Monthly Archives: January 2012

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Acts 22:3-16
Acts 9:1-22
Psalm 117 (DR 116)
Mark 16:15-18




3 And he saith: I am a Jew, born at Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the truth of the law of the fathers, zealous for the law, as also all you are this day:

4 Who persecuted this way unto death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

5 As the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the ancients: from whom also receiving letters to the brethren, I went to Damascus, that I might bring them bound from thence to Jerusalem to be punished.

6 And it came to pass, as I was going, and drawing nigh to Damascus at midday, that suddenly from heaven there shone round about me a great light:

7 And falling on the ground, I heard a voice saying to me: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

8 And I answered: Who art thou, Lord? And he said to me: I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

9 And they that were with me, saw indeed the light, but they heard not the voice of him that spoke with me.

10 And I said: What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said to me: Arise, and go to Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things that thou must do.

11 And whereas I did not see for the brightness of that light, being led by the hand by my companions, I came to Damascus.

12 And one Ananias, a man according to the law, having testimony of all the Jews who dwelt there,

13 Coming to me, and standing by me, said to me: Brother Saul, look up. And I the same hour looked upon him.

14 But he said: The God of our fathers hath preordained thee that thou shouldst know his will, and see the Just One, and shouldst hear the voice from his mouth.

15 For thou shalt be his witness to all men, of those things which thou hast seen and heard.

16 And now why tarriest thou? Rise up, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, invoking his name.


3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.

4 I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.

5 Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well.

6 “On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me.

7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

8 I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’

9 My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me.

10 I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’

11 Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.

12 “A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,

13 came to me and stood there and said, ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’ And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him.

14 Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice;

15 for you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard.

16 Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.’


1 And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

2 And asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus; and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him.

4 And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

5 Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.

6 And he trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

7 And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the city, and there it shall be told thee what thou must do. Now the men who went in company with him, stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice, but seeing no man.

8 And Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.

9 And he was there three days, without sight, and he did neither eat nor drink.

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision: Ananias. And he said: Behold I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said to him: Arise, and go into the street that is called Stait, and seek in the house of Judas, one named Saul of Tarsus. For behold he prayeth.

12 (And he saw a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hands upon him, that he might receive his sight.)

13 But Ananias answered: Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints in Jerusalem.

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that invoke thy name.

15 And the Lord said to him: Go thy way; for this man is to me a vessel of election, to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house. And laying his hands upon him, he said: Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus hath sent me, he that appeared to thee in the way as thou camest; that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and he received his sight; and rising up, he was baptized.

19 And when he had taken meat, he was strengthened. And he was with the disciples that were at Damascus, for some days.

20 And immediately he preached Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

21 And all that heard him, were astonished, and said: Is not this he who persecuted in Jerusalem those that called upon this name: and came hither for that intent, that he might carry them bound to the chief priests?

22 But Saul increased much more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt at Damascus, affirming that this is the Christ.


1 Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.

3 On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.

4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

5 He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

6 Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”

7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one.

8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.

9 For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying,

12 and [in a vision] he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay [his] hands on him, that he may regain his sight.”

13 But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.

14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites,

16 and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”

17 So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the holy Spirit.”

18 Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized,

19 and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

20 and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

21 All who heard him were astounded and said, “Is not this the man who in Jerusalem ravaged those who call upon this name, and came here expressly to take them back in chains to the chief priests?”

22 But Saul grew all the stronger and confounded [the] Jews who lived in Damascus, proving that this is the Messiah.


1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

2 For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.


1 Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!

2 His mercy for us is strong; the faithfulness of the LORD is forever. Hallelujah!


15 And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues.

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.


15 He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.

18 They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”



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Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales

2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19 (DR 2 Kings)
Psalm 24:7-10 (DR 23)
Mark 3:31-35



2 Samuel12 And it was told king David, that the Lord had blessed Obededom,   and all that he had, because of the ark of God. So David went, and brought   away the ark of God out of the house of Obededom into the city of David with   joy. And there were with David seven choirs,   and calves for victims.13 And when they that carried the ark of the Lord had gone six paces,   he sacrificed an ox and a ram:

14 And David danced with all his might before the Lord: and David was   girded with a linen ephod.

15 And David and all the house of Israel brought the ark of the   covenant of the Lord with joyful shouting, and with sound of trumpet.

