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First Reading for the Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

2 Samuel 6:12b-15, 17-19

Summary: David led the joyous return of the Ark to Jerusalem with dancing, sacrifices, and music. Celebrations included offerings and blessings, culminating in generous distributions to all Israelites

Joyful Return of the Ark

David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities. As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the LORD with abandon, as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.

The ark of the LORD was brought in and set in its place within the tent David had pitched for it.

Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. When he finished making these offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

He then distributed among all the people, to each man and each woman in the entire multitude of Israel, a loaf of bread, a cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake. With this, all the people left for their homes.

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