“If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
“As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
“So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it on a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.” This verse from the first reading for mass today, from the book of Numbers, prefigures Jesus’s crucifixion.
Jesus said in today’s gospel that, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”
Saint Paul writes in today’s first reading for Mass that he fears, “that after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” He has the right sentiment. The gospel reflects this same danger. It is a danger that every single one of us could fall prey to, as well.
In the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians, Paul gave his opinion about “the present distress.” Evidently, there was some concern over the marital state of some of the new believers. It sounds as if there were some people who were not happy in their marriages, and others who were unhappy because they were not married.
In the first reading for Mass, the prophet Micah foretold that a ruler would come from Bethlehem: “From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne …”
How difficult it is to choose which reading to focus on today, because all three readings for Mass have to do with the same subject, including the Responsorial Psalm. The first reading from the book of Ezekiel is very similar to today’s gospel: ” You, son of man … you shall warn them for me. […]
“We have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men alike … We are fool’s on Christ’s account, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are held in honor, but we in disrepute.” Saint Paul wrote these words to the Corinthians in today’s first reading for Mass. He […]