Liturgical Bible Study – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christian Affirmations and Personalized Bible Scriptures

Reading 1
Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10

A great King am I, says the LORD of hosts,
and my name will be feared among the nations.
And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:
If you do not listen,
if you do not lay it to heart,
to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts,
I will send a curse upon you
and of your blessing I will make a curse.
You have turned aside from the way,
and have caused many to falter by your instruction;
you have made void the covenant of Levi,
says the LORD of hosts.
I, therefore, have made you contemptible
and base before all the people,
since you do not keep my ways,
but show partiality in your decisions.
Have we not all the one father?
Has not the one God created us?
Why then do we break faith with one another,
violating the covenant of our fathers?

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 131:1, 2, 3

R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.
O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

Reading 2
1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13

Brothers and sisters:
We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.
You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.

Mt 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

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1 Comment

  1. This is indeed a wonderful experience of getting to know the word of God via the Sunday mass readings and gospel with your family. It’s inspiring to see that the kids of the Arguelles family are significantly contributing to the discussions.

    Just a few suggestions . . .
    > How about an instructional primer on the process of the LBS. While the introduction of Fr. Gustillo is good, it may help to put at the start basic instructions on the parts of the LBS and what essentially takes place in each part.

    > Posting of highlights of the discussions as the video goes on. If there are important words or items mentioned within the discussions, it may help reinforce the learning’s by having these words, phrases or statements re-appear at the bottom portion of the screen. Just like headlines.

    > To further supplement the instructional primer on the LBS process at the beginning of the video, we may want to keep which part of the LBS is happening at any portion of the screen or may also intermittently appear on screen just like “Arguelles Family”. This may help keep viewers to be on track with the process since some may be going through this for the first time or some are still getting the hang of it.

    > Eventually I’m sure we can have more exciting or contemporary graphics and music scoring.

    > How about a living room set-up . . . may seem to be more relaxed and comfortable. Well for me at least :c)

    But overall it is indeed a promising endeavor and will even be a more effective mode in spreading the family habit such as the LBS. The LBS is a “level up!” to “The Family that prays together stays together” . . . now it may be “Families who have found LBS will be bound by God’s Word!” :c))

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