Reading 1 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7
When David and Saul approached(on David's return after slaying the Philistine), women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul,singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums.The women played and sang:"Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought:"They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me.All that remains for him is the kingship."And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David.Saul discussed his intention of killing David with his son Jonathan and with all his servants.But Saul's son Jonathan, who was very fond of David, told him:"My father Saul is trying to kill you.Therefore, please be on your guard tomorrow morning; get out of sight and remain in hiding.I, however, will go out and stand beside my father in the countryside where you are, and will speak to him about you.If I learn anything, I will let you know."Jonathan then spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him:"Let not your majesty sin against his servant David, for he has committed no offense against you, but has helped you very much by his deeds.When he took his life in his hands and slew the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great victoryfor all Israel through him, you were glad to see it.Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing David without cause?"Saul heeded Jonathan's plea and swore, "As the LORD lives, he shall not be killed."So Jonathan summoned David and repeated the whole conversation to him.Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and David served him as before.
Responsorial Psalm ps 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13
R. (5b) In God I trust; I shall not fear.Have mercy on me, O God, for men trample upon me;all the day they press their attack against me.My adversaries trample upon me all the day;yes, many fight against me.R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.My wanderings you have counted;my tears are stored in your flask;are they not recorded in your book?Then do my enemies turn back,when I call upon you.R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.Now I know that God is with me.In God, in whose promise I glory,in God I trust without fear;what can flesh do against me?R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.I am bound, O God, by vows to you;your thank offerings I will fulfill.For you have rescued me from death,my feet, too, from stumbling;that I may walk before God in the light of the living.R. In God I trust; I shall not fear.
Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10R. Alleluia, alleluia.Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed deathand brought life to light through the Gospel.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 3:7-12Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea.Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseaseswere pressing upon him to touch him.And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God."He warned them sternly not to make him known.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
David spoke to Saul:"Let your majesty not lose courage.I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine."But Saul answered David,"You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth."David continued:"The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine."Saul answered David, "Go! the LORD will be with you."Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadiand put them in the pocket of his shepherd's bag.With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.With his shield bearer marching before him,the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.When he had sized David up,and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,the Philistine held David in contempt.The Philistine said to David,"Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?"Then the Philistine cursed David by his godsand said to him, "Come here to me,and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the airand the beasts of the field."David answered him:"You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;I will strike you down and cut off your head.This very day I will leave your corpseand the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the airand the beasts of the field;thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God.All this multitude, too,shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves.For the battle is the LORD's and he shall deliver you into our hands."The Philistine then moved to meet David at close quarters,while David ran quickly toward the battle line in the direction of the Philistine.David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone,hurled it with the sling,and struck the Philistine on the forehead.The stone embedded itself in his brow,and he fell prostrate on the ground.Thus David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone;he struck the Philistine mortally, and did it without a sword.Then David ran and stood over him;with the Philistine's own sword which he drew from its sheathhe dispatched him and cut off his head.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10
R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!Blessed be the LORD, my rock,who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!My refuge and my fortress,my stronghold, my deliverer,My shield, in whom I trust,who subdues my people under me.R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!O God, I will sing a new song to you;with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise,You who give victory to kings,and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
Alleluia See Mt 4:23
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdomand cured every disease among the people.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 3:1-6Jesus entered the synagogue.There was a man there who had a withered hand.They watched Jesus closelyto see if he would cure him on the sabbathso that they might accuse him.He said to the man with the withered hand,"Come up here before us."Then he said to the Pharisees,"Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,to save life rather than to destroy it?"But they remained silent.Looking around at them with angerand grieved at their hardness of heart,Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."He stretched it out and his hand was restored.The Pharisees went out and immediately took counselwith the Herodians against him to put him to death.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1-13
The LORD said to Samuel:"How long will you grieve for Saul,whom I have rejected as king of Israel?Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,for I have chosen my king from among his sons."But Samuel replied:"How can I go?Saul will hear of it and kill me."To this the LORD answered:"Take a heifer along and say,'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you."Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.When he entered Bethlehem,the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,"Is your visit peaceful, O seer?"He replied:"Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet."He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselvesand invited them to the sacrifice.As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,"Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."But the LORD said to Samuel: "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,because I have rejected him.Not as man sees does God see,because he sees the appearancebut the LORD looks into the heart."Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,who said, "The LORD has not chosen him."Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,"The LORD has not chosen this one either."In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,but Samuel said to Jesse,"The LORD has not chosen any one of these."Then Samuel asked Jesse,"Are these all the sons you have?"Jesse replied,"There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep."Samuel said to Jesse,"Send for him;we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here." Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.He was ruddy, a youth handsome to beholdand making a splendid appearance.The LORD said,"There–anoint him, for this is he!" Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,anointed him in the midst of his brothers;and from that day on, the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. When Samuel took his leave, he went to Ramah.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28
R. (21a) I have found David, my servant.Once you spoke in a vision,and to your faithful ones you said:"On a champion I have placed a crown;over the people I have set a youth."R. I have found David, my servant."I have found David, my servant;with my holy oil I have anointed him,That my hand may be always with him,and that my arm may make him strong."R. I have found David, my servant."He shall say of me, 'You are my father,my God, the Rock, my savior.'And I will make him the first-born,highest of the kings of the earth."R. I have found David, my servant.
Alleluia See Eph 1:17-18R. Alleluia, alleluia.May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christenlighten the eyes of our hearts,that we may know what is the hopethat belongs to our call.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 2:23-28
As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath,his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.At this the Pharisees said to him,"Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?"He said to them,"Have you never read what David didwhen he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priestand ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,and shared it with his companions?"Then he said to them,"The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."
Posted: January 16, 2018, 9:30 am