Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Marianne Cope (d. 1918 after serving lepers in Hawaii for over 30 years)
Saint Vincent, Deacon, Martyr (c. 304)

Readings of the day: RB 5:14-19
Mass: 2 Samuel 6:12b-15; Resp. Psalm 24; Mark 3:31-35

David danced before the Lord with all his might.

The verse above is yet another one of my favorites. When I read it last night, I burst out with the song. ‘The King of Glory’, noted as a traditional Israeli folk song in Breaking Bread (OCP, 2017, #725). How can one not rise from her seat, sing with the psalmist, snap her fingers and dance with all her might: ‘

So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting,
and with sound of trumpet.

Think of David and all the house of Israel—shouting, dancing, with the sound of the trumpet, swaying arms and songs of praise to God!

Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.

It is true that if we try this in the local parish, folks might not take too kindly to our behavior (see Michal’s reaction in 2 S 6:16). Still, we might ask ourselves how we respond to the Lord’s presence, in the people with whom we live and work, in the beauty of creation, in the smile of a child, or the tender and gentle touch of one who cares, in the Eucharist.

David then distributed among all the people,
to each man and woman in the entire multitude of Israel,
a loaf of bread, a cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake.

Something to consider in any event.

Then all the people departed, each to his house.

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