Dec 31: Christmas Octave

1 John 2:18-21 / John 1:1-18

Antichrists have appeared; They came from our ranks

 Renegade Christians were spreading heresy within the early Church. Influenced by Gnosticism (which derived its name from the Greek word for “knowledge”), they preached the doctrine that “knowledge” or faith sufficed for salvation. One’s moral conduct had little or nothing to do with it. John identifies these teachers as “antichrists,” “enemies of Christ.”

30th December, Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

1 John 2 : 12-17; Luke 2 : 36-40

Shun the world’s attractions: The world passes; God alone remains.


Photographer David Crocket of KOMO-TV, Seattle, was caught at the foot of Mt. St. Helens when it exploded on May 18, 1980. He was nearly buried in the falling ash. Ten hours later he was miraculously spotted, picked up by a helicopter, and rushed to a hospital.

29th December, St. Thomas Becket

1 John 2:3-11 / Luke 2:22-35  

A light for all the nations; The light is shining


If we don’t love, we are in darkness. Gnosticism was a thorn in the side of the early Church. This heresy derived its name from the Greek word for “knowledge.” Gnosticism took many twists and is difficult to define.

Epiphany - Jan 03, Shorter Reflection

Jan 1: Mary, Mother of God and New Year

Jan 1: Mary, Mother of God: Stories and Illustrations

 From the Collection of Fr. Tony Kadavil and Others

1: Smiling child and his mother: There is a beautiful little story about a long, tedious train journey, made one Christmas day by some elderly residents of a nursing home who were on their way to a vacation spot.  At one station, a young mother with a small child entered the train.  The child smiled at all the grim faces around him and began moving from one lap to another talking, shouting with joy and chatting with everyone.    Instantly, the grim and silent atmosphere in the train was changed to one of joy and happiness.  Today we remember with joy and gratitude, how Mary and her Divine Son Jesus transformed a hopeless, joyless and sinful world into a place of joy and happiness. 

Dec 28-Jan 2: Christmas Season

Dec 28 Monday (Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs):   Mt 2:13-18: 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

New Year: Quotes, Prayers, etc

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Here is a collection of assorted quotations, stories and prayers to welcome in the new year.

What’s in a Name?. . . . . . . . . . . . .Complete Speaker’s Almanac, p. 22
    "Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of the new year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus. We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year. Some people make ambitious new year’s resolutions; others just take a deep breath and hope for the best.…"

December 28, Monday, Holy Innocents

1 John 1:5 - 2:2 / Matthew 2:13-18

We have been redeemed: Jesus’ blood purifies us.

December 26, St Stephen

St. Stephen, First Martyr 26th December 2020

Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Matthew 10:17-22

Martyrdom of Stephen: They rushed at him and stoned him.


A drama technique that film directors sometimes use is to follow a quiet sequence with a burst of noise, or a noisy sequence with a period of silence. The sharp contrast strengthens both sequences. That’s what the Church does in today’s liturgy.

Advent, 24th December, Thursday

 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 / Luke 1:67-79 

Nathan prophesies about David: “Your kingdom will last forever. ”

Advent, December 23, Wednesday

Malachi 3: 1-4, 23-24; Luke 1: 5-25

I will send my messenger; “He will prepare the way for me.”

Holy Family - Dec 27

 Introduction by the Celebrant
(Liturgical Prayers of the day are included at the end)

A. In The House Of The Father

It may come as a real surprise to us to hear Jesus ask Mary and Joseph: "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I had to be where my Father is?" Even Joseph and Mary had still to learn and to grow in their faith. Like the Holy Family, our families and each of us have also to grow in the faith. Perhaps it is through painful trials like the one of Mary and Joseph that our faith may become mature. We too are asked: Did you not know...?

Holy Family - Dec 27 - Short Reflection

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.

Advent: Dec 21-24

 Dec 21 Monday (St. Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor of the Church : Visitation of the BVM: Lk 1:39-45: 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, …45 USCCB video reflections

Advent, 22nd December, Tuesday

 1 Samuel 1: 24-28; Luke 1: 46-56 

Hannah takes Samuel to the Temple; Hannah dedicated Samuel to God. 

Samuel’s birth bears a similarity to Jesus’ birth. He too was born of a mother whose situation was such that people thought she couldn’t bear children. But Samuel’s mother, Hannah, had great faith in God. She prayed that God would give her a son, and God heard her prayer. Samuel grew up to give Israel leadership at a time when she needed it most.

