Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time – Scripture Daily

Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time – Scripture Daily

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 412

1st Reading – DT 6:4-13

Moses said to the people:
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength.
Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.
Drill them into your children.
Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.
Bind them at your wrist as a sign
and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.
Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

“When the LORD, your God, brings you into the land which he swore
to your fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
that he would give you,
a land with fine, large cities that you did not build,
with houses full of goods of all sorts that you did not garner,
with cisterns that you did not dig,
with vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant;
and when, therefore, you eat your fill,
take care not to forget the LORD,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.
The LORD, your God, shall you fear;
him shall you serve, and by his name shall you swear.”

Responsorial Psalm – PS 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 47 AND 51

R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim!
And I am safe from my enemies.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock!
Extolled be God my savior!
You who gave great victories to your king,
and showed kindness to your anointed,
to David and his posterity forever.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

Alleluia – SEE 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – MT 17:14-20

A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Jesus said in reply,
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Catholic Daily Reflections

Hope for Those in Need

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious

A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Matthew 17:14-16

OK, so perhaps this prayer is similar to the prayer of many parents. Many young people may “fall into fire” or “into water” in the sense of falling into trouble and sin. And many parents end up on their knees begging God for help.

This is a good prayer and it’s an honest one. Though we do not commonly use the word “lunatic” today except as a derogatory comment, this word should be understood in this passage as the man acknowledging that his son is suffering from some form of psychological and spiritual illness. In fact, the passage goes on to reveal that Jesus cast a demon out of him. This demonic spiritual oppression also caused serious psychological issues.

The first good news about this passage is that the father cared and did not give up on his son. Perhaps it would have been easy for the father to simply disown his son out of anger, hurt or frustration. It would have been easy for him to treat his son as someone who was no good and not worth his continued attention. But that’s not what happened.

The man not only came to Jesus, he also knelt down before Jesus begging for “pity.” Pity is another word for mercy and compassion. He knew there was hope for his son and that the hope resided in the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

This passage reveals to us the simple truth that we must pray for one another. We must pray, especially, for those who are closest to us and in the greatest need. No one is beyond hope. All is possible through prayer and faith.

Reflect, today, upon whether there is someone in your life you have started to give up on. Perhaps you’ve tried everything and the person continues to turn away from the path toward God. In that case, you can be certain that your calling is to pray for that person. You are called to pray not just in a casual and quick way; rather, you are called to deep and faith-filled prayer for them. Know that Jesus is the answer to all things and can do all things. Surrender that person to the mercy of God today, tomorrow and every day. Do not give up, but retain hope that God can bring healing and transformation of life.

Lord, please have pity on me, my family and all those in need. I especially pray for (_____) today. Bring healing, holiness and transformation of life. Jesus, I trust in You.

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