DAILY MASS READINGS (September 4, 2018)



Reading 1 (1 CORINTHIANS 2:10b-16)

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

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
Among men, who knows what pertains to the man
except his spirit that is within?
Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.
And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit,
describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God,
for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it,
because it is judged spiritually.
The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything
but is not subject to judgment by anyone.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14)

R. (17) The Lord is just in all his ways.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. The Lord is just in all his ways.

Alleluia (LUKE 7:16)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 4:31-37)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: In the First Reading (1 Corinthians 2:10b-16), Saint Paul reminds the Corinthians to allow the Spirit of God to move their minds and hearts, and not the spirit of the world. The Holy Spirit discerns us to know, understand, and discern the things that our Lord reveals in the different situations and aspects of life. He helps us judge accordingly to obey the will of God and avoid the work of the Devil. Mostly the Spirit helps us recognize our relationship with God and how we are to deal with it as the faithful adopted sons and daughters, and we remember that the Holy Spirit is promised to us by Jesus Christ that we may have a guide to always discern the divine will. In the Gospel (Luke 4:31-37), we see how Jesus expels a demon possessing a synagogue official in Capernaum. What is interesting is that the demon was afraid of him because he knew that man came from God, specifically the Son of God. This shows that Christ has the authority to expel evil spirits, meaning he has power over evil. And by his Resurrection on Easter Sunday, he became victorious and conquered that power along with death. My dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel scene is puts us with this question: “How well do we know Jesus Christ?” The demon inside the synagogue official tempted his power, provoking his identity. Nevertheless, he was expelled by him. The crowds were astonished at what Jesus did, so they began to realize his actions. That is the reason why many of them came to believe in him, and some of them even knew that he was the Messiah. Every year is the Year of our Lord. From January to December, the Church calls upon her faithful to reflect on Christ’s life, and to live it in action. This is how we can strengthen our relationship with him. As we journey down this road, let us come to know our Lord Jesus Christ by believing in him and following his example in obeying God’s will.

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