DAILY MASS READINGS (July 18, 2018)

WEDNESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (ISAIAH 10:5-7, 13B-16)

Thus says the LORD:
Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger,
my staff in wrath.
Against an impious nation I send him,
and against a people under my wrath I order him
To seize plunder, carry off loot,
and tread them down like the mud of the streets.
But this is not what he intends,
nor does he have this in mind;
Rather, it is in his heart to destroy,
to make an end of nations not a few.For he says:
“By my own power I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd.
I have moved the boundaries of peoples,
their treasures I have pillaged,
and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned.
My hand has seized like a nest
the riches of nations;
As one takes eggs left alone,
so I took in all the earth;
No one fluttered a wing,
or opened a mouth, or chirped!”

Will the axe boast against him who hews with it?
Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it?
As if a rod could sway him who lifts it,
or a staff him who is not wood!
Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
will send among his fat ones leanness,
And instead of his glory there will be kindling
like the kindling of fire.

 

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15)

R. (14a) The Lord will not abandon his people.
Your people, O LORD, they trample down,
your inheritance they afflict.
Widow and stranger they slay,
the fatherless they murder.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
And they say, “The LORD sees not;
the God of Jacob perceives not.”
Understand, you senseless ones among the people;
and, you fools, when will you be wise?
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
Shall he who shaped the ear not hear?
or he who formed the eye not see?
Shall he who instructs nations not chastise,
he who teaches men knowledge?
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
For the LORD will not cast off his people,
nor abandon his inheritance;
But judgment shall again be with justice,
and all the upright of heart shall follow it.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 11:25)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 11:25-27)

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Reflection: In the First Reading (Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16), the Lord God through Isaiah prophesies the downfall of Assyria, the conquering nation that exiled Israel. We see here the faithfulness of God to his people despite the fact that they have sinned greatly against him. Assyria during the time of early civilization is known for accumulating power and will by its own accord, and the leaders claims to have possess it by his own wisdom. That is why the Lord disposes their power and puts down their pride. Eventually when the Persians conquered, all the exiles returned into their own native land. This powerful prophecy shows the greatness of God that no earthly power can be surpassable compared to his. In the Gospel (Matthew 11:25-27), Jesus prays to God the Father. Though he is also divine in nature, he is subjected to humanity, yet he has come not do his own, but the will of the Father. In the Old Testament, God reveals many signs and covenants to great people like Abraham, Moses, King David, Jeremiah, and many more. Scriptures reveal that his original name is “YHWH,” also pronounced as ‘Yahweh,’ which is Hebrew for “I Am Who Am” (Cf. Exodus 3:14). That is why the second commandment is very significant for the Jews because God’s name is sacred and should not be profaned. In the New Testament, it is Jesus who taught us to call God “Father”. Just as a father works hard to provide the needs of the family, so God is also loving and merciful to provide our spiritual needs. But because he has the supreme authority, he also has the most powerful sovereignty. That is why it is his divine will that should be fulfilled. Jesus the Only Begotten Son was also God, but he chose to become like us except sin in order to teach us the way to salvation and to perform the ultimate sacrifice on the Cross to redeem us from sin. He came down from heaven, so that we may know the One who sent him in our lives. God’s plan continues to reveal to those who are faithful to him. And if we have already recognized it, then it is also carried out to those who are considered “insignificant” and “neglected” in society. Yet the challenge for us is to do our part in sharing the Good News, so that the people may live the values and do God’s will always. As we journey down this road, may we always recognize the Father in our lives by obeying is divine Law revealed in many signs and social institutions.

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