Advent Reflection-3: Human Credentials and Credibility before God

Advent, 21st December, Monday

 Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18 / Luke 1:39-45 

The time is near: My lover comes leaping over the hills 

A popular film scene is an aerial view of two lovers, some distance apart, running toward each other with open arms. The length of the scene can vary, depending on how far apart the lovers are. Sometimes the director heightens the tension by doing the scene in slow motion. ’Alien the two lovers finally meet, they are swept up into each other’s arms.

Christmas 2020

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.

Advent, 19th December, Saturday

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 / Luke 1:5-25

A barren woman conceives: Samson is born.

Certain Old Testament persons and events bear a striking similarity to certain New Testament persons and events. Paul calls the similarities types. (Romans 5:14,nab) Jesus referred to these similarities when he compared his body on the cross to the serpent on a pole that Moses lifted up in the desert.

Advent, 18th December, Friday

Jeremiah 23:5-8 / Matthew 1:18-24 

Jeremiah prophesies: A descendant of David will rule as king. 

A king who had no sons to succeed him posted a sign inviting young men in his kingdom to become his adopted son and rule after him. There were only two qualifications.

Advent, 17th December, Thursday

 Genesis 49:2, 8-10 / Matthew 1:1-17 

Jacob prophesies: Judah will hold the royal scepter.

 Jacob was also known as Israel. He came to Egypt at the urging of his son Joseph, during a great famine. At that time Joseph held a high office in Egypt.

3rd Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 16

 Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-26 / Luke 7:19-23

Isaiah prophesies: Turn to me and be saved.


In Springfield, Illinois, February 11, 1861, dawned cold and rainy. But the weather didn’t keep the crowds from lining the streets of that town. They cheered as President-elect Lincoln passed on his way to the railroad station.

Advent Reflection -2: Fear Not, for I'm with you

Advent 4 B Homilies - Annunciation

TK Notes:
A. Any one who is into counseling knows that people come to you because of some anxiety or fear they face in life due to  a)  a relationship, b) a decision/choice or c) faith/ideology issue. They are all trying to find a way to cope with that situation. Mary too comes with, "How's this possible?"

Advent week: Dec 14-19

 Dec 14 Monday (St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church) : Matt: 21: 23-27: 23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said,

3rd Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 15

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 / Matthew 21:28-32 

Zephaniah prophesies: I will prepare a humble people. 

Charles Colson was a top Nixon aide. He went to prison in the Watergate scandal. Later he underwent a religious conversion. Today he spends all his time preaching the Gospel, especially to prisoners. Colson was deeply influenced by C. S. Lewis’s book Mere Christianity. One passage, especially, touched him. “Pride leads to every other vice. . . .As long as you are proud you cannot know God.

4th Sunday Advent B - Shorter Version - Annunciation

3rd Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 14

Numbers 26:2-7, 15-17 / Matthew 21:23-27 

Balaam prophesies: A star shall advance from Jacob. 

Douglas Hyde was an English journalist who disliked the Catholic Church. One day he bought an anti-Catholic book to use in his attacks against the Church. The book had just the opposite effect on him. It led him into the Church. Something similar to this happened to Balaam in today’s reading. He set out to curse Israel, but ended up blessing her instead. Early church writers considered the words about the star in today’s reading as a prophetic reference to the star that directed the Magi to Jesus.

2nd Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 12

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-11 / Matthew 17:10-13

 Great are you, Elijah: You are destined to return. 

Elijah is described as parting life in a fiery chariot. (2 Kings 2:11) Symbolic or not, the description gave rise to the popular belief that Elijah would return to prepare the way for the “Day of the Lord.” To this very day, Orthodox Jews put an empty chair at the seder table for Elijah. Reform Jews put a “cup of Elijah” at the table. They hope this will be the year he’ll return.

2nd Week of Advent, Friday, Dec 11

Isaiah 48:17-19 / Matthew 11:16-19 

I am your God: I will show you the path to follow.


In The Upper Room, David McIntosh tells this story about a dream his uncle had. In the dream, his uncle’s four-year-old son had grown up to be a teenager. The boy was walking down a road when, suddenly, he disappeared down a dark path. As he did, he called back, “Daddy, you never showed me the right path to follow.”

