Daily Readings for Mass.
(Liturgical Calendar for Ireland, 2019)

01 October. Tuesday, Week 26

1st Reading: Zechariah 8:20-23

Peoples of every nationality will embrace the faith of the Jews

Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Peoples shall yet come, the inhabitants of many cities; the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, "Come, let us go to entreat the favour of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I myself am going." Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the Lord.'

Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'In those days ten men from nations of every language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."'

Psalm 86

R./: The Lord God is with us

On the holy mountain is his city cherished by the Lord.
  The Lord prefers the gates of Zion to all Jacob's dwellings.
 Of you are told glorious things, O city of God! (R./)

Babylon and Egypt I will count among those who know me;
  Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia, these will be her children
 and Zion shall be called 'Mother' for all shall be her children. (R./)

It is he, the Lord Most High, who gives each his place.
 In his register of peoples he writes: 'These are her children'
 and while they dance they will sing; 'In you all find their home.' (R./)

Gospel: Luke 9:51-56

The Journey begins as Jesus proceeds towards Jerusalem

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.


In face of rejection

Rejection is a painful experience, especially if we are rejected by someone who matters a lot to us, whom we trusted as a friend. Sich a rejection can leave so us angry or bitter, we might be tempted to retaliate in kind. Jesus experienced rejection, when he was denied entry to a Samaritan village. He was obviously a Jew heading for Jerusalem, and that was enough to make them reject him and say "keep out." Just as hatred was a standard Samaritan response to Jews, so was the disciples' anger a standard Jewish response to Samaritans. Their reaction to rejection was to call on God to destroy the Samaritans' village. Above all they wanted revenge.

Jesus' responded very differently. He simply turned around and walked away, to preach the gospel elsewhere. He stayed calm and patient in the face of hostility and rejection. He opted to peacefully accept their choice. and that is meant to become our way too. Who we are - and how we relate to others - must not be totally determined by how they treat us. How we behave in the face of rejection should be determined by something deeper, by our relationship with the Lord and our being formed in his spirit.


Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

Therese Martin (1873-1897) from Lisieux, Normandy, was a Carmelite nun, popularly known as "The Little Flower" or as "Saint Therese of Lisieux." She entered the Discalced Carmelites in 1888 at the age of 15, joining her two elder sisters in that cloistered community. After some years as assistant novice mistress, and having wrestled with the dark night of faith, she died of tuberculosis, aged only 24. Her spiritual autobiography The Story of a Soul appeared soon after her death and had immediate impact under the title "The Little Way." Because of her intense prayer for missionaries, she was declared co-patron of the missions in 1927, and in 1997 was declared a Doctor of the Church. Her parents were canonised as saints by Pope Francis, in October 2015.