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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.

St. Luke, Evangelist, Oct 18

 Paul describes his situation; Luke alone is with me.

St. Luke, Evangelist, Oct 18

2 Tim 4:10-17 / Luke 10:1-9

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.

 

A Peanuts cartoon shows Charlie Brown in a dejected state. He is depressed because he failed to come to the rescue of his sister when the playground bully was taunting her. Linus tries to cheer Charlie up, saying, “You know what you would do, if you had it happen all over again.” Charlie says, “Yeah, I’d probably do the same thing.” Many of us feel the same way about certain things. We think change is impossible.

 

Today’s reading, however, suggests otherwise. God is a persistent lover. His mercy is infinitely more generous and his grace is infinitely more powerful than our sinfulness.

*****

How convinced are we that we can change if we just keep trusting and trying? “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” Christopher Morley

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In Jonah’s experience, God’s word is very powerful if we bring it to people in the name of God and if they are open to it.

***

It's one thing to know that we have a bad habit, or an addiction, but yet it is another thing to kick it out or to change our habits. One simple example is watching TV. We can get into the habit of just sitting in front of the TV and let time fly, and slowly it becomes an addiction. And short of throwing away the TV, we might find it real difficult to kick this bad habit or the addiction of wasting time and watching rubbish. So, what is the key to change, to conversion, to repentance? Relying simply on will-power might be out of the question, because we know how often will-power has failed us when it comes to an addiction.  yet the key is also in the will-power. The will-power must be empowered by the truth; only then can the will-power respond to the call for conversion and repentance. The people of Nineveh repented because they heard the truth from Jonah, and they responded.

That is also what Jesus is highlighting in today's gospel. The one thing needed and which is necessary is to listen - to listen to the truth and to be open to it. Listening to the truth and being open to it is what is needed if we are to respond to God's call to conversion and repentance. May our hearts be opened to that truth.

***

A hospitable family or person makes guests feel at home and gives them the best available. But if we are truly hospitable, we are also listening to the guest and to receive from him or her perhaps more than we give and in a deeper way. We receive the guest as a person. God presents himself in the Bible as a traveller on a journey. He asks for hospitality as a stranger or a poor person. Christ also says that in the homeless we welcome him.

***

Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem and his passion, when he dropped in at Mary and Martha's. He needed some rest and comfort. Mary understood this better. He also understood that there was a clash of temperaments. Mary may have been better but Martha was good. Better is not the opposite of good. Some take this story to mean that there are two ways of those who give their life for Christ. The contemplative and the active. They read too much into the story. Jesus was not just a contemplative. Hours of prayer and meditation are the best preparation for our activity. To cut these hours for work is apt to make work empty, meaningless, outward activity. The teacher or the preacher who comes from the presence of God to the presence of men gives knowledge and light. For him, contemplation was the source of all activity. His preaching and teaching, even his whole life had its origin there. He was a contemplative in action.

 ***

Prayer: Our loving God and Father, you have invited us to stay with you, to listen to the message of Jesus your Son and to accept from him your peace and love. May we welcome him wholeheartedly and learn from him to welcome him too in people who appeal to us for forgiveness and a bit of warmth, for patience and hope and joy. Let them not pass your servants by. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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.

Sept 15: OL of Sorrows - Feast of Holy Cross

Sept 15  (Our Lady of Sorrows or Mother of Sorrows) https://www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-sorrows/: Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35: 

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?

Sept 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

  The Triumph of the Cross 

Numbers 21:4-9; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17 

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.  

The Nativity of the BVM, September 8




The Nativity of the BVM, September 8
Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30 / Matthew 1-16, 18-23

Giving birth to God
Chinua Achebe, the well-known Nigerian author, made an interesting remark in his book ‘The Anthills of the Savanna’. He tells us how in both the Bible and his African traditions, women are blamed for all that went wrong in the world. In our biblical tradition, it is the familiar story of Eve. In Achebe’s tradition, women were the reason that God, who once lived very near to his human creation left it. God was so near that the women, who were pounding their millet into flour hit God.

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.

Sept 8: Monti Fest


21st Week, Friday, August 27: St. Monica

 21st Week, Friday, August 27: St. Monica

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 / Matthew 23:23-26

Paul instructs the Thessalonians; God called us to holiness. 

21st Week, Saturday, August 28; St. Augustine

 21st Week, Saturday, August 28; St. Augustine

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12: Mt 25:14-30

Paul encourages the people; Make even greater progress.

21st Week, Thursday, August 26

 21st Week, Thursday, August 26

1 Thess 3:7-13 / Matthew 24:42-51

Paul prays for the Thessalonians; May God make your love grow.   

21st Week, Wednesday, August 25

 21st Week, Wednesday, August 25

1 Thess 2:9-13 / Matthew 23:27-32

Paul thanks God for the Thessalonians; They accepted his word as God's word.

21st Week: Aug 23-28:

 21st Week: Aug 23-28:

 Aug 23 Monday (St. Rose of Lima, Virgin): 

The context: It is the third day of the original “Holy Week” in Jerusalem, a day of controversy and personal attacks.  The Master is under fire, and challenges the religious leaders of Israel, pronouncing the first three of the eight woes Jesus would levy levies against the religious leaders, calling them hypocrites and publicly humiliating them.

