DAILY MASS READINGS (November 29, 2018)


Reading 1 (REVELATION 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9A)

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,
having great authority,
and the earth became illumined by his splendor.
He cried out in a mighty voice:

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.
She has become a haunt for demons.
She is a cage for every unclean spirit,
a cage for every unclean bird,
a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast.”

A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone
and threw it into the sea and said:

“With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown down,
and will never be found again.
No melodies of harpists and musicians,
flutists and trumpeters,
will ever be heard in you again.
No craftsmen in any trade
will ever be found in you again.
No sound of the millstone
will ever be heard in you again.
No light from a lamp
will ever be seen in you again.
No voices of bride and groom
will ever be heard in you again.
Because your merchants were the great ones of the world,
all nations were led astray by your magic potion.”

After this I heard what sounded like
the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying:

Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great harlot
who corrupted the earth with her harlotry.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

They said a second time:

“Alleluia! Smoke will rise from her forever and ever.”

Then the angel said to me, “Write this:
Blessed are those who have been called
to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5)

R. (Rev. 19: 9a) Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
For he is good:
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

Alleluia (LUKE 21:28)

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

Gospel (LUKE 21:20-28)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
know that its desolation is at hand.
Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Let those within the city escape from it,
and let those in the countryside not enter the city,
for these days are the time of punishment
when all the Scriptures are fulfilled.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days,
for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth
and a wrathful judgment upon this people.
They will fall by the edge of the sword
and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles;
and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: As the Liturgical Year draws to a close, the First Reading depicts to us the Fall of Babylon. We know in history how Babylon oppressed the Jews when they conquered the citizens and took them in exile. St. John depicts that vision when the so-called “Whore of Babylon” is destroyed because of the wickedness of the cities. Many Christians allegedly claim that the Catholic Church is being depicted in the Book of Revelation. However unknown to their limited knowledge, what the passage is referring to the Fall of the pagan Roman Empire way back in the 7th to 8th centuries because of the sinfulness of the people at that time. While the Church, the People God, is referred to as among the righteous people who are invited to the Wedding Feast of God. Now Jesus continues to speak in the Gospel about the end of the world. Here, he tells about the Destruction of Jerusalem came true in 70 A.D when Emperor Titus Vespasian allowed the Romans to destroy the city and the Temple. No stone or brick was left, but only ruins. And this event is one of the signs of the times that he is talking about. These signs have happened, are happening, and will continue to happen. These are the typhoons, earthquakes, droughts, famines, pestilences, wars, etc. That is why there is fear in our minds and hearts because we think that the world is already ending, and we are afraid to die. But we shouldn’t be afraid, for after all these things, there will be the eschatological signs that will lead to his Second Coming. And when comes again in glory, if we have been faithful all throughout our life, we will gain eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, where there is no more pain or sorrow. That is why Jeremy Camp’s song says:
“There will be a day with no more tears,
no more pains, and no more fears.
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
will be no more.
We’ll see Jesus face to face.”
This is what is waiting for us in the life to come. We do not know when the world will and when Christ will come again. So what we can do in this present world is to be persevering in faith, hope, and love. As we journey down this road, let us spend our lives on earth by being faithful to the Lord and obeying his commands and teachings.

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