2nd December 2022

ULCCI

United Liberal Catholic Churches International

Reflecting on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Year B

Daily Readings for Wednesday June 23, 2021

Prayer

God our protector, 
you stood by David in the time of trial. 

Stand with us through all life’s storms, 
giving us courage to risk danger 
to protect those who are oppressed and poor, 
that they may know you 
as their stronghold and hope. Amen.

Psalm 119:113-128

Do not leave me to my oppressors

I hate the double-minded,
but I love your law.

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.

Go away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope.

Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually.

You spurn all who go astray from your statutes;
for their cunning is in vain.

All the wicked of the earth you count as dross;
therefore I love your decrees.

My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.

I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.

Guarantee your servant’s well-being;
do not let the godless oppress me.

My eyes fail from watching for your salvation,
and for the fulfilment of your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and teach me your statutes.

I am your servant; give me understanding,
so that I may know your decrees.

It is time for the Lord to act,
for your law has been broken.

Truly I love your commandments
more than gold, more than fine gold.

Truly I direct my steps by all your precepts;
I hate every false way.

1 Samuel 19:8-17

Michal helps David escape

Again there was war, and David went out to fight the Philistines. He launched a heavy attack on them, so that they fled before him. Then an evil spirit from the Lord came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand, while David was playing music. Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear; but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. David fled and escaped that night.

Saul sent messengers to David’s house to keep watch over him, planning to kill him in the morning. David’s wife Michal told him, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” So Michal let David down through the window; he fled away and escaped. Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed; she put a net of goats’ hair on its head, and covered it with the clothes. When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” Then Saul sent the messengers to see David for themselves. He said, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” When the messengers came in, the idol was in the bed, with the covering of goats’ hair on its head. Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?” Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go; why should I kill you?’”

Mark 6:45-52

Jesus walks on the water

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.