Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honour you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Through our Lord..

“I will raise up a prophet, and I will put my words in his mouth.”
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)

Moses spoke to the people, saying, “The Lord your  God will  raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren— him you shall heed — just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They have rightly said all that they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him, But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. ”’

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM     Psalm 95 : 1-2.6-7abc.7d-9 (R. see 7d.8a)
 O that today you would listen to his voice!
    Harden not your hearts.

Come, let us ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come into his presence, giving thanks;
let us hail him with a song of praise. R.

O come; let us bow and bend low.
Let us kneel before the God who made us,
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. R.

R. O that today you would listen to his voice!
    Harden not your hearts.

O that today you would listen to his voice!
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your forebears put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.” R.

“The virgin is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy.”
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 7:32-35)

Brethren: I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or virgin is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA Matthew 4: 16
Alleluia. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned. Alleluia.

“He taught them as one who had authority.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 1:21b-28)

[In the city of Capernaum] on the Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this?  A new teaching!  With authority he commands even the unclean spirit, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection

Today being the Fourth Sunday in the Church’s Liturgical year, the readings outline that the promised messiah is one whose word is authoritative and rightly to be obeyed, Saint Paul emphasizes at holiness remains the yardstick of serving God and worshiping him with undivided attention whether we are priests, religious or married persons. In his ministry Jesus manifested his authority both in words and in deeds as the chosen one of God. Therefore, as Christians, we are enjoined to give our undivided attention to Jesus Christ who is the epitome of authority.


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