The dream was so vivid that his uncle woke up from a sound sleep. He was so disturbed by the dream that he woke his wife and told her about it. Together they knelt down on the spot and prayed for their young son. They also resolved to teach their son how to walk always in the light of God’s Word.

2nd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 10

Isaiah 41:13-20 / Matthew 11:11-15

 I am the Lord your God: I will turn deserts into marshes. 

Before child labor laws were enacted, a ten-year-old boy was working in a factory in Naples, Italy. He wanted to earn money for music lessons. After singing for a schoolteacher, however, he was told to save his time and money. “Forget about singing,” the teacher said;

2nd Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 9

Isaiah 40:25-31 / Matthew 11:28-30 

God strengthens the weary: They will rise on wings like eagles.


Olympic champion Bob Richards has recorded some favorite memories from his Olympic days. One memory is that of U.S. basketball star Bill Bradley giving a Russian athlete a Bible, saying, “It’s the most important thing in the world to me.”

Advent 3rd Sunday B - Gaudate - Short Version

2nd Week of Advent: Dec 7-12

Dec 7 Monday (St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church): Lk 5: 17-26: 17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.  18 And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.  20 ……. 26 .. (Cfr. Mt 9: 1-8). USCCB reflections  Daily Catholic reflections: 

Advent Sunday 3 B: Rejoice

Advent is a time of joy – joy in the waiting and this Sunday we wear the joyful rose-coloured vestment. The messenger in the first reading is the ‘joyful messenger’, and his joy is that God is near and God is coming. This would be the message of Jesus –that he was the joyful messenger of his Father’s love. He would be the shepherd – the one who cares, knows and actively looks after the sheep. John the Baptist is the voice of joy and energy, preaching the new message.


Rejoice Sunday in Advent

Gospel text :   John 1:6-8, 19-28 

2nd Week, Advent, Monday Dec 7

2nd Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 7

Isaiah 35:1-10 / Luke 5:17-26

 Our God is coming: He will save us.

 In God of the Oppressed James Cone describes what Sunday worship meant for black slaves in pre-Civil War days: “How could black slaves know they were human beings when they were treated like cattle? How could they know that they were somebody when everything in their environment said that they were nobody?” Cone answers: “Only because they knew that Christ was present with them and that presence included the divine promise to come again to take them to the ‘New Jerusalem.’”

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - Dec 8 - Liturgical Prayers

Paradise Restored in Mary

Greeting (See Second Reading)

We are called in Christ
to be holy and spotless.
and, like Mary, to live in God’s presence.
May we respond to God’s call
and may our Lord be always with you. R/ And also with you.

1st Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 5

 Isaiah 30:19-21, 25-26 / Matthew 9:35 - 10:1, 6-8

 When you cry out, he will answer you. The harvest is great, "Send workers to gather it in. "

Kate Drexel came from a wealthy Philadelphia family. While riding about the city, she saw the tragic plight of black children living in hideous slum conditions. In her reading she learned about the plight black children in the South and of Native American children in the West. Moved to pity, Kate founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to work among these children. Before Mother Katherine Drexel died at age 97, she spent nearly $20 million of her own personal fortune to care for and educate blacks and Indians. Today, her order continues her work.

1st Week of Advent, Friday, Dec 4

Isaiah 29:17-24 / Matthew 9:27-31 

Isaiah talks about messianic times: Then the eyes of the blind will see.

Bob Evans had been blind since birth. When he was 50 years old, an operation gave him eyesight for the first time in his life. Suddenly his world changed beyond belief. He said in a Chicago Sun-Times interview: “It’s the most amazing thing in the world. ... I can’t wait to get up each day to see what I can see. . . .“And at night I look at the stars. . . . Everything is a constant high. You could never know how wonderful everything is.” This story gives us an insight into Isaiah’s prophecy in today’s reading, about how life will be changed for people when the Messiah comes.

Advent Sunday 2 B - Liturgical Prayers

Introduction and Litany of Praise
Option A
In today's liturgy we hear again the lonely voice
of John the Baptist urging us to prepare a way
for the Lord. Let us create a space in our minds
and hearts so that the Lord can come
to us in this Eucharist. [pause]

John began his mission with a call to repentance.
Jesus repeats his call to us today. [pause]

1st Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 3: Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Isaiah 26:1-6 / Matthew 7:21, 24-27 

"Not everyone will enter it. "

A cartoon shows Linus building sand castles on a beach. Soon a whole city of castles covers the beach. Then a violent rainstorm breaks from the sky and washes the entire city of castles away. Linus looks on in total disbelief. After his experience with the sand castles and the rainstorm, Linus would have no trouble understanding Jesus' point in today's gospel. Listening to God's word without putting it into practice is as useless as building sand castles on a beach before a rainstorm.

