Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Sirach 47.2-11

As the fat is set aside in the peace offering,
so was David chosen out of the children of Israel.
He played with lions as with kids,
and with bears as with lambs.
Did he not slay a giant,
when he was yet but young?
Did he not take away reproach from the people,
when he lifted up his hand with the stone in the sling,
and beat down the boasting of Goliath?
For he called upon the most high Lord;
who gave him strength in his right hand
to slay that mighty warrior,
and set up the horn of his people.
So the women honored him with ten thousands,
and praised him in the blessings of the Lord,
When he gave him a crown of glory,
he destroyed the enemies on every side,
and brought to nothing the Philistines his adversaries,
and broke their horn in sunder unto this day.
In all his works he praised the Holy One Most High
with words of glory;
with his whole heart he sang songs,
and loved him who made him.
He set singers before the altar,
that by their voices they might make sweet melody,
and daily sing praises in their songs.
He beautified their feasts,
and set in order the solemn seasons,
that they might praise the Holy Name,
and that the temple might resound from daybreak.
The Lord took away his sins,
and exalted his horn for ever:
he gave him a covenant of kings,
and established his throne in Israel.

Responsorial – Psalm 18.31, 47+50, 51 Resp. 47b

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

As for God, his way is perfect.
The Lord’s word is tried.
He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock!
Exalted be the God of my salvation,
Therefore I will give thanks to you, the Lord, among the nations,
and will sing praises to your name.

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

He gives great deliverance to his king,
and shows loving kindness to his anointed,
to David and to his seed, forevermore.

R. Exalted be the God of my salvation.

Gospel – Mark 6.14-29

King Herod heard about Jesus,
for his name had become known,
and he said, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead,
and therefore these powers are at work in him.”
But others said, “He is Elijah.”
Others said, “He is a prophet like one of the prophets.”
But Herod, when he heard this, said,
“This is John, whom I beheaded. He has risen from the dead.”

For Herod himself had sent out and arrested John,
and bound him in prison
for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife,
for he had married her.
For John said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias set herself against him,
and desired to kill him, but she could not,
for Herod feared John,
knowing that he was a righteous and holy man,
and kept him safe.
When he heard him, he was confused but he heard him gladly.
Then a day of opportunity came,
when Herod on his birthday made a feast for his nobles,
the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.
When Herod’s own daughter came in and danced,
she pleased Herod and those sitting with him.
The king said to the young lady,
“Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.”
He swore to her, “Whatever you shall ask of me,
I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”
She went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?”
She said, “The head of John the Baptist.”
She came in immediately with haste to the king,
and asked, “I want you to give me right now
the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

The king was exceedingly sorry,
but for the sake of his oaths, and of his dinner guests,
he did not wish to refuse her.
Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard,
and commanded him to bring John’s head,
and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
and brought his head on a platter,
and gave it to the young lady;
and the young lady gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard this,
they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

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