DAILY MASS READINGS (February 26, 2019)


Reading 1 (SIRACH 2:1-11)

A reading from the Book of Sirach

My son, when you come to serve the LORD,
stand in justice and fear,
prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast,
incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,
undisturbed in time of adversity.
Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;
thus will you be wise in all your ways.
Accept whatever befalls you,
when sorrowful, be steadfast,
and in crushing misfortune be patient;
For in fire gold and silver are tested,
and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.
Trust God and God will help you;
trust in him, and he will direct your way;
keep his fear and grow old therein.

You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy,
turn not away lest you fall.
You who fear the LORD, trust him,
and your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the LORD, hope for good things,
for lasting joy and mercy.
You who fear the LORD, love him,
and your hearts will be enlightened.
Study the generations long past and understand;
has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed?
Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken?  
has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed?
Compassionate and merciful is the LORD;
he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble
and he is a protector to all who seek him in truth.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40)

R. (see 5)  Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
their inheritance lasts forever.
They are not put to shame in an evil time;
in days of famine they have plenty. 
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
Turn from evil and do good,
that you may abide forever;
For the LORD loves what is right,
and forsakes not his faithful ones. 
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him. 
R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.

Alleluia (GALATIANS 6:14)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 9:30-37)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it. 
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men 
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” 
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?” 
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest. 

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,   
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” 
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,   
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading is a call for us to be persevering in our trials and difficulties in life. Sirach tells us that at the end of what we are going through in life, the mercy of God will always prevail. It is our Lord who shows us his love by forgiving our sins and carrying our burdens along. We are invited to trust in him and believe in his goodness. The Gospel is an exhortation from Christ to how we should live our lives. The disciples have been arguing among themselves about which of them is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. So Jesus does an extraordinary act: he takes a child into their midst, a child which is considered by the society of their time as “significant” and “powerless”. He invites each and everyone of us to accept God’s reign like a little child, for the one who wishes to be first should be the last and servant. The word our Lord uses is “childlike”, not “childish”. A child possess the quality traits of humility and obedience in order to fulfill what different authorities like the parents tell them to do, which they will carry until they grow up and also have their future children. Likewise we are all children of our God and Father, thus brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ. And being part of this great family reminds us to always be humble and obedient towards the Lord and his will. That will also help us to relate with one another and even serve each other in goodness, kindness, and truth.

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