Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Thursday, 27th January, 2022
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Thursday of 3rd week in Ordinary Time, Year 2
A reading from the second book of the Prophet Samuel 7: 18-19, 24-29
Theme: Who am I, Lord, and what is my house?
After Nathan had spoken to David, the King went in and, seated before the Lord, said:
Who am I, Lord, and what is my House, that you have led me as far as this? Yet in your sight, Lord, this is still not far enough, and you make your promises extend to the House of your servant for a far-distant future. You have constituted your people Israel to be your own people for ever; and you, the Lord, have become their God. Now, Lord always keep the promise you have made your servant and his House, and do as you have said. Your name will be exalted for ever and men will say, “the Lord of hosts is God over Israel.”
The House of your servant David will be made secure in your presence, since you yourself, the Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, “I will build you a House”; hence your servant has ventured to offer this prayer to you. Yes, Lord, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this fair promise to your servant. Be pleased, then, to bless the House of your servant, that it may continue for ever in your presence; for you, Lord, have spoken; and with your blessing the House of your servant will be for ever blessed.’
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 131:1-5, 11-14
Response The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.
1. O Lord, remember David
and all the hardships he endured,
the oath he swore to the Lord,
his vow to the Strong One of Jacob. Response
2. ‘I will not enter the house where 1 live
nor go to the bed where I rest.
I will give no sleep to my eyes
to my eyelids will give no slumber
till 1 find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.’ Response
3. The Lord swore an oath to David;
he will not go back on his word:
‘A son, the fruit of your body
will 1 set upon your throne. Response
4. ‘If they keep my covenant in truth
and my laws that 1 have taught them,
their sons also shall rule
on your throne from age to age.’ Response
5. For the Lord has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his dwelling:
‘This is my resting-place for ever,
here have 1 chosen to live.’ Response
Gospel Acclamation Phil 2: 15
You will shine in the world like bright stars because you are offering it the word of life.
Or Ps 118: 105
The seed is the word of God, Christ the sower; whoever finds the seed will remain for ever.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Mark 4: 21-25 Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: A lamp is to be put on a lamp-stand. The amount you measure, out is the amount you will be given.seed will remain for ever.
Jesus said to the crowd,
‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to this.’
He also said to them,
‘Take notice of what you are hearing. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides; for the man who has will be given more; from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Thursday Third Week in Ordinary Time Mark 4:21-25
Today’s gospel reading from Mark follows immediately after yesterday’s gospel reading of the parable of the sower and its interpretation, which was a reflection on Jesus’ proclamation of God’s word and how it was being responded to. Today’s gospel reading suggests that God’s word is like a light that needs to be let shine. No one puts a lamp under a bed but on a lamp stand where it can give light to all. God’s word proclaimed by Jesus is a lamp for our way and a light for our steps. It needs constant proclamation. We are aware of various forms of darkness in our world; we are always on the lookout for some light. The words of Jesus allow God’s light to shine upon us. That is why, according to our gospel reading, we need to listen carefully to the Lord’s word. ‘Take notice of what you are hearing.’
Jesus declares that the more attentively we listen to God’s word, the more we will receive. ‘The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides, for the one who has will be given more.’ The contrary is also true. If we fail to listen to the Lord’s word, if we turn away from it, we can easily lose what we may have gained from listening to it in the past. ‘The one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’ The Lord’s word is a wonderful light in our lives; it has the power to bring us life. However, it needs our response. The Lord who speaks needs us to listen, and if we give ourselves over to really listening to his word then we will receive more than we ever anticipated. In the words of Jesus from another of the gospels, ‘A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.’
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/