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First Reading
EZR 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20

King Darius issued an order to the officials
of West-of-Euphrates:
“Let the governor and the elders of the Jews
continue the work on that house of God;
they are to rebuild it on its former site.
I also issue this decree
concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews
in the rebuilding of that house of God:
From the royal revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates,
let these men be repaid for their expenses, in full and without delay.
I, Darius, have issued this decree;
let it be carefully executed.”

The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building,
supported by the message of the prophets,
Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo.
They finished the building according to the command
of the God of Israel
and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius
and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia.
They completed this house on the third day of the month Adar,
in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
The children of Israel–priests, Levites,
and the other returned exiles–
celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
For the dedication of this house of God,
they offered one hundred bulls,
two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs,
together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel,
in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel.
Finally, they set up the priests in their classes
and the Levites in their divisions
for the service of God in Jerusalem,
as is prescribed in the book of Moses.

The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
The Levites, every one of whom had purified himself for the occasion,
sacrificed the Passover for the rest of the exiles,
for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5
R. (1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Gospel
LK 8:19-21

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”


friends

He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” (Luke 8:21)

REFLECTION
I had a friend that whenever we talk, he’d always share with me everything that has been happening in his life. And when I say everything, I mean EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. If Jesus can be considered as “the word turned into flesh”, at that time, I was the “the diary turned into flesh”. I didn’t mind. But one day, he shared to me a struggle he has been facing. A struggle I haven’t encountered. He felt miserable. Then he asked me the question, “What should I do?”

I easily gave him advice. But like I said, I haven’t been in the same problem before.

Few years later, boom. I found myself in the same situation he’s been. Then I realized that the situation actually isn’t that simple. The situation made me feel like a hopeless cow stuck up a tree. The advice I gave, I couldn’t even do it myself. I finally understood that you don’t have to know and be wise about everything. And the only way to fully understand one’s situation is experiencing the same.

When we serve, it’s not easy to be like Jesus. It’s never easy to live a holy life and live according to His word. This is why God brings us to situations where He can mold us into the beings we were created to be. If you are in a MESS right now, let me tell you, my friends. He can turn your MESS into a MESSAGE. It’s hard to act on the word but because of Jesus, it’s possible. Believe it.

Reflection Song

Living For Your Glory by Tim Hughes

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