigs feeding.
They begged him, saying,
“Send us into the pigs, that we may enter into them.”
At once Jesus gave them permission.
The unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs.
The herd of about two thousand rushed
down the steep bank into the sea,
and they were drowned in the sea.
Those who fed them fled,
and reported it in the city and in the country.
The people came to see what it was that had happened.
They came to Jesus,
and saw the man who had been possessed by demons
sitting, clothed, and in his right mind,
he who had had the legion;
and they were afraid.

Those who saw it
declared to them what happened
to him who was possessed by demons,
and about the pigs.
They began to beg him to depart from their region.
As he was entering into the boat,
he who had been possessed by demons
begged him that he might be with him.
He did not allow him, but said to him,
“Go to your house, to your own,
and tell them what great things
the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you.”
He went his way,
and began to proclaim in Decapolis
that Jesus had done great things for him,
and everyone marveled.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Deuteronomy 18.15-20

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
The Lord your God
will raise up to you a prophet like me
from your midst, of your kin.
You shall listen to him.
This is according to what you desired
of the Lord your God in Horeb
in the day of the assembly, saying,
“Let us not hear again the voice
of the Lord our God,
nor let us see this great fire any more,
lest we die.”

The Lord said to me, “They have spoken well
I will raise up for them a prophet
from among their kin, like you.
I will put my words in his mouth,
and he shall speak to them
all that I shall command him.
Whoever will not listen to my words
which he shall speak in my name,
I will make them answer for it.
But if a prophet speaks a word
presumptuously in my name,
that which I have not commanded him to speak,
or speaks in the name of other gods,
that prophet shall die.”

Responsorial – Psalm 95.1-2, 6-7, 7-9 Resp. 8

R. Today, if you would hear his voice, harden not your heart.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord.
Let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.
Let us extol him with songs!

R. Today, if you would hear his voice, harden not your heart.

Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker,
for he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep in his care.

R. Today, if you would hear his voice, harden not your heart.

Today, oh that you would hear his voice!
Do not harden your heart, as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers tempted me,
they tested me though they saw my works.

R. Today, if you would hear his voice, harden not your heart.

Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 7.32-35

Brothers and sisters:
I desire to have you to be free from cares.
He who is unmarried
is concerned for the things of the Lord,
how he may please the Lord;
but he who is married
is concerned about the things of the world,
how he may please his wife,
his concerns are divided.

A woman, whether unmarried or a virgin,
cares about the things of the Lord,
that she may be holy
in body and in spirit.
But she who is married
cares about the things of the world—
how she may please her husband.
This I say for your own profit;
not that I may place a restraint on you,
but for good planning,
and that you may attend to the Lord
without distraction.

Gospel – Mark 1.21-28

They went into Capernaum,
and immediately on the Sabbath day
Jesus entered into the synagogue and taught.
They were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as having authority,
not like the scribes.

Immediately there was in their synagogue
a man with an unclean spirit,
who cried out, saying,
“Ha! What are we to you, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know you who you are:
the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him, saying,
“Be quiet, and come out of him!”
The unclean spirit, convulsing him
and crying with a loud voice,
came out of him.

They were all amazed,
so that they questioned among themselves, saying,
“What is this? A new teaching?
For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits,
and they obey him!”
The report of him went out immediately
everywhere in all the region of Galilee
and its surrounding area.

Saturday of the Third Week In Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 12.1-7a, 10-17

The Lord sent Nathan to David.
He came to him, and said to him,
“There were two men in one city;
the one rich, and the other poor.
The rich man had many flocks and herds,
but the poor man had nothing,
except one little ewe lamb,
which he had bought and raised.
It grew up together with him,
and with his children.
It ate of his own food,
drank of his own cup,
and lay in his bosom,
and was to him like a daughter.
A traveler came to the rich man,
and he did not take of his own flock
and of his own herd,
to prepare a meal for the wayfaring man
who had come to him,
but took the poor man’s lamb,
and dressed it for the man who had come to him.”

David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man,
and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives,
the man who has done this deserves to die!
He shall restore the lamb fourfold,
because he did this thing
and because he had no pity!”
Nathan said to David, “You are the man.
Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:
The sword will never depart from your house,
because you have despised me,
and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite
to be your wife.’

“Thus says the Lord:
‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you
out of your own house;
and I will take your wives before your eyes,
and give them to your neighbor,
and he will lie with your wives in the sight of the sun.
For you did it secretly,
but I will do this thing
before all Israel and before the sun.’”

David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan said to David,
“The Lord also has put away your sin.
You will not die.
However, because by this deed
you have given great occasion
to the Lord’s enemies to blaspheme,
the child also who is born to you
shall surely die.”
Nathan departed to his house.

The Lord struck the child that
Uriah’s wife bore to David,
and it was very sick.
David therefore begged God for the child;
and David fasted, and went in,
and lay all night on the ground.
The elders of his house arose beside him,
to raise him up from the earth: but he would not,
nor did he eat bread with them.