17 And they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in   the midst of the tabernacle, which David had pitched for it: and David   offered holocausts, and peace offerings before the Lord.

18 And when he had made an end of offering holocausts and peace   offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

19 And he distributed to all the multitude of Israel both men and   women, to everyone, a cake of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and fine   flour fried with oil: and all the people departed everyone to his house.

12 When it was reported to King David that the   LORD had blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he possessed because   of the ark of God, David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of   Obed-edom into the City of David with joy. (No word or   phrase in scripture is wasted, even those that seem redundant. So, how do you   decide which parts to remove?)13 As soon as the bearers of the   ark of the LORD had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

14 Then David came dancing before   the LORD with abandon, girt with a linen ephod.

15 David and all the house of   Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts of joy and sound of   horn.

17 They brought in the ark   of the LORD and set it in its place within the tent which David had pitched   for it. Then David sacrificed burnt offerings and communion offerings before   the LORD.

18 When David had finished   sacrificing burnt offerings and communion offerings, he blessed the people in   the name of the LORD of hosts,

19 and distributed among all the   people, the entire multitude of Israel, to every man and every woman, one   loaf of bread, one piece of meat, and one raisin cake. Then all the people   returned to their homes.

Psalm7 Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal   gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.8 Who is this King of Glory? the Lord who is strong and mighty: the   Lord mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal   gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in.

10 Who is this King of Glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of   Glory.

7 Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted, you ancient portals, that   the king of glory may enter.8 Who is this king of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD,   mighty in war.

9 Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the   king of glory may enter.

10 Who is this king of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the king of   glory.

Mark31 And his mother and his brethren came; and standing without, sent   unto him, calling him.32 And the multitude sat about him; and they say to him: Behold thy   mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

33 And answering them, he said: Who is my mother and my brethren?

34 And looking round about on them who sat about him, he saith:   Behold my mother and my brethren.

35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my   sister, and mother.

31 His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing   outside they sent word to him and called him.32 A crowd seated around him told   him, “Your mother and your brothers [and your sisters] are outside   asking for you.”

33 But he said to them in reply,   “Who are my mother and [my] brothers?”

34 And looking around at those   seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.

35 [For] whoever does the will of   God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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Ordinary Time – Week 3, Monday

2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10 (DR 2 Kings)
Psalm 89:20-22, 25-26 (DR 88)
Mark 3:22-30



2 Samuel

1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron, saying:   Behold we are thy bone and thy flesh.

2 Moreover yesterday also and the day before, when Saul was king over   us, thou wast he that did lead out and bring in Israel: and the Lord said to   thee: Thou shalt feed my people Israel,   and thou shalt be prince over Israel.

3 The ancients also of Israel came to the king to Hebron, and king   David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed   David to be king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned   forty years.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Juda seven years and six months: and in   Jerusalem he reigned three and thirty years over all Israel and Juda.

7 And the king and all the men that were with him went to Jerusalem   to the Jebusites the inhabitants of the land: and they said to David: Thou   shalt not come in hither unless thou take away the blind and the lame that   say: David shall not come in hither.

7 But David took the castle of Sion, the same is the city of David.

10 And he went on prospering and growing up, and the Lord God of   hosts was with him.


1 All the tribes of Israel came to David in   Hebron, and they said: “Look! We are your bone and your flesh.

2 In days past, when Saul was   still our king, you were the one who led Israel out in all its battles and   brought it back. And the LORD said to you: You shall shepherd my people Israel; you shall be ruler over   Israel.”

3 Then all the elders of Israel   came to the king in Hebron, and at Hebron King David made a covenant with   them in the presence of the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when   he became king, and he reigned forty years:

5 in Hebron he was king over   Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he was king thirty-three   years over all Israel and Judah.

