DAILY MASS READINGS (March 10, 2019)


Reading 1 (DEUTERONOMY 26:4-10)

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy

Moses spoke to the people, saying: 
“The priest shall receive the basket from you 
and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God.
Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, 
‘My father was a wandering Aramean 
who went down to Egypt with a small household 
and lived there as an alien.
But there he became a nation 
great, strong, and numerous.
When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, 
imposing hard labor upon us, 
we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, 
and he heard our cry
and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.
He brought us out of Egypt
with his strong hand and outstretched arm,
with terrifying power, with signs and wonders;
and bringing us into this country,
he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.
Therefore, I have now brought you the firstfruits
of the products of the soil 
which you, O LORD, have given me.’
And having set them before the Lord, your God, 
you shall bow down in his presence.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15)

R. (cf. 15b)  Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him.
R. Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Reading 2 (ROMANS 10:8-13)

A reading from the Letter of St. Pauls to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
What does Scripture say?
The word is near you,
in your mouth and in your heart

—that is, the word of faith that we preach—, 
for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord 
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, 
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified, 
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
For the Scripture says, 
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; 
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

– The word of the Lord.

Verse Before The Gospel (MATTHEW 4:4B)

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Gospel (LUKE 4:1-13)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan 
and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, 
to be tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days, 
and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him,
“If you are the Son of God, 
command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him, 
“It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”
Then he took him up and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him,
“I shall give to you all this power and glory; 
for it has been handed over to me, 
and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God,
and him alone shall you serve.”

Then he led him to Jerusalem, 
made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here, for it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,
With their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

Jesus said to him in reply,
“It also says,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
When the devil had finished every temptation, 
he departed from him for a time.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Sunday of Lent in our forty-day Lenten journey to Holy Week prepares us for the mystery of Christ’s love for us, which is also the loving plan of the Father. This National Migrants’ Sunday honors our Filipino migrants, especially our beloved OFWs abroad, because of their love and sacrifices for their own families.
In the First Reading (Deuteronomy 26:4-10), Moses exhorts the Israelites to become a worthy nation before the Lord God who brought them out of slavery from Egypt. In the Second Reading (Romans 10:8-13), St. Paul urges us to receive the word that has been taught to us and believe in it, who is Jesus Christ, the Word-made flesh, by our true profession/confession of faith in our daily lifestyle. In the Gospel (Luke 4:1-13), we hear how our Lord Jesus Christ fasted in the desert for forty days and forty nights. At that time, he ate and drank nothing. What adds up is that the Devil comes to tempt him. Though he was the Son of God and divine in nature, Jesus humbled himself into our sinful nature, so that he can teach humanity through word and example about the love of God. That is why he was able to overcome the temptations of Satan by quoting Scriptural passages. Christ is the new Adam, wherein unlike Adam who submitted himself to the temptation of the serpent, he showed us an example to fight it off. This event prepared him for his Public Ministry in Galilee and three years later, his Suffering and Death for our Redemption.
My dear brothers and sisters, temptation is not a sin. It does not appear bad and ugly, but rather good and beautiful. However when you submit yourself to it, that is the time you have already committed a sin. This is how the Devil works to attract people. That is why Satan is already making such temptations that can lead one to admire passions, pleasure, and prestige over God. So we must overcome these and other kinds as well, especially by praying to God for courage. As we journey down this Lenten road, like Christ, let us overcome the temptations that may trick us and lead us into sinning against God. May we also manifest the value of love not as means of injury and maliciousness, but rather as means of sacredness and respect.

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