Readings for Tuesday 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Heb 6:10-20

This hope we have as an anchor sure and firm.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
   and the love you have demonstrated for his name
   by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.
We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness
   for the fulfillment of hope until the end,
   so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,
   through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises.

When God made the promise to Abraham,
   since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
   and said, I will indeed bless you and multiply you.
And so, after patient waiting, Abraham obtained the promise.
Now, men swear by someone greater than themselves;
   for them an oath serves as a guarantee
   and puts an end to all argument.
So when God wanted to give the heirs of his promise
   an even clearer demonstration of the immutability of his purpose,
   he intervened with an oath,
   so that by two immutable things,
   in which it was impossible for God to lie,
   we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged
   to hold fast to the hope that lies before us.
This we have as an anchor of the soul,
   sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil,
   where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner,
   becoming high priest forever
   according to the order of Melchizedek.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c

R. :

R. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
   in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
   exquisite in all their delights.

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
   gracious and merciful is the LORD.
He has given food to those who fear him;
   he will forever be mindful of his covenant.

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

He has sent deliverance to his people;
   he has ratified his covenant forever;
   holy and awesome is his name.
   His praise endures forever.

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

Year 2

First Reading
1 Sm 16:1-13

Samuel anointed David in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the LORD God rushed upon him.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

The LORD said to Samuel:
“How long will you grieve for Saul,
   whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
   for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”
But Samuel replied:
   “How can I go?
   Saul will hear of it and kill me.”
To this the LORD answered:
   “Take a heifer along and say,
   ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;
   you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.”

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.
When he entered Bethlehem,
   the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,
   “Is your visit peaceful, O seer?”
He replied:
   “Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet.”
He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselves
   and invited them to the sacrifice.
As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,
   “Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him.”
But the LORD said to Samuel:
   “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
   because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
   because he sees the appearance
   but the LORD looks into the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,
   who said, “The LORD has not chosen him.”
Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
   “The LORD has not chosen this one either.”
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
   but Samuel said to Jesse,
   “The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
   “Are these all the sons you have?”
Jesse replied,
   “There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
   “Send for him;
   we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.”
Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
   and making a splendid appearance.
The LORD said,
   “There—anoint him, for this is he!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
   anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
   and from that day on, the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.
When Samuel took his leave, he went to Ramah.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28

R. :

R. (21a) I have found David, my servant.

Once you spoke in a vision,
   and to your faithful ones you said:
“On a champion I have placed a crown;
   over the people I have set a youth.”

R. I have found David, my servant.

“I have found David, my servant;
   with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
   and that my arm may make him strong.”

R. I have found David, my servant.

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
   my God, the Rock, my savior.’
And I will make him the first-born,
   highest of the kings of the earth.”

R. I have found David, my servant.

Gospel Acclamation
See Eph 1:17-18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to our call.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 2:23-28

The sabbath was made for people, not people for the sabbath.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath,
   his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.
At this the Pharisees said to him,
   “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
He said to them,
   “Have you never read what David did
   when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest
   and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,
   and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them,
   “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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