Reading 1 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27
David returned from his defeat of the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag.On the third day a man came from Saul's camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.David asked him, "Where do you come from?"He replied, "I have escaped from the camp of the children of Israel.""Tell me what happened," David bade him.He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle and that many of them had fallen and were dead, among them Saul and his son Jonathan.David seized his garments and rent them, and all the men who were with him did likewise.They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the soldiers of the LORD of the clans of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword."Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul, slain upon your heights;how can the warriors have fallen!"Saul and Jonathan, beloved and cherished,separated neither in life nor in death,swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!Women of Israel, weep over Saul,who clothed you in scarlet and in finery,who decked your attire with ornaments of gold."How can the warriors have fallen– in the thick of the battle,slain upon your heights!"I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother!most dear have you been to me;more precious have I held love for you than love for women."How can the warriors have fallen,the weapons of war have perished!"
Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2-3, 5-7
R. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.O shepherd of Israel, hearken,O guide of the flock of Joseph!From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forthbefore Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.Rouse your power, and come to save us.R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.O LORD of hosts, how long will you burn with angerwhile your people pray?You have fed them with the bread of tearsand given them tears to drink in ample measure.You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
Alleluia SEE ACTS 16:14BR. Alleluia, alleluia.Open our hearts, O Lord,to listen to the words of your Son.R. Alleluia, alleluia
Gospel Mk 3:20-21
Jesus came with his disciples into the house.Again the crowd gathered,making it impossible for them even to eat.When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
Posted: January 20, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Sm 24:3-21
Saul took three thousand picked men from all Israel and went in search of David and his men in the direction of the wild goat crags.When he came to the sheepfolds along the way, he found a cave, which he entered to relieve himself.David and his men were occupying the inmost recesses of the cave.David's servants said to him, "This is the day of which the LORD said to you, 'I will deliver your enemy into your grasp; do with him as you see fit.'"So David moved up and stealthily cut off an end of Saul's mantle.Afterward, however, David regretted that he had cut off an end of Saul's mantle.He said to his men,"The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD's anointed, as to lay a hand on him, for he is the LORD's anointed."With these words David restrained his men and would not permit them to attack Saul.Saul then left the cave and went on his way.David also stepped out of the cave, calling to Saul, "My lord the king!"When Saul looked back, David bowed to the ground in homage and asked Saul:"Why do you listen to those who say, 'David is trying to harm you'?You see for yourself today that the LORD just now delivered you into my grasp in the cave.I had some thought of killing you, but I took pity on you instead.I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the LORD's anointed and a father to me.'Look here at this end of your mantle which I hold.Since I cut off an end of your mantle and did not kill you, see and be convinced that I plan no harm and no rebellion.I have done you no wrong, though you are hunting me down to take my life.The LORD will judge between me and you, and the LORD will exact justice from you in my case.I shall not touch you.The old proverb says, 'From the wicked comes forth wickedness.'So I will take no action against you.Against whom are you on campaign, O king of Israel?Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, or a single flea!The LORD will be the judge; he will decide between me and you.May he see this, and take my part,and grant me justice beyond your reach!"When David finished saying these things to Saul, Saul answered, "Is that your voice, my son David?"And Saul wept aloud.Saul then said to David: "You are in the right rather than I; you have treated me generously, while I have done you harm.Great is the generosity you showed me today, when the LORD delivered me into your graspand you did not kill me.For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?May the LORD reward you generously for what you have done this day.And now, I know that you shall surely be king and that sovereignty over Israel shall come into your possession."
Responsorial Psalm PS 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11
R. (2a) Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.Have mercy on me, O God; have mercy on me,for in you I take refuge.In the shadow of your wings I take refuge,till harm pass by.R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.I call to God the Most High,to God, my benefactor.May he send from heaven and save me;may he make those a reproach who trample upon me;may God send his mercy and his faithfulness.R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.Be exalted above the heavens, O God;above all the earth be your glory!For your mercy towers to the heavens,and your faithfulness to the skies.R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19
R. Alleluia, alleluia.God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 3:13-19Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,that they might be with himand he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons:He appointed the Twelve:Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder;Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:30 am
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
Readings courtesy of USCCB