Responsorial – Psalm 51.12-13, 14-15, 16-17 Resp. 12a

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me out from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
Uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways.
Sinners shall be converted to you.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation.
My tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Lord, open my lips.
My mouth shall declare your praise.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Gospel – Mark 4.35-41

On that day, when evening had come,
Jesus said to them,
“Let us go over to the other side.”
Leaving the multitude,
they took him with them,
just as he was, in the boat.
Other small boats were also with him.

A big wind storm arose,
and the waves beat into the boat,
so much that the boat was already filled.
He himself was in the stern,
asleep on the cushion,
and they woke him up, and told him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are dying?”

He awoke and rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”
The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
He said to them, “Why are you so afraid?
How is it that you have no faith?”
They were greatly afraid, and said to one another,
“Who then is this,
that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 11.1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17

At the turn of the year,
at the time when kings go out,
David sent Joab, and his servants with him,
and all Israel;
and they destroyed the children of Ammon,
and besieged Rabbah.
But David stayed at Jerusalem.

At evening, David arose from his bed
and walked on the roof of the king’s house.
From the roof, he saw a woman bathing;
and the woman was very beautiful to look at.
David sent and inquired after the woman.
Someone said, “Is not this Bathsheba,
the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
David sent messengers, and took her;
She came to him, and he lay with her
Then she returned to her house.
The woman conceived;
and she sent and told David,
and said, “I am with child.”

David sent to Joab,
“Send me Uriah the Hittite.”
Joab sent Uriah to David.
When Uriah had come to him,
David asked him how Joab did,
and how the people fared,
and how the war prospered.
David said to Uriah,
“Go down to your house,
and wash your feet.”
Uriah departed out of the king’s house,
and a gift from the king was sent after him.
But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house
with all the servants of his lord,
and did not go down to his house.

When they had told David, saying,
“Uriah did not go down to his house,”
David called him on the next day,
he ate and drink before David;
and he made him drunk.
At evening, he went out to lie on his bed
with the servants of his lord,
but did not go down to his house.
In the morning, David wrote a letter to Joab,
and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
He wrote in the letter, saying,
“Send Uriah to the forefront
of the heaviest battle,
and draw back from him,
that he may be struck, and die.”
When Joab kept watch on the city,
he assigned Uriah to the place
where he knew that valiant men were.
The men of the city went out,
and fought with Joab.
Some of the people fell,
of the officers of David;
and Uriah the Hittite died also.

Responsorial – Psalm 51.3-4, 5-6a, 6bcd-7, 10-11 Resp. 3a

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.
According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.
Cleanse me from my sin.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I know my transgressions.
My sin is constantly before me.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight;

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

I have done what is evil in your sight;
that you may be proved right when you speak,
and justified when you judge.
Behold, I was born in iniquity.
A sinner, as my mother conceived me.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Let me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all of my iniquities.

R. Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Gospel – Mark 4.26-34

Jesus said to the crowds,
“The Kingdom of God is
like when a human
casts seed on the earth,
and sleeps and rises
night and day,
and the seed springs up and grows,
they know not how.
For the earth bears fruit:
first the blade, then the ear,
then the full grain in the ear.
But when the fruit is ripe,
immediately they put in the sickle,
because the harvest has come.”

He said, “To what will we compare
the Kingdom of God?
Or with what parable will we illustrate it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed,
which, when it is sown in the earth,
is smaller than the other seeds
that are on the earth,
yet when it is sown, grows up,
and becomes greater than all the plants,
and puts out great branches,
so that the birds of the sky
can lodge under its shadow.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them,
as they were able to hear it.
Without a parable he did not speak to them;
but privately to his own disciples
he explained everything.

Memorial of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus, bishops, [Reading and Psalm] & Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (II) [Gospel]

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Timothy 1.1-8

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus
through the will of God,
according to the promise
of the life which is in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace,
from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I thank God, whom I serve
as my forefathers did,
with a pure conscience,
when I constantly remember you
in my petitions, night and day,
longing to see you,
remembering your tears,
that I may be filled with joy;
being mindful of
the sincere faith that is in you;
which lived first in your grandmother Lois,
and your mother Eunice,
and, I am persuaded, in you also.

For this reason, I remind you
To enkindle anew the gift of God
which is in you
through the laying on of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear,
but of power, love, and self-control.
Therefore do not be ashamed
of the martyrdom of our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for him;
but take your share of suffering for the Gospel,
measured by the power of God.


Titus 1.1-5

Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ,
according to the faith of God’s chosen ones,
and the knowledge of the religious truthin hope of eternal life,
which the undeceitful God promised before time began;
but in his own time revealed his word in the message
with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;

to Titus, my true child according to a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

I left you in Crete for this reason:
that you would set in order the things that were lacking,
and appoint presbyters in every city, as I directed you.

Responsorial – Psalm 96.1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 Resp. 3

R. Declare God’s marvelous works among all the people.

Sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!