1st Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 2

Isaiah 25:6-10 / Matthew 15:29-37

The Lord will feast his people: He will wipe away all tears.


Pulitzer prize winning author Thornton Wilder wrote a novel called The Eighth Day. It’s about a good and decent family whose lives are filled with pain, sorrow, and hardship—caused by evil people. Wilder ends his novel without alleviating or resolving the family’s tragic situation.

Advent 2 B - Prepare the Way

A school principal called the house of one of his teachers to find out why he was not in school. He was greeted by a small child who whisper: “Hello?”

Advent 2nd Sunday B: Prepare the Way - Shorter Homily

1st Week of Advent, Tuesday, Nov 30

 1st Week of Advent, Tuesday, Nov 30

Isaiah 11:1-10 / Luke 10:21-24

The Spirit rests upon him; He will defend the rights of the helpless.

Stories for Sermons: B Cycle: Advent to Easter

Advent Sunday 2 B: John the Baptist: Prepare the Way

A school principal called the house of one of his teachers to find out why he was not in school. He was greeted by a small child who whisper: “Hello?”

1st Week of Advent: Nov 30-Dec 5

Nov 30 Monday: St. Andrew, the Apostle


Mt 4: 18-22: 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea;  for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.  22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (Mark 1: 14-20) USCCB video reflections:

Advent Sunday 1 B - Liturgical Prayers

I welcome you with the greeting of St Paul:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

34th Week, Saturday, Nov 28

Apocalypse 22:1-7 / Luke 21:34-36 

There will be no more night: The Lord God shall be their light.

The Kwa Noi prison camp was a living hell for British and American soldiers in World War 11.

34th Week, Friday, Nov 27

Apocalypse 20:1-4, 11 - 21:2 / Luke 20:29-33


I saw the dead: They were judged according to their deeds.


In London's Westminster Abbey, there's a tiny chapel called St. George's Chapel. It was built as a memorial to Londoners who lost their lives during the air raids of World War Il.


A Prayer of Thanks

God, You are good, and Your steadfast love endures forever! Even in the hardest seasons, I always have a reason to worship You.

34th Week, Thursday, Nov 26

 Apocalypse 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9 / Luke 21:20-28

 Babylon has fallen!: "Praise God"'


John observes two things in his vision. First, an angel passes judgment on Rome, signified by the code name "Babylon." The angel casts a large stone into the sea.

34th Week, Wednesday, Nov 25

 Apocalypse 15:1-4 / Luke 21:12-19 

I saw the faithful ones: They were singing a victory song. 

The images of the sea of glass and the singing of the song of Moses recall the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Just as the Hebrews followed Moses across the Red Sea to victory and to the Promised Land, so Christians follow the Lamb across, the sometimes, fiery sea of this life to victory and the promised land of heaven.

Advent 1st Sunday B - Short Homily

34th Week, Tuesday, Nov 24

Apocalypse 14:14-19 / Luke 21:5-13 

The Son of Man appeared: He wore a crown and carried a sickle.

The title "Son of Man" is the one Jesus applied most often to himself in the Gospels. He is obviously the figure seated on the cloud, wearing a crown and carrying a sickle.

34th Week: Nov 23- 28:

Nov 23 Monday (St. Clement I Pope & Martyr ,  St. Columban, Abbot 

( , Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, Priest, Martyr (U.S.A.) 

( ) : Luke 21: 1-4: He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. 3 And he said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4 for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.” USCCB video reflections:

34th Week, Monday, Nov 23

 Apocalypse 14:1-5 / Luke 21:1-4 

I saw 144,000 people: They bore the Lamb's name and followed him. 

Teachers of high school freshmen tell you that one of the first things a new freshman does is to get something with the school name on it, for example, a jacket or a T-shirt. 

Advent 1st Sunday B: Be Alert and Watchful

Presentation of the B.V. Mary, Saturday, Nov 21

 Revelation 11:4-12; Lk 20:27-40 

The two prophets heard a voice: "Come up here—to heaven!" 

