Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 16.1-13

The Lord said to Samuel,
“How long will you mourn for Saul,
since I have rejected him as king over Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and go.
I will send you to Jesse of Bethlehem;
for I have provided a king for myself among his sons.”
Samuel said, “How can I go?
If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you,
and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
Call Jesse to the sacrifice,
and I will show you what you shall do.
You shall anoint for me
him whom I name to you.”

Samuel did what the Lord said,
and came to Bethlehem.
The elders of the city
came to meet him trembling, and said,
“Do you come peaceably?”
He said, “Peaceably;
I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.
Sanctify yourselves,
and come with me to the sacrifice.”
He sanctified Jesse and his sons,
and called them to the sacrifice.
When they had come,
he looked at Eliab, and said that,
surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.
But the Lord said to Samuel,
“Do not look on his face,
or on the height of his stature;
for I have rejected him.
I see not as a human sees;
for a human looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab,
and made him pass before Samuel.
He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by.
He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”
Jesse made seven of his sons
pass before Samuel.
Samuel said to Jesse,
“The Lord has not chosen these.”

Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your children here?”
He said, “There remains yet the youngest,
and behold, he is keeping the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
“Send and get him;
for we will not sit down until he comes here.”
He sent, and brought him in.
Now he was ruddy, and had a beautiful face,
and goodly to look on.
The Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”
Then Samuel took the horn of oil,
and anointed him in the midst of his brothers:
and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily
on David from that day forward.
Then Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Responsorial – Psalm 89.20, 21-22, 27-28 Resp. 21a

R. I have found David, my servant.

You spoke in a vision
to your saints you said,
“I have bestowed strength on the warrior.
I have exalted a young man over the people.

R. I have found David, my servant.

I have found David, my servant.
I have anointed him with my holy oil,
with whom my hand shall be established.
My arm will also strengthen him.

R. I have found David, my servant.

He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation!’
I will appoint him my firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.

R. I have found David, my servant.

Gospel – Mark 2.23-28

As Jesus was going on the Sabbath through the grain fields,
his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain.
The Pharisees said to him,
“Behold, why do they do that
which is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Did you never read what David did,
when he was in need and hungry,
he, and those who were with him?
How he entered into God’s house
when Abiathar was high priest,
and ate the show bread,
which it is not lawful to eat, except for the priests,
and also gave some to those who were with him?”
He said to them,
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

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