DAILY MASS READINGS (February 23, 2019)


Reading 1 (HEBREWS 11:1-7)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,
so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.
By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s.
Through this, he was attested to be righteous,
God bearing witness to his gifts,
and through this, though dead, he still speaks.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death,
and he was found no more because God had taken him.
Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him,
for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who seek him.
By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen,
with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household. 
Through this, he condemned the world
and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11)

R. (see 1)  I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable. 
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works. 
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.  
R. I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

Alleluia (SEE MARK 9:6)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 9:2-13)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
then from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, the disciples no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.
Then they asked him,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He told them, “Elijah will indeed come first and restore all things,
yet how is it written regarding the Son of Man
that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt?
But I tell you that Elijah has come
and they did to him whatever they pleased,
as it is written of him.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading teaches us that faith is not always something that enables us to grasp the material things. Rather, it is also something we hope for more importantly, spiritual things revealed to us by God the Father. That’s why it is through faith that we have understood the significant events in the Old Testament. It is also the fact how these great men devote their lives to do good and please the Lord. Abel offered one of the fattest lambs, which God accepted rather than Cain’s offering of fruits, for he has the sincerity of heart upon offering. Noah obeyed the Lord when asked to built an ark for refuge for his family and the animals during the 40 days and nights of the Lord, despite the ridicules he received from the people.
In the Gospel, we hear the Transfiguration story, which is the Fourth Luminous Mystery. It is a lesson on how we view God and go deeper understanding on his greater plan for us. The 3 disciples didn’t quite understand what happened to Jesus when he was transfigured on Mount Tabor and when he conversed with Moses (representing the Law) and Elijah (representing the Prophets). For Moses and Elijah, they point out that he is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law and the Prophets. And earlier, he predicted that he would undergo his Paschal Mystery, his Suffering, Death, and Resurrection. Even when the cloud covered them, they were frightened, especially when they only saw Jesus with them. Then he warned not to tell anyone who he was, until his Resurrection from the dead. For the followers of Jesus, they expected him to be the Messiah who would be crowned king in Jerusalem and restore Israel by liberating them from the Roman Empire. But what happened later on is that they were surprised to see a Messiah carrying a large Cross under the weight of his soldiers traveling to the path of Calvary, and on the hill of Golgotha, he was crucified and after six hours, he died. Three days later, he rose from the dead and appeared to more than 500 witnesses. 40 days after, he ascended into heaven and took his seat at the majesty of God the Father. After Pentecost, the Apostles have fully understand what took place when Christ was with them. So they began to preach in public the greatest plan of God which was fulfilled in Christ, and many were moved by the story and converted to the faith.


DAILY MASS READINGS (February 22, 2019)


Reading 1 (1 PETER 5:1-4)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. Peter

I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 23:1-3A, 4, 5, 6)

R. (1)  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 16:18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church;
the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MATTHEW 16:13-19)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, 
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: In the Gospel (Matthew 16:13-19), Jesus institutes the foundation of the Church and appoints Saint Peter as the first head of the Church or known as the Pope. This is because he confessed with all his heart that Christ is the Son of God. Although he is the Chief Apostle, he also has a weakness which is denying our Lord thrice when the rooster crowed twice during the Passion. But after the Resurrection, he confessed that he loved the Lord three times because Jesus asked him if he loved him. And so he was given him the commandment: “Feed my sheep.” Saint Peter took his residence in Rome to continue the preaching, and there he was crucified upside down during the persecution of Emperor Nero. 
Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the Primacy of Saint Peter. Traditionally the Pope would sit on a special chair in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and this is called the Holy See. It symbolizes that he presides the whole Catholic Church as a Shepherd. He is the Bishop of Rome because Rome is his residence, and this is where Saint Peter began his primacy. He is also known as the Servant of the Servants of God because he continues to teach the Gospel of Christ, which has been taught by the Apostles. Likewise the mission of Evangelization mission of the Church as preached by the Ordained Ministry is also entrusted to the Laity, which includes us, and we are called to manifest the Gospel of Christ and as a whole the word of God through our everyday lifestyle.



