READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the Book of Nahum
NA 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7
See, upon the mountains there advances
the bearer of good news,
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,
fulfill your vows!
For nevermore shall you be invaded
by the scoundrel; he is completely destroyed.
The LORD will restore the vine of Jacob,
the pride of Israel,
Though ravagers have ravaged them
and ruined the tendrils.
Woe to the bloody city, all lies,
full of plunder, whose looting never stops!
The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels;
horses a-gallop, chariots bounding,
Cavalry charging, the flame of the sword, the flash of the spear,
the many slain, the heaping corpses,
the endless bodies to stumble upon!
I will cast filth upon you,
disgrace you and put you to shame;
Till everyone who sees you runs from you, saying,
“Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her?
Where can one find any to console her?”
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here
who will not taste death
until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”
Friday of 18th Week in Ordinary Time
Dear People of God,
God’s word in today’s Gospel, God teaches us to know the resolute condition to follow God, which are to deny ourselves, take up our cross and risk our lives for God.
God is almighty, He can do all things. God created man so that man could live happily and be filled with His grace. All who want to follow God should be determined to live according to His teaching which always bring good to people. God is a merciful Father who never wants bad things, injustices to happen to His beloved children.
The Word of God today is a wise teaching that God wants to remind each person, that is: “What does it profit a person to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”
God wants to advides people living in the modern world today to seek the Kingdom of Heaven in order attain eternal life in the future, not to worry about life, but take advantage of our life to care for our soul for the Kingdom of Heaven. Trust, rely on the power of God’s immense love. God Himself will give us who is ready to give up everything and follow Him eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.