AD SENSE

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, Dec 1

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

 "They desired to see what you see”:

The French painter Vincent van Gogh produced 1,700 paintings and drawings before he died in 1890. He sold only one of them—for $85. Van Gogh died, believing he was a failure. Yet, recently, one of his paintings sold for $1 million. Van Gogh never knew what a great artist he really was. What is true of van Gogh is also true of many of us Christians. Few of us really appreciate in this life the greatness of our calling. We have been called by God out of darkness into his own wonderful light.

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

 (https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-andrew) 

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: http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/index.cfm

St. Andrew, Apostle, Monday, Nov 30

 Romans 10:9-18 / Matthew 4:18-22

 Confess that Jesus is Lord: Believe that God raised Jesus from death. 

 Fred Smith was a famous biochemist at the University of Minnesota. He was also an agnostic. One day, to placate a friend, he agreed to attend a religious service. Although he disliked the singing and the sermon, he was struck deeply by one sentence from the Scripture reading: "If you confess that Jesus is lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved." Romans 10:9.

Advent Sunday 1 B - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting 
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.

Vatican Dossier - Nov 25

 

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FEATURES
FEATURE: ‘Never Again: Confronting the Global Rise of Anti-Semitism’– US Embassy to Holy See & Holy See Join Forces

Deborah Castellano Lubov

Cardinal Parolin: ‘The Holy See Condemns All Forms of Anti-Semitism, Recalling That Such Acts Are Neither Christian Nor Human’

Matters India - Nov 25

 

imagePope Francis clears eight for beatification

Vatican City: Pope Francis has authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate eight decrees, including a decree on the martyrdom of 127 Spaniards. Bishop Marcello Semeraro,…

THANKSGIVING - US

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.

Vatican Dossier - Nov 23

 

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ANGELUS
Pope Francis at Angelus Reflects on Shepherd Who Will Judge

Jim Fair

‘The One Whom Men are About to Condemn is, in Reality, the Supreme Judge

Matters India - Nov 23

 

imageBattle of possession ruins Ambala’s historic Christian cemetery

By Matters India Reporter Ambala: A 176-year-old cemetery in Ambala, a city in Haryana state, is in a state of ruin as two parties remain locked in battle over its…

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

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-clement/) ,  St. Columban, Abbot 

(https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-columban/) , Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, Priest, Martyr (U.S.A.) 

(https://www.franciscanmedia.org/blessed-miguel-agusaint-iacute-n-pro/ ) : 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: http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/index.cfm

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




Vatican Dossier - Nov 20

 

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CHURCH AND WORLD
Pope Praises Passionists Inaugurating Jubilee Year of 300th Anniversary of Their Foundation

ZENIT Staff

Says ‘Contact with Word of God in Prayer & Reading Signs of the Times in Daily Events Will Enable You to Perceive Creative Presence of the Spirit Whose Outpouring Over Time, Points Out Answers to Humanity’s Expectations’

Matters India - Nov 20

 

Vatican Dossier - Nov 18

 

FEATURES
FEATURE: Cardinal Bo: ‘Adore the Tears : No to Intolerance’

Deborah Castellano Lubov

Warning Against ‘Nauseating Uniformity,’ FABC President Acknowledges World Tolerance Day

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,

Matters India - Nov 17

 

imageMan beheaded outside Madurai church

Madurai: A youth was beheaded by an armed gang in broad daylight in Madurai town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The gang then threw the victim’s severed…

Vatican Dossier - Nov 17

 

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CHURCH AND WORLD
To Recognize Young People’s Gifts to Church — Catholic Schools Invited To Come ‘Together’ For First National Youth Funday

Deborah Castellano Lubov

In Prayer, Cardinal Vincent Nichols Will Start the Live-Streamed Event Hosted by Youth Ministry Teams From Across England & Wales

33rd Week, Wednesday, Nov 18

Vatican Dossier - Nov 16

 

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POPE FRANCIS
Pope Stresses Service in Homily for World Day of Poor

Jim Fair

Celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica

Matters India - Nov 16

 

imageHumanity bubbling in Taloja prison: Jailed Jesuit

Mumbai: Jailed human rights activist Stan Swamy wrote to his friends about fellow inmates who help him with his chores and said that despite all odds, “humanity is bubbling in…

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...
T.K.
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33rd Week, Monday, Nov 16

33rd Week: Nov 16-21: Reflections

Nov 16 Monday: St. Margaret of Scotland: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-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 

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 

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. 

Vatican dossier - Nov 12

 

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Matters India - Nov 12

 

imageEmergency aid rushed to Mozambique after dozens beheaded

London: Aid to the Church in Need has sent an emergency aid package of 100,000 Euros to Mozambique after extremists linked to Daesh (ISIS) beheaded more than 50 people. The…

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. 

Matters India - Nov 11

 imageMcCarrick Report: Sorrowful page for Church to learn

By Andrea Tornielli Vatican City: A reading of the dossier published by the Secretariat of State containing documents and testimonies narrating the facts regarding the former cardinal archbishop of Washington…

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

 COURAGE, GRATITUDE AND LOUD VOICES   

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.

Vatican Dossier - Nov 9

 

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ANGELUS
Pope at Angelus Reflects on Parable of Bridesmaids (Full Text)

Jim Fair

‘We Can Serenely Await the Bridegroom’s Coming’

32nd Week, Nov 9-14:

 Nov 9 Monday (Dedication of the Lateran Basilica) (https://www.franciscanmedia.org/dedication-of-saint-john-lateran/):Jn 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!


Matters India - Nov 8

 

imageDelay to act on jailed Jesuit’s request termed “inhuman”

By Matters India Reporter New Delhi: People from various walks of life on November 7 condemned the response of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to a request of an 83-year-Jesuit…

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. 

DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN OF LATERAN (FEAST) -Liturgy

You, the Temple of God, Are Sacred 

Greeting

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.

Matters India - Nov 4

 

imagePope Francis sympathizes with Vienna attack victims

Vatican City: Pope Francis has expressed his “deepest sympathy to the families of the victims” and to all the people of Austria following the tragic terror attack that saw at…

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,

Matters India - Nov 2


imageKerala Latin bishops call for debate on reservation

Kochi: The Kerala Region Latin Catholic Bishops’ Council (KRLCBC) has called for discussions by the government with Dalit as well as other backward communities in connection with the implementation of…

31st Week, Wednesday, Nov 4

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.