DAILY MASS READINGS (July 16, 2018)

MONDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME/OPTIONAL MEMORIAL OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (YEAR II, Green or White)

 

Reading 1 (ISAIAH 1:10-17)

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!
What care I for the number of your sacrifices?
says the LORD.
I have had enough of whole-burnt rams
and fat of fatlings;
In the blood of calves, lambs and goats
I find no pleasure.When you come in to visit me,
who asks these things of you?
Trample my courts no more!
Bring no more worthless offerings;
your incense is loathsome to me.
New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies,
octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear.
Your new moons and festivals I detest;
they weigh me down, I tire of the load.
When you spread out your hands,
I close my eyes to you;
Though you pray the more,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood!
Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23)

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think you that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 5:10)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 10:34-11:1)

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
For I have come to set
a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s enemies will be those of his household.“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.“Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is righteous
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because he is a disciple–
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples,
he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

Reflection: In the First Reading (Isaiah 1:10-17), the Prophet Isaiah proclaims to the people who are like living the sinfulness of Sodom and Gomorrah to renew themselves with an examined way of living. God does not will anymore physical sacrifices of holocausts and bull offerings neither in the assemblies and rituals of the people during those times before the coming of Christ. The Lord wills a renewed people through repentance, penance, total conversion, and acts of charity and kindness towards others.  In the Gospel (Matthew 10:34—11:1), Jesus concludes his commissioning statements by telling his Apostles and us as well to have a committed faith in him. He says that he has come to set the world on fire and to bring a sword that can cause division. Here he is implying that the fire symbolizes renewal and commitment of a Christian to be courageous in giving witness to the Good News. While the sword symbolizes protection and empowerment, it divides family members and other relationships because partaking in this mission of Evangelization can sometimes cause persecution, since not all accept the message of the Lord. Yet in Jesus, we need to have faith and total trust in him. To love him more means to put him first before family members and priorities in life, and not literally hate them. To carry his cross means to be one with his sufferings through enduring our own trials and problems in life by faith and perseverance. And to receive him with humility and joy is receiving God the Father in our lives and submitting ourselves to the divine will.

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