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St Peter Catholic Church


Daily Readings

  • Thursday, 20 January 2022 : 1st book of Samuel 18:6-9.19:1-7.

    When David and Saul approached (on David's return after slaying the Philistine),  women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul, singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums. The women played and sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought: "They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship." (And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David. Saul discussed his intention of killing David with his son Jonathan and with all his servants. But Saul's son Jonathan, who was very fond of David, told him: "My father Saul is trying to kill you. Therefore, please be on your guard tomorrow morning; get out of sight and remain in hiding. I, however, will go out and stand beside my father in the countryside where you are, and will speak to him about you. If I learn anything, I will let you know." Jonathan then spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him: "Let not your majesty sin against his servant David, for he has committed no offense against you, but has helped you very much by his deeds. When he took his life in his hands and slew the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great victory for all Israel through him, you were glad to see it. Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing David without cause?" Saul heeded Jonathan's plea and swore, "As the LORD lives, he shall not be killed." So Jonathan summoned David and repeated the whole conversation to him. Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and David served him as before.

  • Thursday, 20 January 2022 : Psalms 56(55):2-3.9-10a.10b-11.12-13.

    Have mercy on me, O God, for men trample upon me; all the day they press their attack against me. My adversaries trample upon me all the day; yes, many fight against me. My wanderings you have counted; my tears are stored in your flask; are they not recorded in your book? My foes turn back when I call on you. This I know: God is on my side. My foes turn back when I call on you. This I know: God is on my side. Then do my enemies turn back, when I call upon you. Now I know that God is with me. My foes turn back when I call on you. This I know: God is on my side. In God, in whose promise I glory, in God I trust without fear; what can flesh do against me? I am bound, O God, by vows to you; your thank offerings I will fulfill. For you have rescued me from death, my feet, too, from stumbling; that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

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  • Thursday, 20 January 2022 : Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:7-12.

    Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, "You are the Son of God." He warned them sternly not to make him known.

  • Thursday, 20 January 2022 : Commentary Saint Augustine

    “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, and what we have seen with our eyes, and what our hands have touched of the Word of life” (1Jn,1). Who touches the Word with his hands apart from the fact that “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (1 Jn 1:14)? But this Word which was made flesh, so that it might be touched by our hands, began to be flesh from the Virgin Mary, yet it didn't begin to be the Word then, because [John] said, “What was from the beginning (...)" Perhaps someone will understand this about “the Word of life” as though it were a way of speaking about Christ, not as though it was the very body of Christ that was touched by our hands. See what follows: “And life itself was manifested” (1 Jn 1:2). Christ, then, is the Word of life. And how was life manifested (for it was from the beginning)? Yet it wasn't manifested to human beings, but it was manifested to angels, who saw it and who fed on it as their bread. But what does scripture say? “Man has eaten the bread of angels” (Ps 78[77]:25). Life itself was manifested in flesh so that, by being manifested, the thing which can be seen by the heart alone may also be seen by the eyes, so that it may heal hearts. For the Word is seen by the heart alone, but flesh is also seen by bodily eyes. We were able to see flesh, but we were unable to see the Word. The Word was made flesh, which we would be able to see, so that what was in us whereby we might see the Word would be healed.

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