DAILY MASS READINGS (January 26, 2019)

MEMORIAL OF STS. TIMOTHY AND TITUS, BISHOPS (YEAR I, White)

Reading 1 (2 TIMOTHY 1:1-8)

A reading from the beginning of the 2nd Letter of St. Paul to Timothy

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child:
grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am grateful to God,
whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.
I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,
so that I may be filled with joy, 
as I recall your sincere faith
that first lived in your grandmother Lois
and in your mother Eunice
and that I am confident lives also in you.

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

– The word of the Lord.

Or (TITUS 1:1-5)

A reading from the beginning of the Letter of St. Paul to Titus

Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ
for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones
and the recognition of religious truth,
in the hope of eternal life 
that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,
who indeed at the proper time revealed his word
in the proclamation with which I was entrusted
by the command of God our savior,
to Titus, my true child in our common faith:
grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.

For this reason I left you in Crete
so that you might set right what remains to be done
and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 96:1-2A, 2B-3, 7-8A, 10)

R. (3) Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!
R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.


Alleluia (SEE ACTS 16:14B)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or (LUKE 4:18)

R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R.    Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel (MARK 3:20-21)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, 
for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Or (LUKE 10:1-9)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his pay.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: Both Saints Timothy and Titus were disciples of the great Saint Paul the Apostle. They were both under pagan blood, but one of them is under Jewish blood. Their conversions to Christianity paved paths for their episcopate. Saint Timothy became the Bishop of Ephesus, while Saint Titus became the Bishop of Crete. They are celebrated together today because the dates of their deaths (96-97 A.D.) are very close to each other. In the Gospel (Luke 10:1-9), we hear our Lord Jesus Christ not only appointing Twelve Apostles, but also seventy-two disciples. The number ‘seventy-two’ refers to the number of nations in the world. God’s message of salvation is not only meant for Israel, but it is also meant for the whole world. To be partakers in the mission of evangelization means that you have to leave all your belongings behind, and do not take any material possession along with you. It is because the Lord will be the one to provide your needs. You need to work hard not just only for the money and the possessions, but also for the abundant harvest in the garden of the Lord. In our world today, how are we going to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in this time of a modern technological world? How do we fulfill our mission for the better world of the future? The time starts today, not later nor tomorrow, because time is very limited. When we partake in the Good News, we also apply and manifests its values in our daily lives. We must listen, know, proclaim, and act on the word of God, in order to live as true Christians, children of God the Father. As we journey down this road, let us proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom to others, and manifest its values and teachings in our daily lives.

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