DAILY MASS READINGS (December 27, 2019)

FEAST OF ST. JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST (CYCLE A, White)

Reading 1 (1 JOHN 1:1-4)

A reading from the beginning of the 1st Letter of St. John

Beloved:
What was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon
and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life —
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us— 
what we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you,
so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12)

R. (12) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are around him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!


Alleluia (See Te Deum)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel (JOHN 20:1A AND 2-8)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we do not know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed. 

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: On this third day within the Christmas Octave, we honor the beloved Apostle and Evangelist Saint John. The First Readings we will be hearing from this day until January 6, 2018 will focus on his first new testament letter (1 John), wherein he will talk about the love of God fulfilled in Christ, that love that should be manifested among the members of the community through spirituality, and warnings against false ideologies and antichrists. Last Christmas Day, we heard from this Evangelist the very beautiful Prologue about the Eternal Word that became flesh and pitched it’s tent among our lives. This Word continues to bring that same life and light, and so we are to accept it, for it wasn’t known or accepted when it came. And if we accept it with faith and acts of charity, then we have lived up our calling as adopted children of God.
Today, we have seem to fast forward from Jesus’ Birth to his Resurrection from the dead. Mary Magdalene must have felt the sorrow when she stood at the foot of the Cross. She comes to the tomb to offer what the Master deserves for his good work on earth, but at dawn of Easter Sunday, she founding nothing inside. So she calls up Simon Peter and John. John runs faster than Peter, but he acknowledges Peter’s leadership among the Apostles and in the Church, so he stays outside. Then Simon Peter goes inside the tomb and sees the cloths of linen lying on the bedrock. As for John, he saw these things and believed. Before the resurrection event, the crucified Lord entrusted the care of the Blessed Mother to Saint John. Now this beloved Apostle must have understood what the Master has been explaining. As for Mary Magdalene, she witnessed Christ comforting her and is told to proclaim the good news of the Resurrection. As for Peter, he was forgiven by a threefold confession of love as a counter of his threefold denial during the Passion and was entrusted the Church under his leadership. In his account of the life of Jesus, the beloved Apostle John focuses not only on the human nature, but also the divine nature of our Lord. Even Christ asked Saint Peter about him if he were to live until the second coming. So as we journey down this Christmas road, let us be inspired by the life of this beloved Apostle and Evangelist by believing in the Lord’s words and giving witness to them.

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