DAILY MASS READINGS (October 3, 2018)

WEDNESDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (JOB 9:1-12, 14-16)

A reading from the Book of Job

Job answered his friends and said:

I know well that it is so;
but how can a man be justified before God?
Should one wish to contend with him,
he could not answer him once in a thousand times.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained unscathed?

He removes the mountains before they know it;
he overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth out of its place,
and the pillars beneath it tremble.
He commands the sun, and it rises not;
he seals up the stars.

He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads upon the crests of the sea.
He made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south;
He does great things past finding out,
marvelous things beyond reckoning.

Should he come near me, I see him not;
should he pass by, I am not aware of him;
Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay?
Who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

How much less shall I give him any answer,
or choose out arguments against him!
Even though I were right, I could not answer him,
but should rather beg for what was due me.
If I appealed to him and he answered my call,
I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 88:10BC-11, 12-13, 14-15)

R. (3) Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Daily I call upon you, O LORD;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades arise to give you thanks?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Do they declare your mercy in the grave,
your faithfulness among those who have perished?
Are your wonders made known in the darkness,
or your justice in the land of oblivion?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
But I, O LORD, cry out to you;
with my morning prayer I wait upon you.
Why, O LORD, do you reject me;
why hide from me your face?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

Alleluia (PHILIPPIANS 3:8-9)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 9:57-62)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: In the Gospel (Luke 9:57-62), Jesus reminds us the hindrances that prevent us from becoming his disciples. These are the worldly cares and anxieties that prevent us from following him because we do not want to leave them unattended. Here the context presents three scenarios. The first scenario tells us that following the Lord means that we have to give everything for him, thus even enduring the trials and sufferings in life with faith and perseverance until we attain eternal life in heaven. The second scenario tells us that to let the dead bury their dead means that we must bury all our hindrances and worldly anxieties that prevent us from following the Lord. And finally, the third scenario tells us that if ever we forget to give our warm farewell to our loved ones and hard-earned possessions in following the Lord, then we should not worry too much because God will take care of those people and things. Overall, discipleship is not an easy opportunity. It undergoes a lot of challenges in life that we have to face. Are we really committed to follow Christ in our everyday life and partake in his mission? Is he our priority amid all the cares and material things that might hinder us from becoming his disciples? In the First Reading (Job 9:1-12, 14-16), we could see how despite his ongoing sufferings and hardships, Job chooses to remain steadfast to his faith in God. He recognizes the Lord as the God who makes all things good. It may seem difficult in his situation to make this statement, but we can see here his fidelity to persevere in his faith despite the trials the just man is undergoing. So as we journey down this road, may we follow Christ daily and partake in the mission of Evangelization by enduring every suffering and trial with faith and perseverance.

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