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

Commentary on 2 Samuel 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 addit … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Agnes, Martyr

St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)

Agnes was martyred at the end of the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, probably in the early years of the 4th century.  She is thought to have been between 12 and 15 years of age.  It is clear that her … Continue

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