AD SENSE

January 7: Friday after Epiphany

January 7: Friday after Epiphany

1 John 5:5-13 / Luke 5:12-16

Jesus is the Son of God; Water, blood, and Spirit testify to Jesus.

New Year: Prayer Service

Prayer Service
Light and peace in Jesus Christ!
Thanks be to God! 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.(Revelation 1:8)

Alleluia!!

January 1: New Year


A New Year Prayer
Holy Father,
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequalled greatness.

January 3-8: After Epiphany

 3 Monday (The Most Holy Name of Jesus): 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes the beginning of Jesus’ mission of preaching and healing in Galilee, an ideal spot because it was the most fertile land in Palestine and well-populated with 204 villages around the Sea of Galilee housing Jews and Gentiles. The Jews there largely belonged to the tribes of Asher, Naphtali, and Zebulon. The people were open to new ideas because they had been exposed to various religious beliefs and the culture of traders from all over the known world.

January 6; Thursday after Epiphany

January 6; Thursday after Epiphany

1 John 4:19 - 5:4 / Luke 4:14-22     

How can we be sure we love God? Whoever loves God must also love others.

January 5th; Wednesday after Epiphany

January 5th; Wednesday after Epiphany

1 John 4:11-18 / Mark 6:45-52    

Love casts out fear; Have courage on judgment day.

January 4: Tuesday after Epiphany

January 4: Tuesday after Epiphany

1 John 4:7-10 / Mark 6:34-44

God is love; Whoever loves knows God.

3rd January, Monday after Epiphany

 3rd January, Monday after Epiphany

Do not trust every spirit; Test each spirit to see if it is of God.

1 John 3: 22-4:6; mt 4:12-17;23-25

 In May 1981, a man was accused of killing eight prostitutes. He said he was acting on orders from God. About a month later Mark Chapman, the killer of John Lennon, said God told him to drop his defence and plead guilty to the slaying. These are just two examples of people who claim they have been told by God to do certain things. If John were here today, he would remind them of what he wrote in today's reading: “Do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God.” 

***

Have we ever felt called by God to do something? Did we “test the spirit” by seeking the counsel of our pastor or some other spiritual person? "No prophetic message ever came just from the will of man, but men were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.” 2 Peter 1:21

***

 The gospel of today speaks of the beginnings of Jesus’ ministry. He preaches his gospel of repentance-conversion first to the semi-pagan Jews of Galilee: he becomes their light. The signs that the kingdom of God has begun with him are that the sick are cured, that he goes to the poor and the suffering. John says in the first reading that our love of neighbour and our obedience to the commandments will also be signs that the kingdom has come among us.

***

In every hospital, there is an A&E Department. As the name indicates, it is where accidents victims are sent to and emergencies cases are attended to. The images that we can imagine are probably what we have seen in movies, or if we have been there, we would know what the place is like. 

For example, it could be an old lady with an ECG monitor, a man in oxygen mask, a young mother grieving over the death of her child, etc.  The underlying question of the patients and their loved ones seemed to be this: Why is this happening to me? This is also the same question that we will ask when we ourselves become ill or when our loved ones become seriously ill. 

On this Monday after Epiphany, the gospel proclaims to us that in Jesus, we see God our healer. But physical illness and suffering can be alleviated by medicine. A greater suffering is the suffering of the heart, an emotional and a spiritual kind of suffering. That kind of suffering and pain can only be addressed with the healing that Jesus came to bring. 

The prophecy of Isaiah gives us an idea of what is this kind of healing when it says: The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death, a light has dawned. 

In other words, Jesus the true Light shines on us to heal our broken and hurting hearts so that we can get up and walk in the light of love. The healing light of Christ continues to shine in the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick. Let us open our hearts with confidence in the light that God our Healer wants to give us.

