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.

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