The Sunday called Sexagesima, or the Second Sunday before Lent.
1 Samuel 2.1-10
Exultant cor meum
My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, * mine horn is exalted in the LORD:
My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; * because I rejoice in thy salvation.
There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: * neither is there any rock like our God.
Talk no more so exceeding proudly; * let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, * and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty men are broken, * and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; * and they that were hungry ceased:
So that the barren hath born seven; * and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: * he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: * he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, * and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill,
To set them among princes, * and to make them inherit the throne of glory:
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, * and he hath set the world upon them.
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; * for by strength shall no man prevail.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; * out of heaven shall he thunder upon them:
The LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, * and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.
O LORD God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 50.4-9
Psalter: Psalm 33, 93 | 139
Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.19-12.10
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 8.4-15
Personal Reflection: Hannah’s song (the canticle) is not only the precursor to Mary’s song (Magnificat); but it is also looking forward to the day of Christ, where the first will be last, and the last first. It is a beautiful meditation as we prepare for Lent, remembering the God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.