So let's talk about today's readings 1/18/10

January 18, 2010

Reading I
1 Sm 15:16-23
Samuel said to Saul:
“Stop! Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.”
Saul replied, “Speak!”
Samuel then said: “Though little in your own esteem,
are you not leader of the tribes of Israel?
The LORD anointed you king of Israel and sent you on a mission, saying,
‘Go and put the sinful Amalekites under a ban of destruction.
Fight against them until you have exterminated them.’
Why then have you disobeyed the LORD?
You have pounced on the spoil, thus displeasing the LORD.”
Saul answered Samuel: “I did indeed obey the LORD
and fulfill the mission on which the LORD sent me.
I have brought back Agag, and I have destroyed Amalek under the ban.
But from the spoil the men took sheep and oxen,
the best of what had been banned,
to sacrifice to the LORD their God in Gilgal.”
But Samuel said:
“Does the LORD so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as in obedience to the command of the LORD?
Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission than the fat of rams.
For a sin like divination is rebellion,
and presumption is the crime of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the command of the LORD,
he, too, has rejected you as ruler.”

Responsorial Psalm
50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
R. (23b)** To the upright I will show the saving power of God.**
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R.** To the upright I will show the saving power of God.** Gospel
Mk 2:18-22
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them,
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

“Stop! Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.”
– That would really get my attention. I would listen.

“He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;”
– And who offers a sacrifice of praise? The one who is suffering.
It is a sacrifice for him to praise the Lord.

“But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day”
– And did they? If so, what sort of fast did they observe?

So what struck you about today’s readings? :bible1::twocents:

What impresses me, knowing myself, is how relativistic I can be. I do what is good for me and not what God wants. I do not live a life of obedience to and praise of God as I ought.

I’ve had a bad cold and infection, I can barely take care of myself, hardly to think of how I can praise God today.

Maybe it would help a little to think of the people in Haiti. I am sure that everyone’s
colds and infections didn’t go away just because there was an earthquake.
There are people with the same suffering as yours, but they have to do theirs
outside, in danger, with no food or water, with dead neighbors and families all
around them.

I too have found it impossible to pray as I ought while suffering. So that is a good
reason to pray for others, who can’t pray for themselves. Today I will praise the
Lord for you, on my way to the march for life. I’ll use the song “bless the Lord, my
soul”, and it will be for you.
:blessyou:

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