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
Reading 1 1 Sm 15:16-23
Samuel said to Saul:"Stop! Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night."Saul replied, "Speak!" Samuel then said: "Though little in your own esteem,are you not leader of the tribes of Israel?The LORD anointed you king of Israel and sent you on a mission, saying,'Go and put the sinful Amalekites under a ban of destruction.Fight against them until you have exterminated them.'Why then have you disobeyed the LORD?You have pounced on the spoil, thus displeasing the LORD."Saul answered Samuel: "I did indeed obey the LORDand fulfill the mission on which the LORD sent me.I have brought back Agag, and I have destroyed Amalek under the ban.But from the spoil the men took sheep and oxen,the best of what had been banned,to sacrifice to the LORD their God in Gilgal."But Samuel said:"Does the LORD so delight in burnt offerings and sacrificesas in obedience to the command of the LORD?Obedience is better than sacrifice,and submission than the fat of rams.For a sin like divination is rebellion,and presumption is the crime of idolatry.Because you have rejected the command of the LORD,he, too, has rejected you as ruler."
Responsorial Psalm Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God."Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,for your burnt offerings are before me always.I take from your house no bullock,no goats out of your fold."R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God."Why do you recite my statutes,and profess my covenant with your mouth,Though you hate disciplineand cast my words behind you?"R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God."When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?Or do you think that I am like yourself?I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God."R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
Alleluia Hb 4:12
R. Alleluia, alleluia.The word of God is living and effective,able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mk 2:18-22The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.People came to Jesus and objected,"Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,but your disciples do not fast?"Jesus answered them,"Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,and then they will fast on that day.No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.If he does, its fullness pulls away,the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,and both the wine and the skins are ruined.Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins."
Posted: January 15, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19
Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORDwhere the ark of God was.The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, "Here I am."Samuel ran to Eli and said, "Here I am. You called me.""I did not call you, " Eli said. "Go back to sleep."So he went back to sleep.Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli."Here I am, " he said. "You called me."But Eli answered, "I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep."At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.Getting up and going to Eli, he said, "Here I am. You called me."Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.So he said to Samuel, "Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening."When Samuel went to sleep in his place,the LORD came and revealed his presence,calling out as before, "Samuel, Samuel!"Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant is listening."Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.I have waited, waited for the LORD,and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.And he put a new song into my mouth,a hymn to our God. R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.Sacrifice or offering you wished not,but ears open to obedience you gave me.Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;then said I, "Behold I come."R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will."In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,to do your will, O my God, is my delight,and your law is within my heart!"R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.I announced your justice in the vast assembly;I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Reading II 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Brothers and sisters:The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord,and the Lord is for the body;God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.Avoid immorality.Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,but the immoral person sins against his own body.Do you not know that your bodyis a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?For you have been purchased at a price.Therefore glorify God in your body.
Alleluia Jn 1:41, 17bR. Alleluia, alleluia.We have found the Messiah:Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Jn 1:35-42John was standing with two of his disciples,and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,"Behold, the Lamb of God."The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,"What are you looking for?"They said to him, "Rabbi" — which translated means Teacher —,"where are you staying?"He said to them, "Come, and you will see."So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,and they stayed with him that day.It was about four in the afternoon.Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.He first found his own brother Simon and told him,"We have found the Messiah" — which is translated Christ —.Then he brought him to Jesus.Jesus looked at him and said,"You are Simon the son of John;you will be called Cephas" — which is translated Peter.
Posted: January 14, 2018, 9:30 am
Readings courtesy of USCCB