DAILY MASS READINGS (September 7, 2018)



Reading 1 (1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-5)

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

Brothers and sisters:
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now it is of course required of stewards
that they be found trustworthy.
It does not concern me in the least
that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;
I do not even pass judgment on myself;
I am not conscious of anything against me,
but I do not thereby stand acquitted;
the one who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time,
until the Lord comes,
for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
and will manifest the motives of our hearts,
and then everyone will receive praise from God.
– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40)

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Commit to the LORD your way;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
bright as the noonday shall be your vindication.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones.
Criminals are destroyed
and the posterity of the wicked is cut off.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Alleluia (JOHN 8:12)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 5:33-39)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink.”
Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days.”
And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.'”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: For us Christians, Fasting is one of the three forms of penance, aside from Prayer and Almsgiving. During Lent, we do this by observing one full meal. But apart from these obligatory observances, we can also fast by offering our little sacrifices in life such as our prayers and works. We should also remember that we must not make a gloomy appearance because this is what causes hypocrisy. In the Gospel (Luke 5:33-39), the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus on why he and his disciples are not fasting, but they and the disciples of his cousin, Saint John the Baptist, do. For the Jews, Fasting shows mourning for the day of the Lord. But in here, Christ changes the value of this action by making the New Covenant. Just as the Old Covenant was ratified by the blood of animals, this covenant was ratified by his own Precious Blood. He is the Bridegroom taken away from the guests, who brings the hope of salvation to his people. Because of his Paschal Mystery, we were all saved until this very day through our faith in him. So Fasting is not anymore a sign of mourning and weeping, but a sign of sacrifice in honor of our Lord, which we do most of the time during Lent. Most of all, it is also a sign of rejoicing because we attained our salvation because of one perfect sacrifice offered once and for all, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. That is why the Holy Eucharist is a memorial and a thanksgiving feast. As we journey down this road, may our Fasting be done and manifested for the sake of our Lord by the daily sacrifices in life, and rejoice in the Good News he brings to mankind.

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