6 Then the king and his men went to Jerusalem   against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. They told David, “You shall not   enter here: the blind and the lame will drive you away!” which was their way   of saying, “David shall not enter here.”

7 David nevertheless captured the fortress of Zion,   which is the City of David.

10 David became ever more   powerful, for the LORD of hosts was with him.


20 Then thou spokest in a vision to thy saints, and saidst: I   have laid help upon one that is   mighty, and have exalted one chosen out of my people.

21 I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed   him.

22 For my hand shall help him:   and my arm shall strengthen him.

25 And my truth and my   mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

26 And I will set his hand in the sea; and his right hand in the   rivers.


20 Then you spoke in vision; to your   faithful ones you said: “I have   set a leader over the warriors; I have raised up a chosen one from the   people.

21 I have chosen David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed   him.

22 My hand will be with him;   my arm will make him strong.

25 My faithfulness and   mercy will be with him; through my name his horn will be exalted.

26 I will set his hand upon the sea, his right hand upon the rivers.


22 And the scribes who were come down from Jerusalem, said: He hath   Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils.

23 And after he had called them together, he said to them in   parables: How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot   stand.

25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26 And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and   cannot stand, but hath an end.

27 No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his   goods, unless he first bind the strong man, and then shall he plunder his   house.

28 Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons   of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme:

29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never   have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.

30 Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit.


22 The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He   is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out   demons.”

23 Summoning them, he began to speak to them in   parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan?

24 If a kingdom is divided   against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house is divided   against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

26 And if Satan has risen up   against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.

27 But no one can enter a strong   man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man.   Then he can plunder his house.

28 Amen, I say to you, all sins   and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.

29 But whoever blasphemes against   the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an   everlasting sin.”

30 For they had said, “He has an   unclean spirit.”



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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 25:4-9 (DR 24) 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20




1 And the word of the Lord came to Jonas the second time, saying:

2 Arise, and go to Ninive the great city: and preach in it the   preaching that I bid thee.

3 And Jonas arose, and went to Ninive, according to the word of the   Lord: now Ninive was a great city of three days’ journey.

4 And Jonas began to enter into the city one day’s journey: and he   cried, and said: Yet forty days, and Ninive shall be destroyed.

5 And the men of Ninive believed in God: and they proclaimed a fast,   and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least.

10 And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil   way: and God had mercy with regard to   the evil which he had said that he would do to them, and he did it not.


1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:

2 Set out for the great city of   Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.

3 So Jonah set out for Nineveh,   in accord with the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an awesomely great city;   it took three days to walk through it.

4 Jonah began his journey through   the city, and when he had gone only a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty   days more and Nineveh shall be overthrown,”

5 the people of Nineveh believed   God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on   sackcloth.

10 When God saw by their actions   how they turned from their evil way, he   repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it   out.

The   use of the word “repented” seems a poor choice in deed. God made us. We are   his. We are deserving of punishment for our many sins. If he spares us, it is   out of mercy. God is perfect love. There can be no remorse, which is a facet   of repentance. There’s also the implication of wrong-doing in the concept of   repentance. “Mercy” was a far better choice.

Repent: Feel   or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin; View or   think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse.

Mercy: Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is   within one’s power to punish or harm; An event to be grateful for, esp. because its occurrence prevents something   unpleasant or provides relief from suffering.


4 Let all them be confounded that act unjust things without cause.   shew, O Lord, thy ways to me, and teach me thy paths.

5 Direct me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art God my Saviour;   and on thee have I waited all the day long.

6 Remember, O Lord, thy bowels of compassion; and thy mercies that   are from the beginning of the world.

7 The sins of my youth and my ignorances do not remember. According   to thy mercy remember thou me: for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 The Lord is sweet and righteous: therefore he will give a law to   sinners in the way.

9 He will guide the mild in judgment: he will teach the meek his   ways.


4 Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths.

5 Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior,   for you I wait all the day long.

6 Remember your compassion and your mercy, O LORD, for they are ages   old.

7 Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to   your mercy, because of your goodness, LORD.

