DAILY MASS READINGS (August 23, 2019)

MEMORIAL OF ST. ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN (CYCLE I, White)

Reading 1 (RUTH 1:1, 3-6, 14B-16, 22)

A reading from the Book of Ruth

Once in the time of the judges there was a famine in the land;
so a man from Bethlehem of Judah
departed with his wife and two sons
to reside on the plateau of Moab.
Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,
and she was left with her two sons, who married Moabite women,
one named Orpah, the other Ruth.
When they had lived there about ten years,
both Mahlon and Chilion died also,
and the woman was left with neither her two sons nor her husband.
She then made ready to go back from the plateau of Moab
because word reached her there
that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.

Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth stayed with her.

Naomi said, “See now! 
Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god.
Go back after your sister-in-law!”
But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!
For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge,
your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Thus it was that Naomi returned
with the Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth,
who accompanied her back from the plateau of Moab.
They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 146:5-6AB, 6C-7, 8-9A, 9BC-10)

R.(1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free. 
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
The LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!

Alleluia (PSALM 25:4B, 5A)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Teach me your paths, my God,
guide me in your truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 22:34-40)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law, tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the Gospel (Matthew 22:34-40), the Pharisees asked Jesus on what is the greatest commandment. First, Jesus quoted the Shema, Israel (Hear, O Israel!) by saying that we must love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Second, Jesus quoted a passage from Leviticus, saying that we must love our neighbour as we love ourselves. The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, is summarized into two by our Lord, to love God and love our neighbour. Now how can this be possible considering that God has the highest authority? Simply that we must believe in God and in all the goodness he has done. He also reveals to us the goodness of every person, to which our response is to be good to them. Now is it possible to love a neighbour that is evil? Yes it is, but Christ has told us many times to love our enemies, pray for the persecutors, and forgive one another. So simply the Gospel tells that that to love God is to obey his will and live our faith in him, and to love our neighbour as ourselves is to be kind to them, do acts of kindness and charity, and teach what is right. That is why Ruth in the First Reading promised to remain with Naomi in order to care for her and guide her in their journey to live since at that time there was a famine in Bethlehem. Despite being a Moabite, she also learned to worship the God of her mother-in-law, who is the God of Israel and the God of all nations. As we journey down this road, let us manifest these two greatest commandments in our lives. May Ruth’s prayer be ours as well as we accompany and guide others in our journey in life through obedience to the divine will of the Father.

🎶”Huwag mong naising lisanin kita,
wala ‘kong hangaring ika’y mag-isa.
Sa’n man magtungo, ako’y sasabay,
magkabalikat sa paglalakbay.

Mananahan sa tahanang sisilong sa ‘yo.
Yayakapin ng landasin at bayan mo.

Poon mo ay aking ipagbubunyi
at iibigin nang buong sarili.
Sa’n man abutin ng paghahanap,
ikaw at ako’y magkasamang ganap.

Ipahintulot nawa ng Panginoon—
ni kamataya’y maglalaho, anino ng kahapon.

Dahil pag-ibig ang alay sa ‘yo, mananatili ako.
Huwag nang naisin tayo’y mawalay.
Huwag nang isiping magwawakas ang paglalakbay.

Huwag mong naising lisanin kita.” – Noel Miranda (Batay sa Ruth 1:16-17) 🎶

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