***

Prayer

Lord our God, your kingdom began to take shape when your Son showed his care for the sick and for all those who suffer. Help us to love people and to care for them, especially for the poor, the dispossessed, and the misfits of life. Let this be the sign that his Spirit is working in us and that your Son is present among us, he who is our Lord forever. Amen

Epiphany: Liturgical Prayers

Epiphany of the Lord

 1. Light Revealed to the Nations

2. A Savior for All the World
3. The Guiding Star for All Nations


1. Light Revealed to the Nations

Epiphany Sunday



 Story: A husband asked his wife, "Why would God give the wise men a star to guide them?" She replied, "Because God knows men are too proud to ask directions."

Jan 1: Mary, Mother of God - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting
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.

Jan 1: Mary, Mother of God

 

Thomas O’Loughlin

Introduction to today’s Celebration
This is a great day of joy the world over: a new year has just begun and with it is the hope of new relationships of peace, new endeavours to make life better for the human family,

Octave of Christmas, 31st December

  Octave of Christmas, 31st December

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

Antichrists have appeared; They came from our ranks.

Christmas Octave, 30th December

 Christmas Octave, 30th December

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

Shun the world's attractions; The world passes; God alone remains

Octave of Christmas, 29th December, St. Thomas Becket

 Octave of Christmas, 29th December, St. Thomas Becket

1 John 2:3-11 / Luke 2:22-35

The light is shining; If we don't love, we are in darkness

28th December, Holy Innocents, Martyrs

 Christmas Octave: 28th December, Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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

We have been redeemed; Jesus' blood purifies us

Holy Family - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting
We are already the children of God;
we need not be afraid in his presence.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

Feast of the Holy Family


A little boy greets his father as he returns from work with a question: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?” The father is surprised and says:

St. John, Apostle & Evangelist, December 27

 St. John, Apostle & Evangelist, December 27

1 John 1:1-4 / John 20:2-8

Eternal life becomes visible; We touched him with our hands.

Advent, 24th December, Friday

 Advent, 24th December, Friday

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

Nathan prophesies about David; "Your kingdom will last forever.”

Advent, 23rd December, Thursday

 Advent, 23rd December, Thursday

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24 / Luke 1:57-66    

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

Christmas: Stories

 Christmas Stories from Father Tony Kadavil

1) Origin of the Christmas celebration: Many scholars believe that Christmas came to be placed on December 25th in order to counteract a pagan celebration called the Birth of the Unconquered Sun. The Romans called their winter holiday

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, 22nd December, Wednesday

 Advent, 22nd December, Wednesday

1 Sam 1:24-28 / Luke 1:46-56 

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

Advent 4th Week: Dec 20-24

 Advent 4th Week: Dec 20-24

Dec 20 Monday: 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes the story of the Annunciation, explaining how God began to keep the promise

Advent, 21st December, Tuesday

Advent, 21st December, Tuesday

Zephaniah 3:14-18 / Luke 1:39-45     

The time is near; My lover comes leaping over the hills.

Advent, 20th December, Monday

Advent, 20th December, Monday

Isaiah 7:10-14 / Luke 1:26-38

Isaiah prophesies; A virgin shall bear a son.

Advent 18th December, Saturday

 Advent 18th December, Saturday

Jeremiah 23:5-8 / Matthew 1:18-24       

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

Advent 4 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See the Gospel)
Blessed are they who believe with Mary
that the Lord will fulfill his promises.
The Lord be with you. R/ And also with you.


Advent 4 Sunday C: Mary and Elizabeth

 

 Michel de Verteuil

General comments
Each year the gospel passage for this Sunday is a story of Mary’s pregnancy, and for this year it is the visitation.

Advent, 17th December, Friday

 17th December, Friday

Genesis 49:2, 8-10 / Matthew 1:1-7

Jacob prophesies; Judah will hold the Royal Scepter.

Advent 3 Sunday - Gaudete - Rejoice

Michel de Verteuil

General Comments
On the third Sunday of Advent St Luke gives us a glimpse into the personality of that wonderful person, John the Baptist. In your meditation, let him remind you of great people you have known.

Advent 3 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
There is no need to worry,
for the Lord wants you to be happy,
and he is near to you.
May his peace and joy be with you always. 
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

Advent 3rd Week: Dec 13-18

 Dec 13 Monday (St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr) 

The context: After casting out the animal-merchants and moneychangers from the Temple immediately after the Palm Sunday procession,

3rd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 16

 3rd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 16

Isaiah 54:1-10 / Luke 7:24-30

Isaiah talks about God's mercy; "I will take you back with love."