R. Declare God’s marvelous works among all the people.

Proclaim his salvation from day to day!
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.

R. Declare God’s marvelous works among all the people.

Ascribe to the Lord, you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.

R. Declare God’s marvelous works among all the people.

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is also established. It cannot be moved.
He will judge the people with equity.

R. Declare God’s marvelous works among all the people.

Gospel – Mark 4.21-25

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is the lamp brought in
In order to put it under a basket
or under a bed?
Is it not put on a stand?
For there is nothing hidden,
except to be revealed;
nor is anything made secret,
but that it should come to light.
If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
He said to them,
“Take heed what you do hear.
For whatever measure you measure,
will be measured out to you,
and more will be given to you.
For whoever has, to them will more be given,
and they who do not have,
even that which they have will be taken away.”

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - 2 Samuel 6.12b-15, 17-19

David went and brought up
the Ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom
into the city of David with joy.
It took place in this way:
when those who bore the Lord’s Ark
had gone six paces,
he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf.
David danced before the Lord with all his might;
clothed in a linen ephod.
So David and all the house of Israel
brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouting,
and with the sound of the trumpet.

They brought in the Ark of the Lord,
and set it in its place,
in the middle of the tent
that David had pitched for it;
and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings
before the Lord.
When David had finished offering
the burnt offering and the peace offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts.
He gave to all the people,
among the whole multitude of Israel,
both men and women, to everyone,
a portion of bread, roast meat, and raisins.
Then all the people departed,
everyone to his house.

Responsorial – Psalm 24.7, 8, 9, 10 Resp. 8

R. Who is the King of glory? The Lord.

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Be lifted up, you everlasting doors,
and the King of glory will come in.

R. Who is the King of glory? The Lord.

Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.

R. Who is the King of glory? The Lord.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
yes, lift them up, you everlasting doors,
and the King of glory will come in.

R. Who is the King of glory? The Lord.

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of Hosts is the King of glory!

Gospel – Mark 3.31-35

Jesus’ mother and his brothers came,
and standing outside, they sent for him, calling him.
A multitude was sitting around him,
and they told him,
“Behold, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters
are outside looking for you.”
He answered them,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
Looking around at those who sat around him,
he said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers!
For whoever does the will of God,
that one is my brother and sister and mother.”

Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - 2 Samuel 5.1-7, 10

All the tribes of Israel
came to David at Hebron,
and spoke, saying,
“Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
In times past, when Saul was king over us,
it was you who led out and brought in Israel.
The Lord said to you,
‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel,
and you shall be prince over Israel.’”
So all the elders of Israel
came to the king at Hebron;
and King David made a covenant with them
in Hebron before the Lord;
and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old
when he began to reign,
and he reigned forty years.
In Hebron he reigned over Judah
seven years and six months;
and in Jerusalem he reigned
thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.

The king and his men went to Jerusalem
against the Jebusites,
the inhabitants of the land,
who spoke to David, saying,
“The blind and the lame will chase you away.
You shall not come in here”;
thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
But David took the stronghold of Zion;
the city of David.

David grew greater and greater;
for the Lord of Hosts was with him.

Responsorial - Psalm 89.20, 21-22, 25-26 Resp. 25a

R. My faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him.

Then you spoke in vision
to your saints you said,
“I have bestowed strength on the warrior.
I have exalted a young man from the people.

R. My faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him.

I have found David, my servant.
I have anointed him with my holy oil,
With him my hand shall be established.
My arm will strengthen him.

R. My faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him.

My faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him.
In my name, his horn will be exalted.
I will set his hand also on the sea,
and his right hand on the rivers.

R. My faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him.

Gospel – Mark 3.22-30

The scribes who came down
from Jerusalem said,
“Beelzebul has him,” and,
“By the prince of the demons
he casts out the demons.”
He summoned them,
and said to them in parables,
“How can Satan cast out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
If a house is divided against itself,
that house cannot stand.
If Satan has risen up against himself,
and is divided, he cannot stand,
but is at an end.
But no one can enter into
the house of the strong man to plunder,
unless he first ties up the strong man;
and then he will plunder his house.
Amen I say to you,
all sins of the sons and daughters of humans
will be forgiven,
even their blasphemies which they might blaspheme;
but whoever may blaspheme
against the Holy Spirit
has no forgiveness in eternity,
but is bound by an eternal sin.”
because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Jonah 3.1-5, 10

The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying,
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city,
and preach to it the message that I give you.”
So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh,
according to the Lord’s word.

Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,
three days’ journey across.
Jonah began to enter into the city
one day’s journey,
and he cried out, and said,
“In forty days, Nineveh will be overthrown!”
The people of Nineveh believed God;
and they proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth,
from their greatest even to their least.

God saw their works,
that they turned from their evil way.
God relented of the disaster
which he said he would do to them,
and he did not do it.

Responsorial – Psalm 25.4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Resp. 4a

R. Show me your ways, O Lord.

Show me your ways, O Lord.
Teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation,

R. Show me your ways, O Lord.

Lord, remember your tender mercies
and your loving kindness,
they are from of old.
Remember me according to your loving kindness,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

R. Show me your ways, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord,
therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the humble in justice.
He will teach the humble his way.

R. Show me your ways, O Lord.

Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 7.29-31

I say this, brothers and sisters:
the time is short.
From now on, those who have wives
should be as though they had none;
and those who weep,
as though they do not weep;
and those who rejoice,
as though they do not rejoice;
and those who buy,
as though they do not possess;
and those who use the world,
as not using it to the fullest.
For the form of this world passes away.

Gospel – Mark 1.14-20

Now after John was taken into custody,
Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the Gospel of God,
and saying, “The time is fulfilled,
and the Kingdom of God is at hand!
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

Passing along by the sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon
casting a net into the sea,
for they were fishers.
Jesus said to them, “Come follow me,
and I will make you into fishers of humans.”
Immediately they left their nets,
and followed him.
Going on a little further from there,
he saw James the son of Zebedee,
and John, his brother,
who were also in a boat, mending the nets.
Immediately he called them,
and they left their father, Zebedee,
in the boat with the hired servants,
and went after him.

Saturday of the Second Week In Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 1.1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

David returned
from the slaughter of the Amalekites,
and stayed two days in Ziklag.
On the third day, behold,
a man came out of Saul’s camp,
with his clothes torn, and earth on his head,
When he came to David,
he fell to the earth, and showed respect.
David said to him, “Where do you come from?”
He said to him, “I have escaped
out of the camp of Israel.”
David said to him,
“How did it go? Please tell me.”
He answered, “The people
have fled from the battle,
and many of the people also
have fallen and are dead;
and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead.”

Then David took hold on his clothes, and tore them;
and likewise all the men who were with him.
They mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening,
for Saul, and for Jonathan his son,
and for the people of the Lord,
and for the house of Israel;
because they were fallen by the sword.

“Your glory, Israel, is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!

Saul and Jonathan were
lovely and pleasant in their lives.
In their death, they were not divided.
They were swifter than eagles.
They were stronger than lions.
You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet delicately,
who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.
How the mighty are fallen in the midst of the battle!

I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan.
You have been very pleasant to me.
Your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
How the mighty have fallen,
and the weapons of war perished!”

Responsorial – Psalm 80.2-3, 5-7 Resp. 4b

R. Cause your face to shine on us, O Lord, and we will be saved.

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock,
you who sit above the cherubim, shine out.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might!
Come to save us!

R. Cause your face to shine on us, O Lord, and we will be saved.

Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry
against the prayer of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in large measure.
You make us a source of contention to our neighbors.
Our enemies laugh among themselves.

R. Cause your face to shine on us, O Lord, and we will be saved.

Gospel – Mark 3.20-21

Jesus went into the house,
and the crowd came together again,
so that he was not able to eat their bread.
When his own heard of it,
they went out to seize him
for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 24.3-21

Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel,
and went to seek David and his men
in the rocks of the wild goats.
He came to the sheep pens along the way,
where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself.
Now David and his men were staying
in the innermost parts of the cave.
The men of David said to him,
“Behold the day on which the Lord said to you,
‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand,
and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’”
Then David arose, and cut off the hem of Saul’s robe secretly.
Afterward, David’s heart struck him,
because he had cut off Saul’s hem.
He said to his men, “The Lord forbid
that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed,
to stretch out my hand against him,
for he is the Lord’s anointed.”

So David checked his men with these words,
and did not allow them to rise against Saul.
Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave,
and cried after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!”
When Saul looked behind him,
David bowed with his face to the earth, and showed respect.
David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to men’s words,
saying, ‘Behold, David seeks your hurt?’
Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that the Lord
had delivered you today into my hand in the cave.
Some urged me to kill you; but I spared you; and I said,
‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord;
for he is the Lord’s anointed.’
Moreover, my father, behold, indeed,
see the hem of your robe in my hand;
for since I cut off the hem of your robe, but did not kill you,
know and see that there is neither evil nor disobedience in my hand,
and I have not sinned against you,
though you hunt for my life to take it.
May the Lord judge between me and you,
and may the Lord avenge me of you;
but my hand shall not be on you.
As the proverb of the ancients says,
‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness;’
but my hand shall not be on you.
Against whom has the king of Israel come out?
Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea?
May the Lord therefore be judge,
and give sentence between me and you,
and see, and plead my cause,
and deliver me out of your hand.”

It came to pass, when David had finished
speaking these words to Saul,
that Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?”
Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
He said to David, “You are more righteous than I;
for you have done good to me,
though I have done evil to you.
You have declared this day
how you have dealt well with me,
because when the Lord
had delivered me up into your hand,
you did not kill me.
For if a man finds his enemy,
will he let him go away unharmed?
Therefore may the Lord reward you good
for that which you have done to me this day.
Now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king,
and that the kingdom of Israel shall be
established in your hand.
Swear now therefore to me by the Lord,
that you will not cut off my seed after me,
and that you will not destroy my name
from my father’s house.”

