13th Week, Thursday, Jul 2nd

Amos 7:10-17 / Matthew 9:1-8 
Amos is ordered out of Israel: “Go on back to Judah.”

Israel refused to change her ways in spite of Amos’ preaching. There was nothing Amos could do but pass judgment on her. Israel’s response to Amos’ judgment was predictable. Amaziah, the high priest of Bethel, ordered him to leave the northern kingdom. “Go on back to Judah and do your preaching there,” he said. Amos risked his neck by staying a little longer. He still had a few more things to say. Eventually, however, he returned to Judah. But his words kept echoing in the land of Israel long after he left.

13th Week, Wednesday, Jul 1

Amos 5:14-15, 21-24 / Matthew 8:28-34 
Take your sacrifices away: “It is justice that I want from you.”

The God of Amos was a God of concern for the poor. He scorned those Israelites who came to offer sacrifice on religious feasts but trampled on the poor the rest of the year. God said of these people: “I hate your religious festivals; I cannot stand them! . . .Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.” Amos 5:21,24

Revisit the Issue of Ministries in the Church

"We need to revisit the issue of ministries in the Church"

Exclusive interview with biblical scholar Anne-Marie Pelletier, member of new papal commission on women deacons.

June 25, 2020
Anne-Marie Pelletier. (Photo by CORINNE SIMON/CIRIC)

13th Week, Tuesday, Jun 30

Amos 3:1-6; 4:11-12 / Matthew 8:23-27 
I treated you as special: “But you did not return to me.”

There’s a colorful passage in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus compares the people of his time to petulant, ill-humored children playing games in the street. One group complains to the other group: “We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn’t dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn’t cry!” Luke 7:32

July 4th: US Independence Day

July 4 Saturday (U. S. Independence Day reflections on next page): Matthew 9:14-17: 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is  taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 And no one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.  17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is  put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” USCCB video reflections:

13th Week: June 29- July 4: Reflections

29 Monday (Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles): Mt 16: 13-19: 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Saints Peter and Paul - Feast -Liturgical Prayers

May the Lord stand by you
and give you power.
May he rescue you from all evil
and bring you safely to his kingdom.
May he always be with you.

13th Week, Monday, Jun 29th

Amos 2:6-11, 13-16 / Matthew 8:18-22 
Amos prophesies in Israel: “You trample on the poor!”

This week’s readings are from Amos. He’s the first of the so-called writing prophets, those whose works are recorded in books. Although Amos came from Tekoa, in the southern kingdom of Judah, he was sent by God to prophesy to the northern kingdom of Israel. Amos was ill-equipped to be a prophet. He himself said: “I am a herdsman, and I take care of fig trees. But the Lord . . . ordered me to come and prophesy to his people Israel.” Amos 7:14-15

12th Week, Saturday, Jun 27th

Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19 / Matthew 8:5-17
Jerusalem’s glory is gone: The nation, king, and Temple lay in ruins.

It is impossible for us to imagine what the fall of Jerusalem meant to devout Jews. The three great pillars of Judah’s existence, which linked them to God’s covenant, now lay in smoldering ruins: the king, the Temple, and the nation. The king was dethroned, the Temple was in ashes, and the city was a pile of rubble.

13 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

1. It Is Me You Welcome2. Come In, Feel At Home 
Greeting (See Second Reading)
Consider yourselves dead to sin
but alive in Christ Jesus.
May Jesus, the Lord of life,
be always with you. R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant

 1. It Is Me You Welcome

Are we aware that when we receive strangers we receive the Lord himself? We have Jesus’ own words for this. In the stranger God visits us. This applies not only to us in our families, but also in our Church communities. How do we welcome “outsiders” in our churches, and people who have moved from other parishes? Do we welcome the Lord in them? Remember how the Lord welcomes us here.

