of Samuel 8:4-7.10-22a.
All the elders of
Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramah
and said to
him, "Now that you are old, and your sons do not follow your example, appoint a king over us, as
other nations have, to judge us."
Samuel was displeased
when they asked for a king to judge them. He prayed to the LORD, however,
who said in answer: "Grant the people's every request. It is not you
they reject, they are rejecting me as their king.
Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full to those who were asking him for a
He told them: "The rights of the king who will
rule you will be as follows: He will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses, and
they will run before his chariot.
He will also appoint
from among them his commanders of groups of a thousand and of a hundred soldiers. He will set them
to do his plowing and his harvesting, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his
He will use your daughters as
ointment-makers, as cooks, and as bakers.
He will take
the best of your fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his
He will tithe your crops and your vineyards,
and give the revenue to his eunuchs and his slaves.
will take your male and female servants, as well as your best oxen and your asses, and use them to
do his work.
He will tithe your flocks and you
yourselves will become his slaves.
When this takes
place, you will complain against the king whom you have chosen, but on that day the LORD will not
The people, however, refused to listen to
Samuel's warning and said, "Not so! There must be a king over us.
We too must be like other nations, with a king to rule us and to lead us in warfare and
fight our battles."
When Samuel had listened to all the
people had to say, he repeated it to the LORD,
said to him, "Grant their request and appoint a king to rule them." Samuel thereupon said to the men
of Israel, "Each of you go to his own city."
Happy the people who know you, LORD, who
walk in the radiance of your face.
In your name they
sing joyfully all the day; at your victory they raise the festal shout.
You are their majestic strength; by your favor our horn is
Truly the LORD is our shield, the Holy One of
Israel, our king!
of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2:1-12.
Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not
even around the door, and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof
above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the
paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven."
Now some of the
scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
Why does this
man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to
themselves, so he said, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or
to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk'?
But that you
may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth"--
he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go
He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went
away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, "We have never
seen anything like this."