DAILY MASS READINGS (November 15, 2018)

THURSDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (PHILEMON 7-20)

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Philemon

Beloved:
I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love,
because the hearts of the holy ones
have been refreshed by you, brother.
Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ
to order you to do what is proper,
I rather urge you out of love,
being as I am, Paul, an old man,
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus.
I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment,
who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me.
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve me on your behalf
in my imprisonment for the Gospel,
but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother,
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
And if he has done you any injustice
or owes you anything, charge it to me.
I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay.
May I not tell you that you owe me your very self.
Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord.
Refresh my heart in Christ.
– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 146:7, 8-9A, 9BC-10)

R. (5a) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (JOHN 15:5)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord:
whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 17:20-25)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: The Liturgical Year of the Church is drawing to an end. On December 2, 2018, we mark the New Year with the First Sunday of Advent. Advent, which means “coming,” is the time wherein we prepare ourselves for the Threefold Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, his Coming in the Flesh during his Nativity, his Coming again in Glory at the end of the world, and his Coming in Mystery and Signs by his Manifestation and Revelation in our everyday lives. In the Gospel (Luke 17:20-25), Jesus explains about the Coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. We can understand this with this simple statement: “It is already at hand, but has not yet come.” But what does this mean? When he began his Galilean Public Ministry, he proclaimed these words: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). This means that God’s message has already come to teach the people the way to salvation, and this is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Until now, it is still being proclaimed and witnessed by different people in their everyday lives, and these people include us. This is our mission as Christians: to partake in the Evangelization of the Gospel. We should apply this everyday in daily lives, so that when God’s kingdom comes, we are ready to be with him and the elect to eternal life. And in the First Reading (Philemon 7-20), St. Paul exhorts Philemon to welcome Onesimus fairly and justly, days after he was imprisoned for a false accusation, and that is the same way with our attitude towards one another. As we journey down this road, let us continue manifesting the Christian values, and obey the divine will.

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