DAILY MASS READINGS (October 13, 2018)



Reading 1 (GALATIANS 3:22-29)

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians

Brothers and sisters:
Scripture confined all things under the power of sin,
that through faith in Jesus Christ
the promise might be given to those who believe.

Before faith came, we were held in custody under law,
confined for the faith that was to be revealed.
Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.
For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free person,
there is not male and female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants,
heirs according to the promise.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7)

R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (LUKE 11:28)

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

Gospel (LUKE 11:27-28)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: Saint Paul in the First Reading reminds us that our faith in God is what brings us salvation. It doesn’t actually mean that “FAITH ALONE” doctrine or Sola Fidei is always the case. While it is true that such faith has power to save us, the Apostle also calls us to manifest such faith in building a community gathered in peace, whether what race we have come from. This is why from the promise to the Jewish people, then the revelation of salvation to the Gentiles, the Christian community has been formed and is continuously growing not because of people’s honor, but that their witness to Christ shows that identity of God’s love and obedience to the will. This Gospel passage coming from St. Luke’s account is said to be one of the shortest ever read at Mass and found in Sacred Scripture. Jesus was teaching a large crowd, then one woman exclaimed a blessing to the Mother who nursed him. And he added that the true blessing is obtained by obedience, reflection, and fulfillment towards the Word of God. This short passage exemplifies the role of our Blessed Mother Mary in salvation history. She was given a great privelege to be preserved from any stain of sin (Immaculate Conception) in order that she may be a fitting dwelling place for the Only Begotten Son. And when it was anounced to her by Saint Gabriel that she will give birth and become the Mother of the Savior, she faithfully, humbly, and obediently accepted the divine will into her life, since what God has willed according to such word must be done unto her. And every experience that happened to her especially the Shepherds’ Adoration towards the Infant and the Finding of her lost son in the Temple, she kept everything that occurred and reflected them in her heart. No wonder at Cana, she interceded in behalf of her Son, that such miracle may be obtained by obeying what Christ commands us to do. And at the Passion and Death, she stands by his side willingly suffering, knowing the importance of submissiveness. She merited her Assumption and Coronation in Heaven because of her humility and blessedness. It calls us to our disposition in life on how we obey the will of the Father. So this context clearly means that true blessing is following the example of Mary in our way of faith, humility, and obedience towards the divine will.

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