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!”

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