DAILY MASS READINGS (November 16, 2018)



Reading 1 (2 JOHN 4-9)

A reading from the 2nd Letter of St. John

[Chosen Lady:]
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth
just as we were commanded by the Father.
But now, Lady, I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.
For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;
this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,
in which you should walk.

Many deceivers have gone out into the world,
those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh;
such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.
Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for
but may receive a full recompense.
Anyone who is so “progressive”
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God;
whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18)

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Within my heart I treasure your promise,
that I may not sin against you.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Be good to your servant, that I may live
and keep your words.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Open my eyes, that I may consider
the wonders of your law.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Alleluia (LUKE 21:28)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 17:26-37)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”
– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: As we are nearing the end of the liturgical year, the next Mass readings until the Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time invite us to prepare for the Coming of Christ and the feast of the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us the signs that mark to the Parousia, and they already are existing today, but only God can tell when the world will end. During the time of Noah, sin slowly spread between the human race, so God decided to punish the earth by a great flood. But because animals have no rational soul and Noah and his family were faithful to him, he commanded the patriarch to build an ark, and there they will find their refuge. After 40 days and 40 nights, the flood dried up and good fruits began springing out, and the LORD made a rainbow, symbolizing his covenant that the earth shall not be destroyed by flood again. But sin also began to creep and spread throughout many people. So God decided to send his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to show his love for us all. Jesus performed good works and taught us the good moral values. After his Paschal Mystery, he promised that he will come back again, and bring us who have done good to heaven. Saint John the Beloved Apostle wrote a vision of seeing Christ, and in his Book of Revelation, he described the Kingdom of Heaven as the place of no more sorrow, no more tear, and no more problems. But to prepare for his Second Coming, we must manifest the Christian values in word and in action. We can read these on the greatest published literature in the whole world, the Holy Bible, or also known as the Holy Scriptures. These stories serve as inspiration not only in thoughts and minds, but also in the hearts. Saint Anthony of Padua says: “Actions speak louder than words.” We must not be foolish in trying to anticipate the Lord’s Coming because we might end up with our sins of omission, failing to fulfill our mission God destined for us. We cannot lay down lazy and do nothing because time is running out. It is time for us to continue the harvest in the Lord’s vineyard and encourage others to do good deeds of service and respect. The First Reading from St. John reminds us to live in God’s love, that we share his love to others. Love is the fulfillment of all the commandment, and it is the purpose of God’s plan of salvation. Even as there are many deceivers that distract many, still we are called to remain in the teachings of Christ and as that of the Father. As we journey down this road, let us not engage into ordinary pleasures, but on the extraordinary gifts of God.

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