Jan 1: Liturgical Prayers

A. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Option 1) 
God sent his Son, born of a woman,
to enable us to become God's children.
Through the Spirit of the Son we can cry out to God:
"Father, my Father!"
May Jesus, this Son, be always with you.

R/ And also with you.

January 1: Mary, Mother of God - 2: Tony and Jude

From Frs. Tony Kadavil and Jude Botelho:

Synopsis of Mary Mother of God Sunday (Jan 1) & New Year's message

Introduction: Since we celebrate the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God on New Year’s Day, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year?  I pray that the Lord Jesus and His mother Mary may enrich your lives during the New Year with an abundance of God’s blessings.  Today’s Feast of Mary, the Mother of God is a very appropriate way to begin a new year, reminding us to rely on the powerful intercession of our Heavenly Mother. The Church observes this day also as the World Day of Peace and invites us to pray specially for lasting peace in the world throughout the New Year.

MOTHER - Illustrations

No man is poor who has had a godly mother.
Abraham Lincoln.

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
Spanish proverb.

When Robert Ingersoll, the notorious skeptic, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As they walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, “Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?” The other said, “No, I don’t think he did. Ingersoll did not explain my mother’s life, and until he can explain my mother’s life I will stand by my mother’s God.”
James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited, Tyndale, 1972, p. 381.

NEW YEAR - Illustrations

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth
Proverbs 27:1. 

Come now, ye that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the next day. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away
James 4:13-14.

Jan 1: Mary, Mother of God

Christmas - liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
    In our own time God has spoken to us
    through his own Son,
    the radiant light of God's glory
    through whom he made everything.
    May this Son, Jesus the Lord, be with you.
    R/ And also with you.

Christmas - Midnight, Dawn & Day - Fr. Tony Kadavil

Christmas: (Lk 2:1-14): Why do we celebrate Christmas with great rejoicing?  
1:First, Christmas is the Feast of Gods sending us a Savior :God undertook the Incarnation of Jesus as God-Man to save us from the bondage of sin. The Hindu Scriptures describe ten incarnations of God “to restore righteousness in the world whenever there is a large-scale erosion of moral values. But the Christian Scriptures teach only one Incarnation, and its purpose is given in John 3: 16: “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son so that every one who believes in Him may not die, but have eternal life.”We celebrate the Incarnation of God as a baby today as Good News because we have a Divine Savior. As our Savior, Jesus liberated us from slavery to sin by his suffering, death and Resurrection, and he atoned for our sins.

Chritmas Day A: 2016

Jesus sells: One never tires of Jesus as a subject. The cover stories of Time, Newsweek, and US News and World Report regularly mark His nativity. One reason for featuring Him so often is that their circulation invariably increases. Born twenty centuries ago, Jesus still sells. Mel Gibson broke all records with his DVD of The Passion of the Christ. He sold nine million copies in three weeks at $22 a clip. The first book published by Pope Benedict XVI is called "Jesus of Nazareth." It quickly found a home on the Best Seller list of The New York Times. Artists at their easels struggle to paint His portrait again. Have you seen Andy Warhol's Nativity? Composers struggle to salute Him with a fresh musical score. Will it ever be otherwise? I believe not. Tell others of Jesus. But firstly allow Him to be born in you. He can't be born again, but we can. (Fr. James Gilhooley)


Advent 4 A - Liturgical Prayers

Liturgy Alive 4th Sunday of Advent (A) Emmanuel: God With Us

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Greeting (From the Second Reading)
To you all, who are God's beloved
and called to be saints,
grace and peace from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 1:7). 

R/ And also with you.

Joseph's Struggle - Advent 4 A - A Dialogue

Fr. Tommy Lane:

The following is an edited version of a "A Rough Ride For The Righteous" - Sermon from Ross Bartlett, as shared for the morning of Sunday Dec 24, 1995 on the TELOS INFORMATION SERVICE. I found an edited version of it at Rev RJ Fairchild's site for Fourth Sunday of Advent 1998. A link to that site may be found on my page of links. It appeared as a monologue and I have shortened it considerably and interspersed the questions.
Recently I interviewed St. Joseph and this is how the interview went.
My name is Joseph. I’ve been at your celebration of Christmas for quite a while but I suspect you don’t know me too well. I feel sort of like the father of the bride at a wedding. Nobody pays much attention to him but he gets to pay the bills. I want to tell you, your Christmas cost me a great deal!
Where did you grow up?

