DAILY MASS READINGS (September 11, 2018)

TUESDAY OF THE 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-11)

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

Brothers and sisters:
How can any one of you with a case against another
dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment
instead of to the holy ones?
Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world?
If the world is to be judged by you,
are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
Then why not everyday matters?
If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters,
do you seat as judges people of no standing in the Church?
I say this to shame you.
Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough
to be able to settle a case between brothers?
But rather brother goes to court against brother,
and that before unbelievers?

Now indeed then it is, in any case,
a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another.
Why not rather put up with injustice?
Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?
Instead, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived;
neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers
nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves
nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers
will inherit the Kingdom of God.
That is what some of you used to be;
but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified,
you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and in the Spirit of our God.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B)

R. (see 4) The Lord takes delight in his people.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.

Alleluia (SEE JOHN 15:16)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
That you may go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 6:12-19)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all.

– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: In the First Reading (1 Corinthians 6:1-11), St. Paul reminds the Corinthian community about passing judgment to one another. He says that the judgment of the world cannot be compared to that of the divine. It is normal that a case is being filed then decided in the court to see whether the complainant is guilty or innocent. If guilty, then penalties follow, but if innocent, then the case is dismissed. But the Apostle tells us that humanity commits injustice, immorality, and cheats against one another. Now he exhorts us to manifest the calling of being bearers of goodness because of Jesus who offered his life for us that we may be saved and that we may be good to one another. This is our calling to partake in the mission he entrusts us, that the Good News about God’s reign may be proclaimed and given witness in daily lifestyle. In the Gospel (Luke 6:12-19), Jesus calls the Twelve disciples to be his Apostles in preaching the Good News and performing miraculous signs. The Twelve Apostles are a prefiguration of the Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Old Testament. Thus they are the new Twelve Tribes of the new Israel, the Church, because their words of preaching serve as the foundation of the Bride of Christ. But we have to understand how Christ called them to be his witnesses. In fact, these men came from ordinary lives such as the first four disciples were fishermen (Peter, Andrew, James, and John), Bartholomew, aka Nathaniel, was a Jewish scholar, Matthew was a tax collector, Simon was a Zealot, a group of Jews rebelling against the Romans, and many more. And the Apostles also faced trials in their accompaniment with Jesus. Peter denied him three times, James and John asked him to make them sit at his right and left, Thomas doubted that he has risen from the dead, Judas Iscariot betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver, and many more. In spite of all this, Jesus still loves them because he has something greater for them. In fact, Peter was forgiven after his threefold confession of love because he was chosen beforehand to be the first Pope, Thomas professed his faith when he touched the wounds of the Risen Lord, John the Beloved was the first among the group to believe that Jesus resurrected, which is why he died of old age after writing the Fourth Gospel, and many more. No matter what the Apostles faced, Jesus loved them because he chose them to be his witnesses of the Good News. After his Ascension and the Pentecost event, they began proclaiming the Gospel, and many were converted and baptized. Because of their faithfulness to their Master, they chose to die for the faith rather than giving it up (although Saint John was the only one to die of old age).
Before Jesus began calling his disciples, he spent a night in prayer to God the Father. It is clear that he is submitting himself to the divine will; thus also praying for the people to recognize him. That is why after calling the Twelve, he went down the mountain and began to gaze at a large crowd, at which he healed them of their afflictions and sufferings in life. Saint Paul in the Second Reading tells us that Christ dwells in us and is always with us. By his Death and Resurrection for our salvation, he taught us the importance of obeying God’s will. So as we journey down this road, may we also share in the mission of spreading the Good News through preaching and witness/lifestyle, like what the Apostles did. May we also provide for the physical and spiritual needs of others.

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