Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time – Friday Holy Mass Readings

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time – Friday Holy Mass Readings

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 483

1st Reading – ROM 9:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh.
They are children of Israel;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Alleluia – JN 10:27

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

Gospel – LK 14:1-6

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Then he said to them
“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”
But they were unable to answer his question.

Catholic Daily Reflections

Inviting Jesus

Saint Martin de Porres, Religious – Optional Memorial

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. Luke 14:1

This line, from the beginning of today’s Gospel, reveals two things worth pondering.

First, Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. This was no small thing. In fact, it was most likely the source of much discussion among the people and the other Pharisees. It shows us that Jesus does not play favorites. He did not only come for the poor and weak. He also came for the conversion of the wealthy and powerful. Too often we forget that simple fact. Jesus came for all people, loves all people and responds to invitations from all who want to have Him in their lives. Of course this passage also reveals that Jesus was not afraid to come to the home of this leading Pharisee and challenge him and his guests so as to move them to a change of heart.

Second, this passage states that people were “observing Him carefully.” Perhaps some were just curious and were looking for something to talk about later with their friends. But others were most likely observing Him carefully because they truly wanted to understand Him. They could tell there was something unique about Jesus and they wanted to know more about Him.

These two lessons should encourage us to realize that Jesus does love us and will respond to our openness to His presence in our lives. All we have to do is ask and be open to Him coming to “dine” with us. We should also learn from the witness of those who were observing Him carefully. They reveal to us the good desire we should have to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Though some who observed Him carefully turned against Him and mocked Him, there were others who observed Him carefully and embraced Jesus and His message.

Reflect, today, upon your willingness to invite Jesus into the home of your heart and life’s situation. Know that He will accept any invitation you offer. And as Jesus comes to you, give Him your full attentiveness. Observe all that He says and does and let His presence and message become the foundation of your life.

Lord, I do invite You into my heart. I invite You into every situation in my life. Please come dwell with me in my family. Come dwell with me at work, among friends, in my hardships, during my despair, and in all things. Help my attentiveness to You and Your will and lead me to all You have in store for my life. Jesus, I trust in You.

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I am a Commissioned Liturgy Minister and also a Lector at Assumption of Mary Catholic Church. Am also a Commissioned Catholic Men Association (CMA), Member and a Lover of the Catholic Church and its teachings. My passion is disseminating the Catholic Daily Readings and Reflections, Bible Verse of the Day, Catholic Quote of the Day and Catholic Saint of the Day Information every day to all Catholic Faithfuls throughout the world.