Advent 4 A: Joseph's Faithfulness

Gospel Text: Matthew 1:18-24

Michel de Verteuil
General Comments

The story of the virginal conception of Jesus is historical but is also deeply symbolic, and your meditation will reveal to you that this is how Jesus Christ always comes to be born into the world, in all the various ways in which this happens.

Vatican Redesigns Formation Program for Priests

Kerala nun scripts success story in Garo Hills sans Govt

Apart from rubber cultivation, Sister Rose has also encouraged farmers to go for large-scale coconut plantation, dairy and poultry farming. 

Sr Rose examines assists workers in examining rubber sheets at Mendipathar Multi Purpose Co-operative Society.
Shillong:  At a time when the State government’s ambitious Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme (IBDLP) is yet to reach the grassroots, Sister Rose Kayathinkara, who introduced rubber cultivation in Garo Hills, remains an unsung social worker for empowering Garo villagers by helping them take up livelihood initiatives without much assistance from the government agencies.

Apart from rubber cultivation, Sister Rose has also encouraged farmers to go for large-scale coconut plantation, dairy and poultry farming, besides helping them tap agri-horticulture produces.

A Smart Wild Lizard among a bunch of Ferocious Snakes

Car Broken - Who'd Repair

Boy with Cancer

Advent 3 A - Liturgical Prayers

A. There Shall Be No Poor Among YouB. Joy in the Lord's Coming

Is 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11
Greeting (From the Entrance Antiphon)
Rejoice in the Lord always:
the Lord is near.
He is here among us.
May the Lord Jesus always be with you.

R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. There Shall Be No Poor Among You

Humorous Two-liners

Brevity is the Soul of Wit πŸ€—

*Fresh Two-liners with some Genuine Observations* :

πŸŽ‰The difference between in-laws and outlaws?
Outlaws are wanted.

πŸŽ‰Alcohol is a perfect solvent:
It dissolves marriages, families and careers.

Advent 3 A: Gaudate Sunday: Rejoice

 Third Sunday of Advent
The joy of the kingdom is anticipated. The signs of the kingdom already come are given to the messengers of John the Baptist, and they are familiar with the prophecy of Isaiah. Patient waiting for the fulfilment is our Christian duty. There should be no complaining, no giving up or losing heart. Joy, prayer and thanksgiving should characterise the Christian community.
Gospel Text : Matthew 11:2-11

Advent 2 A - Liturgcal Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
United in mind and voice
we give glory to the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord be with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant (Two Options)
A. Baptized With the Spirit Of Fire

On this Second Sunday of Advent we are preparing for the fuller coming of Christ in our communities and in the world. We need to be people full of the Spirit of Christ. The Savior was announced by Isaiah and John the Baptist as a man completely filled with God’s Spirit. He would baptize us with the Spirit of fire John says to us: Let this Spirit of fire change your mentality, your attitudes, your ways, so that Jesus can really live among us to make this world a place of unity and integrity, of justice and peace. Let Jesus pour out this Spirit among us here.

Advent 2 A: John the Baptist - Conversion

Gospel Text: Matthew 3:1-12
John the B3
Michel de Verteuil
General comments

This is a long passage with many themes worked into it. Identifying the different themes before starting your meditation will help you to enter into the passage.
Verses 1 to 5 summarise the story of John the Baptist, but even in this section there are various points being made: the fact that John preached in the wilderness; that he appeared ‘in due course’, meaning at the time fixed by God; that he was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.

Advent 1 A: Stay Awake

ADVENT Season –2016-17


Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end’ of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.

