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Today’s Readings – Thursday of week 2 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on 1 Sam 18:6-9; 19:1-7

Saul was deeply impressed by David’s great exploit in killing Goliath and took him into his palace. And a deep friendship developed between David and Jonathan, Saul’s son. We are told a little earlier that “Jonathan had become as fond of David as if his life depended on him; he loved him as he loved himself” (18:1). Jonathan, as a sign of his affection, gave David his own mantle, his military dress, his sword, his bow and his belt. David was now transformed from a shepherd into a soldier.

Our reading today opens by saying that, as David and Saul returned from David’s famous victory over Goliath, the women came out from all the cities, singing and dancing. They played and sang:

Saul has killed his tho … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Anthony of Egypt, Abbot (Memorial)

Most of what we know about Anthony is thanks to St Athanasius, his friend, who wrote his biography. Anthony was born in 251 at Coma, a village near Great Heracleopolis in central  Egypt, where he grew up in a very protective and well-off family.  On the death of … Continue

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