12th Week, Friday, Jun 26th

2 Kings 25: 1-12 / Matthew 8: 1-4 
Babylon strikes Judah again: The city and the Temple were destroyed.

Judah’s “day of reckoning” dawned in 587 B.C. That date is branded forever on the heart of every Jew. It marks the year when Babylonian armies descended upon Jerusalem and reduced the city and the Temple to a pile of charred rubble. The people who survived the devastating defeat were led off to captivity in Babylon. There they joined many relatives and friends who had been taken captive ten years before.

13th Sunday A: Radicality of Discipleship

Gospel reading: Matthew 10:37-42

Michel de Verteuil
General comments
According to the liturgical practice of our Church, when a teaching of Jesus is continued over several weeks, each Sunday’s reading begins with a reminder of the context. Today’s passage therefore begins, “Jesus instructed the twelve as follows”, or “Jesus said to his apostles”. This practice reminds us that in our Catholic tradition we always read the bible “historically” – with the awareness that each book, indeed each passage, was composed in a certain historical context and is also to be read in a historical context.

Against Religious Nationalism by Joseph Lobo

In some countries a form of religious-cultural nationalism is back in vogue. Religion is exploited both to obtain popular support and to launch a political message that is identified with people’s loyalty and devotion to a nation.[1] It is taken for granted that people have in religion a common identity, origin and history, and that these support an ideological, cultural and religious homogeneity that is strengthened by geopolitical boundaries.

12th Week, Thursday, Jun 25th

2 Kings 24:8-17 / Matthew 7:21-29
Babylon attacks Judah a first time: Many Jews were led into exile.

In spite of Josiah’s efforts to reform Judah, in spite of Jeremiah’s warnings to Judah, the people continued to drag their feet. Finally, the day came in 597 b.c. when Babylonian armies entered Judah and brought the nation to its knees. Thousands of its finest craftsmen, smiths, and soldiers were led off into exile in Babylon. One might think that this attack by Babylon would bring the people to their senses, but it didn’t. Some even rejoiced, saying in effect, “The city and the Temple are still intact. See, God is protecting his chosen people.”

John the Baptist - Nativity - Jun 24th

The Lord called me: You are my servant.

This is the second of the four “servant songs” in Isaiah. (Isaiah 40-50). These songs exalt the perfect Israelite, whose suffering saves many people. (Isaiah 53: ii). In one sense, the songs apply to Israel and to all of its great leaders; but in another sense, they apply ultimately and uniquely to Jesus alone. (Acts 3:13,26)

Birth of John the Baptist - Jun 24 - Liturgy

Greeting (See the First Reading of the Vigil) 

Do not be afraid to speak, says the Lord, for I am with you to protect you.  I am putting my words into your mouth.  Say whatever I command you.  May the Lord speak through us and be always be with you. R/ And also with you.  

12th Week, Tuesday, Jun 23rd

2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 / Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Hezekiah prays: God heard his prayer.

Edward Roe was a 19th-century novelist. Many can’t remember a single book he wrote, but many do remember a passage on prayer than he penned. It reads: “To a certain extent, God gives the prayerful control of himself, and becomes their willing agent; and when all the mysteries are solved, and the record of all lives is truthfully revealed, it will probably be seen that not those who astonished the world with their powers but those who quietly, through prayer, used God’s power will be the ones who made the world move forward.” Such a man was Hezekiah in today’s reading. His prayer, not his armies, saved Judah from disaster.

12th Week, Monday, Jun 22nd

2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 / Matthew 7:1-5 
The tribes of Israel fall: Only Judah remained.

There comes a time when we must reap what we have sown— perhaps unwittingly. There comes an hour of reckoning. When that hour comes, we may cry, we may curse. We may try to blame others, or we may accept the blame ourselves. We may wish we could cram a life-time of change into an hour, but we can’t. Such a moment of reckoning came for the tribes of Israel. n spite of the prophets God sent to warn them, they did not change. And so, the day of doom came for the tribes. Only Judah remained.