34 Sunday C: CHRIST THE KING - Liturgical Prayers

The Father has given us a place
in the kingdom of his beloved Son.
In him we gain our freedom,
the forgiveness of our sins.
May Jesus the Lord be with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Was I There When They Crucified My King?What a King we have! "He saved others, let him save himself," jeered the religious leaders of the people. A King, mocked, and dying on a cross for the sake of saving people. Even from the cross he told a repentant bandit, "Today you will be with me in paradise." Hanging there with his arms wide-open, he embraced the whole world in a gesture of love and reconciliation. This is the King we acclaim today in this Eucharist and in life.

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34 Sunday C: Christ the King

Gospel Text:  Luke 23:35-43
Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments
In order to enter into the celebration of today’s feast, two points need to be clarified.
The first concerns the meaning of “kingship” in this context. In modern Western culture, kings and queens do not exercise much power; in the Bible, however, their power is absolute. What we are celebrating in today’s feast, then, is the power of Jesus – who never used his power to his own advantage.

33 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayerrs

Neither death nor life,
neither the present nor the future
nor any other creature
can separate us from the love of God,
the love he has made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. We Are People Of Hope
In all ages there have been "prophets of doom," as the good Pope John XXIII called them. They are people so scared by the problems of their time that they think the end of the world is near. Our day is one of rapid changes, much violence and hunger and suffering. Now we know about them immediately via television and other media. No wonder that many sects arise and speculate about the end of our world. The message of today's liturgy is: don't be afraid. Keep trusting in God, be a steadfast Christian and bear witness to God's love. You are in his hands, and Christ is here among us.

33 Sunday C: End Times - Fighting back or Falling back

templeGospel Text: Luke 21:5-19

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments
This gospel passage is a collection of many different sayings of Jesus, all of them relevant to a situation of crisis in the present or looming in the future. You will recognize their truth from your experience of small as well as big crises.

32 Sunday C: Liturgy

1. People of the Resurrection
2. The God of the Living

Greeting (See Second Reading)
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself,
and God our Father, who has given us his love,
comfort you and strengthen you
in everything good that you do and say.
His joy and hope be always with you. R/ And also with you.

32 Sunday C: Resurrection

Starting Point: 

Missing the Point! 

One New Year's Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was the float represented an oil company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas (C. Neil Strait, Minister's Manuel, 1994, 315). 

They had the entire resources of heaven at their disposals. They were entrusted with the oracles of God; however, in Luke chapter 20 the parade of Chief Priest, Elders and Sadducees come to a sudden halt when they cut themselves off from the resources of God who was now in Christ. 
Gospel Text : Luke 20:27-38

Jesus and Saducees

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments
The gospel passage for this Sunday is challenging for us who practice the lectio divina method of reading the Bible text in dialogue with personal experience. From the outset there are three problems we must deal with if the passage is to speak to our experience as it is intended to.

All Saints

Celebrating the Word of God

Commentary on the Readings


  In the past, the Saints have enjoyed a tremendous popularity: the churches were full of their statues and recourse to them was perhaps more than to God. There was a saint for truck drivers, for students, for lost items, for eye diseases and even for a sore throat. They were considered a kind of intermediaries that had the function to “soften” the impact of a God considered too big and too far away, a little unapproachable and somewhat foreign to our problems. 

All Souls - Nov 2: Liturgical Prayers

Neither death nor life,
nothing that exists, nothing still to come,
nor any created thing
can ever come between us and the love of God
made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May this risen Lord be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

31 Sunday C: Liturgical Prayers

The Lord God loves all that exists
and he is merciful to all.
He overlooks our sins, so that we can repent.
May our Lord, the lover of life, be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. I Must Stay In Your House TodayWhat a consolation and encouragement for us that the Lord Jesus wants to be our guest, our friend, our companion on the road! And this holds true whoever we are, whatever we have done wrong. The Lord Jesus sees us and knows us and he wants to stay with us today, now, in our actual situation. In this Eucharist we ask him that we may become more aware of his offer and accept it with great joy. 