3rd Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 15

 3rd Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 15

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

Isaiah’s prophesies; Turn to me and be saved.

3rd Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 14

 3rd Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 14

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

Zephaniah’s prophesies; I will prepare a humble people.

3rd Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 13

 3rd Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 13

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 / Matthew 21:23-27

Balaam prophesies; A star shall advance from Jacob.

2nd Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 11

2nd Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 11

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

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

2nd Week of Advent, Friday, Dec 10

 2nd Week of Advent, Friday, Dec 10

Isaiah 48:17-19 / Matthew 11:16-19

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

2nd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 9

2nd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 9

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

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

Advent 2nd Week: Dec 6-11

 Dec 6 Monday (St. Nicholas, Bishop) 

The context: Beyond showing his authority over temptation,

Dec 8: Immaculate Conception of Mary

 Fr. Tony Kadavil:

Mary’s prophecy, given in her Magnificat, “Behold all generations will call me blessed,” was fulfilled when the Catholic Church declared four dogmas of Faith about her:

Advent 2 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
May our love for one another
prepare us for the Day of the Lord,
when Jesus Christ returns.
May his grace and love be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

Advent 2 Sunday C: Prepare the Way of the Lord


Michel de VerteuilGeneral Comments
John the BOn the second and third Sundays of Advent, the church gives us John the Baptist as a model of someone who knows how to wait.

1st Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 1

 1st Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 1

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

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

St. Francis Xavier, Patron of Missions and Missionaries, Dec 3

 St. Francis Xavier, Patron of Missions and Missionaries, Dec 3

1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23 / Mark 16:15-20 

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St Francis Xavier, the Co-patron of India and of all missions and missionaries all over the world.

1st Week of Advent: Nov 29-Dec 4:

 1st Week: Nov 29-Dec 4:

 Nov 29 Monday: 

Context: Jesus’ healing of the centurion’s slave, described in today’s Gospel, shows us how God listens to our Faith-filled prayers and meets our needs. Centurions were reliable, commanding, brave captains in charge of 100 soldiers. They were used to giving and receiving commands.

Advent 1 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Introduction by the Celebrant:

A. Happy New Year! Yes, advent marks the beginning of the Church’s calendar. The Church once again invites us to a period of waiting, hope and expectation.

B. Waiting in Tension:  "Stand erect, hold your heads high." This is the message the Lord speaks to us on this First Sunday of Advent. There are terrible civil wars, there is famine in many parts of the world, and there are millions of refugees seeking safety. Yet our Lord assures us that we should keep up our hope and expectations, for he is still with us and near to us. Be attentive to his presence, not only here in the Eucharist but also in the life of every day. 

34th Week, Saturday, Nov 27

34th Week, Saturday, Nov 27

Daniel 7:15-27 / Luke 21:34-36

Daniel prophesies good news; “God's kingdom will win out in the end.”

34th Week, Friday, Nov 26

34th Week, Friday, Nov 26

Daniel 7:2-14 / Luke 21:29-33      

Daniel has a remarkable vision; He saw a being coming on the clouds.

34th Week, Thursday, Nov 25

34th Week, Thursday, Nov 25

Daniel 6:12-28 / Luke 21:20-28             

Daniel is thrown into the lions' den; God rescued Daniel.

34th Week: Nov 22-27:

 34th Week: Nov 22-27:

Nov 22 Monday (St. Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr) 

Christ The King - 34th Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Second Reading)
All blessings to you from Jesus Christ,
our saving Lord and king,
the beginning and end of all that is,
who is and who was and who is to come.
His peace and grace be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

Advent 1 Sunday C: Signs, Be Vigilant



Michel DeVerteuil

Textual Comments

The gospel readings for Advent each year invite us to meditate on the mystery of waiting, and they do it by presenting us with stories of great people who knew how to wait. On the first Sunday, Jesus himself is the model as he taught his followers the spirituality of “waiting in joyful hope”.

