DAILY MASS READINGS (September 4, 2019)

WEDNESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR I, Green)

Reading 1 (COLOSSIANS 1:1-8)

A reading from the beginning of the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother, 
to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:
grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.
Of this you have already heard 
through the word of truth, the Gospel, that has come to you.
Just as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing,
so also among you, 
from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth,
as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave,
who is a trustworthy minister of Christ on your behalf
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 52:10, 11)

R. (10) I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I, like a green olive tree
in the house of God,
Trust in the mercy of God
forever and ever.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
I will thank you always for what you have done,
and proclaim the goodness of your name
before your faithful ones.
R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.

Alleluia (LUKE 4:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 4:38-44)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (Colossians 1:1-8), Saint Paul goes to the Colossian community to preach the Gospel there. In this epistle, the Apostle will emphasize on Jesus as the God made visible who makes us worthy of the gift of salvation through the Paschal Mystery. For this passage, Paul sends greetings of peace to the community. At the same time, he gives thanks to God for their worthy reception of the Good News, thus exhorting them to continue being faithful especially with their relationship with one another. In the Gospel (Luke 4:38-44), we see how he heals the mother-in-law of Saints Peter and Andrew from the fever. This miracle does not only show Jesus’ healing power, but also his virtue of mercy and compassion. In fact, it was not only the woman that he healed, but also different people afflicted with many diseases, and expelled demons from the possessed. Even though he tried to get away, they still prevented him from leaving. But he knew his mission very well, the mission the Father gave him. He has not come to be a ruler of miracles, but rather a prophet and servant leader. That is why all his teachings and actions were fulfilled by his Paschal Mystery, wherein he suffered, died, and rose again for our salvation. This is in order that we may realize that we must be good examples of faith. As Christians, faith does not come only from believing and saying, but it also comes from the heart of doing good deeds to others. Examples of these are humility and service. As we journey down this road, let us faithful disciples of our Lord by following his example and obeying the will of God.

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