DAILY MASS READINGS (October 21, 2019)

MONDAY OF THE 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR I, Green)

Reading 1 (ROMANS 4:20-25)

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
But it was not for him alone that it was written
that it was credited to him;
it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,
who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over for our transgressions
and was raised for our justification.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (LUKE 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75)

R.(see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 5:3)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 12:13-21)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”‘
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the Gospel (Luke 12:13-21), a certain man pleads to Jesus to advice his brother to share the inheritance, which is believed that the father gave to the two sons before death. But Jesus makes a stern response by warning the crowds about greed, and he presents to us the Parable of the Rich Fool. This rich fool has a very abundant vineyard, and when harvest time came, he thought to himself that he tear down his smaller barns and build larger ones, so that he can store all his grapes. But that night, God already demanded his life unexpectedly. Now what is this parable want to imply us? We often hear the quotation: “Money is the root of evil.” However Jesus is not implying that money being a precious value is a work of evil, for it moves the society and economy of a country and the market and selling concepts of a business. It provides us of our personal needs in life such as food, shelter, education, and family welfare. What he is implying to us is how money is abused for personal and selfish interests. Some rich people would use these hard-earned possessions to trample underfoot the poor and the neglected sectors. Sometimes we fail to give to the needy their necessities for a proper living. These evil acts are known to be under the Capital Sin of Greed. In the midst of our earthly and worldly riches, we should acknowledge that all of these do not merely come from non-living materials, but from the true treasure who is the source of all blessings, and that is God. That is why in the First Reading (Romans 4:20-25), Saint Paul reminds us that because of Christ’s Paschal Mystery for our salvation, our faith in him and in the Father has been strengthened. And because of our faith in the Lord, he has given us this grace to perform good works towards others, not only religious acts and devotions, but also acts of charity and kindness. It is the loving design of the Father for the dawning of salvation, justice, and peace the world, as depicted in the Responsorial Psalm by Zechariah, father of Saint John the Baptist, in his Benedictus. And God’s love is the greatest treasure that we should relish everday especially with how we encounter him in people and signs. So as we journey down this road, may our riches make us realize that all of these are not from us nor from humanity, but from God the Father who gave us these blessings for our needs. And may we depend in the true treasure of our lives, which is to live the Gospel values of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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