DAILY MASS READINGS (January 11, 2020)

SATURDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (CYCLE A, White)

Reading 1 (1 JOHN 5:14-21)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. John

Beloved:
We have this confidence in him
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 
And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,
we know that what we have asked him for is ours. 
If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,
he should pray to God and he will give him life. 
This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. 
There is such a thing as deadly sin,
about which I do not say that you should pray. 
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

We know that anyone begotten by God does not sin;
but the one begotten by God he protects,
and the Evil One cannot touch him. 
We know that we belong to God,
and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One. 
We also know that the Son of God has come
and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. 
And we are in the one who is true,
in his Son Jesus Christ. 
He is the true God and eternal life. 
Children, be on your guard against idols.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B)

R. (see 4a)  The Lord takes delight in his people.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
or:
R.  Alleluia.


Alleluia (MATTHEW 4:16)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel (JOHN 3:22-30)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea,
where he spent some time with them baptizing. 
John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim,
because there was an abundance of water there,
and people came to be baptized,
for John had not yet been imprisoned. 
Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew
about ceremonial washings. 
So they came to John and said to him,
“Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan,
to whom you testified,
here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”
John answered and said,
“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. 
You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ,
but that I was sent before him. 
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom;
the best man, who stands and listens for him,
rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. 
So this joy of mine has been made complete. 
He must increase; I must decrease.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: As we mark the end of our Epiphany week and celebrate the last day of Christmas Time tomorrow with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Gospel speaks about the testimony of St. John the Baptist. We remember during the past Advent Season how we prepared the way of the Lord by preaching a baptism of repentance and conversion. And in this Christmas Season during the past week, the Precursor reminds us to have the humble disposition to accept the Lamb of God into our lives. Now he is asked by his disciples regarding the One whom he testified, our Lord Jesus Christ, baptizing people who are coming near the Lord. But since John has preached about the Christ being the Lamb of God and the promised Savior, he humbles himself that his cousin [the Lord] must increase, while he must be decrease. The humility of St. John the Baptist reminds us that in life, we have a God who is greater than us and who wills for everyone according to his divine plan. Even as we have celebrated the Incarnation of our Lord during the Christmas Season, we also remember that his divine presence continues to make manifest in our lives, that we should worship him and have faith. That is why St. John the Apostle reminds us to stay steadfast in our faithfulness towards the Lord, that we become obedient to his will and do humble and kind acts. Even as we mark the end of Christmas Time and proceed with Ordinary Time, let our goodness continue to spread even as we undergo the ordinary circumstances of our lives.

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