8 Good and upright is the LORD, therefore he shows sinners the way,

9 He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his   way.

1 Corinthians

29 This therefore I say, brethren; the time is short; it remaineth,   that they also who have wives, be as if they had none;

30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that   rejoice, as if they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed   not;

31 And they that use this world, as if they used it not: for the   fashion of this world passeth away.


29 I tell you, brothers, the time is running   out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,

30 those weeping as not weeping,   those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning,

31 those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its   present form is passing away.


14 And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee,   preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at   hand: repent, and believe the gospel.

16 And passing by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his   brother, casting nets into the sea (for they were fishermen).

17 And Jesus said to them: Come after me, and I will make you to   become fishers of men.

18 And immediately leaving their nets, they followed him.

19 And going on from thence a little farther, he saw James the son of   Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were mending their nets in the ship:

20 And forthwith he called them. And leaving their father Zebedee in   the ship with his hired men, they followed him.


14 After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee   proclaiming the gospel of God:

15 “This is the time of   fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the   gospel.”

16 As he passed by the Sea   of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the   sea; they were fishermen.

17 Jesus said to them, “Come   after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

18 Then they abandoned their nets   and followed him.

19 He walked along a little   farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too   were in a boat mending their nets.

20 Then he called them. So they   left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed   him.


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Feast Day of St. Agnes, virgin & martyr

Saint Agnes

2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27 (DR 2 Kings)
Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7 (DR 79)
Mark 3:20-21



2 Samuel1 Now it came to pass, after Saul was dead, that David returned from   the slaughter of the Amalecites, and abode two days in Siceleg.

2 And on the third day, there appeared a man who came out of Saul’s   camp, with his garments rent, and dust strewed on his head: and when he came   to David, he fell upon his face, and adored.

3 And David said to him: From whence comest thou? And he said to him:   I am fled out of the camp of Israel.

4 And David said unto him: What is the matter that is come to pass?   tell me. He said: The people are fled from the battle, and many of the people   are fallen and dead: moreover Saul and Jonathan his son are slain.

11 Then David took hold of his garments and rent them, and likewise   all the men that were with him.

12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening for Saul, and   for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of   Israel, because they were fallen by the sword.

19 The illustrious of Israel are slain upon thy mountains: how are   the valiant fallen?

23 Saul and Jonathan, lovely, and comely in their life, even in death   they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with   scarlet in delights, who gave ornaments of gold for your attire.

25 How are the valiant fallen in battle? Jonathan slain in the high   places?

26 I grieve for thee, my brother Jonathan: exceeding beautiful, and   amiable to me above the love of women. As   the mother loveth her only son, so did I love thee.

27 How are the valiant fallen, and the weapons of war perished?

1 After the death of Saul, David returned from his   victory over the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.

2 On the third day a man came   from the field of battle, one of Saul’s people, with his garments torn and   his head covered with dirt. Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.

3 David asked him, “Where have   you come from?” He replied, “From the Israelite camp: I have escaped.

4 “What happened?” David said. “Tell me.” He   answered that the soldiers had fled the battle and many of them had fallen   and were dead; and that Saul and his son Jonathan were dead.

11 David seized his garments and   tore them, and so did all the men who were with him.

12 They mourned and wept and   fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the people of the   LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

19 Alas! the glory of Israel, slain upon your heights! How can the   warriors have fallen!

23 Saul and Jonathan, beloved and dear, separated neither in life nor   death, swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!

24 Women of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and in   finery, covered your clothing with ornaments of gold.

25 How can the warriors have fallen in the thick of battle! Jonathan—slain   upon your heights!

26 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother! Most dear have you been to   me; More wondrous your love to me than the love of women. (I have a real problem   with this omission. I have heard this lamentation of David’s used to support   a biblical case FOR disordered homosexual relations; pointing to the   relationship between David and Jonathan AS homosexual in nature. However, this   missing phrase pulls that argument’s teeth. Why would the brilliant scholars responsible   for the NAB remove this phrase?)