Responsorial – Psalm 57.2, 3-4, 6+11 Resp. 2a

R. Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me.

Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me,
for my soul takes refuge in you.
Yes, in the shadow of your wings, I will take refuge,
until disaster has passed.

R. Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who does for me what I ask.
He will send from heaven, and save me,
he rebukes the one who is trampling on me.
God will send out his loving kindness and his truth.

R. Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me.

Be exalted, God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be above all the earth!
For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens,
and your truth to the skies.

R. Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me.

Gospel – Mark 3.13-19

Jesus went up on the mountain,
and called to himself those whom he wanted,
and they went to him.
He appointed twelve, whom he named Apostles,
that they might be with him,
and that he might send them out to preach,
and to have authority to cast out demons:
Simon, to whom he gave the name Peter;
James the son of Zebedee and John, the brother of James,
whom he called Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder;
Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew;
Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot;
and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 18.6-9; 19.1-7

As they came back,
when David returned
from the slaughter of the Philistine,
the women came out of all the cities of Israel,
singing and dancing,
to meet King Saul, with tambourines,
with joy, and with instruments of music.
The women sang one to another as they played,
and said, “Saul has slain his thousands,
David his ten thousands.”

Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him;
and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands,
and to me they have ascribed only thousands.
What more can he have except the kingdom?”
Saul eyed David from that day forward.

Saul spoke to Jonathan his son,
and to all his servants, that they should kill David.
But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David.
Jonathan told David, saying,
“Saul my father seeks to kill you.
Now therefore, please take care of yourself in the morning,
and go to a secret place, and hide yourself.
I will go out and stand beside my father
in the field where you are,
and I will talk with my father about you;
if I see anything, I will tell you.”
Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father,
and said to him, “Do not let the king
sin against his servant, against David;
because he has not sinned against you,
and because his works have been very good toward you;
for he put his life in his hand, and struck the Philistine,
and the Lord worked a great victory for all Israel.
You saw it, and rejoiced.
Why then will you sin against innocent blood,
to kill David without a cause?”
Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan,
and Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.”
Jonathan called David, and Jonathan related all these things.
Jonathan brought David to Saul,
and he was in his presence, as before.

Responsorial – Psalm 56.2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13 Resp. 5b

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

Be merciful to me, God, for man tramples on me.
All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.
My enemies trample me all day long,
for they are many who fight proudly against me.

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

You number my wanderings.
You put my tears into your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies shall turn back
in the day that I call.

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

I know this: God is with me.
In God, I will praise his word.
I have put my trust in God, unafraid.
What can man do to me?

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

Your vows are on me, God.
I will give thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
and prevented my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

Gospel - Mark 3.7-12

Jesus withdrew to the sea with his disciples,
and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea,
from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan,
and those from around Tyre and Sidon.
A great multitude, hearing what great things he did,
came to him.
He told his disciples that a boat should stay near him
because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.
For he had healed many,
so that as many as had diseases pressed on him
that they might touch him.
The unclean spirits, whenever they saw him,
fell down before him, and cried,
“You are the Son of God!”
He sternly warned them
that they should not make him known.

Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 17.32-33, 37, 40-51

David said to Saul,
“Let no man’s heart fail because of him.
Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
Saul said to David,
“You are not able to go against this Philistine
to fight with him;
for you are but a youth,
and he a man of war from his youth.”

David said, “The Lord who delivered me
out of the paw of the lion,
and out of the paw of the bear,
he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go; and the Lord shall be with you.”

David took his staff in his hand,
and chose for himself
five smooth stones out of the brook,
and put them in the shepherd’s bag he had.
His sling in hand, he drew near to the Philistine.

His shield-bearer going before him,
the Philistine came forward and drew near to David.
When the Philistine looked about and saw David,
he despised him;
for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and with a fair face.
The Philistine said to David,
“Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?”
The Philistine cursed David by his gods,
and said to David, “Come to me,
and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky
and to the animals of the field.”

Then David said to the Philistine,
“You come to me with a sword,
and with a spear, and with a javelin:
but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Armies,
the God of the armies of Israel,
whom you have defied.
Today, the Lord will deliver you into my hand.
I will strike you, and take your head from off you.
I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines
this day to the birds of the sky
and to the wild animals of the earth;
that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
and that all this assembly may know that
the Lord does not save with sword and spear:
for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

When the Philistine arose,
and came and drew near to meet David,
David hurried, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
David put his hand in his bag, took a stone, and slung it,
and struck the Philistine in his forehead;
and the stone sank into his forehead,
and he fell on his face to the earth.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone,
and struck the Philistine, and killed him;
though there was no sword in the hand of David.
Then David ran and stood over the Philistine,
and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath,
and killed him, and cut off his head with it.

