Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest
January 31, 2012

Psalter: Week IV

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30--19:3
    9 And Ab'salom chanced to meet the servants of David. Ab'salom was riding upon his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on.
    10 And a certain man saw it, and told Jo'ab, "Behold, I saw Ab'salom hanging in an oak."
    14 Jo'ab said, "I will not waste time like this with you." And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Ab'salom, while he was still alive in the oak.
    24 Now David was sitting between the two gates; and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate by the wall, and when he lifted up his eyes and looked, he saw a man running alone.
    25 And the watchman called out and told the king. And the king said, "If he is alone, there are tidings in his mouth." And he came apace, and drew near.
    30 And the king said, "Turn aside, and stand here." So he turned aside, and stood still.
    31 And behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, "Good tidings for my lord the king! For the LORD has delivered you this day from the power of all who rose up against you."
    32 The king said to the Cushite, "Is it well with the young man Ab'salom?" And the Cushite answered, "May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be like that young man."
    33 And the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, "O my son Ab'salom, my son, my son Ab'salom! Would I had died instead of you, O Ab'salom, my son, my son!"
    1 It was told Jo'ab, "Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Ab'salom."
    2 So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people; for the people heard that day, "The king is grieving for his son."
    3 And the people stole into the city that day as people steal in who are ashamed when they flee in battle.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 86:1-6
    1 Incline thy ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
    2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save thy servant who trusts in thee. Thou art my God;
    3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to thee do I cry all the day.
    4 Gladden the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
    5 For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee.
    6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication.

  • Gospel

    Mark 5:21-43
    21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea.
    22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja'irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
    23 and besought him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live."
    24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
    25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
    26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
    27 She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
    28 For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well."
    29 And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
    30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?"
    31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'"
    32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
    33 But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
    34 And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
    35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
    36 But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
    37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
    38 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
    39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."
    40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
    41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."
    42 And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
    43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Philippians 4:4-9
    4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
    5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.
    6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
    9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 103:1-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18
    1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
    2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
    3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
    13 As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.
    14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
    17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,
    18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 18:1-5
    1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
    2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,
    3 and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    5 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;


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