DAILY MASS READINGS (September 1, 2019)

22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (CYCLE C, Green)

Reading 1 (SIRACH 3:17-18, 20, 28-29)

A reading from the Book of Sirach

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
 and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
 Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
 and you will find favor with God.
 What is too sublime for you, seek not,
 into things beyond your strength search not.
 The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,
 and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
 Water quenches a flaming fire,
 and alms atone for sins.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11)

R. (cf. 11b)  God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
The just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.

Reading 2 (HEBREWS 12:18-19, 22-24A)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached that which could be touched
and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness
and storm and a trumpet blast
and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
begged that no message be further addressed to them.
No, you have approached Mount Zion
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.

– The word of the Lord.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 11:29AB)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord,
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 14:1, 7-14)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor. 
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place. 
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. 
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” 
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: HUMILITY AND ACCEPTANCE
In our world today, there are many leaders governing a certain nation, organization, and group. They are the ones who are in charge of the flow of activities, and they lead the operations and work. But sadly, most of them have become bosses, who claim that they have power over others. That is why many of them would ask their leaders to do the work, and even force to spend more hours. But what is also happening is that most leaders would do nothing but rest, claiming that they should be the ones to give orders because they claim the thrones of honor. That is not how leadership is supposed to be. In the 1st part of the Gospel Reading, Jesus reminds us of the value of humility and service. He compares the world to a wedding banquet, wherein many great people would go up to the seats of honor, but sadly, there were already people chosen for those places. Then again, it is the host who instructs them to move up from a lower position to a higher position. The host of the wedding banquet is God. At every celebration of the Mass, we do not go to church to show that we are better, but rather, we gather ourselves in prayer as the Assembly of God. He invites us to give him due reverence, respect, and worship by remembering his fulfilled plan, which we honor in the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Most of all, after being spiritually nourished, we should apply the values of humility and service in our lives, especially when we help others because that is how we should manifest true Christian Leadership. So let us be humble and servant leaders with our whole minds and hearts to others. May we practice these values, so that we can merit the inheritance of God’s glory, which is eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The second part of the Gospel Reading is like a challenge to us when we hold celebrations. This seldom occurs because we would mostly invite our loved ones and close people whenever we throw feasts at the comfort of our homes or hang out in restaurants and other public places. But Jesus himself said that we should not invite them whenever such events take place. Although he’s not contradicting the practice of inviting our dear loved ones, he is challenging us to invite the poor and all the disabled. It may sound challenging to the extent that we are not familiar with such people. But let us try to have the opportunity to engage ourselves with such people. No wonder Jesus invited sinners to come to him, and he even ate at their homes in order that they may experience conversion. Same things happens in the Eucharist when the Lord God invites us all of us to worship him and commemorate the memorial of his great salvific plan through Christ’s sacrifice revealed in the bread and wine. Jesus’ spiritual nourishment is meant for all who are willing to accept him with faith and partake in giving witness to the Good News. So when we go to church and attend Mass then go out after the Eucharist, let us not look highly on ourselves above others, as if we think we’re more deserving. And may we always regard ourselves as humble people, so that we recognize the “human” inside each on of us. May this be our disposition when we attend the Eucharist, that we welcome each people to experience the love of God in the Holy Mass.

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