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18 January 2020 Catholic Mass Daily Bible Reading

Irapuato
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USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2,13-17. Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting…More
USCCB. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2,13-17.

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus heard this and said to them (that), "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."


John of Karpathos (VII century)
monk and bishop
Texts for the monks of India (The Philokalia)


The great healer is near
The great healer of suffering is near. He has taken our sicknesses upon himself. He has healed us, and he heals us by his wounds (cf. Is 53:5; Mt 8:17). He is present and now he applies the health-giving remedies. For it is said: it is I who have struck down, who have delivered to decay, and it is I who will heal (cf. Dt 32:39). So do not fear. When my fierce anger ceases I will heal once again.
Just as a woman will never forget to take pity on the children of her womb so I will never forget you, says the Lord (cf. Is 49:15). If a bird covers its nestlings with its tenderness, visiting them all the time, calling to them, putting food into their mouths, how much more does my compassion spread over my creatures. Yet more, my tenderness is poured out upon you. I visit you secretly. I speak to your mind. I bring food to your reflections which open like the mouth of a little swallow. I give you the food of the fear of the Almighty, the food of desire for heaven, the food of the consolation of groanings, the food of compunction, the food of song, the food of profound understanding, the food of the divine mysteries.
But if I lie when I speak like this, I who am your lord and Father, prove it to me and I will be silent. This is what the Lord never ceases to say to our thoughts. May the Father of mercy and God of all consolation (2 Co 1:3) grant you an eternal consolation and a good hope in Christ Jesus our Lord. To him be glory and power world without end. Amen.
Irapuato
1st book of Samuel 9,1-4.17-19.10,1a.
There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish, who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man. There was no other Israelite handsomer than Saul; he stood head and shoulders above the people.
Now the asses of Saul's father, Kish, had wandered off. Kish…More
1st book of Samuel 9,1-4.17-19.10,1a.
There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish, who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man. There was no other Israelite handsomer than Saul; he stood head and shoulders above the people.
Now the asses of Saul's father, Kish, had wandered off. Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you and go out and hunt for the asses."
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim, and through the land of Shalishah. Not finding them there, they continued through the land of Shaalim without success. They also went through the land of Benjamin, but they failed to find the animals.
When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him, "This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people."
Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said, "Please tell me where the seer lives."
Samuel answered Saul: "I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today. In the morning, before dismissing you, I will tell you whatever you wish.
Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul's head; he also kissed him, saying: "The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage. You are to govern the LORD'S people Israel, and to save them from the grasp of their enemies round about. "This will be the sign for you that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage:

Psalms 21(20),2-3.4-5.6-7.
O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;
in your victory how greatly he rejoices!
You have granted him his heart’s desire;
you refused not the wish of his lips.

For you welcomed him with goodly blessings,
you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked life of you: you gave him
length of days forever and ever.

Great is his glory in your victory;
majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.
You made him a blessing forever,
you gladdened him with the joy of your face.