DAILY MASS READINGS (October 4, 2019)


Reading 1 (BARUCH 1:15-22)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Baruch

During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:
“Justice is with the Lord, our God;
and we today are flushed with shame,
we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,
that we, with our kings and rulers
and priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,
have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.
We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,
nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.
From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egypt
until the present day,
we have been disobedient to the Lord, our God,
and only too ready to disregard his voice.
And the evils and the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant,
at the time he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egypt
to give us the land flowing with milk and honey,
cling to us even today.
For we did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God,
in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us,
but each one of us went off
after the devices of his own wicked heart,
served other gods,
and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 79:1B-2, 3-5, 8, 9)

R.(9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have given the corpses of your servants
as food to the birds of heaven,
the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
They have poured out their blood like water
round about Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury them.
We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Alleluia (PSALM 95:8)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 10:13-16)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the Gospel (Luke 10:13-16), Jesus denounces the towns of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum because these towns have not responded to God’s message of salvation. He says that Tyre and Sidon have listened and obeyed. Notice that the two cities are Gentile, and the other three cities are Jewish. Jesus express his dismay which is true that the Gentile towns are more attentive than the Jewish ones. Because at that time, Jews believe that the Lord will save his chosen people, and pagans will not. But Jesus came to bring the divine message of reconciliation and conversion. Anyone who listens to him will be saved, whether Jew or Gentile alike, and also have received the message of the Father in their lives. No wonder from these two groups came the faithful who believed, obeyed, and loved, and they are known by the name of “Christians”. And the Prophet Baruch in the First Reading reminds the exiled Jews in Babylon to be faithful to the decrees of the Lord and to turn away from our sinful and lavish lives. As a Christian, God’s message is revealed to us whenever we read the Bible, listen to the Readings proclaimed at Mass and the priest’s Homily and sermon, and also apply it in our daily lives. So as we journey down this road, may we heed God’s message of salvation through conversion, repentance, obedience, and acts of charity towards others.

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