Sacred Heart of Jesus and Bl. Moreau

Colgate, Kraft and Heinz were almost 100% Tithers

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Did you know that many are or have been almost 100% tithers? Among the many famous ones are William Colgate, (Colgate-Palmolive), James L.  Kraft (Kraft foods), and Henry John Heinz (Ketchup).  All three of these men started out tithing 10%, and so blessed were they by the practice, that at the time of their death, they were giving away almost 100% of their income!
Colgate and his Christian track record

Kingdom of God in Matthew (A): Sundays: 10 to 34

12 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

1. No Room for Fear
2. Witness, Speak Up!

Greeting (See Second Reading)
It is certain that the grace of God came to us
through one man, Jesus Christ,
and it came to us as a free gift.
May Jesus pour out his grace on you
and may he always be with you. R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant
1. No Room for Fear
Nothing can give us more trust and courage than to know that someone loves us deeply. Faith is really the trust and conviction that God loves us, and loves us deeply. When we are aware of this love there is no more room for fear. People with deep faith are not afraid of professing that faith and of speaking out and committing themselves to all that this faith and love implies. We ask Jesus in this Eucharist to fill us with faith and love and so to take all fear away from us.

The Sacred heart of Jesus - Jun 19 - Liturgy

God Loved Us First 

Greeting (See second reading)
 God loved us before we could love him. He sent us his Son as our Savior and let us share in his Holy Spirit. May this love always be with you. R/ And also be with you. 

Fathers' Day - Prayers

11th Week, Wednesday, Jun 17th

2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 / Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 
Elijah strikes the water: He and Elisha crossed the river dry-shod.

Elijah took his cloak and struck the water. Immediately the water divided, and he and Elisha crossed the river on dry ground. This unusual action serves two purposes. First, it sets the stage for Elisha to repeat the same miracle, confirming that Elijah had passed on to him the power of prophecy.

12 Sunday A - Do not be Afraid - Just Trust

Gospel  Text: Matthew 10:26-33
 Michel de Verteuil
General comments

With today’s passage we are still with the “continuous reading” of St Matthew’s gospel, although it is not strictly continuous since last week’s reading ended with verse 6 of chapter 10, and this week’s starts with verse 26 of the same chapter. Jesus is still in Galilee however, continuing to lay the foundation for his great work of transforming the ancestral religion of the Jews and eventually all religion.

11th Week, Tuesday, Jun 16th

1 Kings 21:17-29 / Matthew 5:43-48
Ahab’s wife leads him astray: Ahab sinned gravely against God.

A Catholic boy married a non-Catholic girl. After two years of marriage the girl enrolled in the parish RCIA program and became a Catholic. In the months and years that followed, she became deeply involved in the parish. As the boy’s wife became involved, so did the boy. Later he told some of his friends, “If it weren’t for the example and inspiration of my wife, I wouldn’t be involved at all in the Church. I’d probably not even be a Catholic anymore.”

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11th Week -2Y - Jun 15-20

June 15 Monday: Mt 5:38-42: “You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if anyone would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. USCCB video reflections:
The context: During their captivity in Egypt, the Jews became familiar with the crude tribal law of retaliation called Lex Talionis (=Tit-for-Tat) given by the ancient lawmaker Hammurabi during the period 2285-2242 BC. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus rejects even the concession of milder retaliation allowed by Moses. In its place, Jesus gives his new law of love and grace — and no retaliation.

11th Week, Monday, Jun 15

1 Kings 21:1-16 / Matthew 9:36-42 
Jezebel plots Naboth’s death: Witnesses lied and Naboth was killed.

Two days after the assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life, a West Coast psychic recorded a TV program predicting the attempt. Then she and a TV interviewer aired it, claiming it was made before the event. Similarly, a Washington Post reporter, Janet Cooke, won the Pulitzer prize for a story she claimed was true. Then it was discovered to be purely fictional.

