DAILY MASS READINGS (February 19, 2019)


Reading 1 (GENESIS 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10)

A reading from the Book of Genesis

When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,
and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil,
he regretted that he had made man on the earth,
and his heart was grieved.

So the LORD said:
“I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,
and not only the men,
but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,
for I am sorry that I made them.”
But Noah found favor with the LORD.

Then the LORD said to Noah:
“Go into the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just.
Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs,
a male and its mate;
and of the unclean animals, one pair,
a male and its mate;
likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs,
a male and a female,
and of all the unclean birds, one pair,
a male and a female.
Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth.
Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth
for forty days and forty nights,
and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth
every moving creature that I have made.”
Noah did just as the LORD had commanded him.

As soon as the seven days were over,
the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 29:1A AND 2, 3AC-4, 3B AND 9C-10)

R. (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
adore the LORD in holy attire. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
 The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
the voice of the LORD is majestic. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as king forever. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:23)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 8:14-21)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.” 
They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading narrates God’s disappointment towards his people who continue to sin against him. So he plans to send a great flood that will wipe the earth. But God knows the favor Noah has shown. So the Lord commands an ark to be built, even in the midst of a mocking crowd laughing at the old man. And later on when the ark has been built, Noah, his sons and relatives, and all the clean and unclean animals board in before the flood could advance. So all those that were left on the earth were eventually wiped away, but the ark that Noah built floated above the waters. But later on, we will see how the Lord renews his covenant by promising not to destroy the earth by a flood again. The Gospel Reading is an exhortation of Jesus to his disciples against the leaven of the Pharisees and the Herodians. This is because the disciples have realized that there supply of bread is finished. But they didn’t understand their Master’s warning on the leaven of those parties mentioned. So Jesus makes them recall the two miracles of feeding the multitude, wherein 12 wicker baskets have been gathered after feeding the 5000, and 7 wicker baskets have been gathered after feeding the 4000. The leaven Jesus is talking about is that of a bread that gives life and meaning. So as Jesus performs two miracles of feeding, thus it is the same with how he the Bread of eternal life continues to nourish us not only physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and most important of all spiritually. That leaven of the Pharisees and Herodians remind us that our lives must not live in any form of vice and sin that might lead us to harm other innocent people. In the Eucharist, we recognize our Bread of Life always wanting to nourish our souls, that we may ever become more faithful to him and the Father. We also should follow the example of Noah who in his faithfulness obeyed the will of God.

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