DAILY MASS READINGS (September 18, 2018)



Reading 1 (1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-14, 27-31A)

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

Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Now the body is not a single part, but many.

Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.
Some people God has designated in the Church
to be, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers;
then, mighty deeds;
then gifts of healing, assistance, administration,
and varieties of tongues.
Are all Apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?
Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing?
Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5)

R. (3) We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
For he is good, the LORD,
whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

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 7:11-17)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: For the Jews, women are considered helpless. But if they marry their husbands, they are entrusted to such care. And to have male children is to multiply the blessings of a family. But if the father dies, the woman becomes the widow, but the blessing of the family will be given to the son. But if a son dies, the widow is considered helpless and cannot be helped. In the Gospel (Luke 7:11-17), Jesus sees a funeral of a widow in Nain. He stops to help her, so he also stops the procession. He takes the child by the hand, and by telling him to rise, the son is raised to life. Not only that, Jesus restores the life of the widow woman because her child will be given the blessing of such family. This recalls the event when Elijah raised the son of the widow in Zarephath by praying to God not to take away the life of the child (Cf. 1 Kings 17:17-24). But for Jesus, it is by his divine power that he performed this miracle, also called as resuscitation (mouth-to-mouth resurrection). It is also similar when he raised the daughter of Jairus and Lazarus, the sister of Martha and Mary. And all these miracles lead to the greatest of them all, the Resurrection of our Lord from the dead. Jesus is seen as a merciful healer and Savior. He even aids the lives of those who are helpless and neglected. Like this widow, he not only restores the life of her son, but her livelihood as well. In his Resurrection, he gives us new life by conquering the powers of sin and death. In the First Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31a), St. Paul tells us that we are all part of the one Body of Christ, that we strive to practice the faith by living the greatest spiritual gifts God has given us. So as we journey down this road, may we also show our love and mercy in helping others, especially the poor and the needy, so that we can attain the gift of the eternal life in Paradise at the end of our earthly life. Let us manifest the gift of great faith that we have received from the Lord, so that every time we experience trials in life, we may learn to console and assist the trials of others.

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