UNANG PAGBASA (Genesis 9, 1-13)

Pagbasa mula sa aklat ng Genesis

Si Noe ay ang kanyang mga anak ay pinagpala ng Diyos: “Magkaroon kayo ng maraming anak at kalatan ninyo ang buong daigdig. Matatakot sa inyo ang lahat ng hayop, pati mga ibon, ang lahat ng gumagapang sa lupa at ang mga isda. Ang lahat ng ito ay inilalagay ko sa ilalim ng inyong kapangyarihan. Ibinibigay ko sa inyo ang mga hayop at mga halamang luntian upang maging pagkain ninyo. Isang bagay lamang ang hindi ninyo makakain, ang karneng hindi inalisan ng dugo na siyang sagisag ng buhay. Patayin ang sinumang papatay sa inyo, maging ito’y hayop. Sisingilin ko ang sinumang taong papatay ng kanyang kapwa.

Sinumang pumatay ng kanyang kapwa
ay buhay ang bayad sa kanyang ginawa,
sapagkat ang tao’y nilalang, nilikha
ayon sa larawan ng Diyos na dakila.

“Magkaroon nga kayo ng maraming anak upang kalatan nila ang buong daigdig.”

Sinabi ng Diyos kay Noe at sa kanyang mga anak, “Ako’y makikipagtipan sa inyo ngayon, pati na sa inyong magiging mga anak, gayun din sa lahat ng mga bagay na may buhay sa paligid ninyo – mga ibon, maaamo’t maiilap na hayop na kasama ninyo sa daong. Ito ang masasabi ko sa aking pakikipagtipan sa inyo: Kailanma’y hindi ko na lilipulin sa pamamagitan ng baha ang lahat ng may buhay. Wala nang baha na gugunaw sa daigdig.” Sinabi pa ng Diyos, “Ito ang magiging palatandaan ng walang hanggang tipan na ginagawa ko sa inyo at sa lahat ng hayop: Palilitawin ko sa mga ulap ang aking bahaghari, at iyang ang magiging tanda ng aking pakikipagtipan sa inyo.”

– Ang Salita ng Diyos.

SALMONG TUGUNAN (Salmo 101, 16-18. 19-21. 29 at 22-23)

Tugon: Mula sa iyong luklukan, lahat ay ‘yong minamasdan.

Ang lahat ng bansa sa Poon ay takot,
Maging mga hari sa buong sinukob.
Kung iyong itayong pamuli ang Sion,
Ika’y mahahayag doon, Panginoon.
Daing ng mahirap ay iyong diringgin,
Di mo tatanggihan ang kanilang daing.

Tugon: Mula sa iyong luklukan, lahat ay ‘yong minamasdan.

Ito’y matititik upang matunghayan,
Ng sunod na lahing di pa dumaratal;
Ikaw nga, O Poon, ay papurihan.
Mula sa itaas, luklukan mong banal,
Ang lahat sa lupa’y iyong minamasdan.
Iyong dinirinig ang pagtatanghuyan
Ng mga bilanggong ang hatol ay bitay,
Upang palayain sa hirap na taglay.

Tugon: Mula sa iyong luklukan, lahat ay ‘yong minamasdan.

At ang mga anak ng ‘yong mga lingkod,
mamumuhay namang panatag ang loob;
magiging matatag ang kanilang angkan,
sa pag-iingat mo, sila ay tatagal.
Anupa’t ang iyong ngala’y mahahayag,
sa Sion, O Poon, ika’y ibabansag;
pag ang mga bansa ay nagsasama-sama
sa banal na lungsod upang magsisamba.

Tugon: Mula sa iyong luklukan, lahat ay ‘yong minamasdan.

ALELUYA (Juan 6, 63k. 68k)

Aleluya! Aleluya!
Espiritung bumubuhay
ang Salita mo, Maykapal,
buhay mo ang tinataglay.
Aleluya! Aleluya!

MABUTING BALITA (Marcos 8, 27-33)

Ang Mabuting Balita ng Panginoon ayon kay San Marcos

Noong panahong iyon, si Hesus, kasama ang kanyang mga alagad, ay nagtungo sa mga nayon ng Cesarea, sakop ni Filipo. Samantalang sila’y naglalakbay, tinanong niya ang kanyang mga alagad, “Sino raw ako ayon sa mga tao?” Sumagot sila, “Ang sabi ng ilan ay si Juan Bautista kayo; sabi naman ng iba, si Elias kayo; at may nagsasabi pang isa kayo sa mga propeta.” “Kayo naman – ano ang sabi ninyo? Sino ako?” tanong niya. “Kayo ang Kristo,” tugon ni Pedro. “Huwag ninyong sasabihin kaninuman kung sino ako,” mahigpit na utos niya sa kanila.