34th Week, Wednesday, Nov 24

34th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, Nov 24

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 / Luke 21:12-19                   

Words appear on the palace wall; Daniel explained the words.

34th Week, Tuesday, Nov 23

 34th Week, Tuesday, Nov 23

Daniel 2:31-45 / Luke 21:5-11    

The king has a strange dream; Daniel interpreted the king's dream.

34th Week, Monday, Nov 22

  34th Week, Monday, Nov 22

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20 / Luke 21:1-4

Daniel remains faithful; God rewarded Daniel.

33rd Week, Saturday, Nov 20

 33rd Week, Saturday, Nov 20

1 Maccabees 6:3-13 / Luke 20:27-40

Antiochus dies grief-stricken; He paid dearly for his sins against Israel.

33rd Week, Friday, Nov 19

 33rd Week, Friday, Nov 19

1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59 / Luke 19:45-48

Judas goes to Jerusalem; He purified and rededicated the Temple.

33rd Week, Thursday, Nov 18

33rd Week, Thursday, Nov 18

1 Maccabees 2:15-29 / Luke 19:41-44

Mattathias and his sons flee; They left everything for their faith.

33rd Week: Nov 15-20:

 33rd Week: Nov 15-20: 

 Nov 15 Monday (St. Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor of the Church): 

33rd Week, Wednesday, Nov 17

 33rd Week, Wednesday, Nov 17

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 / Luke 19:11-28

Seven brothers are martyred; Their mother exhorted them to persevere.

Christ the King -34th Sunday

 
Introduction: It was Pope Pius XI who brought the Feast of Christ the King into the liturgy in 1925, to bring Christ, his rule and Christian values back into lives of Christians, into society and into politics.

33rd Week, Tuesday, Nov 16

 33rd Week, Tuesday, Nov 16

2 Maccabees 6:18-31 / Luke 19:1-10  

Old Eleazar is martyred; He left an example to the young.

33rd Week, Monday, Nov 15

 33rd Week, Monday, Nov 15

1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 / Luke 18:35-43

Antiochus becomes king; He threatened Israel's faith.

32nd Week, Saturday, Nov 13

 32nd Week, Saturday, Nov 13

Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 / Luke 18:1-8

The sea becomes a dry road; Israel saw what God did and rejoiced.

32nd Week, Friday, Nov 12

  32nd Week, Friday, Nov 12

Wisdom 13:1-9 / Luke 17:26-37  

They have gone astray; They saw creation but missed the creator

32nd Week, Thursday, Nov 11

32nd Week, Thursday, Nov 11

Wisdom 7:22-8:1 / Luke 17:20-25

Wisdom is all-seeing; Wisdom defeats wickedness.

32nd Week, Wednesday, November 10

32nd Week, Wednesday, November 10

Wisdom 6:1-11 / Luke 17:11-19

Desire God's word; Seek God's wisdom.

32nd Week: Nov 8-13:

 32nd Week: Nov 8-13: 

Nov 8 Monday:

The context: In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus gives us two warnings: 1) We should not give scandal to anyone. 2) We need to practice unconditional forgiveness. Jesus also stresses our need for trusting Faith in God’s power if we are to avoid giving scandal and to practice forgiveness.

32nd Week, Monday, November 8th

  32nd Week, Monday, November 8th

Wisdom 1:1-7 / Luke 17:1-6

Wisdom is a kindly spirit; God's wisdom pervades everything.

31st Week, Saturday, Nov 6

 31st Week, Saturday, Nov 6

Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27 / Luke 16:9-15

Paul talks about community; Greet one another lovingly.

31st Week, Friday, Nov 5

  31st Week, Friday, Nov 5

Romans 15:14-21 / Luke 16:1-8 

Paul talks about his ministry; My mission is to the Gentiles.

31st Week, Thursday, Nov 4

 31st Week, Thursday, Nov 4

Romans 14:7-12 / Luke 15:1-10       

Our lives belong to God; We'll have to give an account to him.

31st Week, Wednesday, Nov 3

 31st Week, Wednesday, Nov 3

Romans 13:8-10 / Luke 14:25-33

Paul sums up the commandments; Love your neighbor as yourself. 

