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.

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