31 Sunday C: Zacchaeus, Come down!

 Gospel Text: Luke 19:1-10
Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments
This Sunday’s passage tells the story of Jesus’ meeting with Zacchaeus. It is a very touching story, full of character, so deep that we are always finding new things in it, treasures we had not noticed before.  God however did not write the story for us to admire St Luke’s extraordinary artistry as a storyteller, but so that we could recognise ourselves in it and discover how he has been and continues to be at work in the world.

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πŸ˜” Rejected by His father n brothers...
🎺 But always praising God
🎁 Wow... Anointed as a King

Spielberg Movie actor Mark Wahlberg heads to church while filming Transformers

Mark Wahlberg pictured leaving St Aidan's Church, Seahouses, Northumberland The actor, who was in the North East shooting the fifth Transformers movie, the Last Knight, was at St Aidan’s Church in Seahouses and stayed for the full Sunday morning service.

30 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

The Lord stands by me and gives me power.
The Lord will rescue me from all evil
and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
May the Lord be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Poor and Humble Before God Too often we pretend that we are better than we really are. We wear masks and dare not show our true selves, not even before God. The Lord's message for today says: Stand before God the way you are, be honest and humble with yourself, and you will learn to be without pretense before God and the people around you. Such an attitude brings us close to God, close to our real self, close to people. Let us ask the Lord to hear our prayer today.

30 Sunday C: Pharisee and the Tax Collector in the Temple

Thomas O’Loughlin
Introduction to the Celebration
Today we are going to reflect on self-knowledge and humility. By gathering here in public we are telling the world that we take the need to profess faith in God seriously; we are saying we are people with a definite way of life, that we have taken up the cross of discipleship. But without humble awareness of our faults and our need of God’s mercy, we could be deceiving ourselves. Let us ask the Spirit to enlighten our minds that we might know our failings, and to give us the humility to ask for mercy.
Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments

General Comments
This Sunday’s gospel reading is in three sections
- verse 9, introduction to the parable
- verses 10 –14a, the parable
- verse 14b, general saying of Jesus.
As always with gospel passages we are free either to focus on the sections independently or to see the connection between them so that each one serves as a guide for interpreting the others.

29 Sunday C: Liturgical Prayers

The Lord will guard you from evil;
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming.
May the Lord be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant (three options)
A. Prayer: The Breath Of LifeDo we put our very life in our prayer or are we reciting formulas, even though we agree with their contents? If we could only express in prayer what we live, cry out our miseries and shout our joys, persist in praying, not giving up, insisting, against all odds, because our faith is against all odds and because our very life depends on it, as does the life of justice and love in the world. In this Eucharist we join our prayers to those of Jesus our Lord.
B. Prayer: Conversing With GodIn a personal relationship with a person, you speak to him or her, to thank, to tell how you feel about the other or yourself, and about things and persons. Once in a while you ask for a favor or you offer your help and encouragement. In our relationship with the Lord prayer is doing all these things. If we love him, we cannot keep silent. Let us ask Jesus again in this Eucharist: "Lord, teach us to pray."

29 Sunday C: Persistent Widow

Michel de Verteuil
General Comments
Today’s passage is in four movements:
– verse 1: introduction to the parable
– verses 2 to 5: the parable
– verses 6 to 8a: Jesus draws a conclusion from the parable
– verse 8b: a saying of Jesus, flowing from the parable.

28 Sunday C: Liturgical Prayers

May all of you who are chosen by God,
be saved by Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord,
and share in his eternal glory.
May Jesus our Lord be with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Giving Thanks At The Top Of Our VoicesWe appreciate grateful people very much. Do we ourselves not forget to thank? For many, it is the Lord who is forgotten. Look at everything we owe God: our life, our bodies with our eyes to see the marvels of creation and our ears to hear creation's songs. There is all the beauty around us and all the good people to appreciate and love. Above all, God himself has come near to us in Jesus. He brought us repeated forgiveness and the capacity to forgive and to love. Let us thank God and praise him at the top of our voices.

