DAILY MASS READINGS (September 29, 2018)

FEAST OF STS. MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS (CYCLE B, White)

 

Reading 1 (DANIEL 7:9-10, 13-14)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

– The word of the Lord.

Or (REVELATION 12:7-12AB)

A reading from the Book of Revelation

War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 4-5)

R. (1) In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD
when they hear the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD
“Great is the glory of the LORD
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

Alleluia (PSALM 103:21)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Bless the LORD, all you angels,
you ministers, who do his will.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (JOHN 1:47-51)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: Today, we honor the three Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. They played important roles in the Biblical history. In the Gospel (John 1:47-51), God reveals himself through Jesus Christ, especially to Saint Bartholomew in a fig tree. This is to signify how God calls each us in the daily signs of life. It is the same way how he called the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of our Savior, and that is through the Archangel Saint Gabriel at the Annunciation. And it is the promise of Christ that the Apostles would see the vision of angels descending and ascending on him, and this was all seen by Saint John the Beloved, who wrote all these visions in the Book of Revelation. The Archangels don’t only serve as guardians like regular angels do, but they also serve as our defenders and co-journeyers. That is why Saint Michael defends us from the clutches of Satan and the demons, Saint Raphael accompanies us on our journey to the right way of salvation, and Saint Gabriel reveals to us God’s plan of love to save us and how we must respond to the Word of God. As we journey down this road, let us recognize the signs of God’s calling to us, and respond to his call with humility, conviction, obedience, and kindness towards others. May the Archangels serve as our guide in our spiritual battle against evil as we persevere and endure our earthly merits, for we believe that the Lord’s divine will should be obeyed at all times without hesitation.

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