DAILY MASS READINGS (January 15, 2019)


Reading 1 (HEBREWS 2:5-12)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,
of which we are speaking.
Instead, someone has testified somewhere:

What is man that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under his feet.

In “subjecting” all things to him,
he left nothing not “subject to him.”
Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,” 
but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor”
because he suffered death,
he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates
and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers” saying: 

I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 8:2AB AND 5, 6-7, 8-9)

R. (see 7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

Alleluia (SEE 1 THESSALONIANS 2:13)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 1:21-28)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, 
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” 
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet!  Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: After a period of celebrating Christ’s Incarnation, we now enter into Ordinary Time as we commemorate his Public Ministry. In the Gospel (Mark 1:20-28), Jesus goes to a synagogue in Capernaum with his disciples during the Sabbath. He taught the people, and they were all amazed at his words. Then a possessed man came, and the demon tested him. But he commanded him to be quiet and come out. At this, the people became more astounded. The two scenes this Gospel teaches us focus on the authority of Jesus Christ. It is demonstrated by his teaching and power. His words brought the attention of the people, and his powerful act of expelling the unclean spirit astonished them. As a result, news about him spread throughout the Galilean region. But above all, his authority focuses on the values of mercy and compassion. That is why the Letter to the Hebrews in the First Reading tells us that Christ is given authority of all creation by God because of his obedience to fulfill the divine will, and thus he has made us adopted children of this God who is also our Father. This assures us that we are all made to be coheirs of his glory in heaven.
My dear brothers and sisters, Jesus’ authority during his Public Ministry is manifested by his words of teaching, wondrous signs and wonders, and his ultimate sacrifice on the Cross for our Redemption. Now that he is seated at God’s right hand, his authority is interceding for us before the Father. He left us the responsibility to preach the Gospel by proclaiming and giving witness to it. So as we journey down this road, may we manifest our authority as Christians by becoming servant leaders to others and performing good works to them. Let us be inspired by the Lord Jesus of Nazareth who in his life obeyed the will of the Father by teaching and doing good things, even in his Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

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