“He looked forward to the city whose builder and maker is God”
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews 11:1-2.8-19)

Brethren: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval.  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only-begotten son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.” He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence he did receive him back and this was a symbol.

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   Luke  1:69-70.71-72.73-75 (R. see  68)
R/. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited  his people.

He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. R.

That we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant. R.

R/. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited  his people.

The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him
all the days of our life. R.

ALLELUIA   John 3: 16
Alleluia. God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son; that whoever believes in him should have eternal life. Alleluia.

“Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 4:35-41)

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them, just as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

The Gospel  of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection

Today’s First Reading teaches us that we should be cautious in passing judgement because we may be condemning ourselves in the final analysis while thinking we are condemning others. It also teaches us that no matter the secrecy involved in any act of sin, nothing can remain concealed from God. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us that if we put our trust in God’s presence with us always we cannot be intimidated by any force. Although David’s sin is condemned, his repentance gain him God’s forgiveness. As Christians, may we always be repentant of our sins so as to win God’s forgiveness and thereby establish a good relationship with him that is based on our trust in Him.


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