27 How can the warriors have fallen, the weapons of war have   perished!

Psalm2 Give ear, O thou that rulest Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like   a sheep. Thou that sittest upon the cherubims, shine forth

3 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses. Stir up thy might, and come   to save us.

5 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer   of thy servant?

6 How long wilt thou feed us with the bread of tears: and give us for   our drink tears in measure?

7 Thou hast made us to be a contradiction to our neighbours: and our   enemies have scoffed at us.

2 O Shepherd of Israel, lend an ear, you who guide Joseph like a   flock! Seated upon the cherubim, shine forth

3 upon Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Stir up your power, and come   to save us.

5 LORD of hosts, how long will you smolder in anger while your people   pray?

6 You have fed them the bread of tears, made them drink tears in   great measure.

7 You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors; our enemies   deride us.

Mark20 And they come to a house, and the multitude cometh together again,   so that they could not so much as eat bread.

21 And when his friends   had heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him. For they said: He is   become mad.

20 He came home. Again [the] crowd gathered,   making it impossible for them even to eat.

21 When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said,   “He is out of his mind.”

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Ordinary Time – Week 2, Friday

1 Samuel 24:3-21
Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11
Mark 3:13-19



1 Samuel

3 Saul therefore took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel,   and went out to seek after David, and his men, even upon the most craggy rocks, which are accessible only to wild   goats.

4 And he came to the   sheepcotes, which were in his way. And there was a cave, into which Saul went, to ease nature: now David and his men lay   hid in the inner part of the cave.

5 And the servants of David said to him: Behold the day, of which the   Lord said to thee: I will deliver thy enemy unto thee, that thou mayest do to   him as it shall seem good in thy eyes. Then David arose, and secretly cut off   the hem of Saul’s robe.

6 After which David’s heart   struck him, because he had cut off the hem of Saul’s robe.

7 And he said to his men: The Lord be merciful unto me, that I may do   no such thing to my master the Lord’s anointed, as to lay my hand upon him,   because he is the Lord’s anointed.

8 And David stopped his men with his words, and suffered them not to   rise against Saul. But Saul rising up out of the cave, went on his way.

9 And David also rose up after him: and going out of the cave cried   after Saul, saying: My lord the king. And Saul looked behind him: and David   bowing himself down to the ground, worshipped,

10 And said to Saul: Why dost thou hear the words of men that say   David seeketh thy hurt?

11 Behold this day thy eyes have seen, that the Lord hath delivered   thee into my hand, in the cave, and I   had a thought to kill thee, but my eye hath spared thee. For I said: I   will not put out my hand against my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.

12 Moreover see and know, O my father, the hem of thy robe in my   hand, that when I cut, off the hem of thy robe, I would not put out my hand   against thee. Reflect, and see, that there is no evil in my hand, nor   iniquity, neither have I sinned   against thee: but thou liest in wait for my life, to take it away.

13 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord revenge me of   thee: but my hand shall not be upon thee.

14 As also it is said in the old proverb: From the wicked shall wickedness   come forth: therefore my hand shall not be upon thee. After whom dost thou   come out, O king of Israel?

15 After whom dost thou pursue? After a dead dog, after a flea.

16 Be the Lord judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and   judge my cause, and deliver me out of   thy hand.

17 And when David had made an end of speaking these words to Saul,   Saul said: Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and   wept.

18 And he said to David: Thou art more just than I: for thou hast   done good to me, and I have rewarded thee with evil.

19 And thou hast shewn this day what good things thou hast done to   me: how the Lord delivered me into thy hand, and thou hast not killed me.

20 For who when he hath found his enemy, will let him go well away?   But the Lord reward thee for this good turn, for what thou hast done to me   this day.

21 And now as I know that thou shalt surely be king, and have the   kingdom of Israel in thy hand:


3 So Saul took three thousand of the best men from   all Israel and went in search of David and his men in the direction of the wild goat crags. (That’s just a   silly-sounding translation.)

4 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. (Again, the NABRE just sounds… tacky.)

5 David’s servants said to him,   “This is the day about which the LORD said to you: I will deliver your enemy   into your hand; do with him as you see fit.” So David moved up and stealthily   cut off an end of Saul’s robe.