Responsorial – Psalm 144.1b, 2, 9-10 Resp. 1

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle:

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

My loving kindness, my fortress,
my high tower, my deliverer,
my shield, and he in whom I take refuge;
who subdues my people under me.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

I will sing a new song to you, God.
On a ten-stringed lyre, I will sing praises to you.
You are he who gives salvation to kings,
who rescues David, his servant, from the deadly sword.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

Gospel – Mark 3.1-6

Jesus entered again into the synagogue,
and there was a man there
who had his hand withered.
They watched Jesus,
whether he would heal him on the Sabbath,
that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand, “Stand up.”
He said to them,
“Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm?
To save a life or to kill?”
But they were silent.
When he had looked around at them with anger,
grieved at the hardening of their hearts,
he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out, and his hand was restored
as healthy as the other.
The Pharisees went out,
and immediately conspired
with the Herodians against him,
how they might destroy him.

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 16.1-13

The Lord said to Samuel,
“How long will you mourn for Saul,
since I have rejected him as king over Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and go.
I will send you to Jesse of Bethlehem;
for I have provided a king for myself among his sons.”
Samuel said, “How can I go?
If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you,
and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
Call Jesse to the sacrifice,
and I will show you what you shall do.
You shall anoint for me
him whom I name to you.”

Samuel did what the Lord said,
and came to Bethlehem.
The elders of the city
came to meet him trembling, and said,
“Do you come peaceably?”
He said, “Peaceably;
I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.
Sanctify yourselves,
and come with me to the sacrifice.”
He sanctified Jesse and his sons,
and called them to the sacrifice.
When they had come,
he looked at Eliab, and said that,
surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.
But the Lord said to Samuel,
“Do not look on his face,
or on the height of his stature;
for I have rejected him.
I see not as a human sees;
for a human looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab,
and made him pass before Samuel.
He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by.
He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
Jesse made seven of his sons
pass before Samuel.
Samuel said to Jesse,
“The Lord has not chosen these.”

Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your children here?”
He said, “There remains yet the youngest,
and behold, he is keeping the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
“Send and get him;
for we will not sit down until he comes here.”
He sent, and brought him in.
Now he was ruddy, and had a beautiful face,
and goodly to look on.
The Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”
Then Samuel took the horn of oil,
and anointed him in the midst of his brothers:
and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily
on David from that day forward.
Then Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Responsorial – Psalm 89.20, 21-22, 27-28 Resp. 21a

R. I have found David, my servant.

You spoke in a vision
to your saints you said,
“I have bestowed strength on the warrior.
I have exalted a young man over the people.

R. I have found David, my servant.

I have found David, my servant.
I have anointed him with my holy oil,
with whom my hand shall be established.
My arm will also strengthen him.

R. I have found David, my servant.

He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation!’
I will appoint him my firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.

R. I have found David, my servant.

Gospel – Mark 2.23-28

As Jesus was going on the Sabbath through the grain fields,
his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain.
The Pharisees said to him,
“Behold, why do they do that
which is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Did you never read what David did,
when he was in need and hungry,
he, and those who were with him?
How he entered into God’s house
when Abiathar was high priest,
and ate the show bread,
which it is not lawful to eat, except for the priests,
and also gave some to those who were with him?”
He said to them,
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 15.16-23

Then Samuel said to Saul,
“Stay, and I will tell you what the Lord
said to me last night.”
He said to him, “Go on.”
Samuel said, “Though little in your own sight,
were you not made the head of the tribes of Israel?
The Lord anointed you king over Israel;
and the Lord sent you on a journey, and said,
‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinning Amalekites,
and fight against them until they are destroyed.’
Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord,
but took the plunder,
and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord?”
Saul said to Samuel,
“But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord,
and have gone the way which the Lord sent me,
and have brought Agag the king of Amalek,
and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
But the people took of the plunder,
sheep and cattle, the chief of the devoted things,
to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight
in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as idolatry.
Because you have rejected the Lord’s word,
he has also rejected you as king.”

Responsorial – Psalm 50.8-9, 16bc-17, 21+23 Resp. 23b

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices.
Your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I have no need for a bull from your stall,
nor male goats from your pens.

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

“What right do you have to declare my statutes,
and to have my covenant on your lips,
since you hate instruction,
and throw my words behind you?

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

You have done these things, and I kept silent,
so you thought that I was just like you.
I will rebuke you, and accuse you before your own eyes.
Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me,
and to him who rightly goes his way, I will show God’s salvation .”

R. I will show God’s salvation to the just.

Gospel – Mark 2.18-22

John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting,
and they came and asked him,
“Why do John’s disciples
and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus said to them,
“Can the groomsmen fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them,
they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom
will be taken away from them,
and then will they fast in that day.

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth
on an old garment, else the patch shrinks
and the new tears away from the old,
and a worse hole is made.
No one puts new wine into old wineskins,
or else the new wine will burst the skins,
and the wine and the skins will be destroyed;
so they put new wine into fresh wineskins.”

Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 3.3b-10, 19

Samuel had laid down in the Lord’s temple,
where the ark of God was.
The Lord called Samuel;
and he said, “Here I am.”
He ran to Eli, and said,
“Here I am; for you called me.”
He said, “I did not call; lie down again.”
He went and lay down.
The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”
Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said,
“Here I am; for you called me.”
He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord,
and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed to him.
The Lord called Samuel again the third time.
He arose and went to Eli, and said,
“Here I am; for you called me.”
Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.
Therefore Eli said to Samuel,
“Go, lie down: and do thusly:
if he calls you, say,
‘Speak, Lord; for your servant listens.’”
So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came, and stood,
and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak; for your servant listens.”

Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him,
and let none of his words fall to the ground.

Responsorial – Psalm 40.2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 Resp. (8a and 9a)

R. Behold, I have come; I delight to do your will, my God.

I waited patiently for the Lord.
He turned to me, and heard my cry.
He has put a new song in my mouth,
even praise to our God.

R. Behold, I have come; I delight to do your will, my God.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire.
You have opened my ears.
You have not required burnt offering and sin offering.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come.

R. Behold, I have come; I delight to do your will, my God.

It is written about me in the scroll:
“I delight to do your will, my God.
Yes, your law is within my heart.”

R. Behold, I have come; I delight to do your will, my God.

I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly.
Behold, you know I will not seal my lips, O Lord.

R. Behold, I have come; I delight to do your will, my God.

Reading 2 - 1 Corinthians 6.13c-15a, 17-20

Brothers and sisters:
The body is not for sexual immorality,
but for the Lord;
and the Lord for the body.
Now God raised up the Lord,
and will also raise us up by his power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
But the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
Flee sexual immorality!
“Every sin that a human does is outside the body,”
but they who commit sexual immorality
sin against their own body.
Or do you not know that your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you,
which you have from God?
You are not your own,
for you were bought, and at a cost.
Therefore glorify God in your body.

Gospel – John 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and he looked at Jesus as he walked,
and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him speak,
and they followed Jesus.
Jesus turned, and saw them following,
and said to them, “What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi”
(which is translated as “Teacher”),
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come and see.”
They came and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about the tenth hour.
One of the two who heard John, and followed him,
was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him,
“We have found the Messiah!”
(which is translated as “Christ”).
He brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him, and said,
“You are Simon the son of Jonah.
You shall be called Cephas”
(which is translated as “Peter”).

Saturday of the First Week In Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 9.1-4, 17-19; 10.1

Now there was a man of Benjamin,
whose name was Kish,
the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror,
the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah,
the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.

He had a son, whose name was Saul,
an impressive young man,
and there was not among the children of Israel
a greater person than he.
From his shoulders up,
he was taller than any of the people.
The donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost.
Kish said to Saul his son,
“Take one of the servants with you,
and arise, go seek the donkeys.”

He passed through the hill country of Ephraim,
and passed through the land of Shalishah,
but they did not find them.
Then they passed through the land of Shaalim,
and there they were not there.
Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites,
but they did not find them.

When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him,
“Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you!
This very man shall have authority over my people.”
Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate,
and said, “Please tell me where the seer’s house is.”
Samuel answered Saul, and said,
“I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place,
for you shall eat with me today.
In the morning I will let you go,
and will tell you all that is in your heart.

Then Samuel took a flask of oil
and poured it on his head and kissed him and said,
“Has not the Lord anointed you to be a leader over his people Israel?
And you shall reign over the people of the Lord, Israel,
and you will save them from the hand of their enemies that surround them.
And this shall be the sign to you
that the Lord has anointed you to be a leader over his heritage.”

Responsorial – Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Resp. 2a

R. The king rejoices in your strength, the Lord!

The king rejoices in your strength, the Lord!
How greatly he rejoices in your salvation!
You have given him his heart’s desire,
and have not withheld the request of his lips.

R. The king rejoices in your strength, the Lord!

For you meet him with the blessings of goodness.
You set a crown of fine gold on his head.
He asked life of you, you gave it to him,
even length of days forever and ever.

R. The king rejoices in your strength, the Lord!

His glory is great in your salvation.
You lay honor and majesty on him.
For you make him most blessed forever.
You make him glad with joy in your presence.

R. The king rejoices in your strength, the Lord!

Gospel – Mark 2.13-17

Jesus went out again by the seaside.
All the multitude came to him,
and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw
Levi, the son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the tax office, and he said to him,
“Follow me”, and he arose and followed him.

As he was reclining at the table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners
sat down with Jesus and his disciples,
for there were many and they followed him.
The scribes and the Pharisees,
when they saw that he was eating with
the sinners and tax collectors,
said to his disciples, “Why is it that
he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it, he said to them,
“Those who are healthy have no need for a doctor,
but those who are sick do.
I came not to call the righteous but sinners.”

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 8.4-7, 10-22a

All the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him,
“Behold, you are old,
and your sons do not walk in your ways:
now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
But the thing displeased Samuel,
when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.”
Samuel prayed to the Lord.

