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

Commentary on 2 Sam 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

Today we begin reading the Second Book of Samuel, which takes up immediately where the previous book finished. Originally, there was only one book.As it opens, in a passage full of deep emotion, we again see the extraordinary generosity and noble spirit of David. At the end of the previous chapter (the last in 1 Samuel), we are told that the Israelites under Saul had been badly defeated by the Philistines. Saul had been wounded in the abdomen by an arrow. Rather than be captured by “uncircumcised” enemies he asked his armour-bearer to put an end to his life. The armour-bearer was too afraid to do such a thing to his king, so Saul took his sword and fell on it. The armour-bearer then killed himself too. In addition, … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Friday of week 2 of Ordinary Time - Gospel

Commentary on Mark 3:13-19

Jesus goes up a mountain. It has no name because it is the symbolism that is more important than the location. Mountains in the Scriptures are holy places associated with the presence of God. Jesus goes up mountains at more solemn moments in h … Continue

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