DAILY MASS READINGS (February 25, 2020)


Reading 1 (JAMES 4:1-10)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. James

Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world   
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy?
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.

So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 55:7-8, 9-10A, 10B-11A, 23)

R.    (23a)  Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
And I say, “Had I but wings like a dove,
I would fly away and be at rest.
Far away I would flee;
I would lodge in the wilderness.”
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
“I would wait for him who saves me
from the violent storm and the tempest.”
Engulf them, O Lord; divide their counsels.
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
In the city I see violence and strife,
day and night they prowl about upon its walls.
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
Cast your care upon the LORD,
and he will support you;
never will he permit the just man to be disturbed.
R.    Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.

Alleluia (GALATIANS 6:14)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 9:30-37)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,   
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,   
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the First Reading (James 4:1-10), Saint James the Less tells us to get rid of all evil and vices in the world and to submit ourselves humbly to God. If we humble ourselves before the Lord and do what is pleasing to him, then he will exult us. In the Gospel (Mark 9:30-37), Jesus predicts his Passion, Death, and Resurrection for the second tine, at which his disciples did not understand. They are arguing with one another on being the greatest in Heaven. He places a child in their midst and tells them to humble like children in order to be great. To practice humility is receiving Christ and God the Father who sent him. Both Jesus and Saint James the Less remind us of humility and faithfulness. Especially when we lead, we do it the Christian way, and that is through service. Even though we are great and in higher levels, still, we must stoop down to help those in the lower levels, especially those in need. We pray also for our newly elected leaders, that they may serve our country and all Filipinos by fulfilling their platforms they promised during these six years of administration. So as we journey down this road, let us practice humility and faithfulness, especially in servant leadership, because that is how greatness can be achieved. And the greatness the Lord gives is what we will receive after our earthly journey, and that is eternal life in Heaven.

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