Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
January 16, 2014

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

    1 Corinthians 4:9-13
    9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men.
    10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
    11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless,
    12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
    13 when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 126:1-6
    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!
    6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 10:16-22
    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.


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