Saturday of the Third Week In Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 12.1-7a, 10-17

The Lord sent Nathan to David.
He came to him, and said to him,
“There were two men in one city;
the one rich, and the other poor.
The rich man had many flocks and herds,
but the poor man had nothing,
except one little ewe lamb,
which he had bought and raised.
It grew up together with him,
and with his children.
It ate of his own food,
drank of his own cup,
and lay in his bosom,
and was to him like a daughter.
A traveler came to the rich man,
and he did not take of his own flock
and of his own herd,
to prepare a meal for the wayfaring man
who had come to him,
but took the poor man’s lamb,
and dressed it for the man who had come to him.”

David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man,
and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives,
the man who has done this deserves to die!
He shall restore the lamb fourfold,
because he did this thing
and because he had no pity!”
Nathan said to David, “You are the man.
Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:
The sword will never depart from your house,
because you have despised me,
and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite
to be your wife.’

“Thus says the Lord:
‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you
out of your own house;
and I will take your wives before your eyes,
and give them to your neighbor,
and he will lie with your wives in the sight of the sun.
For you did it secretly,
but I will do this thing
before all Israel and before the sun.’”

David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan said to David,
“The Lord also has put away your sin.
You will not die.
However, because by this deed
you have given great occasion
to the Lord’s enemies to blaspheme,
the child also who is born to you
shall surely die.”
Nathan departed to his house.

The Lord struck the child that
Uriah’s wife bore to David,
and it was very sick.
David therefore begged God for the child;
and David fasted, and went in,
and lay all night on the ground.
The elders of his house arose beside him,
to raise him up from the earth: but he would not,
nor did he eat bread with them.

Responsorial – Psalm 51.12-13, 14-15, 16-17 Resp. 12a

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me out from your presence,
and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
Uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways.
Sinners shall be converted to you.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation.
My tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Lord, open my lips.
My mouth shall declare your praise.

R. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Gospel – Mark 4.35-41

On that day, when evening had come,
Jesus said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Leaving the multitude, they took him with them,
just as he was, in the boat.
Other small boats were also with him.

A big wind storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat,
so much that the boat was already filled.
He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion,
and they woke him up, and told him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are dying?”

He awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”
The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
He said to them, “Why are you so afraid?
How is it that you have no faith?”
They were greatly afraid, and said to one another,
“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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