DAILY MASS READINGS (March 10, 2020)


Reading 1 (ISAIAH 1:10, 16-20)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!

Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23)

R.    (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”
R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”
R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
     Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R.    To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Verse Before The Gospel (EZEKIEL 18:31)

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!)

Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!)

Gospel (MATTHEW 23:1-12)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the Gospel (Matthew 23:1-12), Jesus warns the crowds and his disciples about the scribes and Pharisees. He notices the hypocrisy of these Jewish leaders. They take up places of honor, preach the word of God with pride, and show their good works in public. However, they only do these things to belittle their fellow Jews. That is why they don’t observe the 613 laws they have created because they feel that they are more deserving than the rest. And they have a very large angst against our Lord because they see him as a threat to their power. No wonder they destructively criticized him for violating the Sabbath and not observing the traditions of their elders.So my dear brothers and sisters, the scribes and Pharisees showed us a bad example that is intolerable. They do these things just to win the praises of the public and not the favor of God. Jesus teaches us that as children of the Father, we should not look ourselves higher than others because God gave each one of us a special mission to fulfill in the end of our lives. Especially when we talk about religion, our practices, devotions, and Traditions should not make us think that we are very much closer to God. Rather, they should be done with humility, having the mindset of bringing others closer to God and doing kind and charitable acts with sincerity. That is why in the First Reading (Isaiah 1:10, 16-20), the Prophet Isaiah reminds us to undergo spiritual cleansing. We are called to purify our souls, turn from evil, and do kind acts, for the Lord is a God of mercy who forgives us our sins especially if we are truly sorrg for them and promise to devote better lives towards our relationship with him and other people. So as we journey down this Lenten road, let us not act like self-righteous people in performing righteous deeds, but rather do these acts with charity, humility, and kindness.

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