Mula noon, ipinaalam na ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad na ang Anak ng Tao’y dapat magbata ng maraming hirap. Siya’y itatakwil ng matatanda ng bayan, ng mga punong saserdote at ng mga eskriba at ipapapatay. Ngunit sa ikatlong araw, muli siyang mabubuhay. Maliwanag na sinabi niya ito sa kanila. Kaya’t niyaya siya ni Pedro sa isang tabi at sinimulang pagsabihan. Ngunit humarap si Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad at pinagwikaan si Pedro: “Lumayo ka, Satanas! Ang iniisip mo’y hindi sa Diyos kundi sa tao.”

– Ang Mabuting Balita ng Panginoon.

Pagninilay: Ang Unang Pagbasa ay nagsasalaysay ang kagandahan ng nilikha ng Diyos matapos ang malaking baha. Makikita natin na sa kabila ng galit ng Diyos na lipulin ang daigdig, ginawa niya pa ring magkaroon ng kagandahan mula sa kanyang mga gawa. At binasbasan din niya ang angkan ni Noe hanggang sa mga sumusunod na henerasyon. Sa huli ay ipinatibay niya muli ang tipan sa pamamagitan ng isang bahaghari na kailanma’y hindi niya wawasakin ang mundo gamit ng isang baha. Ang Ebanghelyo ngayon ay isang pagkakatagpo ng mga Apostol kay Hesus. Tinanong sila ni Kristo kung sino siya sa tao, at maraming kilalang pangalan ang lumabas katulad nina San Juan Bautista, Elias, Jeremias, o isa sa mga propeta. At nang mismong sila’y tanungin niya, si Simon Pedro ay nagpahayag na si Hesus ay ang Kristo, ang Anak ng Diyos. Dahil sa tamang sagot ni Pedro, pinagsabihin sila ni Hesus na huwag sabihin kanino man kung sino siya. Ang akala ni Simon Pedro na ang pagka-Mesiyas ni Hesus ay ayon sa pananaw ng mga Hudyo na ito’y magiging tapagtanggol ng mga Israelita mula sa pananakop ng mga Romano. Kaya nang unang ipinaalam ng Panginoon na siya’y mamatay at muling mabubuhay, biglang tumanggi si Pedro, at ito’y pinaglayuan ni Hesus na “Satanas”. Hindi po ibig sabihin na demonyo ang Apostol na ito, kundi ito’y pagmamalabis na iniisip niya ay mula sa pananaw ng tao, at hindi ayon sa karunungan ng Diyos. Pero makikita natin sa pagpapahayag ng pananalig ni San Pedro na si Hesus ang Mesiyas, ito’y paanayaya sa atin na dapat kilalanin din natin ang Diyos sa ating sariling buhay. At kung patuloy natin kinikilala siya, gawin po natin ang kanyang niloob hindi lang para sa atin, kundi para na rin sa mabuting kapakanan ng ibang tao. Nawa’y isabuhay natin ang ating pananampalataya sa Panginoon sa patuloy na paggawa ng kabutihan at katuwiran sa lahat ng tao.

DAILY MASS READINGS (February 21, 2019)


Reading 1 (GENESIS 9:1-13)

A reading from the Book of Genesis

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them:
“Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.
Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earth
and all the birds of the air,
upon all the creatures that move about on the ground
and all the fishes of the sea;
into your power they are delivered. 
Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat;
I give them all to you as I did the green plants. 
Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you shall not eat.
For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting:
from every animal I will demand it,
and from one man in regard to his fellow man   
I will demand an accounting for human life.

If anyone sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed;
For in the image of God
has man been made.

Be fertile, then, and multiply;
abound on earth and subdue it.”

God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
“See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.”
God added:
“This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, 
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 AND 22-23)

R. (20b)  From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
 The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer. 
R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.” 
R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
The children of your servants shall abide,
and their posterity shall continue in your presence,
That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion,
and his praise, in Jerusalem,
When the peoples gather together,
and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.
R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Alleluia (SEE JOHN 6:63C, 68C)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 8:27-33)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”

Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” 

