Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
February 3, 2012

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 47:2-11
    2 As the fat is selected from the peace offering, so David was selected from the sons of Israel.
    3 He played with lions as with young goats, and with bears as with lambs of the flock.
    4 In his youth did he not kill a giant, and take away reproach from the people, when he lifted his hand with a stone in the sling and struck down the boasting of Goliath?
    5 For he appealed to the Lord, the Most High, and he gave him strength in his right hand to slay a man mighty in war, to exalt the power of his people.
    6 So they glorified him for his ten thousands, and praised him for the blessings of the Lord, when the glorious diadem was bestowed upon him.
    7 For he wiped out his enemies on every side, and annihilated his adversaries the Philistines; he crushed their power even to this day.
    8 In all that he did he gave thanks to the Holy One, the Most High, with ascriptions of glory; he sang praise with all his heart, and he loved his Maker.
    9 He placed singers before the altar, to make sweet melody with their voices.
    10 He gave beauty to the feasts, and arranged their times throughout the year, while they praised God's holy name, and the sanctuary resounded from early morning.
    11 The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his power for ever; he gave him the covenant of kings and a throne of glory in Israel.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 18:31, 47, 50-51
    30 This God -- his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
    46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation,
    49 For this I will extol thee, O LORD, among the nations, and sing praises to thy name.
    50 Great triumphs he gives to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his descendants for ever.

  • Gospel

    Mark 6:14-29
    14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
    15 But others said, "It is Eli'jah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."
    16 But when Herod heard of it he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised."
    17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her.
    18 For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
    19 And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
    20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly.
    21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee.
    22 For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it."
    23 And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."
    24 And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer."
    25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
    26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.
    27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
    28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
    29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Romans 5:1-5
    1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
    3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
    4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
    5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 117:1-2
    1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
    2 For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Mark 16:15-20
    15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
    16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
    18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
    20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.


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