Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbott
January 17, 2012

Psalter: Week II

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Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Samuel 16:1-13
    1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons."
    2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, `I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
    3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me him whom I name to you."
    4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?"
    5 And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
    6 When they came, he looked on Eli'ab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him."
    7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
    8 Then Jesse called Abin'adab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."
    9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."
    10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these."
    11 And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and fetch him; for we will not sit down till he comes here."
    12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he."
    13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:20-22, 27-28
    19 Of old thou didst speak in a vision to thy faithful one, and say: "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
    20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
    27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.

  • Gospel

    Mark 2:23-28
    23 One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.
    24 And the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?"
    25 And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him:
    26 how he entered the house of God, when Abi'athar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?"
    27 And he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath;
    28 so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 6:10-13, 18
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
    11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
    13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
    1 Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge.
    2 I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee."
    5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.
    7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 19:16-26
    16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
    17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."
    18 He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
    19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?"
    21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
    22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
    23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
    25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"
    26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."


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