Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection January 19, 2024


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R/. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.

V/. Alleluia R/. Alleluia

V/. In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation

R/. Alleluia

At that time: Jesus went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him, and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

1.      What a magnanimity we see in David! Even though he knew that Saul was hunting to kill him, even though he knew that terminating Saul would make way for his easy access to the throne, even though he could in one single instant kill Saul, YET he abstains from killing him. Rather he shows so much reverence toward him and makes him realize that he is not an enemy or usurper.

2.       Saul himself confesses this in repentant words. He said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me with good, whereas I have repaid you evil … how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the Lord put me into your hands. For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe?”

3.       That is why God raised David to heights. This magnanimity and fairness of dealing are the typical traits of a true disciple of Christ. In the gospel, we find Jesus choosing his twelve apostles, each by name.

4.       He personally calls each one by name to be with him and to be sent and set on his mission. We are not mere numbers or members of a crowd. Each one is significant and personal. In simple, every disciple puts on the same nature of his master and acts as the master would act.

5.       David was a true disciple of the real Master. God called us to be in intimacy with him and to do his work. Thus we become like him. We are not expected to work wonders or to create new domains. It is to enrobe ourselves with the same spirit and continue the same kingdom of love, justice, and peace.

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