DAILY MASS READINGS (January 15, 2020)

WEDNESDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

Reading 1 (1 SAMUEL 3:1-10, 19-20)

A reading from the 1st Book of Samuel

During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,
a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.
One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,
and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”

Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am.  You called me.”
“I did not call you,” Eli said.  “Go back to sleep.”
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
“Here I am,” he said. “You called me.”
But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am.
You called me.”
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So Eli said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’”
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Thus all Israel from Dan to Beersheba
came to know that Samuel was an accredited prophet of the LORD.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 40:2 AND 5, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10)

R.    (8a and 9a)  Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
who turns not to idolatry
or to those who stray after falsehood.
R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R.    Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Alleluia (JOHN 10:27)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 1:29-39)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
 
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading describes to us the call of the young Samuel, who will soon grow into a future prophet. When he was an infant, Hannah left him in the Temple to be dedicated to the Lord. So at that moment the Lord calls to him three times at the time of sleeping. At first Eli asks him to go back to bed, but at the third time he tells him to invoke the Lord to hear Samuel listening to that voice. And at that time on Samuel becomes a prophet in the sight of God. The Gospel Reading narrates Jesus’ succeeding miracles in Capernaum after expelling a demon from the synagogue official. First he heals the mother-in-law of Saints Peter and Andrew, his first Apostles, and the fever leaves her. Then he cures other sick people and afflicted with diseases, and expels demons. He also requests to go to the other Galilean villages that he may perform miracles there. But before that, he spends a night of prayer to God the Father. It is his acknowledgement of humility that the Public Ministry is not of his own mission, but the will of the Father. Both the Prophet Samuel and our Lord Jesus Christ are messengers of God’s message of love. Likewise we are called to give witness to that same message of love by word and example. If the Lord continues to bestow on us his blessings and the answer to our prayers, then let it be the same with us when we become good and do kind deeds to other people, that they also may do the same.

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