Mass Readings

October 14, 2019

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 467

Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia Ps 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
Homily: October 14
Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 97:1-4; Luke 11:29-32
THE SON OF MAN IS A SIGN TO THIS GENERATION
“The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” (C.f. Luke 11:29).
▪The essence of a sign is to point out something. Jesus humbled Himself into becoming a sign that will lead us out of darkness into light. The apostle Paul said, “it is about Jesus Christ our Lord who, in the order of the spirit, the spirit of holiness that was in him, was proclaimed Son of God in all his power through his resurrection from the dead.” 
▪He went through sufferings to become a model of consolation to us, so that in our sufferings we will always remember that He was a pattern of resilience. What sign was Jonah to the Ninevites? He was a sign of God’s mercy and love them. It was through his warning that they repented from their sins.
▪If this people saw the sign of Jonah and repented, what is still preventing us from seeing the sign of God to our generation? If we identify ourselves as Christians, it will be disheartening to see us becoming contrary signs in the world. St. Francis of Assisi prayed that he will become a channel of peace, to bring love where there is hatred.
▪We are witnessing unprecedented crisis in the world today simply because we have refused to be the signs of love where there is hatred. Unless we pull ourselves away from the signs that are dividing us, we will not be able to open our hearts and eyes to that sign that will unite us, which is revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ.
▪Dear friend, we are privileged to be among the people who belong to Jesus Christ by His calling. Let us therefore live lives worthy of His calling, so that we will not be condemned by those who did not see His sign yet lived in line with His teaching. O God, open our eyes to see the signs of salvation revealed in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen
Be the sign of what you want to see in the world today. Where others are insincere, be a sign of sincerity. If others hate, be a sign of love. Where there is vice, be a sign of virtue.
May God bless you and have a beautiful week
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Morrisville, Vermont, USA