Daily Reading for Friday, February 7th, 2014
Reading 1, Sirach 47:2-11
2 As the fat is set apart from the communion sacrifice, so was David chosen out of the Israelites.
3 He played with lions as though with kids, and with bears as though with lambs.
4 While still a boy, did he not slay the giant and take away the people's shame, by hurling a stone from his sling and cutting short the boasting of Goliath?
6 Hence they gave him credit for ten thousand, and praised him while they blessed the Lord, by offering him a crown of glory.
7 For he destroyed the enemies on every front, he annihilated his foes, the Philistines, and crushed their strength for ever.
8 In all his activities he gave thanks to the Holy One Most High in words of glory; he put all his heart into his songs out of love for his Creator.
9 He placed singers before the altar, melodiously to sing;
10 he gave the feasts their splendour, the festivals their solemn pomp, causing the Lord's holy name to be praised and the sanctuary to resound from dawn.
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 18:31, 47, 50, 51
31 For who is God but Yahweh, who is a rock but our God?
47 the God who gives me vengeance, and subjects whole peoples to me,
50 He saves his king time after time, displays his faithful love for his anointed, for David and his heirs for ever.
Gospel, Mark 6:14-29
15 Others said, 'He is Elijah,' others again, 'He is a prophet, like the prophets we used to have.'
19 As for Herodias, she was furious with him and wanted to kill him, but she was not able to do so,
21 An opportunity came on Herod's birthday when he gave a banquet for the nobles of his court, for his army officers and for the leading figures in Galilee.
23 And he swore her an oath, 'I will give you anything you ask, even half my kingdom.'
24 She went out and said to her mother, 'What shall I ask for?' She replied, 'The head of John the Baptist.'
25 The girl at once rushed back to the king and made her request, 'I want you to give me John the Baptist's head, immediately, on a dish.'
26 The king was deeply distressed but, thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he was reluctant to break his word to her.
27 At once the king sent one of the bodyguard with orders to bring John's head.
28 The man went off and beheaded him in the prison; then he brought the head on a dish and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.
29 When John's disciples heard about this, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
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