Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
February 4, 2012

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Kings 3:4-13
    4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings upon that altar.
    5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you."
    6 And Solomon said, "Thou hast shown great and steadfast love to thy servant David my father, because he walked before thee in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward thee; and thou hast kept for him this great and steadfast love, and hast given him a son to sit on his throne this day.
    7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
    8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.
    9 Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?"
    10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
    11 And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
    12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
    13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 119:9-14
    9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
    10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
    11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
    13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
    14 In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  • Gospel

    Mark 6:30-34
    30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
    31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
    32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
    33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them.
    34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 52:7-10
    7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
    8 Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice, together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.
    9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
    10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 126:1-5
    1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
    2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
    3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
    4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb!
    5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 10:16-25
    16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
    17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
    18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
    19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
    20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
    21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
    22 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
    23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.
    24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master;
    25 it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el'zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.


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