DAILY MASS READINGS (September 3, 2019)

MEMORIAL OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT, POPE AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (YEAR I, White)

Reading 1 (1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-6, 9-11)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,
you have no need for anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know very well
that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.
When people are saying, “Peace and security,”
then sudden disaster comes upon them,
like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, 
and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,
for that day to overtake you like a thief.
For all of you are children of the light 
and children of the day.
We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.
For God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep
we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 27:1, 4, 13-14)

R. (13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Alleluia (LUKE 7:16)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 4:31-37)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, 
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11), St. Paul encourages us to have a spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming, which is described like a thief coming in the night unexpectedly. So no one really knows when our Lord will be returning in glory to judge us. But we are assured that when he comes, he will judge us based on the life that we have lived on this earth. So the Apostle exhorts us to encourage and build up one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. In the Gospel (Luke 4:31-37), we see how Jesus expels a demon possessing a synagogue official in Capernaum. What is interesting is that the demon was afraid of him because he knew that man came from God, specifically the Son of God. This shows that Christ has the authority to expel evil spirits, meaning he has power over evil. And by his Resurrection on Easter Sunday, he became victorious and conquered that power along with death. My dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel scene is puts us with this question: “How well do we know Jesus Christ?” The demon inside the synagogue official tempted his power, provoking his identity. Nevertheless, he was expelled by him. The crowds were astonished at what Jesus did, so they began to realize his actions. That is the reason why many of them came to believe in him, and some of them even knew that he was the Messiah. Every year is the Year of our Lord. From January to December, the Church calls upon her faithful to reflect on Christ’s life, and to live it in action. This is how we can strengthen our relationship with him. As we journey down this road, let us come to know our Lord Jesus Christ by believing in him and following his example in obeying God’s will.

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