David is made known!


#1

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of reading the first Scriptures today at Mass; in it, we are introduced to David, the future King! Then, we hear/sing one of his most ‘famous’ Psalms, 23! The Lord is my Shepherd!

For some reason, this was the most excited I’ve been about being a Lector in the past year, other than a reading from Sirach that God had led me to randomly just a few weeks before, and at Christmas. What a honor to proclaim and introduce David, the great King of Israel and the Old Testament.

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Reading 1 1 SM 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A

The LORD said to Samuel:
“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.”

As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
Samuel 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 man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.”
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 the one!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

R/ (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R/ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R/ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R/ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R/ The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


#2

I’ve read this account many times over the years, or heard it proclaimed at mass.
But today, I was struck by the last paragraph, which reads:

The LORD said,
“There—anoint him, for this is the one!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

How powerful is the anointing which bestows the Holy Spirit, even in the Old Testament. I was very moved by this. And again in the psalm, “you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Keep up the good work, dear Lector - it is a beautiful ministry, one that I have also enjoyed for many years.


#3

Thank you! :slight_smile: It was amazing. That was my favorite line, and is clearly emphasized in our workbook.

Ironically :slight_smile: the other scripture that so moved me to tears was from Sirach!! It was a passage the Lord led me to, just when I needed it, when I was praying for humility; I was looking for an answer on something fairly small, and just opened the Bible…right there where my fingers landed was scripture about humility (the heading and everything!) in Sirach. That totally gave me the answer I needed, as well as reinforced His Love for me, and Him being with me at all times. Brand new Bible, didn’t know much about the Bible (still learning) and definitely wasn’t ‘marked’ to open to that passage or page.


#4

ccmcmg,
“The Lord works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform”
as has been said by the faithful(see Rom 11:33; Ps 72:18)


#5

Today, I was struck by the New Testament reading from Ephesians 5:8-14 “You once were darkness, but now you are light in The Lord…” I for years thought it said “you were once IN darkness…” Ironically at our parish just before Mass started the lights in the church got temporarily shut off! The priest made a little comment about that during his homily:D Kind of interesting how that worked:)


#6

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