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading depicts to us the aftermath of the Great Flood, wherein the earth continues to flourish all the more. God also blesses Noah and his family and relatives for the coming generations. Then he also makes a covenant through the sign of the rainbow, that never will he destroy the earth again by a massive flood. This shows that God whom people thought to be punishing and strict is actually a just and merciful God who wills for the benefits of humanity. The Gospel Reading gives us a close personal encounter of Christ with his Apostles in Caesarea, Philippi. He asks them of the opinion of people about him, to which they reply different names like St. John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the ancient prophets. Then he straightens himself up to ask them of their opinion about him. But more than a mere opinion, Simon Peter makes a profession of faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, then he and the rest of the Apostles were told not to tell anyone about the Lord. Peter has known from his heart that Jesus is the Messiah, but he only viewed this in the perspective of the Jewish oracles. The Apostles thought that he is the liberator of the Israelites from the Roman occupation. So when Christ first has predicted his passion, Peter sternly objects. Then Jesus calls him “Satan” not because he is demonic, but it is a hyperbole to signify the limited capacity of Simon Peter’s thinking, unlike that of God’s wisdom. But moreover what we can learn here is like St. Peter, we too believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord, Savior, and Friend. We believe that God is a loving and merciful Father. Moreover, we should always allow the divine will to happen in our life. It will not only benefit us, but even other people, by the way we interact with them and do kind and just deeds towards them. That is why our Catholic faith holds the teaching of St. James the Less in his Letter (chapter 2) that faith and good works is what justifies a person for salvation. And in the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Chapter 10 verses 25-37 of Luke’s Gospel tells us that this faith and good works direct our hearts and consciences in doing what is right and loving.

DAILY MASS READINGS (February 20, 2019)


Reading 1 (GENESIS 8:6-13, 20-22)

A reading from the Book of Genesis

At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark,
and he sent out a raven,
to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth.
Then he sent out a dove,
to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.
But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,
and it returned to him in the ark,
for there was water all over the earth.
Putting out his hand, he caught the dove
and drew it back to him inside the ark.
He waited seven days more and again sent the dove out from the ark.
In the evening the dove came back to him,
and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf!
So Noah knew that the waters had lessened on the earth.
He waited still another seven days
and then released the dove once more;
and this time it did not come back.

In the six hundred and first year of Noah’s life,
in the first month, on the first day of the month,
the water began to dry up on the earth.
Noah then removed the covering of the ark
and saw that the surface of the ground was drying up.

Noah built an altar to the LORD,
and choosing from every clean animal and every clean bird,
he offered burnt offerings on the altar.
When the LORD smelled the sweet odor, he said to himself:
“Never again will I doom the earth because of man
since the desires of man’s heart are evil from the start;
nor will I ever again strike down all living beings, as I have done.
As long as the earth lasts,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
Summer and winter,
and day and night
shall not cease.”

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-19)

R.  (17a)  To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.
 How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD. 
R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones. 
R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. 
R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia (SEE EPHESIANS 1:17-18)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to his call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 8:22-26)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida,
people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,
“Do you see anything?”
Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”
Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;
his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.
Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: God is merciful in love that he continues to love us still even in the midst of our weaknesses and sins. The First Reading narrates the aftermath of the Great Flood in which Noah, his family and relatives, and the animals remained inside the ark for 40 days and 40 nights. It comes to the point that Noah sends a raven, which didn’t return. Then it sends a dove, which later on returns with an olive plant. It is a sign that the flood has already subsided, so he offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving on the altar that he built. We see here that the Lord God is a loving God that even if he sent a great flood to wipe away the sinfulness of humanity, he continues to present to us a beautiful picture of the world. It means that God always paints something nice and good out of the ugly and evil. The Gospel Reading narrates to us the healing of a blind man. This blind man is seeing figures, which virtually portray the actual realities. So when Jesus spits on mud and puts it in his eyes, he opens his eyes to the reality, and at once he can see. We see here how Christ is a merciful Lord who is able to understand our weaknesses in life. He also invites us to picture reality just like the physically blind man, that we may remove the spiritual and emotional blindnesses that hinder us from recognizing the divine presence among us.



UNANG PAGBASA (Genesis 6, 5-8; 7, 1-5. 10)

Pagbasa mula sa aklat ng Genesis

Nakita ng Panginoon na labis na ang kasamaan ng tao, at wala na itong iniisip na mabuti. Kaya’t ikinalungkot niya ang pagkalalang sa tao. Sinabi niya, “Lilipulin ko ang lahat ng taong aking nilalang. Lilipulin ko rin ang lahat ng hayop at mga ibon. Bakit ba nilalang ko pa ang mga ito?” Sa mga nilalang niya’y si Noe lamang ang naging kalugud-lugod sa kanya.