31st Week: Nov 1-6:

 31st Week: Nov 1-6: 

 Nov 1 Monday (All Saints Day): Mt 5:1-12: (Not a Holy Day of Obligation in the USA) The feast and its objectives: All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints.

32 Sunday B: 2 Copper Coins - True Generosity

32 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Responsorial Psalm)
Give praise to the Lord
who gives bread to the hungry
and raises up those who are bowed down.
It is he who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.
May this loving God be with you always. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. In the Hands of God

31 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Second Reading)
Jesus here among us offered himself for us.
He is living for ever
to intercede for all of us who come to him.
May his grace and peace be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

30th Week, Saturday, Oct 30

 30th Week, Saturday, Oct 30

Roman 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29 / Luke 14:1, 7-11

Has God rejected his people? Of course not! 

30th Week, Friday, Oct 29

 30th Week, Friday, Oct 29

Romans 9:1-5 / Luke 14:1-6 

Paul talks about his own people; My heart pains for them. 

31 Sunday B: Foundation of Our Faith - Shema - 3 Loves

Reflection

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.’ Was this simply the setting of an impossible ideal?

30th Week, Wednesday, Oct 27

 30th Week, Wednesday, Oct 27

Romans 8:26-30 / Luke 13:22-30     

Paul talks about the Spirit; The Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Nov 1: All Saints Day

 The feast and its objectives: All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints. All Saints Day is intended to honor the memory of countless unknown and uncanonized saints who have no feast days.

30th Week: Oct 25-30:

 30th Week: Oct 25-30:

 Oct 25 Monday:

The context: Today’s Gospel tells us how Jesus healed a woman in the synagogue who had been suffering for 18 years from what seems to have been curvature of the spine.

30th Week, Tuesday, Oct 26

 30th Week, Tuesday, Oct 26

Romans 8:18-25 / Luke 13:18-21

Paul talks about future glory; Nothing matches the glory that awaits us.

30 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Second Reading)
We are gathered in the name of Jesus,
of whom the Father said:
"You are my Son,
today I have become your father."
May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus
be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

30th Week, Monday, Oct 25

30th Week, Monday, Oct 25

Romans 8:12-17 / Luke 13:10-17

We are heirs with Christ; If we share his cross, we'll share his crown.

30 Sunday: Blind man - Let me See


Background: 
Today’s Gospel is a classic example of Mark’s use of miracle stories.

29th Week, Saturday, Oct 23

  29th Week, Saturday, Oct 23

Romans 8:1-11 / Luke 13:1-9

Evil no longer enslaves you; Christ's spirit dwells in you.

29th Week: Oct 18-23:

 29th Week: Oct 18-23:

 18th Monday (St. Luke, Evangelist) 

Resume: St. Luke was a Syrian by race, born in Antioch as a Gentile. He became a Christian and follower of St. Paul.

29th Week, Friday, Oct 22

 29th Week, Friday, Oct 22

Romans 7:18-25 / Luke 12:54-59

I desire to do good; But I lack the power to do it.

29th Week, Thursday, Oct 21

  29th Week, Thursday, Oct 21

Romans 6:19-23 / Luke 12:49-53          

Paul exhorts the Romans; Turn to Christ as you once turned to sin. 

29th Week, Wednesday, Oct 20

 29th Week, Wednesday, Oct 20

Romans 6:12-18 / Luke 12:39-48       

Salvation is not automatic; We need to cooperate with God's grace.

29th Week, Tuesday, Oct 19

 29th Week, Tuesday, Oct 19

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21 / Luke 12:35-38              

Paul talks about sin; Through one man sin entered the world.

28th Week, Saturday, Oct 16

 28th Week, Saturday, Oct 16

Romans 4:13, 16-18 / Luke 12:8:12

Abraham is our father; He saw hope where others didn't see it.

28th Week, Friday, Oct 15: St. Therese of Avila

 28th Week, Friday, Oct 15

Romans 4:1-8 / Luke 12:1-7

Paul talks about Abraham; Abraham's faith was his glory.

