READING I: 1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13
GOSPEL: Mark 3:7-12
This first reading today is about jealousy and deceit. David is praised more than King Saul after he kills Goliath. Saul is jealous that the women are all shouting for David saying he has done more than Saul to save Israel. Saul says "David has all but the kingship now." So Saul hatches a plan to do away with David. What is interesting here is the humanness of these great men. Here is Saul, king of Israel and servant of the Lord, plotting to kill the Lord's anointed in a fit of jealously. Then he does the human thing, he confides in those he thinks he can trust. But his own son tells David and David hides. When challenged by his son Saul relents and swears not to kill David. The heroes of Israel are not supermen, they are ordinary people like the rest of us, working out their relationship as best they can; just like you and me! In this week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it is up to the local priest to decide whether to use the weekday readings or the special readings for the week. As my local priest here in Greenlough Parish in Co Derry has chosen to follow Ordinary Time, I shall use these readings.
Day Two: Changed through patient waiting for the Lord
Let it be so now, for it is proper to fulfil all righteousness (Mt 3:15)
On this day we concentrate on patient waiting for the Lord. To achieve any change, perseverance and patience are needed. Prayer to God for any kind of transformation is also an act of faith and trust in his promises. Such waiting for the Lord is essential for all who pray for the visible unity of the church this week. All ecumenical activities require time, mutual attention and joint action. We are all called to co-operate with the work of the Spirit in uniting Christians. (source Vatican)