6 Afterward, however, David regretted that he had cut off   an end of Saul’s robe. (I really love the Douai. Just sayin’.)

7 He said to his men, “The LORD forbid   that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, to lay a   hand on him, for he is the LORD’s anointed.”

8 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.

9 David also stepped out of the   cave, calling to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked back, David   bowed, his face to the ground in homage,

10 and asked Saul: “Why do you   listen to those who say, ‘David is trying to harm you’?

11 You see for yourself today   that the LORD just now delivered you into my hand in the cave. I was told to kill you, but I took   pity on you instead. I decided, ‘I will not raise a hand against my master,   for he is the LORD’s anointed.’ (Whoa, big difference. Wonder where they came   up with THAT little twist…)

12 Look here, my father. See the   end of your robe which I hold. I cut off an end of your robe and did not kill   you. Now 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. (Say it with me, “sinned”.)

13 May the LORD judge between me   and you. May the LORD exact justice from you in my case. I shall not lay a   hand on you.

14 As the old proverb says, ‘From   the wicked comes wickedness.’ Thus I will not lay a hand on you.

15 What is the king of Israel   attacking? What are you pursuing? A dead dog! A single flea!

16 The LORD will be the judge to   decide between us. May the LORD see this, defend my cause, and give me justice against you!(sigh)

17 When David finished saying   these things to Saul, Saul answered, “Is that your voice, my son David?” And   he wept freely.

18 Saul then admitted to David:   “You are more in the right than I am. You have treated me graciously, while I   have treated you badly.

19 You have declared this day how   you treated me graciously: the LORD delivered me into your hand and you did   not kill me.

20 For if someone comes upon an enemy,   do they send them graciously on their way? So may the LORD reward you   graciously for what you have done this day.

21 And now, since I know that you   will certainly become king and that the kingship over Israel shall come into   your possession,


2 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth in thee.   And in the shadow of thy wings will I   hope, until iniquity pass away.

3 I will cry to God the most High; to God who hath done good to me.

4 He hath sent from heaven and delivered me: he hath made them a   reproach that trod upon me. God hath   sent his mercy and his truth,

6 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all   the earth.

11 For thy mercy is magnified   even to the heavens: and thy truth unto the clouds.


2 Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me. In you I seek refuge. In the shadow of your wings I seek refuge till harm pass by.

3 I call to God Most High, to God who provides for me.

4 May God send help from heaven to save me, shame those who trample   upon me. May God send fidelity and   mercy.

6 Be exalted over the heavens, God; may your glory appear above all   the earth.

11 For your mercy towers to   the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.


Those   poor psalms…


13 And going up into a mountain, he called unto him whom he would   himself: and they came to him.

14 And he made that twelve should be with him, and that he might send   them to preach.

15 And he gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.

16 And to Simon he gave the name Peter:

17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and   he named them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

18 And Andrew and Philip, and Bartholomew and Matthew, and Thomas and   James of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananean:

19 And Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.


13 He went up the mountain and summoned those   whom he wanted and they came to him.

14 He appointed twelve   [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send   them forth to preach

15 and to have authority to drive   out demons:

16 [he appointed the   twelve:] Simon, whom he named Peter;

17 James, son of Zebedee, and   John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder;

18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,   Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,

19 and Judas Iscariot who   betrayed him.


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Ordinary Time – Week 2, Thursday

1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7 (DR 1 Kings)
Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13 (DR 55: 2-3, 9-12)
Mark 3:7-12



1 Samuel

6 Now when David returned, after be slew the Philistine, the women   came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul,   with timbrels of joy, and cornets.

7 And the women sung as they played, and they said: I Saul slew his   thousands, and David his ten thousands.

8 And Saul was exceeding angry, and this word was displeasing in his   eyes, and he said: They have given David ten thousands, and to me they have   given but a thousand; what can he have more but the kingdom?

9 And Saul did not look on David with a good eye from that day and   forward.

1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that   they should kill David. But Jonathan the son of Saul loved David exceedingly.

