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.”

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