Sinabi ng Panginoon kay Noe: “Pumasok kayong mag-anak sa daong. Sa lahat ng tao’y ikaw lamang ang karapat-dapat sa akin. Magdala ka ng pitong pares sa bawat hayop na malinis, at isang pares naman sa di malinis. Pitong pares din sa bawat uri ng ibon ang iyong dadalhin. Gawin mo ito upang ang bawat uri ng ibon at hayop ay maligtas; sa gayo’y daraming muli ang mga ito. Pagkaraan ng isang linggo, pauulanin ko nang apatnapung araw at apatnapung gabi upang lipulin ang lahat ng aking nilikha sa daigdig.” At ginawa nga ni Noe ang bawat iniutos ng Panginoon.

Pagkaraan ng isang linggo, bumaha nga sa daigdig.

– Ang Salita ng Diyos.

SALMONG TUGUNAN (Salmo 28, 1a at 2. 3ak-4. 3b at 9b-10)

Tugon: Basbas ng kapayapaa’y sa bayan ng Poong mahal.

Purihin ang Panginoon ninyong banal na nilalang,
pagkat siya ay dakila’t marangal ang kanyang ngalan;
ang Poon ay dakilain, purihin ang Diyos na Banal,
yumuko ang bawat isa kapag siya ay dumatal.

Tugon: Basbas ng kapayapaa’y sa bayan ng Poong mahal.

Sa gitna ng karagatan tinig niya’y naririnig.
Sa laot ng karagata’y hindi ito nalilingid.
Pag nangusap na ang Poon, tinig niya’y ubod-lakas,
ngunit tinig-kamahalan, kapag siya’y nangungusap.

Tugon: Basbas ng kapayapaa’y sa bayan ng Poong mahal.

Ang tinig ng dakilang Diyos, parang kulog na malakas,
kaya’t mga nasa templo’y sumisigaw, nagagalak,
“Panginoo’y papurihan!” ganito ang binibigkas
siya rin ang naghahari sa dagat na kalaliman,
namuno siya roon bilang hari, walang hanggan.

Tugon: Basbas ng kapayapaa’y sa bayan ng Poong mahal.

ALELUYA (Juan 14, 23)

Aleluya! Aleluya!
Ang sa aki’y nagmamahal
tutupad sa aking aral.
Ama’t ako’y mananahan.
Aleluya! Aleluya!

MABUTING BALITA (Marcos 8, 14-21)

Ang Mabuting Balita ng Panginoon ayon kay san Marcos

Noong panahong iyon, nalimutan ng mga alagad na magdala ng tinapay, at iisa lang ang kanilang tinapay sa bangka. “Kaiingat kayo! Ilagan ninyo ang lebadura ng mga Pariseo at ang lebadura ni Herodes,” babala ni Hesus sa akanila. Nag-usap-usap ang mga alagad, “Wala kasi tayong dalang tinapay kaya niya sinabi iyon.” Alam ito ni Hesus, kaya’t sila’y tinanong niya, “Bakit ninyo pinag-uusapan na kayo’y walang dalang tinapay? Hindi pa ba kayo nakakabatid o nakauunawa? Hindi pa ba ito abot ng inyong isip? Wala ba kayong mata? Wala ba kayong tainga? Nakalimutan na ba ninyo nang paghati-hatiin ko ang limang tinapay para sa limanlibo? Ilang bakol ang napuno ninyo sa mga lumabis na tinapay?” “Labindalawa po,” tugon nila. ‘At nang paghati-hatiin ko ang pitong tinapay para sa apatnalibo, ilang bakol na malalaki ang napuno ninyo?” tanong niya. “Pitong bakol po,” tugon nila. “At hindi pa rin ninyo nauunawaan?” wika niya.

– Ang Mabuting Balita ng Panginoon.

