Catholic Daily Mass Readings and Reflection for today I Saturday August 19 2023

 Daily Mass Readings for Saturday, 19 August 2023

First Reading: Joshua 24: 14-29

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16: 1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11

Alleluia: Matthew 11: 25

Gospel: Matthew 19: 13-15

Saturday, 19 August 2023

First Reading

Joshua 24: 14-29

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,

and addressed them, saying:

"Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.

Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,

and serve the LORD.

If it does not please you to serve the LORD,

decide today whom you will serve,

the gods your fathers served beyond the River

or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.

As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

But the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD

for the service of other gods.

For it was the LORD, our God,

who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,

out of a state of slavery.

He performed those great miracles before our very eyes

and protected us along our entire journey and among all the peoples

through whom we passed.

At our approach the LORD drove out all the peoples,

including the Amorites who dwelt in the land.

Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God."

Joshua in turn said to the people,

"You may not be able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God;

he is a jealous God who will not forgive

your transgressions or your sins.

If, after the good he has done for you,

you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods,

he will do evil to you and destroy you."

But the people answered Joshua, "We will still serve the LORD."

Joshua therefore said to the people,

"You are your own witnesses that you have chosen to serve the LORD."

They replied, "We are, indeed!"

Joshua continued:

"Now, therefore, put away the strange gods that are among you

and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."

Then the people promised Joshua,

"We will serve the LORD, our God, and obey his voice."

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day

and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem,

which he recorded in the book of the law of God.

Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak

that was in the sanctuary of the LORD.

And Joshua said to all the people, "This stone shall be our witness,

for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us.

It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God."

Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own heritage.

After these events, Joshua, son of Nun, servant of the LORD,

died at the age of a hundred and ten.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;

I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."

O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,

you it is who hold fast my lot.

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;

even in the night my heart exhorts me.

I set the LORD ever before me;

with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

You will show me the path to life,

fullness of joys in your presence,

the delights at your right hand forever.

You are my inheritance, O Lord.


See Mt 11:25

Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;

you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia.


Mt 19:13-15

Children were brought to Jesus

that he might lay his hands on them and pray.

The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;

for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

Todays Reflection

Welcoming all

The Catechism of the Council of Trent, promulgated by Pope Saint Pius V, links infant baptism with the Sacrament of Baptism. The passage states that children, even infants, can receive the love of God, even if they do not fully comprehend it. As a child grows, they learn about love through witnessing and experiencing it, which helps form their consciences. However, to grow into a loving adult, they need more than just a good example; they need grace. Baptism bestows an indelible mark on the Christian, becoming a positive disposition for grace, a promise and guarantee of divine protection, and a vocation to divine worship and service.

In addition to the grace of Baptism, we must imitate Jesus' action of welcome and acceptance of not only children but also every child of God. We must understand that there is a temptation within our fallen human nature to withhold the love of God from others and prevent others from coming to God. When that temptation sets in, we must hear Jesus say, "Let the children come to me" and "do not prevent them."

Reflect on these gentle and inviting words of Jesus and call to mind anyone who you might try to prevent from coming to our Lord. Take on the heart of Jesus and see it as your duty to embrace others as He embraced these children. The more you become an instrument of the love of Christ, the more you will daily rejoice in God's blessings as they are bestowed on others.

My tender Lord, you welcome all people to share in Your grace, and help me to accept this gift of Your infinite love. Help me to become a better instrument of Your love toward others, never interfering or preventing them from turning to You.w