DAILY MASS READINGS (November 14, 2018)



Reading 1 (TITUS 3:1-7)

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Titus

Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities,
to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.
They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate,
exercising all graciousness toward everyone.
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded,
slaves to various desires and pleasures,
living in malice and envy,
hateful ourselves and hating one another.

But when the kindness and generous love
of God our savior appeared,
not because of any righteous deeds we had done
but because of his mercy,
he saved us through the bath of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out on us
through Jesus Christ our savior,
so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 23:1B-3A, 3BC-4, 5, 6)

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Alleluia (1 THESSALONIANS 5:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 17:11-19)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: In the First Reading (Titus 3:1-7), St. Paul reminds us that we are to submit ourselves to authorities, not just in the religious and governmental aspects, but also those who are entrusted with responsibilities. It is our duty to ensure that they are teaching and doing the right way, and also keep them from all harm and temptation that may destroy livelihood physically and spiritually. Our mission is to be witnesses of the Good News about the reign of God in our midst, that we share kindness and generous love to others just as how he showed his mercy on us when Christ offered his life in order that we may become the Father’s faithful adopted children. In the Gospel (Luke 17:11-19), we see how Jesus cleanses ten lepers. Here, we can see that it is not a direct action of our Lord. He tells them to show themselves to the priests for the ritual cleansing. But on their way, they noticed that they were immediate cleansed, and they were happy. In life, there are many times we experience good things happening to us. So it is fitting that we should be grateful for them, especially to those who give them. Going back to the Gospel passage, only one leper returned to thank Jesus. The Lord was amazed that only one went back, but not the other nine, and this man was a Samaritan. But why a Samaritan, for in fact, the Jews hated the Samaritans because of the pagan rituals? It is because gratitude comes from the heart, regarding the race, religion, etc. That is why Christ commends the Samaritan for having faith, which is applying the miracle. Likewise, we should be grateful to God and to others for all the good things, gifts, and blessings they gave us. And the best way to do that is to devote ourselves in service to them. This is what gratitude should mean, that as we express our thanks for good things, we also become blessings for other people.

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