BETWEEN 12 JUNE AND 18 JUNE
CORINTHIANS 5:6-10, 14-17
without you we are not able to please you.
Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
Then Samuel went to
Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did
not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved
over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over
Israel. The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve
over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill
your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the
Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his
sons." Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears of it,
he will kill me." And the Lord said, "Take a heifer with
you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.' Invite Jesse
to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you
shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you." Samuel did
what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the
city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come
peaceably?" He said, "Peaceably; I have come to
sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the
sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited
them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and
thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed is now before the
Lord." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his
appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have
rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look
on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He
said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." Then Jesse
made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the Lord
chosen this one." Jesse made seven of his sons pass before
Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen
any of these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons
here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but
he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse,
"Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes
here." He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had
beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, "Rise and
anoint him; for this is the one." Then Samuel took the horn
of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the
spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.
Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
1 SAMUEL 15:34-16:13
REFRAIN The Lord gives
victory to his anointed.
the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, the Name of the God of
Jacob defend you;
you help from his holy place and strengthen you out of Zion; R
all your offerings and accept your burnt sacrifice;
you your heart's desire and prosper all your plans. R
will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the name of our
God; may the Lord grant all your requests. R
I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; he will answer
him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his
put their trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will call
upon the name of the Lord our God. R
collapse and fall down, but we will arise and stand upright.
Lord, give victory to the king and answer us when we call.
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
We are always
confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the
body we are away from the Lord - for we walk by faith, not by
sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away
from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home
or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must
appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may
receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether
good or evil.
the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one
has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so
that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for
him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we
regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew
Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that
way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-10, 14-17
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
Jesus said, "The
kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,
and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout
and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself,
first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.
But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle,
because the harvest has come." He also said, "With what
can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for
it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it
grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth
large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its
shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as
they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in
parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of reconciliation and forgiveness,
the saving work of Christ has made our peace with you.
May that work grow toward its perfection
in all we offer you this day.
We ask this in his name.
Holy and blessed God,
as you give us the body and blood of your Son,
guide us with your Holy Spirit,
that we may honour you not only with our lips
but also in our lives.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.