22nd Sunday: Purification - Both Inside and Outside

 

20 Sunday B: Living Bread for the Life of the World



 Michel DeVerteuil 
Textual Comments
This is the fourth passage from John 6 that the Church invites us to meditate on at this time of the year, and the third in which Jesus gives the people a teaching based on their experience of the miraculous feeding.

St. Bartholomew, Apostle, Tuesday, Aug 24


Rev 21:9-14 / John 1:45-51
Dad and mangoes, Lilly wants 2; grandma

St Bartholomew was from Cana in Galilee, and he was often identified as Nathaniel in the gospel of John but the other gospels listed him together with Philip as one of the first apostles chosen by Christ. From the gospel, we can make a presumption of what kind of character he was. Here’s an Israelite without guile. First Israelite was Jacob ….cunning ….

Aug 15: Assumption of Mary - Liturgy

Greeting

    Glory and honor to our risen Lord, whose victory over death was shared first by her who was closest to him, his Mother, the Virgin Mary. May her Son, the Lord Jesus, be always with you. R/ And also with you.

21st Week, Monday, August 23

 21st Week, Monday, August 23

1 Thes 1:2-5, 8-10 / Matthew 23:13-22

Paul rejoices over the Thessalonians; They turned to God.

20th Week, Saturday, August 21

 20th Week, Saturday, August 21

Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 / Matthew 23:1-12 

Ruth marries Boaz; Ruth gave birth to David (Obed, father of Jesse, father of David)

21 Sunday B: Liturgical Prayers

1. Are You on My Side?
2. We Have Made a Choice
3. Though Not Perfect, It Is Beautiful Inside 

Greeting (see Second Reading)
Christ loved his Church;
he gave himself up for her
to make her holy and immaculate;
he nourishes us and cares for us.
May his love and peace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

20th Week, Friday, August 20

 20th Week, Friday, August 20

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22 / Matthew 22:34-40 

Ruth befriends Naomi; "Wherever you go I will go. "

20th Week, Thursday, August 19

 20th Week, Thursday, August 19
Judges 11:29-39 / Matthew 22:1-14 

God raises up a leader for Israel; He chose Jephthah, an outcast

20th Week, Wednesday, August 18

20th Week, Wednesday, August 18
Judges 9:6-15 / Matthew 20:1-16
 
The people elect a new leader; The worst Person won by default.

20th Week, Tuesday, Aug 17

 20th Week, Tuesday, Aug 17

Judges 6:11-24 / Matthew 19:23-30 

Gideon protests; God's call to him; He said, "lam the lowest of the low. "

20th Week, Monday, August 16

 20th Week, Monday, August 16

Judges 2:11-19 / Matthew 19:16-22

Israel sins against God; They worshiped false gods.

21 Sunday B: Loyalty and Faithfulness

 
Michel DeVerteuil 
Textual Comments
This is the final extract from chapter 6 of John’s gospel that the Church invites us to meditate on at this time. We have had three rather abstract passages and, no doubt, you will be relieved to find that we have a story again, just as we had at the opening of the chapter.

Assumption of Mary and Independence Day in India




  Opening:

O God, our creator, you have made this world out of love and gathered us together as one family. Today we wish to thank you for Mary whom you freed from earthly bondage into your heavenly glory. Today 67 years ago you freed our Mother Land from foreign occupation. We thank you for all that is beautiful in India that we are proud of. Bless every citizen of our country that s/he may work for peace, prosperity and true freedom. Strengthen our hands that we may truly build and not destroy hearts and hopes, homes and future for your children.

19th Week: August 9-14

 19th Week: August 9-14 

Aug 9 Monday (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin, Martyr) 

The context: The first part of today’s Gospel gives Jesus’ second prediction of His sufferings, death and Resurrection. The second part is Jesus’ explanation of why He pays the Temple tax.

August 14: Fr. Maximillian Kolbe; 19th Week, Saturday

 August 14: Fr. Maximillian Kolbe; 19th Week, Saturday,

Joshua 24:14-29 / Matthew 19:13-15 

Joshua confronts the people; "Decide whom you will serve."

19th Week, Friday, August 13

 19th Week, Friday, August 13

Joshua 24:1-13 / Matthew 19:3-12

God looks after his people; "I saved you. "

19th Week, Thursday, August 12

 19th Week, Thursday, August 12

Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 / Matthew 18:21 - 19:1

The Israelites cross over the Jordan; The waters backed up.

19th Week, Wednesday, August 11

 19th Week, Wednesday, August 11

Duet 34:1-12 / Matthew 18:15-20

Moses dies; "You shall not enter the land. "

St. John Vianney - Aug 4

  


WALKING ON WATER

Introduction
The prophet Jeremiah first reminds the people of the punishment for their infidelity, but then he opens the perspectives to a beautiful restoration, when Israel shall be again God’s people and God will be their God.

