Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

October 3, 2023

A Different Way

Daily Mass Readings for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years. 2023 is Cycle 1. 2024 is Cycle 2.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Zechariah 8:20-23: “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23: “Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 87: “God is with us.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 88: “Let my prayer come before you, Lord.”
  • Gospel Luke 9:51-56: “When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.”


In today’s gospel, Jesus shows us a different way. Instead of wanting revenge when we are rejected, we must hold fast to the path of discipleship. In fact, at this point Jesus is headed toward Jerusalem and the cross, the ultimate rejection of his message.

Everyone experiences rejection in life. The hurt rises up in us and wants to lash out. But as disciples of Jesus Christ, we must learn to transform our pain rather than transmit it. Perhaps then we can follow the path of love.


Lord Jesus, when I am angry and want revenge, lead me along a different way. Let me follow you along the path which the Father asks. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Sacred Space: A Different Way

From Sacred Space. “This passage indicates the hostility between Jews and Samaritans, which was strong in Jesus’ time. However, the disciples’ way of dealing with the issue and the Lord’s way differ greatly. The disciples were furious when they were not received in the village of the Samaritans and wanted revenge. Jesus said no.” Continue reading.

Loyola Press: Resolutely Determined

From Loyola Press. “Today’s Gospel reading begins a long section unique to Luke’s Gospel. Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem, which will end with his ministry in Jerusalem. We read that Jesus’ days for being “taken up” were fulfilled. The Greek word that Luke uses for “taken up” is the same word he uses to describe the Ascension.” Continue reading.

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