DAILY MASS READINGS (August 30, 2018)

THURSDAY OF THE 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother,
to the Church of God that is in Corinth,
to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7)

R. (1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
and declare your greatness.
They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice.
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 24:42A, 44)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake!
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 24:42-51)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant,
whom the master has put in charge of his household
to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
and begins to beat his fellow servants,
and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day
and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely
and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: We are about to enter what is popularly called “Ber months”. This is our four-month preparation for the joyous celebration of Christmas. For the next months, we will be listening to Christmas songs on our CDs, cassettes, radio and phones, and hearing some of them being played inside malls, restaurants, at parks, and other establishments. We will also prepare the budget we need to buy gifts to give, decorations for our houses, food for the Noche Buena, stuff for our own Christmas parties, etc. These are the physical preparations we do when the yuletide season is almost here. Likewise the Church invites us to have spiritual preparation through the Liturgical Year in the Advent Season. It is not only a preparation for Christ’s Birth, but also for his Coming again in glory on the Last Day and his continuous manifestation of his presence in the signs of the times.
The Gospel is an exhortation for us to undergo that spiritual preparation for Christ’s Second Coming. His coming is described like a thief in the night. It means that none of us knows when exactly he will return, so he might come unexpectedly. Some of us may say he’s delayed of coming because he gets drunk with the drunken and eats with them. But remember that he was born in this world to save us from sin, and that means calling sinners to repentance and inner conversion. So he continues to manifest God’s love to us to show others that despite their weaknesses and sins, he will continue to embrace them in his loving arms. At the same time, he calls us to be faithful to him and his divine will. Saint Paul in the First Reading reminds us of the faith that has been handed down to us and taught to us for our concrete response. He gives thanks to the Corinthian community for having the strength and courage to accept it and become witnesses to it. We are also called to be witnesses of God’s loving message in our own lifestyle, that we may be found without blemish at the time our Lord Jesus will come as the Judge, and that we may merit the glory of eternal life in Heaven. Let this be our plan for the coming Ber months and Christmas celebration, not only the usual plans and preparations. And this should not be seasonal, but done and manifested in our everyday lives.

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