28th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, Oct 14

 28th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, Oct 14

Romans 3:21-30 / Luke 11:47-54              

Paul talks about salvation; Salvation is a gift from God.

28th Week: Oct 11-16:

 28th Week: Oct 11-16: 

Oct 11 Monday (St. John XXIII, Pope) 

29 Sunday B: It's Not Where you Sit, but How you Serve ...

 
Last Sunday, we heard about discipleship. Today it's about being a missionary.

1. In a world of stars and stripes, titles and accolades, we have been told what matters is not where you sit, but how you serve. Not what you know but how much you impart; not what you teach, but how much you tithe (give).

28th Week, Wednesday, Oct 13

  28th Week, Wednesday, Oct 13

Romans 2:1-11 / Luke 11:42-46

Paul discusses Christian responsibility; We are accountable to God.

28th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, Oct 12

 28th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, Oct 12

Romans 1:16-25 / Luke 11:37-41

Paul talks about God; Creation witnesses to its creator.

28 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Second Reading)
The Word of God is alive and active;
it can judge our secret emotions and thoughts.
It is the Lord Jesus who speaks this word to us.
May he always be with you.
R/ And also with you.

28th Week, Monday, Oct 11: St. John XXIII

 28th Week, Monday, Oct 11: St. John XXIII

Romans 1:1-7 / Luke 11:29-32

Paul discusses his calling; God called me to preach to the Gentiles.

27th Week, Saturday, Oct 9

 27th Week, Saturday, Oct 9

Joel 4:12-21 / Luke 11:27-28 

God reassures the people; What you can’t see now, you will see later.

27th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, Oct 8

 27th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, Oct 8

Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 / Luke 11:15-26               

Joel warns the people; The day of the Lord is coming.

27th Week, Thursday, Oct 7; Our Lady of the Rosary

Malachi 3:13-20 / Luke 11:5-13 
God speaks: “A Day of reckoning is coming.”

27th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, Oct 6

27th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, Oct 6 

Jonah 4:1-11 / Luke 11:1-4 

Jonah loses his perspective; He couldn’t see beyond his own world. 

27th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, Oct 5

 27th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, Oct 5

Jonah 3:1-10 / Luke 10:38-42

God calls Jonah again: This time Jonah obeyed.

27th Week: Oct 4-9

 27th Week: Oct 4-9: 

Oct 4 Monday (St. Francis of Assisi) 

(Mt 11:25-30): St. Francis of Assisi is the best known and the most loved thirteenth century Italian saint.

Respect Life Sunday: OCT 3, 2021

 Respect Life Sunday (OCT 3, 2021)

 Facts on attacks on human life: a) Abortion: The number of unborn children slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers in the last 25 years is 1200 million in the world and 37 million in the USA. (4400 per day in the US).

28 Sunday B: Discipleship: Sell, Give and Come

 

27th Week, Monday: St. Francis of Assisi: Oct 4

 27th Week, Monday, Oct 4

Jonah 1:1 - 2:1, 11 / Luke 10:25-37 

God calls Jonah: Jonah fled from God.

27 Sunday B: Marital Covenant



 Current Scenario:


The grim picture presented by divorce statistics. We are told that during the last three years the divorce rate in the U.S has gone above 43%, although it is still less than that in Russia (65%), Sweden (63%), U.K (49%) and Australia (49%).   In 1998 there were 19.4 million divorced adults in the U.S.A. 

27 Sunday B - Marital Commitment: Liturgical Prayers

Greetings
All praise be to God our Father
for creating people in his likeness
and making them capable of faithfulness
through the self-giving love of his Son
and the unifying power of the Spirit.
May the Lord be always with you in his love.
R/ And also with you.

26th Week: Sept 27- Oct 2

 Sept 27 Monday (St. Vincent de Paul, Priest) 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes Jesus’ criterion for greatness with advice to be accepting of others who do good in ways different from ours.

Guardian Angels, Oct 2

 Guardian Angels, Oct 2

Exodus 23:20-23 / Matthew 18:1-5, 10

God protects his people; "My angel will guard you."