Aug 10: Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, August 10

2 Cor 9:6-10 / John 12:24-26

Paul talks about giving; God loves a cheerful giver. 

19th Week, Monday, August 9

19th Week, Monday, August 9

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 / Matthew 17:22-27

Moses exhorts the Israelites; “Befriend the alien.” 

18th Week, Wednesday, Aug 4 - St. John Vianney

 

 August 4


WALKING ON WATER

Introduction
The prophet Jeremiah first reminds the people of the punishment for their infidelity, but then he opens the perspectives to a beautiful restoration, when Israel shall be again God’s people and God will be their God.

18th Week, Saturday, August 7

 18th Week, Saturday, August 7

Deut 6:4-13 / Matthew 17:14-20 

Moses recites the Shema Israel; "Love the Lord with all your heart."

Aug 6: Transfiguration of the Lord

Opening Stories:
1) The Samurai Warrior and the Zen Master

One day, a Samurai warrior went to a Zen master for instruction. "Please," the huge man asked in a thundering voice that was used to instant obedience, "teach me about heaven and hell."
The master scowled at the swordsman, then broke into mocking laughter. "Me, teach you about heaven and hell? I wouldn't waste a moment trying to instruct the brain of an overweight ignoramus like you! How dare you ask me for such a lofty insight?"
Well, upon hearing these words, the Samurai grew furious. No one could insult him like this and get away with it. Enraged, his face flushed and he drew his sword to chop off the teacher's head. Just as he was about to strike, the master raised his hand and calmly said "That, sir, is hell." 


18th Week, Thursday, August 5

 18th Week, Thursday, August 5

Numbers 20:1-13 / Matthew 16:13-23 

God blessed you greatly; You must keep his commandments

18th Week, Wednesday, August 4

 18th Week,  Wednesday, August 4

Numbers 13:1-2, 25 - 14:1, 26-29, 34-35 / Matthew 15:21-28 

The Israelites complain; The people wailed in the night.

18th Week, Tuesday, August 3

 18th Week, Tuesday, August 3

Numbers 12:1-13 / Matthew 15:1-2, 12-14

Aaron and Miriam envy Moses; "Doesn't God speak through us also?" 

18th Week: August 2-7:

 18th Week: August 2-7:

 August 2 Monday (St Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop) 

Matthew 14:13-21: 

The context: Today’s Gospel describes Jesus’ miraculous feeding of a great multitude.

18 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see the Gospel)
We have been looking for food that lasts,
the true bread from heaven, Jesus himself.
Those who believe in him will never grow thirsty.
May Jesus our Lord be always
our food and drink for life,
and may he always stay with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant

19th Sunday B: I'm the Living Bread

  Michel DeVerteuil

Textual Comments
In this passage, Jesus again draws lessons about life from the feeding of the five thousand.
I remind you that all teaching of Jesus recorded in the gospels is intended to speak to experience, and we must therefore appeal to our experience to discover its truth.

18th Week, Monday, August 2

 18th Week, Monday, August 2

Numbers 11:4-15 / Matthew 14:13-21

Moses prays to God; "1 can 't carry this burden any longer.

17th Week, Saturday, July 31

 17th Week, Saturday, July 31

Leviticus 25:1, 8-17 / Matthew 14:1-12 

God orders a jubilee; "Everyone shall return to his Property. "

17th Week, Friday, July 30

  17th Week, Friday, July 30

Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 / Matthew 13:54-58

God instructs Israel about worship; "Celebrate these feasts”

St. Martha, July 29

 St. Martha, July 29

1 John 4:7-16 / John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42   

Martha was born of noble and wealthy parents, but she is still more illustrious for the hospitality she gave to Christ our Lord.

17th Week, Wednesday, July 28

 17th Week, Wednesday, July 28

Exodus 34:29-35 / Matthew 13:44-46

The face of Moses changes; The face of Moses became radiant.

17th Week, Tuesday, July 27

 17th Week, Tuesday, July 27

Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28 / Matthew 13:36-43

Moses communicates with God; He talked to God as to another Person.

17th Week: July 26-31:

 17th Week: July 26-31:

July 26 Monday (St. Joachim & St. Ann, Parents of B.V. Mary): (Grandparents’ Day): Mt 13: 16-17: 

The Bible does not say anything about the parents of Mary.

17th Week, Monday, July 26

 17th Week, Monday, July 26

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34 / Matthew 13:31-35

The Israelites sin gravely; They fashioned a golden calf.

17 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (see second reading)
We are gathered here together
by the Holy Spirit as one body,
united in one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
and one God, the Father of all.
May the Lord Jesus, who has called us together,
be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. God Provides Food
The traditional sign in the scriptures that God loves us and cares for us is that he provides food for his people, usually bread, the staple food in much of the world. Can we believe this when so many go hungry? Let us first ask ourselves whether food is lacking or the distribution and sharing are bad. The bread of the Bible stands not only for food for the body but also for God's word, love, concern and presence. The most profound of these signs of God's care is the eucharist in which Jesus keeps giving himself as our food and drink for the road of life. Let us give thanks to the Father with Jesus this great gift.