DAILY MASS READINGS (August 11, 2018)

MEMORIAL OF ST. CLARE OF ASSISI, VIRGIN (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (HABAKKUK 1:12—2:4)

Are you not from eternity, O LORD,
my holy God, immortal?
O LORD, you have marked him for judgment,
O Rock, you have readied him punishment!
Too pure are your eyes to look upon evil,
and the sight of misery you cannot endure.
Why, then, do you gaze on the faithless in silence
while the wicked man devours
one more just than himself?
You have made man like the fish of the sea,
like creeping things without a ruler.
He brings them all up with his hook,
he hauls them away with his net,
He gathers them in his seine;
and so he rejoices and exults.
Therefore he sacrifices to his net,
and burns incense to his seine;
for thanks to them his portion is generous,
and his repast sumptuous.
Shall he, then, keep on brandishing his sword
to slay peoples without mercy?I will stand at my guard post,
and station myself upon the rampart,
And keep watch to see what he will say to me,
and what answer he will give to my complaint.

Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision
Clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
If it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash man has no integrity;
but the just man, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13)

R. (11b) You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.
The LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has set up his throne for judgment.
He judges the world with justice;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of distress.
They trust in you who cherish your name,
for you forsake not those who seek you, O LORD.
R. You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.
Sing praise to the LORD enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations his deeds;
For the avenger of blood has remembered;
he has not forgotten the cry of the poor.
R. You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord.

Alleluia (SEE 2 TIMOTHY 1:10)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 17:14-20)

A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Jesus said in reply,
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Reflection: The First Reading takes setting to the Prophet Habakkuk who lived about 600 years before Christ. The prophet cries out to the Lord God in anguish for the sufferings of the people Israel who have been conquered by their enemies. To this the Lord replies to Habakkuk to write the vision that he sees on the tablets because the visions will be fulfilled at the proper time, which then the rash man who showed no integrity will suffer forever, while the just man shall live because of that faith in the Lord. This passage teaches us that the Lord will continue to be faithful with us despite our shortcomings and errors in life. Until the Last Day or also known as the Second Coming, God gives us an opportunity to always change our lives in accordance with his will. It is also a call for us to continue strengthening our faith in him despite the trials and difficulties we undergo everyday. The Gospel reminds us about having faith in the Lord and trusting in his plan for us. This father is presented to be a man losing hope to cure his son from a demon’s torment. Sources say that if anyone is possessed, then there is no chance for a doctor’s cure to work. Some would also say that the father would not believe in any “preachers” that claim to perform a miracle. When he took his boy to the Apostles of Christ, he thought he had to lose hope already. But then he tries again by coming near to Jesus and explaining the problem. Jesus notices the man’s little faith, so he performs this miracle to strengthen his faith. St. Mark’s source would record that he pleased Christ to help his unbelief. And upon the disciples’ speculation on unability to expel the demon, the Lord replies that such is done through prayer. Prayer is our strength to fight off the temptations that can lead us to commit sin. When we experience problems and sufferings in life, it is not yet time for us to lose hope, but rather to entrust ourselves in God’s loving plan. As we endure our earthly merits, we also believe and remain faithful to this God.

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