AD SENSE

4 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See First Reading)
Before you were born, I knew you;
I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.
May the Lord Jesus be your strength
and may he always be with you.
R/ And also with you.

4 Sunday C: Wanted - Prophets, Dead





Prophets comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable
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Michel DeVerteuil 
General comments
The incident related in today’s gospel story is a precious moment of grace for the people of Nazareth, one that we too experience from time to time – Jesus invites them and us to stop hiding behind their false identity and come to the truth of themselves.
We all need to feel special; the problem is how we go about fulfilling that need. The easy – but false – way is to take the short cut of finding our “specialness” in belonging to a group that considers itself superior to others. We find our “specialness” in our sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, or from the fact that we are married, are “old boys” or “old girls” of some school, university graduates, have a job, or own our homes.

3 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
We, though we are many,
are one body in Christ
and we have all been given the same Spirit.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

3 Sunday C: Jesus' Mission


Gospel reading: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Michel DeVerteuil 
General comments
The reflection below is on the second part of the reading – verses 16 to 21 –a story of how Jesus read the Bible and how he wants us his followers to read it (and teach it).

2 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
God has revealed to us his kindness and love
in Jesus Christ our Savior
by saving us through the cleansing water of rebirth
and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you. 
R/ And also with you.

A Lexophile

"Lexophile" is a term used to describe those who are clever with words, such as "you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish" , or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."

Maths Teacher

Teacher Arrested At London Heathrow Airport - held in isolation. -- News headline
A secondary school teacher was arrested yesterday at London's Heathrow International airport as he attempted to board an international flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a pair of compasses, a slide-rule and a calculator.

Billy Graham's Daughter

Billy Graham's  daughter was interviewed on the  Early Show and  Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let  something like this happen?" (regarding the  attacks on Sept, 11, hurricanes and earth quakes. Anne Graham gave  an extremely profound and insightful  response. She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by  this, just as we are, but for years we've been  telling God to get out of our schools, to get  out of our government and to get  out of our  lives. 

Help with "Hearing"

In a church one Sunday morning a preacher said,
 "Anyone with 'special needs' who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front of the altar."

1st Week, Thursday

1st Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, 16-01-19
Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 / Mark 2:1-12

There are some words which we take for granted and even use for granted.

Yet when we think about it deeper, those words just don't make any sense.

2 Sunday C - Wedding at Cana


Gospel reading: John 2:1-11 
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Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
Sunday in the liturgy is always “the first day of the week,” so since Ordinary Time starts on the Monday after the Epiphany, this Sunday is called the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. We might expect to start immediately with the continuous reading from the Synoptic Gospel for the year, which characterises Ordinary Time. However, liturgical custom dictates otherwise: on this Sunday each year we meditate on a passage from the first chapters of St John’s gospel. It is as if the Church is reluctant to say farewell to the Christmas season – or perhaps reluctant to leave St John, since we have been reading from his gospel on the weekdays of Christmas.


Jan 14-19: Weekdays Reflection

Jan 14-19: Jan 14: Monday: Mk 1: 14-20: 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16 And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.

Baptism of the Lord - Liturgical Prayers


Greeting

Today Jesus was baptized in the Jordan;
 the Father recognized him as his beloved Son;
 the Holy Spirit prepared him for his mission of service
 May the Lord’s Spirit of sonship and service
 be always with you.

Baptism of the Lord


Gospel Reading: Luke 3:15-16; 21-22

Introduction: 

Wash Off the Stuff of the Day: 


One of the most successful and personable people on television is Oprah Winfrey. Movies, book clubs, she does it all. Huge business operations. While all the other talk shows on television are tearing people apart and putting all their illnesses out for public humiliation, Oprah is helping put people and families back together again. . . In a Newsweek magazine interview the interviewer asked her, "How do you separate yourself from work?" Answer, "I take a hot bath. . . My bath is my sanctuary. (Listen to this) It's the place where I can wash off all the stuff of the day" ((Jan 8, 2001, p. 45).