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.

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