28 Sunday C: The Ten Lepers

Almost every age has had its social outcasts, people barred from normal society whether through physical illness or national origin. One person who stepped across these barriers in India was pioneer missionary Mary Reed. Already working in India, Mary visited a leper colony and was deeply moved by the people's plight. Later Mary contracted leprosy herself and went to work with the lepers, eager to tell them that she knew firsthand their pain and trauma. She became head of the leper colony she had visited, and in the years following many were saved and a church built. Mary retired at the age of eighty-four after many years of faithful service to these social outcasts. 
Today in the Word, January, 1990, p. 24.

Once upon a time there was a man who was struck down in his early thirties who was diagnosed with  brain cancer. He had a wife and young children and a promising career. Suddenly all of that was swept away from him. He could barely talk or walk. He was in constant agony. His friends and his family, except for his wife and mother, avoided him. The doctors shook their head. It was too bad. He was a nice man and deserved longer life. But there was nothing they could.

27 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

May you keep alive in you
the faith and love in Christ Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit who lives in you
help you to guard the riches of your faith
and be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

27 Sunday C: Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed; We are only Servants

Gospel reading: Luke 17:5-10
mustard seed

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments
This Sunday’s passage is in two clearly distinct sections:
– verses 5 to 6 – a teaching on faith; and
– verses 7 to 10 – a parable on humble service.

Prayer by Rev. Joe Wright at the Kansas State Senate

This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says:

26 Sunday - Liturgy

Blessed be our Lord Jesus Christ:
to him be honor and everlasting power.
May his grace and peace
be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

A. Open Your Eyes
How come that we are merely aware of the misery—poverty, discrimination, injustice around us? Is it because we have not learned to see, or that we prefer not to see? It is said of God in the Old Testament that he saw the misery of his people, and, seeing it, he liberated them. Jesus saw the misery of the people around him and he did all he could to free them. Let us ask the Lord here with us that we may learn to see our own afflictions and those of the people around us. Then we can, with God's help, do something to remedy them.

26 Sunday C:: Lazarus - God turns tables

Gospel Text: Luke 16:19-31
Michel DeVerteuil
General Textual comments

This Sunday’s passage is entirely taken up with one parable. It is in three sections – each one is a story in itself, so you can remain with any one of them:
– verses 19 to 22: an introductory scene ending with the death of both Lazarus and the rich man;

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2. Spiritual Maturity is when you
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25 Sunday C - Liturgy

We have come together
to offer petitions and thanksgiving
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
the only mediator between God and people.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
R/ And also with you

25 Sunday C: Stewardship

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual Comments

The passage is in two movements:
– verses 1 to 7, the parable;
verses 8 to 13, a collection of six sayings of Jesus, all connected with the parable.
Most people find this parable one of the most difficult to interpret, seeming to condone the dishonesty of the steward. The main problem here is our tendency to read the gospels and the parables particularly, in a rational, moralizing way. We then find ourselves passing judgement on the parables:  “a touching story but ….” With this approach to our parable we have to do mental gymnastics to explain how the master could “praise the dishonest steward”.

Sept 8: Monti Fest

The Nativity of Our Lady or the birthday of our beloved Mother Mary, also called as "Monthi Fest" by Mangalorean Catholic community is also celebrated as a harvest festival like 'onam' of kerala, 'pongal' of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Equations - With Humour

Equations! - This is the best
I have read in a LONG time !!!!
Human = eat + sleep + work + enjoy
Donkey = eat + sleep + work

24 Sunday C: Liturgy

Let us give thanks to the Father
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
for he has given us strength
and he came to forgive us our sins.
May his mercy and love be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

24 Sunday C: Good Shepherd

Gospel reading: Luke 15:1-32 (Full Form)
perfect Jesus
Michel de Verteuil
General Textual Comments
Verses 1 to 3 give us an overall picture of the kind of person Jesus was – and thus an image of God.
We follow that path in our meditation: we recognise and celebrate human beings who were images of Jesus for us, and allow them to reveal God to us.

