DAILY MASS READINGS (January 29, 2019)


Reading 1 (HEBREWS 10:1-10)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, 
and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect 
those who come to worship by the same sacrifices 
that they offer continually each year.
Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, 
since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer 
have had any consciousness of sins?
But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, 
for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats 
take away sins.
For this reason, when he came into the world, he said:

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, As is written of me in the scroll,
Behold, I come to do your will, O God.

First he says, Sacrifices and offerings, 
burnt offerings and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.

These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, Behold, I come to do your will.
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated 
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 40:2 AND 4AB, 7-8A, 10, 11)

R. (8a and 9a)  Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.” 
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.
R. Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.

Alleluia (SEE MATTHEW 11:25)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 3:31-35)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (Hebrews 10:1-10), the author tells us that when Jesus Christ came on earth, he was obedient to the will of God the Father. He knew that Yahweh didn’t delight in sacrifices and sin offerings. This happened during the New Covenant when Christ ratified the old one with one and perfect sacrifice on the Cross that took away our sins and that we have attained redemption. This divine plan didn’t originate from him, but rather from the will of the One who sent him. Saint Paul in his Letter to the Philippians tells us that even though he was in the form of divinity, he humbly emptied himself—“kenosis”—and was obedient even until his Death on the Cross (ch. 2, vv. 6-11). And the Responsorial Psalm invites us to live the same Christocentric prayer in submitting ourselves to God’s plan: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40:8a and 9a).
In the Gospel (Mark 3:31-35), the companions and even the disciples of Jesus inform him about his Mother and brothers outside the house where he is gathered. But then he places a surprising question on such identities. In fact, Bible scholars interpret that the “brothers” of Jesus here are not really those of blood relationship, but rather those in the faith, his company of followed, and relatives of the family. This is the reason why our apologists believe that on the Second Marian Dogma, which is the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It just goes to show that Christ is not rejecting the Blessed Mother nor those close to him in terms of family and relative matters. He extends his family, particularly the divine family, not only to those consisting of lineal blood ties and conjugal kinships, but also those who are taking part in the mission of faith, even the Apostles who would testify to him for the Church. In fact, the Church is domestic because we are the large family of God who devote ourselves in caring for one another and providing the common good for all people. And above all, we are called adopted children of God, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters of our Lord, if we obey the will of God the Father. That is the reason why he came to our world and performed his Public Ministry and ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. May we also live up our calling as members of the Church, the Body of Christ, by the mission of Evangelization through preaching and giving witness with love, and the submission of ourselves to the divine will of the Father.

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