DAILY MASS READINGS (January 16, 2019)


Reading 1 (HEBREWS 2:14-18)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Since the children share in blood and Flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,    
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9)

R. (8a)  The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generationsB 
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac. 
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R.  Alleluia.

Alleluia (JOHN 10:27)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 1:29-39)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, 
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons 
throughout the whole of Galilee.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (Hebrews 2:14-18), we hear how the Lord Jesus shared with our flesh and blood. It means that even in his divinity, Christ showed solidarity with our humanity. He humbled into our human flesh and sympathized with our weakness, so that he can make us strong in love. He also humbled himself into our poverty, so that he can make us rich in faith and joyful in hope. In the Gospel (Mark 1:29-39), we hear the account of Jesus’ ministry in villages of Capernaum following the cure of a demoniac in the synagogue [yesterday’s Gospel]. He enters the house of his fellow Apostles who are brothers, Peter and Andrew, and heals their mother-in-law. Mark narrates that the fever left her, and she waited on them. And then Jesus proceeds to perform more miracles and even preach the Good News. But in between, the Gospel text tells us that he would go to deserted places to be alone and spend moments of prayer. Prayer is his effective communication with the Father as a submission to the divine will. We see here in the person of Jesus one who has capability to understand our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. We also see a God who is merciful and compassionate who reaches out to people, especially to those in need. Let us continue to strengthen our faith in the Lord and like him, may we also have the courage to partake in his mission of mercy and compassion to those in need.

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