DAILY MASS READINGS (September 25, 2018)



Reading 1 (PROVERBS 21:1-6, 10-13)

A reading from the Book of Proverbs

Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD;
wherever it pleases him, he directs it.

All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,
but it is the LORD who proves hearts.

To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Haughty eyes and a proud heart–
the tillage of the wicked is sin.

The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,
but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty.

Whoever makes a fortune by a lying tongue
is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.

The soul of the wicked man desires evil;
his neighbor finds no pity in his eyes.

When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser;
when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

The just man appraises the house of the wicked:
there is one who brings down the wicked to ruin.

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself also call and not be heard.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44)

R. (35) Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
And I will keep your law continually,
forever and ever.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Alleluia (LUKE 11:28)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
and observe it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 8:19-21)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.


Reflection: In the First Reading (Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13), the author, probably King Solomon, tells us that it is God who judges the hearts of people. He judges not according to great abilities and skills, but rather good manifestations of the talents he gave them based on how they used them. He assures that those who are just will gain a reward, but those who are evil will receive a punishment. The passage tells us how the Lord will judge us in the end of the age based on how we have become submissive and obedient to his will. In the Gospel (Luke 8:19-21), we hear something strange from our Lord Jesus Christ. When he was told that his mother and brothers were standing outside the house where he was, he said that those who are obedient to the word of God are his mother and brothers. Now this doesn’t mean that he is rejecting the blessed Mother, nor is he comparing blood relationship. Rather, he wants to extend his family, which is also God’s family, and in order to be part of it, we must be obedient to the divine will. The brothers of Jesus are not literally his brothers, since Mary remained a virgin after his birth in Bethlehem, but these are close people in his life who followed the example of submitting to God’s plan. And he even commends the Apostles as listeners and doers of the word. So in our lives, we can be part of the divine family, if we listen to the word and act on it. We must also respect others, do good to them, and inspire them to be faithful Christians. As we journey down this road, let us practice the value of obedience to those higher than us, especially our Lord God.


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