Category: Verse for the day

verse for the day

CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS

“David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities.” –2 Samuel 6:12 Mass Readings: January 23 First: 2 Samuel 6:12-15,17-19; Resp: Psalm 24:7-10; Gospel: Mark 3:31-35 Listen to the Mass Readings When David brought the ark of God to Jerusalem, he gave the distinct impression that God was really present at the ark. After every six steps of the procession with the ark, David “sacrificed an ox and a fatling” (2 Sm 6:13). Then David, the king of the nation, put on his dancing clothes and “came dancing...

WATER AND BLOOD

“Here we are, your bone and your flesh.” –2 Samuel 5:1 Mass Readings: January 22 First: 2 Samuel 5:1-7,10; Resp: Psalm 89:20-22,25-26; Gospel: Mark 3:22-30 Listen to the Mass Readings David became king of the tribes of Israel because they were his flesh and blood. They considered it desirable to have their own kin as their ruler, for “blood is thicker than water.” However, in the new covenant, the waters of baptism are thicker than the blood of natural relationship. In other words, the blood of Jesus is thicker than the blood of human kinship. That’s why Jesus left His...

DROP EVERYTHING

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come after Me.’ ” –Mark 1:17 Jesus is here. Drop everything. Imitate the Ninevites who stopped the workings of their whole society in order to fast, put on sackcloth, and repent (Jon 3:5). When Simon and Andrew met Jesus, they dropped their fishing business (Mk 1:18). James and John did the same thing in addition to leaving behind their father, Zebedee (Mk 1:20). Because Jesus is here and will come again in glory, husbands should live as though they did not have wives (1 Cor 7:29), that is, they should at times temporarily abstain from marital...

A MIRACLE OF UNSELFISHNESS

“David seized his garments and rent them, and all the men who were with him did likewise. They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan.” –2 Samuel 1:11-12 Mass Readings: January 20 First: 2 Samuel 1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27; Resp: Psalm 80:2-3,5-7; Gospel: Mark 3:20-21 Listen to the Mass Readings David had experienced a very eventful week. Ziklag, the city in which David resided, had been “burned to the ground” by the Amalekites (1 Sm 30:3). The wives, sons, and daughters of David and his followers had been taken captive (1 Sm 30:3). “David found himself in...

THE ANOINTIANS ARE COMING

“I will not raise a hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.” –1 Samuel 24:11 Mass Readings: January 19 First: 1 Samuel 24:3-21; Resp: Psalm 57:2-4,6,11; Gospel: Mark 3:13-19 Listen to the Mass Readings Saul was hunting David down to kill him (1 Sm 24:12). Despite this, David refused to kill Saul when Saul was defenseless before him (1 Sm 24:8). Although David had no reservations about killing his enemies, even when defenseless, he did not kill Saul because Saul was “the Lord’s anointed” (1 Sm 24:7, 11). David even “regretted that he had cut off an...

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