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. When this falls on October 2, the gospel for the Memorial of the Guardian Angels is used.
- First Reading (Cycle 1) - Zechariah 8:20-23: The Lord predicts that people from various cities and nations will seek Him in Jerusalem. They'll even cling to Jews, recognizing God's presence with them.
- First Reading (Cycle 2) - Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23: Job curses the day he was born, questioning why he didn't die at birth. He envies the peace of the dead and resents the struggles of life.
- Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) - Psalm 87: The Lord values Zion above all other places. Various nations acknowledge their connection to Zion, affirming it as the birthplace of greatness. The Most High Lord is credited for establishing it.
- Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) - Psalm 88: I cry out day and night, overwhelmed with troubles and feeling near death. I feel abandoned, as if in a dark pit, burdened by your wrath. Hear my call for help.
- Gospel - Luke 9:51-56: Jesus determinedly heads to Jerusalem, but a Samaritan village rejects him because of his destination. Disciples suggest retaliation, but Jesus rebukes them, and they move on to another village.
Themes for the Daily Mass Readings for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
- Resolve Toward Destiny: Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem, showing a determined commitment to his divine mission. This theme underscores the importance of resolve when undertaking significant tasks.
- Misguided Zeal: The disciples suggest calling down fire on the Samaritan village, displaying a misunderstanding of Jesus’ mission of peace. This theme indicates how religious zeal can be misguided.
- Teaching Moment: Jesus rebukes the disciples for their aggressive stance. This serves as a corrective lesson, steering the disciples toward a more compassionate approach.
- Ethnic Tensions: The Samaritans' refusal to welcome Jesus touches on the historical animosity between Jews and Samaritans. This theme provides a cultural context for the episode.
Reflection for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
In the gospel for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 9:51-56, Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem, signaling his commitment to his mission. When a Samaritan village doesn't welcome him, his disciples ask if they should call down fire from heaven. Jesus rebukes them and moves on. Several aspects of this passage are relevant for today's Catholics.
Jesus setting his face toward Jerusalem shows focus and determination in carrying out his mission. It's a lesson in commitment for modern Catholics, who often juggle various responsibilities and distractions. Staying committed to one's religious obligations amid life's demands is crucial.
The rejection from the Samaritan village serves as a reminder that not everyone will be receptive to the message of faith. This shouldn't deter Catholics today from continuing to share their faith and values, but it also suggests the need for discernment and tact in how this is done.
The disciples' fiery response to the rejection reveals an impulsive, even destructive, tendency that can emerge when we feel our values are not respected. It's a cautionary note for contemporary Catholics to avoid extreme reactions when encountering opposition or indifference to their faith.
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.
Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples emphasizes restraint and compassion over retribution. This teaches modern Catholics that the appropriate response to rejection is not punitive action but a composed and respectful withdrawal, perhaps coupled with a re-evaluation of the approach.
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.
To sum up, Luke 9:51-56 encourages focus and commitment in living out one's faith, discernment in sharing it, restraint in responding to rejection, and compassion over retribution. These guidelines can help Catholics in both personal spiritual growth and in representing their faith to the wider community.
Prayer for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
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
In this reflection for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time, Bishop Robert Barron discusses Jesus' rebuke of James and John for wanting to retaliate against the Samaritans who denied them hospitality. Their urge for vengeance is something that has been echoed through history whenever people feel wronged or marginalized. Jesus' rebuke serves to emphasize that adherence to his teaching of nonviolence and love must supersede feelings of racial or ethnic pride, or even justified anger. For followers of Jesus, the moral imperative is clear: his teachings should take priority over cultural or personal grievances.
This USCCB video reflection for Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time discusses the passage from Luke's Gospel where James and John, despite their divine powers, fail to understand the essence of Christ's teachings about love and forgiveness. Drawing parallels with another biblical story, it questions the sincerity of our commitments to faith and kindness. The focus is on the fluctuating nature of our “yes” to God, urging us to keep it constant.