The Book of Revelation is a paradoxical book. On the one hand it's utterly confusing. On the other hand, it's utterly clear. Take today's description of the two witnesses. It seems to fit Moses and Elijah, who tradition said would return to earth before the final Day of the lord.

33rd Week, Friday, Nov 20

Apocalypse 10:8-11 / Luke 19:45-48 

Eat the scroll: It tasted sweet but turned sour. 

The eating of the scroll symbolizes that John has assimilated its content. The content is sweet while he assimilates it, but turns sour in his stomach. John's reaction reveals a twofold fact about the Christian life. The revelation of the scroll contains the sweet promise of victory for the Christian.

33rd Week, Thursday, Nov 19

Apocalypse 5:1-10 / Luke 19:41-44

 I saw the Lamb: By his death he bought us.

It was April 1865. The slain body of Abraham Lincoln lay in state for a few brief hours in Cleveland, Ohio, on its final journey to Springfield, Illinois. A poor black woman held her child up to see the 56-year-old president's face. As she did, she said slowly and reverently,

33rd Week, Tuesday, Nov 17

34 Sunday A: Christ the King

1) Who's king in today's world? The one judged by: the Size of the car, house, iPhone, number of likes in social media, position, title, pay packet, employees under....?
2) Who's the King of the Kingdom of God? Each one gets 1 denarius, look after the vineyard, talents to invest and  multiply, come to the wedding feast, beloved son...., shepherd and servant leadership....
3) King who is a judge and our accountability. Reckoning day. We are forgiven by mercy and condemned by judgment. Health, wealth, responsibility, talents, wedding garment, shepherd, vineyard responsibility ......
4) Our baptism, confirmation, Eucharist does not matter at the end of the day, we wonder...? Mt 25 means these are foundations to look after the children of God. These give us the strength, inspiration, direction to do that.  They are not titles, positions or entitlements for salvation...

33rd Week, Monday, Nov 16

33rd Week: Nov 16-21: Reflections

Nov 16 Monday: St. Margaret of Scotland: Lk 18: 35-43: 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; 36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more,

33rd Sunday A - Talents - Liturgy

 Sunday November 15 


1. Much Is Entrusted to Us

2. Take the Risks of Faith 

 Greeting (See Second Reading) 

We do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping but stay wide awake and sober. May the Lord Jesus be your light and stay with you. R/ And also with you. 

32nd Week, Saturday, Nov 14

 3 John 5-8 / Luke 18:1-8 

On November 16, 1989, a horrifying injustice occurred in El Salvador against two powerless people and their six significantly more powerful companions.  Yet persistence has brought little justice. 

32nd Week, Friday, Nov 13

2 John 4-9 / Luke 17:26-37 

Birds are generally nice to look at. Whether they are flying or perched on a branch, most birds look beautiful. Except one species - the vultures. Short of saying that they are ugly, they look gruffy, like a bunch of uncombed feathers, they look a little hunched. Maybe when they are flying, they might look better. But if looks are not good, then their diet is revolting. Vultures are scavenging birds of prey. But they don't hunt. Rather they eat anything that is dead or rotting.

32nd Week, Thursday, Nov 12

Philemon 7-20 / Luke 17:20-25 

The Coming of the Kingdom of God 

I read this story about a little girl who was standing with her grandfather by an old-fashioned open well. They had just lowered a bucket and had drawn some water to drink. She asked her grandfather: “Lolo, where does God live?” the old man picked up the little girl and held her over the open well. “Look down the water,” he said, “and tell me what you see.” ‘I see myself,” said the little girl. ‘That’s where God lives,” said the old man, “He lives in you.” 

32nd Week, Wednesday, Nov 11

St. Martin of Tours

Titus 3:1-7 / Luke 17:11-19


St. Martin of Tours, like other soldiers-to-become-saints, had a flair for courage, generosity and the flashy gesture. In his case, he famously used his sword to slash in half his cape, giving one part to a beggar. Presumably he kept the other half.

32nd Week, Nov 9-14:

 Nov 9 Monday (Dedication of the Lateran Basilica) ( 2.13-22 Historical note: Today the Church celebrates the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I (AD 314-335), in AD 324. This Church serves as the Episcopal seat of the Pope as the Bishop of Rome and, hence, is called “the mother and head of all Churches of Rome and the world.” The basilica and baptistery were built originally by the Emperor Constantine and called Basilica Constantinia.

