Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Tuesday, 4th October, 2022
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Tuesday of 27th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2
(Memorial Feast of St Francis of Assisi)
A reading from the Book of the Galatians 1:13-24
Theme: God chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans.
You must have heard of my career as a practising Jew, how merciless I was in persecuting the Church of God, how much damage I did to it, how I stood out among other Jews of my generation, and how enthusiastic I was for the traditions of my ancestors.
Then God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans. I did not stop to discuss this with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me, but I went off to Arabia at once and later went straight back from there to Damascus. Even when after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him for fifteen days, I did not see any of the other apostles; I only saw James, the brother of the Lord, and I swear before God that what I have just written is the literal truth. After that I went to Syria and Cilicia, and was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judaea, who had heard nothing except that their one-time persecutor was now preaching the faith he had previously tried to destroy; and they gave glory to God for me.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm Ps 138
Response Lead me, O Lord, in the path of life eternal.
1. O Lord, you search me and you know me,
you know my resting and my rising,
you discern my purpose from afar.
You mark when I walk or lie down,
all my ways lie open to you. Response
2. For it was you who created my being,
knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you for the wonder of my being,
for the wonders of all your creation. Response
3. Already you knew my soul,
my body held no secret from you,
when I was being fashioned in secret
and moulded in the depths of the earth. Response
Gospel Acclamation Jn 15:15
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
or Lk 11: 28
Happy are those who hear the word of God, and keep it!.
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:38-42 Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: Martha welcomed him into her house. It is Mary who has chosen the better part.
Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said,
‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.‘
But the Lord answered:
‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Gospel Reflection Tuesday Twenty Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Luke 10:38-42
Saint John Henry Newman had a wonderful reputation as a preacher. In one of his sermons he comments on the passage we have just heard. In the story of Mary and Martha, he sees something of the struggle we are all engaged in, between anxiety for many things versus rest in the one thing necessary (even as we do many things). He says, that while Jesus does not discount Martha’s careful service, yet he won’t permit her to imagine that serving him is a matter of multiplying projects and services. Love of God and neighbour, he says, certainly must include these, but preceding both is the heart that first says: I love God, because he has first loved me; and I love my neighbour whom I can see for the sake of the One I cannot see. I think Newman is saying that there is something more fundamental than the doing of many things, even if it is for the Lord, and that is our loving relationship with the Lord.
Like Mary sitting at the Lord’s feet listening to him speaking, we need to open ourselves to the Lord’s personal love for us, for me, and we respond to his gift of love by loving him in return. Then out of that loving relationship with the Lord flows our active service of him. If our relationship with the Lord is what grounds us, ‘resting in the one thing necessary’, as Newman says, then our service of the Lord will be shaped by love rather than driven by anxiety or, even perhaps, resentment of others. Newman reflects on Mary’s love for Jesus ‘sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to his teaching’, and he asks the question, ‘Is our heart in that place, or is it tossed about in a whirlwind of activity?’ It is a question that is worth our while pondering.
The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 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 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore/