Saturday, August 24, 2019

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 348

1st Reading – 1 PT 1:10-16

Beloved:
Concerning the salvation of your souls
the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours
searched and investigated it
investigating the time and circumstances
that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated
when it testified in advance
to the sufferings destined for Christ
and the glories to follow them.
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you
with regard to the things that have now been announced to you
by those who preached the Good News to you
through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,
things into which angels longed to look.

Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly,
and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Like obedient children,
do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance
but, as he who called you is holy,
be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct,
for it is written, Be holy because I am holy.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia – SEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – MK 10:28-31

Peter began to say to Jesus,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Catholic Daily Reflections

What is God Calling You to Give Up?

Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Mark 10:28

Some are called to give up much and follow Christ. For example, there are those called to the monastic life or a cloister as a religious sister. They truly give up everything of this world to seek out and follow the invitation of Christ to follow Him in this radical way.

All of us, however, are called to give up “everything” to follow Christ in our own unique way. By giving up everything, we are called to completely surrender our own will and preferences in life to serve Christ in accord with His divine plan. This may take on many forms but, in the end, it’s always a call to give up everything.

The good news is that “giving up everything” is nothing other than giving up our own selfish ideals and preferences in life. The even better news is that the life He has in store for us is far better than we can dream of or imagine. So, by saying “No” to our own will and doing things our own way, we are in fact saying “Yes” to doing things in the perfect way of God.

Why wouldn’t we want to seek only His will each and every day of our lives? Why wouldn’t we want to serve Him and His perfect plan. This may take on the form of service to our families. Giving to them when we do not feel like doing so. It may mean striving to find joy in small acts of service and love. It may mean, for some, giving up all normal attachments in life so as to seek His will in a more radical way. Whatever the specific calling in life may be for you, it’s worth embracing God’s will.

Reflect, today, on how ready and willing you are to say “Yes” to Christ no matter what He asks of you. Are you willing to say “Yes” even to that which He has not yet revealed to you? Say “Yes” today to whatever your future holds and God will bless you in abundance.

Lord, no matter what it is You call me to do in life, the answer is “Yes.” I want to serve Your will selflessly and completely. Help me to live that calling with generosity and love. 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.