Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Monday, 27th September, 2021
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Monday of 26th week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
A reading from the Book of Zechariah 8:1-8
Theme: I’m going to save my people from the countries of East and West
The word of the Lord of Hosts was addressed to me as follows:
‘The Lord of Hosts says this.
I am burning with jealousy for Zion,
with great anger for her sake.
‘The Lord of Hosts says this.
If this seems a miracle
to the remnant of this people (in those days),
will it seem one to me?
It is the Lord of Hosts who speaks.
The Lord of Hosts says this.
Now I am going to save my people
from the countries of the East
and from the countries of the West.
I will bring them back
to live inside Jerusalem.
They shall be my people
and I will be their God
in faithfulness and integrity.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 101
Response The Lord shall build up Zion again and appear in all his glory.
1. The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
and all the earth’s kings your glory,
when the Lord shall build up Zion again
and appear in all his glory.
Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
he will not despise their prayers. Response
2. Let this be written for ages to come
that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
He looked down from heaven to the earth
that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
and free those condemned to die. Response
3. The sons of your servants shall dwell untroubled
and their race shall endure before you
that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion
and his praise in the heart of Jerusalem,
when peoples and kingdoms are gathered together
to pay their homage to the Lord. Response
Gospel Acclamation Jn 14: 23
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him .
Or Mk 10: 45
The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 9:46-50
Theme: The least among you, that is the one who is great.
An argument started between the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them,
‘Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.’
John spoke up.
‘Master,’ he said ‘we saw a man casting out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.’
But Jesus said to him,
‘You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you.’
The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Monday, Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 9:46-50
Children occasionally appear in the gospel story, and whenever they do appear they are always portrayed in a positive light. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus places a little child by his side, as a way of teaching his disciples something important. They had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. It was a silly argument and Jesus wanted to nip it in the bud. He took a child and said that just as God was present in himself, so he is present in someone as vulnerable and fragile as a little child. If his disciples really want to be great, they must welcome the most vulnerable and frail members of the community, such as children, as if they were welcoming Jesus himself.
Elsewhere in the gospels, Jesus says that he is present in the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the imprisoned. Jesus seems to be saying that he is most present in our lives when we are at our most frail and vulnerable, when we are at our weakest. Whenever people serve us when we are in great need, they are serving Jesus himself in a very personal way. Sometimes, when we are at our weakest, our most frail, we feel that we have very little to offer. We might even think of ourselves as a burden on others. However, in the gospels Jesus assures us that in those very moments of greatest weakness he is most powerfully present to others through us. Our very weakness, our incapacity, gives others the opportunity to meet the Lord in a special way. Those who welcome us, who serve us, when we are at our lowest, are serving Jesus in a very personal way, and serving God who sent Jesus to us.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021: You have the Words of Eternal life by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop