Jan. 18: Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle II

Masters of Otto of Moerdrecht, The Elders Ask Samuel for a King, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Hague, 1430

Readings for Mass
First Reading: First Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 89:16-17, 18-19
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12

The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them (NRSV, 1 Sam 8:7)'.

Let us pray.

Father, may we listen to the words of Samuel and keep you as the center and focus of everything that we are and do, realizing that you cannot share that place with another but that all else must be organized under your guiding presence in our lives.

Throgh Christ our Lord. Amen.

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