2 And Jonathan told David, saying: Saul my father seeketh to kill   thee: wherefore look to thyself, I beseech thee, in the morning, and thou   shalt abide in a secret place and shalt be hid.

3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where   thou art: and I will speak of thee to my father, and whatsoever I shall see,   I will tell thee.

4 And Jonathan spoke good things of David to Saul his father: and   said to him: Sin not, O king, against   thy servant, David, because he hath not sinned against thee, and his works   are very good towards thee.

5 And he put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the   Lord wrought great salvation for all Israel. Thou sawest it and didst   rejoice. Why therefore wilt thou sin   against innocent blood by killing David, who is without fault?

6 And when Saul heard this he was appeased with the words of   Jonathan, and swore: As the Lord liveth he shall not be slain.

7 Then Jonathan called David and told him all these words: and   Jonathan brought in David to Saul, and he was before him, as he had been   yesterday and the day before.


6 At the approach of Saul and David, on David’s   return after striking down the Philistine, women came out from all the cities   of Israel to meet Saul the king, singing and dancing, with tambourines,   joyful songs, and stringed instruments.

7 The women played and sang: “Saul has slain his   thousands, David his tens of thousands.”

8 Saul was very angry and   resentful of the song, for he thought: “They give David tens of thousands,   but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.”

9 From that day on, Saul kept a   jealous eye on David.

1 Saul discussed his intention to kill David with   his son Jonathan and with all his servants. But Saul’s son Jonathan, who was   very fond of David,

2 told him: “My father Saul is   trying to kill you. Therefore, please be on your guard tomorrow morning; stay   out of sight and remain in hiding.

3 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.”

4 Jonathan then spoke well of   David to his father Saul, telling him: “The   king should not harm his servant David. He has not harmed you, but has helped   you very much by his deeds.

5 When he took his life in his   hands and killed the Philistine, and the LORD won a great victory for all   Israel, you were glad to see it. Why,   then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing   David without cause?”

6 Saul heeded Jonathan’s plea and   swore, “As the LORD lives, he shall not be killed.”

7 So Jonathan summoned David and repeated the whole conversation to   him. He then brought David to Saul, and David served him as before.


And we   wonder at the loss of the sense of sin in our modern age…


2 Have mercy on me, O God, for   man hath trodden me under foot; all the day long he hath afflicted me   fighting against me.

3 My enemies have trodden on   me all the day long; for they are many that make war against me.

9 I have declared to thee my life: thou hast set my tears in thy sight, As   also in thy promise.

10 Then shall my enemies be   turned back. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, behold I know thou   art my God.

11 In God will I praise the   word, in the Lord will I praise his speech. In God have I hoped, I will not   fear what man can do to me.

12 In me, O God, are vows to thee, which I will pay, praises to thee:


2 Have mercy on me, God, for I   am treated harshly; attackers press me all the day.

3 My foes treat me harshly all   the day; yes, many are my attackers. O Most High,

9 My wanderings you have noted;   are my tears not stored in your flask,   recorded in your book?

10 My foes turn back when I   call on you. This I know: God is on my side.

11 I praise the word of God, I   praise the word of the LORD.

12 In God I trust, I do not   fear. What can man do to me?

13 I have made vows to you, God; with   offerings I will fulfill them,


I   still prefer the language and phrasing of the original. We’re not as dumb as   some seem to think.


7 But Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea; and a great   multitude followed him from Galilee and Judea,

8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan.   And they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing the things which he   did, came to him.

9 And he spoke to his disciples that a small ship should wait on him   because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

10 For he healed many, so that they pressed upon him for to touch   him, as many as had evils.

11 And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him:   and they cried, saying:

12 Thou art the Son of God. And he strictly charged them that they   should not make him known.


7 Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his   disciples. A large number of people [followed] from Galilee and from Judea.

8 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.

9 He told his disciples to have a   boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.

10 He had cured many and, as a   result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.

11 And whenever unclean   spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son   of God.”

12 He warned them sternly not to   make him known.


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