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24/01/2022 Day 24

2 Samuel 5:1-7.10; Mark 3:22-30


Memorial of St. Francis de Sales – Bishop & Doctor
Readings on p. 756 and Antiphons on p. 1918 of the Daily Missal – Year II

Entrance Antiphon.

This is the steward, faithful and prudent, whom the Lord put in charge of his servants to distribute their allowance at the proper time.

 

First Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-7.10

A reading from the Second Book of Samuel.

In those days:
All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said,
“Behold, we are your bone and flesh.
In times past, when Saul was king over us,
it was you that led out and brought in Israel;
and the Lord said to you,
‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel,
and you shall be prince over Israel.’”
So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron,
and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron
before the Lord,
and they anointed David king over Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned forty years.
At Hebron, he reigned over Judah seven years and six months,
and at Jerusalem, he reigned over all Israel and Judah
thirty-three years.

And the king and his men went to Jerusalem
against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land,
who said to David, “You will not come in here,
but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—
thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion,
that is, the city of David.

And David became greater and greater,
for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:20.21-22.25-26 (R. 25a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. My mercy and my faithfulness shall be with him.

Then you spoke in a vision.
To your faithful ones you said,
“I have set the crown on a warrior,
I have exalted one chosen from the people.

I have found my servant David,
and with my holy oil anointed him.
My hand shall always be with him,
and my arm shall make him strong.

My mercy and my faithfulness shall be with him;
by my name, his might shall be exalted.
I will stretch out his hand to the Sea,
and his right hand upon the Rivers.

R/. My mercy and my faithfulness shall be with him.

 

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.
Our Saviour Christ Jesus abolished death
and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.
Alleluia.

 

 

Gospel: Mark 3:22-30

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

At that time:
The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,
and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”

And he called them to him, and said to them in parables,
“How can Satan cast out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods unless he first binds the strong man;
then indeed he may plunder his house.

“Truly, I say to you,
all sins will be forgiven the children of men,
and whatever blasphemies they utter;
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
never has forgiveness,
but is guilty of an eternal sin”—
for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.
It was not you who chose me, says the Lord, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

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