DAILY MASS READINGS (February 27, 2019)


Reading 1 (SIRACH 4:11-19)

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Wisdom breathes life into her children
and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life; 
those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord.
He who holds her fast inherits glory;
wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings.
Those who serve her serve the Holy One;
those who love her the LORD loves.
He who obeys her judges nations;
he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers.
If one trusts her, he will possess her;
his descendants too will inherit her.
She walks with him as a stranger
and at first she puts him to the test;
Fear and dread she brings upon him
and tries him with her discipline
until she try him by her laws and trust his soul.
Then she comes back to bring him happiness
and reveal her secrets to them
and she will heap upon him 
treasures of knowledge and an understanding of justice.
But if he fails her, she will abandon him
and deliver him into the hands of despoilers.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175)

R. (165a)  O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
Those who love your law have great peace,
and for them there is no stumbling block.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
I keep your precepts and your decrees,
for all my ways are before you.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
My lips pour forth your praise,
because you teach me your statutes.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
May my tongue sing of your promise,
for all your commands are just.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
Let my soul live to praise you,
and may your ordinances help me.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:6)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 9:38-40)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading gives us a beautiful depiction of Wisdom which is far beyond any human understanding. Such Wisdom comes from God Most High, which enables us to fully discern his divine will and submit to it in humility and obedience. This Wisdom is a reminder for us that we need to discern in our hearts what is truly the source of all life in this world. It is also a call for us to become faithful adopted children of our Father by receiving that Wisdom, which is our Lord Jesus Christ, as we emulate the values of the Good News. And the Gospel today is a call for us to accept the Lord’s message, especially allowing others to also do so. John has this first impression that the man exorcising demons in the name of Christ is not of their company, to which he and the rest of the Apostles have tried to prevent. But Jesus forbids them from doing so by stating that whoever is not against them is actually in favor of their ministry. Jesus gives us an approach that when we accept the message of God, we also accept other people who are coheirs of it. We are all co-journeyers towards our heavenly citizenship, that we strive to follow the will of of God and do good towards one another. This is also in the same way with how instead of degrading the weakest of people in spirituality, we should be open in welcoming these sinners back to the Lord, that his grace may also be in them, to which they can participate in giving witness to the Good News.

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