Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Wednesday, 19th January, 2022
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Wednesday of 2nd week in Ordinary Time, Year 2
(Today begins the 2022 Week of Prayer for Cristian Unity)
A reading from the first book of Samuel. 17: 32-33, 37, 40-51
Theme: David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.
David said to Saul,
‘Let no one lose heart on his account; your servant will go and fight this Philistine’.
But Saul answered David,
‘You cannot go and fight the Philistine, you are only a boy and he has been a warrior from his youth’.
The Lord who rescued me from the claws of lion and bear’. David said ‘will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.‘
Then Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you!’
He took his staff in his hand, picked five smooth stones from the river bed, put them in his shepherd’s bag, in his pouch, and with his sling in his hand he went to meet the Philistine. The Philistine, his shield-bearer in front of him, came nearer and nearer to David; and the Philistine looked at David, and what he saw filled him with scorn, because David was only a youth, a boy of fresh complexion and pleasant bearing. The Philistine said to him,
‘Am I a dog for you to come against me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David,
‘Come over here and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field’.
But David answered the Philistine,
‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel that you have dared to insult. Today the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I shall kill you; I will cut off your head, and this very day I will give your dead body and the bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord gives the victory, for the Lord is lord of the battle and he will deliver you into our power.’
No sooner had the Philistine started forward to confront David than David left the line of battle and ran to meet the Philistine. Putting his hand in his bag, he took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead; the stone penetrated his forehead and he fell on his face to the ground. Thus David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone and struck the Philistine down and killed him. David had no sword in his hand. Then David ran and, standing over the Philistine, seized his sword and drew it from the scabbard, and with this he killed him, cutting off his head. The Philistines saw that their champion was dead and took to flight.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 143
Response Blessed be the Lord, my rock.
1. Blessed be the Lord, my rock
who trains my arms for battle,
who prepares my hands for war. Response
2. He is my love, my fortress;
he is my stronghold, my saviour,
my shield, my place of refuge.
He brings peoples under my rule. Response
3. To you, 0 God, will I sing a new song;
I will play on the ten-stringed lute
to you who give kings their victory,
who set David your servant free. Response
Gospel Acclamation Heb 4: 12
The word of God is something alive and active:
it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.
or Mt 4: 23
Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom
and cured all kinds of sickness among the people.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 3:1-6 Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: Is it against the law on the sabbath day to save life?
Jesus went again into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up out in the middle!’
Then he said to them,
‘Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’
But they said nothing. Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man,
‘Stretch out your hand’. He stretched it out and his hand was better.
The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Wednesday Second Week in Ordinary Time Mark 3:1-6
At the beginning of today’s first reading, Saul says to David, ‘You cannot go and fight the Philistine; you are only a boy and he has been a warrior from his youth.’ The Philistine had everything on his side from a human point of view – size, experience, weaponry, reputation. David had nothing going for him. He was young and inexperienced, and had no weaponry of significance. Yet he had a deep trust in the Lord’s ability to rescue him from the power of the Philistine. As a result, in this unequal contest, it was David who emerged the victor. There is a pattern in the Scriptures of people finding themselves before impossible odds, yet winning through because they place their trust in the Lord rather than in their own meagre resources. In the course of his ministry, Jesus often found himself up against opponents who, from a human point of view, seemed stronger, more resourceful and better equipped. At the end of his life, Jesus found himself up against the might of the Roman Empire and its supporting allies, the chief priest and elders of the people. As he hung from the cross, Jesus’ opponents seemed to have won, but Jesus’ trust in God at this moment of extreme vulnerability was vindicated when he was raised from the dead and the rejected stone became the cornerstone of a new spiritual temple. That deadly conflict at the end of his life is already anticipated in today’s gospel reading, shortly into his public ministry.
The same combination of religious and political leadership conspires to trap him and, at the end of the gospel reading, plot to destroy him. Yet Jesus is not intimidated by his enemies. He is determined ‘to do good’, on the Sabbath as much as on any other day. He would heal the man with the withered hand, although it would fan the flames of opposition to him. His trust in God left him free to do the good thing, even in the face of a formidable foe. Both readings encourage us to persevere in standing up to forces of death, trusting that the Lord will provide for us if we keep seeking to do what is right and good in God’s eyes.________________________________
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f https://www.messenger.ie/product/my-words-will-not-pass-away-reflections-on-the-weekday-readings-for-the-liturgical-year-2021-22/