Samuel told all the Lord’s words to the people
who asked of him a king.
He said, “This will be the way of the king
who shall reign over you: he will take your sons
and assign them for his chariots and to be his horsemen;
and they shall run before his chariots;
and he will appoint them as captains of thousands,
and captains of fifties;
and he will assign some to plow his ground,
and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war,
and the instruments of his chariots.
He will take your daughters to be perfumers,
and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
He will take your fields, and your vineyards,
and your olive groves, even their best,
and give them to his servants.
He will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards,
and give to his officers and to his servants.
He will take your male servants and your female servants,
and your best young men, and your donkeys,
and put them to his work.
He will take the tenth of your flocks:
and you shall be his servants.

You shall cry out in that day because of your king
whom you shall have chosen for yourself,
and the Lord will not answer you on that day.”
But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel,
and they said, “No; but we will have a king over us,
that we also may be like all the nations,
and that our king may judge us,
and go out before us and fight our battles.”
Samuel heard all the words of the people,
and he repeated them in the ears of the Lord.
The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and give them a king.”

Responsorial – Psalm 89.16-17, 18-19 Resp. 2

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you.
They walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.
In your name they rejoice all day.
In your righteousness, they are exalted.

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

For you are the glory of their strength.
In your favor, our horn will be exalted.
For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

Gospel – Mark 2.1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it was heard that he was in the house.
Immediately many were gathered together,
so that there was no more room,
not even around the door;
and he spoke the word to them.

And a paralyzed person came to him, carried by four people.
When they could not come near to him because of the crowd,
they removed the roof where he was.
When they had broken it up,
they let down the mat that the paralyzed one was lying on.
Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralyzed one,
“Child, your sins are forgiven you.”
But there were some of the scribes sitting there,
and reasoning in their hearts,
“Why does this man speak blasphemies like that?
Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit
that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them,
“Why do you think such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to tell the paralyzed one, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’
or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed, and walk?’
But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”—
he said to the paralyzed one—
“I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house.”
He arose, and immediately took up the mat,
and went out in front of them all;
so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying,
“We never saw anything like this!”

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - 1 Samuel 4.1-11

Now Israel went out against the Philistines for battle,
and encamped beside Ebenezer,
and the Philistines encamped in Aphek.
The Philistines put themselves in array against Israel:
and when they fought the battle,
Israel was struck drown before the Philistines,
who killed from the army in the field
about four thousand men.

When the soldiers had returned to the camp,
the elders of Israel said,
“Why has the Lord struck us today before the Philistines?
Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord
out of Shiloh to us here, that it may come among us,
and save us out of the hand of our enemies.”
So the people sent to Shiloh, and they brought from there
the ark of the covenant of the Lord of Armies,
who sits above the cherubim,
and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas,
were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

When the ark of the covenant of the Lord
came into the camp,
all Israel shouted with a great shout,
so that the earth rang with it.
When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout,
they said, “What does the noise
of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?”
Then they learned that the Lord’s ark had come into the camp.
The Philistines were afraid, for they said,
“God has come into the camp.”
They said, “Woe to us! For there has not been such a thing before.
Woe to us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods?
These are the gods that struck the Egyptians
with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.
Be strong, and behave like men,
O you Philistines, so that you do not become enslaved to the Hebrews,
as they have been to you.
Strengthen yourselves like men, and fight!”
The Philistines fought, and Israel was struck,
and they fled every man to his tent.
There was a very great slaughter;
for there fell of Israel thirty thousand soldiers.
The ark of God was taken;
and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

Responsorial – Psalm 44.10-11, 14-15, 24-25 Resp. 27b

R. Redeem us Lord, because of your loving kindness.

But now you rejected us, and brought us to dishonor,
and do not go forth with our armies.
You make us turn back from the adversary.
Those who hate us take plunder for themselves.

R. Redeem us Lord, because of your loving kindness.

You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
a scoffing and a derision to those who are around us.
You make us a byword among the nations,
a shaking of the head among the peoples.

R. Redeem us Lord, because of your loving kindness.

Why do you hide your face,
and forget our affliction and our oppression?
For our souls are bowed down to the dust.
Our bodies cling to the earth.

R. Redeem us Lord, because of your loving kindness.

Gospel - Mark 1.40-45

A leper came to him, begging him,
kneeling down to him, and saying to him,
“If you want to, you can make me clean.”
Being moved with compassion,
he stretched out his hand,
and touched him, and said to him,
“I want to. Be made clean.”
When he had said this,
immediately the leprosy departed from him,
and he was made clean.
He strictly warned him,
and immediately sent him out,
and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anybody,
but go show yourself to the priest,
and offer for your cleansing
the things which Moses commanded,
for a testimony to them.”
But that man went out, and began to proclaim it a lot,
and to spread the report of it,
so that Jesus could no longer openly enter into a city,
but was outside in desert places,
and they came to him from everywhere.