32nd Week, Tuesday, Nov 10

 The Letter to Titus lists those domestic virtues that are conducive to a good home life and a strong Christian community. The older people have a special responsibility to reflect dignity and self-control and to be steeped in faith, hope, and endurance. In this way the word of God will not be discredited. The same ideals are to be held before younger men.

33 Sunday A: Talents: Gifted for Service

It's not only what you have got, but it's how we use what we have got - with love- that matters!

Feast of the Dedication of Lateran Basilica

3 Readings talk about God's presence in three areas: Nature (water & Herb) or creation. This is first temple. Second human persons, second temple. Third: social, civil and ecclesial structures. God first created time, space and context. Then created human beings. Sin and grace take place at a particular, location and context. Paradise had everything for grace and growth. Also the apple tree that caused sin. 


You, the Temple of God, Are Sacred 


Know that this place is holy because the Lord is here among us. Know that we ourselves are called to be holy for we are God’s temple. May the Lord Jesus always stay with you. R/ And also with you.

31st Week, Saturday, Nov 7

Philippians 4:10-19 / Luke 16:9-15 

Paul speaks about life: I have learned to cope with all situations.

 Shortly before he died, a young seminarian named James Kelly wrote to a friend: "I have something to share, something to give, even though I am in a hospital unable to leave my room.

31st Week, Friday, Nov 6

 Philippians 3:17 - 4:1 / Luke 16:1-8 

We await Christ's final coming: He will refashion our mortal bodies.

 The Polish people rebuilt the city of Warsaw after World War Il. They not only rebuilt it but also restored its landmark buildings as they originally were. One building they had to reconstruct entirely was a 17th-century royal castle, which served as the seat of Polish kings, presidents, and parliaments.

31st Week, Thursday, Nov 5

 Philippians 3:3-8 / Luke 15:1-10 

I seek only Christ: All else counts as nothing.

 Years ago, the Chicago Tribune ran a story about a teenager named Bill Martin. It told about Bill's desire to become a professional tennis star. It said: "He's carried on a love affair with the game since, as an eight-year-old beginner, he would stroke shots eight hours a day at River Forest Tennis Club." Martin said that as a seventh and eighth grader he became a stranger and an outcast with the other kids his age. His rigorous schedule didn't allow him any time with them. It still keeps him a very lonely person. Bill concluded, saying, 'The loneliness—it's just part of the sacrifice." It's this kind of dedication that Paul talks about in today's reading.

31st Week: Nov 3-7

 Nov 3 Tuesday: Lk 14:15-24: 15 When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; 17 and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, `I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ 19 And another said,

31st Week, Tuesday, Nov 3

Philippians 2:5-11 / Luke 14:15-24

Jesus became one of us: He took the form of a servant. 

An Islamic parable tells of a traveller who strayed into the "Land of the Fools." There he saw a mob shouting hysterically.   "A monster is in our field," they cried. The traveller drew nearer and saw that the monster was only a watermelon, a fruit the fools had never seen before.

32 Sunday A: 10 Virgins: 5 Wise and 5 Foolish

Michel DeVerteuil
General Comments
Today’s passage is a teaching on “what the kingdom of heaven will be like” (verse 1). This biblical expression means the coming of grace into the world. The passage therefore is a teaching on grace, inviting us to recognise and celebrate our experiences of grace, and to prepare ourselves for future comings.
“Will be” is a reminder that the final and definitive coming of grace lies in the future, but the teaching also refers to the many partial but real comings of grace that we and our communities (including the worldwide human family) have experienced.

All Souls Day - Nov 2

From Fr. Tony Kadavil:

All Souls’ Day is a day specially set apart that we may remember and pray for our dear ones who have gone for their eternal reward and who are currently in a state of ongoing purification.

Ancient belief: 1) People of all religions have believed in the immortality of the soul, and have prayed for the dead.

All Souls Day - 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.

30th Week, Saturday, Oct 31

Philippians 1:18-26 / Luke 14:1, 7-11

 Paul speaks about life: To me, life is Christ.


Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born American saint. At 19, she married a wealthy businessman, William Seton. They had five children before he died, when she was only 29. Two years later she left the Episcopal Church and became a Roman Catholic. As a result, she was denied financial help from family and friends. At the age of 31, she had to shift for herself and raise five children in the process. Yet, before she died at the age of 46, she founded the first American parish school, the first American orphanage, and the first native American community of religious women—the Daughters of Charity.