Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 18.6-9; 19.1-7

As they came back,
when David returned
from the slaughter of the Philistine,
the women came out of all the cities of Israel,
singing and dancing,
to meet King Saul, with tambourines,
with joy, and with instruments of music.
The women sang one to another as they played,
and said, “Saul has slain his thousands,
David his ten thousands.”

Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him;
and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands,
and to me they have ascribed only thousands.
What more can he have except the kingdom?”
Saul eyed David from that day forward.

Saul spoke to Jonathan his son,
and to all his servants, that they should kill David.
But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David.
Jonathan told David, saying,
“Saul my father seeks to kill you.
Now therefore, please take care of yourself in the morning,
and go to a secret place, and hide yourself.
I will go out and stand beside my father
in the field where you are,
and I will talk with my father about you;
if I see anything, I will tell you.”
Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father,
and said to him, “Do not let the king
sin against his servant, against David;
because he has not sinned against you,
and because his works have been very good toward you;
for he put his life in his hand, and struck the Philistine,
and the Lord worked a great victory for all Israel.
You saw it, and rejoiced.
Why then will you sin against innocent blood,
to kill David without a cause?”
Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan,
and Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.”
Jonathan called David, and Jonathan related all these things.
Jonathan brought David to Saul,
and he was in his presence, as before.

Responsorial – Psalm 56.2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13 Resp. 5b

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

Be merciful to me, God, for man tramples on me.
All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.
My enemies trample me all day long,
for they are many who fight proudly against me.

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

You number my wanderings.
You put my tears into your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies shall turn back
in the day that I call.

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

I know this: God is with me.
In God, I will praise his word.
I have put my trust in God, unafraid.
What can man do to me?

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

Your vows are on me, God.
I will give thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
and prevented my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

R. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

Gospel - Mark 3.7-12

Jesus withdrew to the sea with his disciples,
and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea,
from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan,
and those from around Tyre and Sidon.
A great multitude, hearing what great things he did,
came to him.
He told his disciples that a boat should stay near him
because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.
For he had healed many,
so that as many as had diseases pressed on him
that they might touch him.
The unclean spirits, whenever they saw him,
fell down before him, and cried,
“You are the Son of God!”
He sternly warned them
that they should not make him known.

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