Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
February 4, 2014

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Green


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

    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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