Reading 1 2 Sm 15: 13-14.
30; 16: 5-13
An informant came to David with the report, "The children of Israel have
transferred their loyalty to Absalom." At this, David said to all his servants who were with him in
"Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.
Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us, then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the
As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing. His head
was covered, and he was walking barefoot. All those who were with him also had their heads covered
and were weeping as they went.
As David was approaching Bahurim, a man named
Shimei, the son of Gera of the same clan as Saul's family, was coming out of the place, cursing as
he came. He threw stones at David and at all the king's officers, even though all the soldiers,
including the royal guard, were on David's right and on his left.
saying as he cursed:"Away, away, you murderous and wicked man! The LORD has requited you for all the
bloodshed in the family of Saul,in whose stead you became king, and the LORD has given over the
kingdom to your son Absalom. And now you suffer ruin because you are a murderer." Abishai, son of
Zeruiah, said to the king:
"Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let
me go over, please, and lop off his head." But the king replied: "What business is it of mine or of
yours, sons of Zeruiah, that he curses?
Suppose the LORD has told him to curse
David who then will dare to say, 'Why are you doing this?' " Then the king said to Abishai and to
all his servants: "If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life, how much more
might this Benjaminite do so?
Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has
told him to. Perhaps the LORD will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for
the curses he is uttering this day."
David and his men continued on the road,
while Shimei kept abreast of them on the hillside, all the while cursing and throwing stones and
dirt as he went.
Responsorial PsalmPS 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R. (8a) Lord,
rise up and save me.
O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
Many rise up against
Many are saying of me,
"There is no salvation for him in God."
R. Lord, rise up and
But you, O LORD, are my shield;
my glory, you lift up my head!
When I call
out to the LORD,
he answers me from his holy mountain.
R. Lord, rise up and save
When I lie down in sleep,
I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
I fear not
the myriads of people
arrayed against me on every side.
R. Lord, rise up and save
Gospel MK 5:1-20
Jesus and his disciples came to the other side
of the sea, to the territory of the Gerasenes. When he got out of the boat, at once a man from the
tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
The man had been dwelling among the
tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain. In fact, he had frequently been
bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles
smashed,and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
Night and day among the
tombs and on the hillsides he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones. Catching sight
of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud
voice,"What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not
torment me!" (He had been saying to him, "Unclean spirit, come out of the man!")
He asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "Legion is my name. There are many of us." And he
pleaded earnestly with him not to drive them away from that territory.
a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside. And they pleaded with him, "Send us into
the swine. Let us enter them." And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the
The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
where they were drowned. The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the townmand
throughout the countryside. And people came out to see what had happened.
they approached Jesus, they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion, sitting there
clothed and in his right mind. And they were seized with fear.
Those who witnessed the
incident explained to them what had happened to the possessed man and to the swine. Then they began
to beg him to leave their district.
As he was getting into the boat, the man who
had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
"Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for
Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for
him; and all were amazed.