10th Week, Saturday, Jun 13+ St. Anthony of Padua

1 Kings 19:19-21 / Matthew 5:33-37 
Elijah calls Elisha: Elisha followed Elijah.

Catherine Marshall’s book A Man Called Peter tells the story of her husband, who was the famous chaplain of Congress. It was made into a highly successful movie. One day, after the movie’s release, Catherine received an unusual letter from a young assistant sports editor of a newspaper. He told her that it was while watching the movie of Peter’s life that he felt God’s call to the ministry. The young man responded and was now happily studying in a seminary. It was under a similar unusual circumstance that Elisha experienced God’s call, said yes to it, and succeeded Elijah as God’s prophet to Israel.

Pentecost - Quick Reflection

Corpus Christi - Quick Reflection

Religious Community Life

Christian Community

Fathers' Day - Reflections and Quotes

More Materials posted under "Fathers' Day" category - TK
Dads are different than Moms. They parent differently. They protect differently. They teach differently. Moms buy bumper pads. Dads buy Band-Aids. Moms schedule “play days.” Dads encourage “throw-downs.” Some of you are not going to be happy about this, and of course there are lots of exceptions, but overall there just do seem to be different styles inherent between Moms and Dads. 

10th Week, Friday, Jun 12

1 Kings 19:9, 11-16 / Matthew 5:27-32 
There was a soft whisper: Elijah covered his face when he heard it. 

John Buchan, Canada’s former governor-general, was on a camping trip. While another member of the camping party prepared breakfast over an open fire, John went for a swim. When he came out of the water, he lay in the morning sun to dry off. The sounds of the flowing water and the birds touched him deeply. He forgot about breakfast and was caught up in a kind of ecstasy. He wrote later that the experience “transcended human expression, even human thought. It was like a glimpse into eternity.”

10th Week, Thursday, Jun 11th / St. Barnabas

1 Kings 18:41-46 / Matthew 5:20-26 
Now, go and eat: Elijah sat with his head between his knees.

Elijah’s words to Ahab, “Now, go and eat,” suggest he even got the king to fast to petition God to send rain upon the land. Elijah’s strange posture suggests that he was engaging in intense prayer.
Prayer and fasting are often joined in Scripture. King David fasted and prayed for his infant son. (2 Samuel 12:16)

From Lofty dreams to Brutal deaths

Slaughter of Bangladeshis seeking a better life highlights the scourge of human trafficking

From lofty dreams to brutal deaths
Migrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan wait to be taken to Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo's boat during the rescue of 65 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast on Feb. 10. (Photo: AFP)

10th Week, Wednesday, Jun 10th

1 Kings 18:20-39 / Matthew 5:17-19 
Elijah prays: “Answer me, Lord!”

Lucille Campbell tells this story about her little daughter, Donna. One night Lucille suggested they might pray for the end to the drought that was ruining farm crops across the state. Donna showed unusual reluctance to do this. “Whatever is the matter, Donna?” said Lucille. “The farmers need rain badly for their crops.” “That’s not it,” said Donna. “I left my dolls in the sandbox in the yard. I’ll promise to pray for rain only if you promise to bring them inside, so that they don’t get wet.” It was with this same kind of faith that Elijah addressed God in his challenge with the 450 prophets of Baal.

Corpus Christi: Body and Blood of Christ

Understand the difference: Transubstantiation; Tran-signification; trans-finalization; Catholic belief in Real Presence and transubstantiation (Term from St. Thomas Aquinas). 
Why bread and wine:
  1. Creator God is also the provider God, provide food and sustenance to the creation (also protector and the facilitator): in the desert: manna and water. Parents who bring up children have also similar responsibility.

Corpus Christi - Liturgical Prayers

The Solemnity
of the Most Holy BODY and BLOOD of CHRIST

A. One Bread, One Body
B. This Is I For You
    Jesus tells us here:
    "I am the living bread from heaven.
    Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
    and the bread that I shall give
    is my flesh for the life of the world."
    May the Lord Jesus give us this bread always
    and always stay with you.
    R/ And also with you.

