Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
January 12, 2012

Psalter: Week I

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Samuel 4:1-11
    1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines; they encamped at Ebene'zer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek.
    2 The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who slew about four thousand men on the field of battle.
    3 And when the troops came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the LORD put us to rout today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD here from Shiloh, that he may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies."
    4 So the people sent to Shiloh, and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phin'ehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
    5 When the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel gave a mighty shout, so that the earth resounded.
    6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, "What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?" And when they learned that the ark of the LORD had come to the camp,
    7 the Philistines were afraid; for they said, "A god has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before.
    8 Woe to us! Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods? These are the gods who smote the Egyptians with every sort of plague in the wilderness.
    9 Take courage, and acquit yourselves like men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews as they have been to you; acquit yourselves like men and fight."
    10 So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and they fled, every man to his home; and there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers.
    11 And the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phin'ehas, were slain.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25
    9 Yet thou hast cast us off and abased us, and hast not gone out with our armies.
    10 Thou hast made us turn back from the foe; and our enemies have gotten spoil.
    13 Thou hast made us the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and scorn of those about us.
    14 Thou hast made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.
    23 Rouse thyself! Why sleepest thou, O Lord? Awake! Do not cast us off for ever!
    24 Why dost thou hide thy face? Why dost thou forget our affliction and oppression?

  • Gospel

    Mark 1:40-45
    40 And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean."
    41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I will; be clean."
    42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
    43 And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once,
    44 and said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
    45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 33:12-16
    12 And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins.
    13 Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that he has committed he shall die.
    14 Again, though I say to the wicked, `You shall surely die,' yet if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right,
    15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
    16 None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right, he shall surely live.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 51:8-12, 17, 19
    6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8 Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
    9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
    15 O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
    17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

  • Gospel

    Luke 15:3-7
    3 So he told them this parable:
    4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?
    5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
    6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.'
    7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.


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