Pagninilay:Ang Unang Pagbasa ay patuloy na isinasalaysay ang kwento ng ating kaligtasan. Naganap na ang Pagkahulog ng Tao, kaya hindi na kinaya ang pasensiya ng Diyos sa kasamaan ng sangkatauhan. Kaya winika niya na lilipulin niya ang lahat ng taong nilalang sa pamamagitan ng isang malaking baha. Ngunit biniyayaan ng Diyos ang pamilya at angkan ni Noe, kaya iniutos niya si Noe na gumawa ng baong at hindi lang ang kamag-anak at kapamilya nito ay isasakay. Isinakay din niya ang mga hayop, kahit mga malilinis (kosher) at di-malilinis (non-kosher). Sila’y ipinasok sa daong tig-dadalawa. Kaya dito’y nagsimula ang paglalakbay ni Noe sa Malawakang Baha sa loob ng 40 araw at 40 gabi, kasama ang kanyang pamilya, kamag-anak, at pati na ang lahat ng mga hayop. Ang Ebanghelyo ay isang babala ni Hesus tungkol sa lebandura ng mga Pariseo at eskriba. Ito ay dahil napansin ni Hesus na nakapokus ang mga alagad sa pagkawalan ng panustos ng tinapay. Hindi ito naunawaan agad ng mga alagad, kaya ipinaalala sa kanila ni Hesus ang dalawang himala ng pagpaparami sa tinapay na nagpakain ng 5000 tao sa Tabgha at 4000 tao sa may rehiyon ng Tiro at Sidon. Makikita dito ang paalala na ang Diyos na gumawa ng mga mabuting bagay. Ang lebandura ni Hesus ay siya mismo bilang Tinapay ng Buhay. Tuwing ipinagdiriwang natin ang Eukaristiya, tinatanggap natin siya upang siya’y manahan sa ating puso’t isipan. At ito rin ay hamon sa atin na maging lebandura ng kabutihan at katuwiran para sa ibang tao, na palusugin natin ang hindi lang pisikal, kundi pati emosyonal at espirituwal na katauhan ng bawat isa.

DAILY MASS READINGS (February 19, 2019)


Reading 1 (GENESIS 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10)

A reading from the Book of Genesis

When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth,
and how no desire that his heart conceived
was ever anything but evil,
he regretted that he had made man on the earth,
and his heart was grieved.

So the LORD said:
“I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,
and not only the men,
but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,
for I am sorry that I made them.”
But Noah found favor with the LORD.

Then the LORD said to Noah:
“Go into the ark, you and all your household,
for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just.
Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs,
a male and its mate;
and of the unclean animals, one pair,
a male and its mate;
likewise, of every clean bird of the air, seven pairs,
a male and a female,
and of all the unclean birds, one pair,
a male and a female.
Thus you will keep their issue alive over all the earth.
Seven days from now I will bring rain down on the earth
for forty days and forty nights,
and so I will wipe out from the surface of the earth
every moving creature that I have made.”
Noah did just as the LORD had commanded him.

As soon as the seven days were over,
the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 29:1A AND 2, 3AC-4, 3B AND 9C-10)

R. (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
adore the LORD in holy attire. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
 The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
the voice of the LORD is majestic. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as king forever. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Alleluia (JOHN 14:23)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 8:14-21)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread,
and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out,
guard against the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod.” 
They concluded among themselves that
it was because they had no bread.
When he became aware of this he said to them,
“Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened?
Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?
And do you not remember,
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand,
how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?”
They answered him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand,
how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?”
They answered him, “Seven.”
He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The First Reading narrates God’s disappointment towards his people who continue to sin against him. So he plans to send a great flood that will wipe the earth. But God knows the favor Noah has shown. So the Lord commands an ark to be built, even in the midst of a mocking crowd laughing at the old man. And later on when the ark has been built, Noah, his sons and relatives, and all the clean and unclean animals board in before the flood could advance. So all those that were left on the earth were eventually wiped away, but the ark that Noah built floated above the waters. But later on, we will see how the Lord renews his covenant by promising not to destroy the earth by a flood again. The Gospel Reading is an exhortation of Jesus to his disciples against the leaven of the Pharisees and the Herodians. This is because the disciples have realized that there supply of bread is finished. But they didn’t understand their Master’s warning on the leaven of those parties mentioned. So Jesus makes them recall the two miracles of feeding the multitude, wherein 12 wicker baskets have been gathered after feeding the 5000, and 7 wicker baskets have been gathered after feeding the 4000. The leaven Jesus is talking about is that of a bread that gives life and meaning. So as Jesus performs two miracles of feeding, thus it is the same with how he the Bread of eternal life continues to nourish us not only physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and most important of all spiritually. That leaven of the Pharisees and Herodians remind us that our lives must not live in any form of vice and sin that might lead us to harm other innocent people. In the Eucharist, we recognize our Bread of Life always wanting to nourish our souls, that we may ever become more faithful to him and the Father. We also should follow the example of Noah who in his faithfulness obeyed the will of God.