DAILY MASS READINGS (November 13, 2018)



Reading 1 (TITUS 2:1-8, 11-14)

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Titus

You must say what is consistent with sound doctrine,
namely, that older men should be temperate, dignified,
self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.
Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior,
not slanderers, not addicted to drink,
teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women
to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers,
under the control of their husbands,
so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,
showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect,
with integrity in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech
that cannot be criticized,
so that the opponent will be put to shame
without anything bad to say about us.

For the grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
as we await the blessed hope,
the appearance of the glory of the great God
and of our savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness
and to cleanse for himself a people as his own,
eager to do what is good.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 37:3-4, 18 AND 23, 27 AND 29)

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
By the LORD are the steps of a man made firm,
and he approves his way.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
The just shall possess the land
and dwell in it forever.
R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:23)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 17:7-10)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: The Gospel reminds us of the proper disposition of service. When we serve, we focus on that priority before being served. Service is leadership wherein we devote ourselves to guide the people we are tending, and not just playing the role of boss. At the end of our rendering services, there is the assurance of unprofitability, meaning service should be done without expecting anything in return. And if most of the time we are given something, it reflects on the cost of the heart of our service that we are really meant to serve. The greatest model of service is our Lord Jesus Christ. It is Christ who came not to be served, but to serve and offer his life for our salvation. His act of washing the Apostle’s feet gives us an example of loving one another in humble service. This leads to his ultimate sacrifice on the Cross, wherein he lays down his life for our salvation from falling into sin. Christ’s Redemption payed the price of sin in accordance to the plan of God. Meaning to say, the world we live in is not entirely ours, but that we are entrusted to be a stewards of it. That is why St. Paul in the First Reading reminds us to live accordingly and devoutly by rejecting godless ways as we continuously await for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he will judge us based on the love that we have shown in this world. Let us become faithful stewards by living holy lives, humbling ourselves and serving others, especially those in need physically and spiritually.

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