Mother Teresa: Another Story

     Many years ago during a flight from South America to Mexico City, the stewardess prepared to serve lunch to about fifty passengers. When she handed the sack lunch to Mother Teresa, the little nun asked her, “How much did this lunch cost the airline today?”
     Somewhat surprised, the stewardess thought for a moment, then replied, “About one dollar.”

Mother Teresa & Kapil Dev

By Kapil Dev
Like everyone else I, too, had heard of Mother Teresa but never met her till the very end of her life.
I wonder why. Some things have no explanation.

The Indian cricket team won the Prudential Cup in 1983. It was a great victory.
I was married to Romi, a Pakistani, and leading a life of  fulfilment.
But the happiness of having a child eluded us. Even 14 years after marriage, we remained childless.
We were written about in newspapers, and we appeared happy.
But no one saw one aspect of our life that had created a vacuum.

23 Sunday C - Liturgy

1. Conscious Discipleship
2. Look Before You Leap

The Lord comes among us and calls us to follow him without conditions. May we listen to his call and may he always be with you. R/ And also with you.


23 Sunday C - Demands of Discipleship

Jesus leads
Michel de Verteuil 
General Textual comments
 The passage is in three movements:
– verse 25: the framework of the passage;
– verses 26, 27 and 33: the challenge to radical discipleship; and
– verses 28 to 32: the practical approach to discipleship.
Discipleship of Jesus takes many forms and we interpret this passage in the light of the particular form of discipleship to which we have committed ourselves – marriage, parenting, friendship, career, religious life or priesthood. We think of other commitments we and others make: to social change for example – bringing about reconciliation between ethnic groups or religions, or reforming economic, educational or political systems, locally or internationally.

22 Sunday - Liturgy

What do you have that you have not received?
If everything you have was received as a gift,
then why boast?
If anyone must boast,
let him boast of the Lord.
May the Lord, the giver of life, be with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. A Good Place For Everyone
How do we regard other people and ourselves in relation to them? Do we look down on others, at least on some, and hold ourselves as more important, people to be noted and given honors? The message of today is: In the Kingdom there is a good place for everyone. If there is to be any preference, it is for the poor, the disabled, the humble, for they are given the first place by God, they are the favorites of Jesus. Jesus asks us here and now: What place do you take and what place do you give to others?

22 Sunday C: Who do you invite? Who are your friends?

Gospel reading: Luke 14:1;7-11
J Supper
Michel de Verteuil
General Textual comments

Song on Mother Teresa by Usha Uthup

Usha is going to sing two songs at the Canonization: One in the previous evening and the other during the liturgy. One would be in Bengali and the other in English. She would have probably the trademark large "bindi" on her forehead and a dozen or so bangles on her arms. The CM of Calcutta, the foreign Minister from Delhi are some of the governmental representatives for the function.

21 Sunday c: Liturgy

1. I Have Come to Bring Fire
2. No Easy Peace Greeting (See Second Reading)

We must run with perseverance the race we have entered, with our eyes fixed on Jesus. May the Lord Jesus give you that strength you need and be always with you. R/ And also with you.

21 Sunday C: Universality of Salvation

The universality of salvation is the message from all the readings on this day. Salvation does not belong to any special race or culture but to those who accept Christ. It is the desire of God that all should be saved. Some who are regarded as last will be saved while the first called may be last.

Assumption and Independence Day in India

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The Gospel of Jesus and Mary

There is an old story about a workman on a scaffolding high above the nave of a cathedral who looked down and saw a woman praying before a statue of Mary. As a joke, the workman whispered, "Woman, this is Jesus." The woman ignored him. The workman whispered again, more loudly: "Woman, this is Jesus." Again, the woman ignored him. Finally, he said aloud, "Woman, don't you hear me? This is Jesus." At this point the woman looked up at the crucifix and said, "Be still now, Jesus, I'm talking to your mother." Why do Catholics treasure Marian devotions and doctrines that their non-Catholic brothers and sisters do not? It is because, I think, the Catholic Church is trying to tell the full story, to proclaim the full gospel.