Guardian Angels - October 2:

 Who your Guardian Angel is and what they do:  10 things you should know

Who your Guardian Angel is and what they do: 10 things you should know

According to Christian tradition,  every one of us has a guardian angel  who accompanies us from the moment we’re born until the moment  of our death, and stays at our side at every moment of our life. The idea of ​​a spirit, of a supernatural entity that follows and supervises every human being,  was already present in other religions and in Greek philosophy. 

St. Theresa of Lisieux, Oct 1

 St. Theresa of Lisieux, Oct 1

Isaiah 66:10-14/ Matthew 18:1-5

God makes a promise to Israel; "You will rejoice.

26th Week, Thursday, Sept 30

 26th Week, Thursday, Sept 30

Nehemiah 8:1-12 / Luke 10:1-12   

Ezra reads God's law to the people; The people answered, "Amen!"

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels, Sept 29

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels, Sept 29

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Apocalypse 12:7-12a / John 1:47-51 

Daniel has a vision; Myriads attended the Ancient One.

26 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see 1 Cor 12:4-7)
There is a variety of gifts,
but they come from the same Spirit,
all sorts of service, but to the same Lord,
many forms of work, but all of them, in all people,
the work of the same God.
In each one the Spirit manifests himself
for the good of all.
May the Lord Jesus give you this Spirit
and always be with you. R/ And also with you.

26th Week, Tuesday, Sept 28

 26th Week, Tuesday, Sept 28

Zechariah 8:20-23 / Luke 9:51-56 

Many people seek God; “Let us go with you to your God.”

26th Week, Monday, Sept 27

 26th Week, Monday, Sept 27

Zechariah 8:1-8 / Luke 9:46-50

God makes a promise; “I will rescue my people.”

25th Week, Saturday, Sept 25

 25th Week, Saturday, Sept 25

Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15 / Luke 9:43-45 

God speaks through Zechariah; I am coming to dwell among you.

25th Week, Friday, Sept 24

 25th Week, Friday, Sept 24

Haggai 1:15 - 2:9 / Luke 9:18-22          

God speaks through Haggai; My spirit is with you; fear not!

25th Week, Thursday, Sept 23

25th Week, Thursday, Sept 23

Haggai 1:1-8 / Luke 9:7-9     

Haggai rebukes the people; Seek God's will, not your own.

25th Week, Wednesday, Sept 22

 25th Week, Wednesday, Sept 22

Ezra 9:5-9 / Luke 9:1-6     

Ezra prays to God; We sinned, but you forgave us.

26th Sunday B: Discipleship - Radicality

 

25th Week: Sept 20-25:

 25th Week: Sept 20-25: 

Sept 20 Monday (St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and companion Martyrs): 

25th Sunday B: Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting (see Responsorial Psalm)

We have God for our help.
The Lord upholds our life.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, Sept 21

 Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 / Matthew 9:9-13

There is one Lord over all: Preserve your unity.  

John Howard Griffin dyed his skin black, shaved his head, and posed as a black man in the South in the pre-civil-rights days. One day he asked for a Catholic church. He was told that the nearest "colored Catholic church" was on Drysades Street. 

25th Week, Monday, Sept 20

 25th Week, Monday, Sept 20

Ezra 1:1-6 / Lk 8:16-18 

Cyrus frees the exiled Jews; They prepared to return home.

UCA Asia News - Sept 13

 

Thousands flee Myanmar’s conflict-stricken Chin state

Military airstrikes, shelling force people to seek refuge at nearby villages

Read More >>

24th Week: Sept 13-18:

 24th Week: Sept 13-18: 

 Sept 13 Monday (St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Doctor of the Church) 

24th Week, Saturday, Sept 18

 24th Week, Saturday, Sept 18

1 Tim 6:13-16 / Luke 8:4-15

Paul gives parting advice; Keep God's commands till Christ returns.

24th Week, Friday, Sept 17

 24th Week, Friday, Sept 17

1 Tim 6:2-12 / Luke 8:1-3  

Paul talks about temptation; Love of money is the root of evil. 

