Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time – Tuesday Readings and Reflections

Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time – Tuesday Readings and Reflections

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 456

1st Reading – ZEC 8:20-23

Thus says the LORD of hosts:
There shall yet come peoples,
the inhabitants of many cities;
and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,
and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”;
and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.”
Many peoples and strong nations shall come
to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
and to implore the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
In those days ten men of every nationality,
speaking different tongues, shall take hold,
yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,

“Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

Responsorial Psalm – PS 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (Zec 8:23) God is with us.
His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!
R. God is with us.
I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those that know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
“One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.”
R. God is with us.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.”
R. God is with us.

Alleluia – MK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – LK 9:51-56

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.

Catholic Daily Reflections

The Desire for Revenge

“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. Luke 9:54-56

These words, spoken by James and John, are words that many people feel like saying at various times in their lives. Perhaps you can relate. These Apostles spoke this way because Jesus was not welcomed in a Samaritan town they had just entered. He wanted to dine there and the townspeople rejected Him and His Apostles. As a result, James and John were hurt and angry and wanted to call down the wrath of God upon that village.

Whenever we experience hurt in life, it’s understandable that we feel this way. We tend to want justice and revenge and want those who hurt us to pay for their sin. But Jesus’ attitude was much different. He rebuked His Apostles for their desire of wrath and moved on not allowing this rejection to affect Him.

Rejection and other forms of hurt caused by others can be difficult to let go of. It can easily sit within our hearts, acting like a mold that slowly grows and takes over. When this happens, you may have a very hard time forgiving and letting go of the hurt.

The best way to approach the hurt caused by another is to immediately act as our Lord did. It must be let go of right away and you must move on. God is the only one to issue vengeance, not us. When we fail to do this and harbor the hurt feelings, they ultimately do us more harm than anyone else.

Reflect, today, upon any feelings of anger or hurt that you still harbor in your heart. Make the conscious choice to forgive and move on. Forgiving does not mean that you act as if the hurt caused you was okay. On the contrary, an act of forgiving another is also an acknowledgment that there was wrongdoing. Forgiveness allows you to keep that hurt from doing you more unnecessary damage. In the end, it is also an open invitation to the other to repent and reconcile with you. Leave vengeance and wrath to the Lord and seek to keep your heart at peace.

Lord, I pray for the grace to forgive. I especially forgive those who have hurt me the most and offer them to You. Free me from any feelings of vengeance I harbor and help me to love with Your pure and merciful heart. I love You, dear Lord. Help me to love others as You 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.