DAILY MASS READINGS (November 4, 2019)

MEMORIAL OF ST. CHARLES BORROMEO, BISHOP (YEAR I, White)

Reading 1 (ROMANS 11:29-36)

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

Brothers and sisters:
The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

Just as you once disobeyed God
but have now received mercy
because of their disobedience,
so they have now disobeyed in order that,
by virtue of the mercy shown to you,
they too may now receive mercy.
For God delivered all to disobedience,
that he might have mercy upon all.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!

For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given him anything
that he may be repaid?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To God be glory forever.  Amen.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 69:30-31, 33-34, 36)

R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
They shall dwell in the land and own it,
and the descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Alleluia (JOHN 8:31B-32)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 14:12-14)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
He said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The Gospel Reading is like a challenge to us when we hold celebrations. This seldom occurs because we would mostly invite our loved ones and close people whenever we throw feasts at the comfort of our homes or hang out in restaurants and other public places. But Jesus himself said that we should not invite them whenever such events take place. Although he’s not contradicting the practice of inviting our dear loved ones, he is challenging us to invite the poor and all the disabled. It may sound challenging to the extent that we are not familiar with such people. But let us try to have the opportunity to engage ourselves with such people. No wonder Jesus invited sinners to come to him, and he even ate at their homes in order that they may experience conversion. Same things happens in the Eucharist when the Lord God invites us all of us to worship him and commemorate the memorial of his great salvific plan through Christ’s sacrifice revealed in the bread and wine. Jesus’ spiritual nourishment is meant for all who are willing to accept him with faith and partake in giving witness to the Good News. So when we go to church and attend Mass then go out after the Eucharist, let us not look highly on ourselves above others, as if we think we’re more deserving. Saint Paul in the First Reading thus reminds us to experience God’s mercy and wisdom and shared it with others through this knowledge and experience from how he formed us to be the people he wants us to be. If we worship and love him, then we must show the same respect and relationship to others, especially the poor, the weak, and the needy in physical and spiritual matters.

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