Author: Catherine McElhinney

29 January 2022

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. From 2 Samuel 12:1-7,10-17, NRSV.…
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28 January 2022

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. From 2 Samuel 11:1-4,5-10,13-17, NRSV. In today’s reading we hear the familiar and dramatic story of King David’s…
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27 January 2022

And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue for ever before you; for you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of…
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26 January 2022 – Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your…
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25 January 2022 The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’ All who heard him were amazed and said, ‘Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not…
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24 January 2022

The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, ‘You will not come in here, even the blind and the lame will turn you back’—thinking, ‘David cannot come in here.’ Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, which is now the city of David. And David…
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23 January 2022 Sunday of the Word of God

Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen’, lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped…
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22 January 2022

David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan.Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places!    How the mighty have fallen!Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!    In life and in death they were not divided;they were swifter than eagles,    they were stronger than lions. From 2 Samuel 1:1-4,11-12,17,19,23-27, NRSV For many years, King…
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21 January 2022

He (Saul) said to David, ‘You are more righteous than I; for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. Today you have explained how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the Lord put me into your hands. For who has ever found an enemy, and…
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20 January 2022

Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him, ‘The king should not sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have been of good service to you; for he took his life in his hand when he attacked the Philistine, and the Lord brought about…
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