DAILY MASS READINGS (October 28, 2019)


Reading 1 (EPHESIANS 2:19-22)

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

Brothers and sisters:
You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 19:2-3, 4-5)

R.(5a) Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R.Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R.Their message goes out through all the earth.

Alleluia (See Te Deum)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 6:12-16)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,
Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Apostles Saints Simon the Zealot and Jude Thaddeus. These two are considered to be one of the least known Apostles of our Lord. The New Testament doesn’t mention a lot about them, except Saint Jude who asked the Lord about his future revelation during the Last Supper discourses and the author of the second-to-the-last Bible book. Saint Simon was considered to be a zealot joining in a revolution to fight against the Roman occupation. But we could see how these 2 though considered minor were called into the College of Apostles. That is what the Gospel Reading states that these 12 men were called from ordinary lives, and their experience with Christ lead them to perform extraordinary services in carrying out the Evangelization of the Good News (although St. Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot the betrayer between the Ascension of Christ to Pentecost events). Saints Simon and Jude are celebrated together because they preached as far as Mesopotamia and Persia, and it was in Persia where they experienced martyrdom. The witnessing of the Apostles reminds us that we are also called to the same mission entrusted by Christ. It is our duty to bring the message of God’s love to others, so that it may be inscribed in our minds and hearts and others as well.

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