Nigerian Catholics in Strong Affirmation - I believe

10th Week, Tuesday, Jun 9th

1 Kings 17:7-16 / Matthew 5:13-16 
A poor widow feeds Elijah: Her faith and generosity were rewarded.

The story of the widow in today’s reading must have made a deep impression on Jesus. He referred to it in the very first sermon he preached in his hometown of Nazareth. (Luke 5:25-26)

June 8-13: 10th Week – Year 2

June 8 Monday: Mt 5:1-12: 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. USCCB video reflections: 

10th Week, Monday, Jun 8th

1 Kings 17:1-6 / Matthew 5:1-12 
Elijah warns Ahab: “A drought will ravage the land.”

At one point in the Old Testament, the ten northern tribes of Israel broke away from the two southern tribes. One of the kings who ruled these ten tribes, before a foreign power destroyed them forever, was a man named Ahab. The Bible speaks harshly of Ahab, saying, “He sinned against the Lord more than any of his predecessors.” 1 Kings 16:30

Stories-For-Homilies: Cycle A: Trinity to Christ King

Stories-For-Homilies: Cycle A: Advent-Pentecost

9th Week, Saturday, Jun 6th

2 Timothy 4:1-8 / Mark 12:38-44
I have finished the race: I await God’s reward.

In his book Light from the Ancient Past, Jack Finegan cites a 4,000-year-old Egyptian writing. Called the “Prayer of Ani,” it is addressed to the 42 gods who must decide Ani’s fate after death. Excerpts from Ani’s prayer read: “I have not stolen. . . .I have not played the hypocrite. . . .I have not told falsehoods. . . .I gave bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, clothed the naked. . . .Enter no complaint against me.”

9th Week, Friday, Jun 5th

2 Timothy 3:10-17 / Mark 12:35-37 
You know the Scriptures: They are inspired by God.

How did God inspire the Scriptures? Some suggest that God dictated to the biblical writers, as a boss dictates to a private secretary. Others suggest the biblical writers were inspired religiously, as songwriters are inspired musically. Most people hold a middle position. They hold that God enlightened the writers in such a way that they wrote all and only what God wanted them to write. God is therefore the primary author; the biblical writers are secondary authors. The important thing, however, is not how the biblical writers were inspired, but that they were.

9th Week, Thursday, Jun 4th

2 Timothy 2:8-15 / Mark 12:28-34 
They can chain me: But they can’t chain God’s Word.

Marjorie Lawrence was one of the great operatic stars of our time. At the height of her career, she was struck down with polio. It left her a helpless invalid, unable to walk or to stand. Up to this point in her life, neither she nor her husband was religious. Nevertheless, they began to read the Bible together for strength. For the first time in their lives, they discovered the power of God’s Word. Marjorie said, “There were parts of the Scriptures that seemed to have been written just for me.”

9th Week, Wednesday, Jun 3rd

2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12 / Mark 12:18-27
Keep God’s gift alive: The gift came when I laid hands on you.

Timothy was dedicated to God’s service when church leaders laid hands on him. This ancient gesture is still used in the liturgy of the Church today. It is a powerful visual symbol that something is being communicated from the person laying on the hands to the person upon whom the hands are laid.

Holy Trinity - A: Liturgical Prayers

Greetings     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    the love of the Father
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
    be with you all.
    R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant
    A. Experience God with the Heart

    At this celebration of the Blessed Trinity, perhaps we ask ourselves how we can understand this one God with three faces, the Trinity. Our human mind is too small to grasp this mystery. But the Bible, already in the Old Testament, shows us that wisdom is not mere knowledge but the art of life, understanding with the heart as we reflect on our experience. And that experience tells us: God is love, and comes to us in many ways, with fatherly and motherly concern and care, with forgiveness and life brought us by Jesus, with courage and joy, hope and light poured out on us by the Holy Spirit. May we grow in this experience in this eucharist.

Jun '20: Reflections from Pune CSC Scholastics