Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 15.13-14, 30; 16:5-13

A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”
David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem,
“Arise, and let us flee; or none of us shall escape from Absalom.
Make speed to depart, lest he overtake us quickly,
and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up;
and he had his head covered, and went barefoot:
and all the people who were with him covered their heads,
and they went up, weeping as they went up.

When King David came to Bahurim, behold, a man of the family of the house of Saul
whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera came out, and cursed as he came.
He threw stones at David, and at all the servants of King David,
and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
Shimei said when he cursed, “Be gone, be gone, you man of blood, and base fellow!
The Lord has returned on you all the blood of the house of Saul,
in whose place you have reigned!
The Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son!
Behold, you are caught by your own mischief, because you are a man of blood!”

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king,
“Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?
Please let me go over and take off his head.”
The king said, “What is it to you or me, sons of Zeruiah, that he curses.
Perhaps the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David;’
who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”
David said to Abishai, and to all his servants,
“Behold, my son, who came out of my loins, seeks my life.
How much more this Benjamite, then?
Leave him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord has invited him.
It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me,
and that the Lord will repay me good for the cursing of me today.”
So David and his men went their way;
and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him,
and cursed as he went, throwing stones at him and dust.

Responsorial – Psalm 3.2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Resp. 8a

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are those who rise up against me.
Many there are who say of my soul,
“There is no help for him in God.”

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, who lifts up my head.
I cry to the Lord with my voice,
and he answers me out of his holy mountain.

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

I laid myself down and slept.
I awakened; for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of myriads of people
who have set themselves against me on every side.

R. Arise, Lord! Save me!

Gospel – Mark 5.1-20

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
into the country of the Gerasenes.
When he had come out of the boat,
immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him from the tombs.
He lived among the tombs.
Nobody could bind him any more, not even with chains,
because he had often been bound with fetters and chains,
and the chains had been torn apart by him,
and the fetters broken in pieces.
Nobody had the strength to tame him.
Always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains,
he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed down to him,
Crying out with a loud voice, he said,
“What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”
For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
He asked him, “What is your name?”
He said to him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
He begged him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Now on the mountainside there was a great herd of pigs feeding.
They begged him, saying, “Send us into the pigs, that we may enter into them.”
At once Jesus gave them permission.
The unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs.
The herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea,
and they were drowned in the sea.
Those who fed them fled, and reported it in the city and in the country.
The people came to see what it was that had happened.
They came to Jesus, and saw the man who had been possessed by demons
sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, he who had had the legion,
and they were afraid.

Those who saw it declared to them what happened
to him who was possessed by demons, and about the pigs.
They began to beg him to depart from their region.
As he was entering into the boat,
he who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him.
He did not allow him, but said to him,
“Go to your house, to your own, and tell them what great things
the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you.”
He went his way, and began to proclaim in Decapolis
that Jesus had done great things for him, and everyone marveled.

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