24th Week, Thursday, Sept 16

 24th Week, Thursday, Sept 16

1 Tim 4:12-16 / Luke 7:36-50

Paul exhorts Timothy; Be an example of faith and love.

24th Week, Monday, Sept 13

 24th Week, Monday, Sept 13

1 Tim 2:1-8 / Lk 7:1-10

Offer prayers to God; Pray for leaders, especially   

23rd Week, Saturday, Sept 11

 23rd Week, Saturday, Sept 11

1 Tim 1:15-17 / Luke 6:43-49

Paul talks about his sinfulness; Jesus made me an example of his mercy.

25 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see Responsorial Psalm)
We have God for our help.
The Lord upholds our life.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

23rd Week: Sept 6-11:

 23rd Week: Sept 6-11:

 Sept 6 Monday: (Labor Day in the U. S. –homily below):

Context: After the sad experience in Nazareth, Jesus used the city of Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the center of the fishing business, as a base for a teaching, healing, and preaching ministery. The people were impressed by the authority with which Jesus taught.

23rd Week, Friday, Sept 10

 23rd Week, Friday, Sept 10

1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-14 / Luke 6:39-42

I was an arrogant blasphemer; But God forgave me.

25th Sunday B: who's the Greatest?

23rd Week, Thursday, Sept 9

 23rd Week, Thursday, Sept 9

Colossians 3:12-17 / Luke 6:27-38

Bear with one another; Forgive as the Lord forgives you.

23rd Week, Tuesday, Sept 7

 23rd Week, Tuesday, Sept 7

Colossians 2:6-15 / Luke 6:12-19

Live in Christ; Abound with thanksgiving.

23rd Week, Monday, Sept 6

 23rd Week, Monday, Sept 6

Colossians 1:24 - 2:3 / Luke 6:6-11

Paul suffers for the Colossians; I suffer gladly

24 Sunday B: You are the Messiah


24 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings 
We trust in the Lord
who keeps us from lasting death,
who stands by our side
in sorrow and distress,
and keeps our feet from stumbling.
The Lord be always with you. R/ And also with you.

22nd Week, Saturday, Sept 4

 22nd Week, Saturday, Sept 4

Colossians 1:21-23 / Luke 6:1-5

Sin alienates us from God: Christ reconciled us back to God.

22nd Week, Friday, Sept 3

 22nd Week, Friday, Sept 3

Colossians 1:15-20 / Luke 5:33-39

Christ is the visible likeness of God; God's fullness resides in Jesus 

22nd Week, Thursday, Sept 2

 22nd Week, Thursday, Sept 2

Colossians 1:9-14 / Luke 5:1-11

Paul prays for the Colossians; Your knowledge of God will grow 

22nd Week: Aug 30- Sept 4:

 22nd Week: Aug 30- Sept 4:

 Aug 30 Monday:

Today’s Gospel presents the reaction of Jesus’ fellow- townsmen, to the “Inaugural Address” offered them at a synagogue in Nazareth when Jesus visited the town as a rabbi with a band of disciples.  The reading shows us how Jesus faced scepticism and criticism with prophetic courage.

22nd Week, Wednesday, Sept 1

 22nd Week, Wednesday, Sept 1

Colossians 1:1-8 / Luke 4:38-44 

Paul rejoices in the Colossians; Their faith is bearing fruit.  

22nd Week, Tuesday, August 31

 22nd Week, Tuesday, August 31

1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11 / Luke 4:31-37 

Paul warns the Thessalonians; Don’t let the Lord’s coming surprise you.   

22nd Week, Monday, August 30

 22nd Week, Monday, August 30

1 Thess 4:13-18 / Luke 4:16-30

Paul talks about the Second Coming; The dead will rise to meet Jesus.  

23rd Sunday B: Ephphatha - Be Opened

 

 Michel DeVerteuil 
Textual Comments
We are given the context of today’s story: it took place as Jesus was “returning from the district of Tyre”. He was passing “by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee” and this brought him “right through the Decapolis region”. This reminds us that we must know how to leave our ordinary surroundings so that we can meet people like this man.