2nd Week of Lent, Monday, Mar 1

 2nd Week of Lent, Monday, Mar 1

Daniel 9:4-10 / Luke 6:36-38
Jesus teaches his disciples; ' 'Stop judging and you will not be judged. "

A young businessman began dating a charming young actress. The relationship developed to the point that the businessman was pondering marriage.

Lent 2 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

"God did not spare his own Son
but gave him up to benefit us all."
He preferred his Son to die
rather than to give up his love for people.
This Jesus is with us now
as the guarantee of God's love.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.

1st Week of Lent, Friday, Feb 26

1st Week of Lent, Friday, Feb 26

Ezekiel 18:21-28 / Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus teaches about anger; "The angry Person is liable to judgment. 

The motor of a woman 's car died just as the traffic light turned green. She tried to restart it, but with no luck. Meanwhile, an impatient man behind her began honking his horn. Again and again, she tried to start her car, but with no luck. Now the man was honking more persistently.

1st Week of Lent, Wednesday, Feb 24

 1st Week of Lent, Wednesday, Feb 24

Jonah 3:1-10 / Luke 11:29-32

People asked Jesus for a sign; "No sign will be given. "


The sign of Jonah was the radical conversion of the Ninevites as a result of Jonah's preaching. The Ninevites underwent a radical conversion because they heard God's voice in Jonah's. The reason they converted was that their ears and hearts were open to what Jonah had to say.

Lent 1st Week: Feb 22-27:

Feb 22-27: Feb 22 Monday (Chair of St. Peter the Apostle): Mt 16:13-23: USCCB video reflections: By celebrating the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we honor the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ on Peter and continued in an unbroken line of his successors down to the present Pope.

Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Feb 20

 Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Feb 20

Isaiah 58: 9-14 / Luke 5: 27-32

Jesus talks about his mission: " "I came for those who need help.

Recently a convict sent a prayer he wrote to a Jesuit newsletter called Twofold. A portion of it reads:

Friday after Ash Wednesday, Feb 19

 Friday after Ash Wednesday, Feb 19

Isaiah 58:1-9 / Matthew 9:14-15

 Jesus talks about fasting: "My disciples will fast after I go.”

6th Week, Tuesday, Feb 16

 6th Week, Tuesday, Feb 16

Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 / Mark 8:14-21

Sin spreads; God was sorry that he made human beings.  

In July 1984, James Oliver Huberty took a gun and drove to McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California. Seventy-eight minutes later, 21 people lay dead and 19 more were injured in the worst massacre in our nation's history.

Lincoln and Kennedy - Mysterious Similarities

Can any history teacher explain this ...!!!

 Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress  1846.

John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

 Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.

John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

6th Week, Monday, Feb 15

  6th Week, Monday, Feb 15

Genesis 4:1-15, 25 / Mark 8:11-13

God banishes Cain; God put a mark on Cain.  

Ancient slaves were often tattooed or branded with the mark of their owner. Thus, if they escaped, this mark identified them. It also protected them, because a person would think twice before harming the slaves of a powerful owner. This background helps us understand Cain's words to God after he is sentenced to wander forever as a homeless nomad: "Anyone may kill me at sight." Cain refers to the fact that ancient nomads, like ancient slaves, had a mark that identified them as belonging to a tribe. 

Lent 1 Sunday B - Temptation of Jesus


1) We reflect today on the deserts to which people have been driven away:

 psychological, sociological, political and economic deserts:

-by ISIS and Al Qaida creating homeless and stateless refugees
-asylum seekers, job seekers
-divorces, unwed mothers and their children
-gambling and alcoholism
-terminal illness and elderly people
-stock markets, greed and fraud
-abandoned children, reckless teenagers

6th Week Feb 15-20

 6th Week Feb 15-20:

Feb 15 Monday: Mk 8:11-13: The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them and getting into the boat again he departed to the other side. USCCB video reflections:

6 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Whatever you do,
do it for the glory of God.
Try to be helpful to anyone
for the advantage of others.
Take Christ for your model.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Some People To Be Shunned? (Option 1)
The message of today is that the Lord Jesus touched with his healing power even the untouchable. Today let each of us reflect how often in life Jesus has touched us. He touched us with his love in baptism when he saved us from our isolation and gave us the Christian community to live in. He touched us each time he came to us in the Eucharist to speak to us and give us his body. He touches us often with his healing forgiveness, with his consolation in moments of distress, with his strength when we are timid, with his wisdom when we are confused. But do we let him touch us? And do we touch one another with healing care?

5th Week, Saturday, Feb 13

 5th Week, Saturday, Feb 13

Genesis 3:9-24 / Mark 8:1-10

You ate the forbidden fruit; “In pain you shall bear children.”


Francis Thompson was a famous British poet in the late 19th century. One of his poems, called “Daisy,” reads: “Nothing begins and nothing ends That is not paid with moan; For we are born in other’s pain, and perish in our own.”

Ash Wednesday

5th Week, Friday, Feb 12

 5th Week, Friday, Feb 12

Genesis 3:1-8 / Mark 7:31-37

 You will be like God; “You will know good from evil. ”

A recent study on vandalism in USA dramatizes the price we pay for sin— in monetary terms alone. The study estimated that vandalism costs us over a billion dollars a year. Consider a few examples.

5th Week, Thursday, Feb 11

 5th Week, Thursday, Feb 11

Genesis 2:18-25 / Mark 7:24-30

 God makes a woman; Then God brought her to the man.


In the early 1980s, syndicated columnist Bob Greene cited a study by an attorney, Michael Minton, on the monetary value of a wife’s services. He began by listing the functions that almost every good mother performs. Here are just a few that we rarely consider: chauffeur, family counselor, dietician, public relations hostess, budget manager, interior decorator.

5th Week, Wednesday, Feb 10

 5th Week, Wednesday, Feb 10

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17 / Mark 7:14-23 

As yet there were no humans; So, God formed a man.


In one of his books, Dr. James Dobson cites an essay written by a third-grader. Called “What Is a Grandmother?” it makes delightful reading. Here are three excerpts from it. “Grandmothers don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like, ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’”

5th Week Feb 8-13:

 Feb 8-13: 

Feb 8 Monday (St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin): Mk 6: 53-56: 53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, 55 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well. 

5th Week, Tuesday, Feb 9

 5th Week, Tuesday, Feb 9

Genesis 1:20 - 2:4 / Mark 7:1-13

Let birds fly across the sky; And God made all kinds of winged birds.

The Manx shearwater, a seagull-like bird, makes its home in tiny holes in a cliff on an island off the coast of Wales. One day a researcher caught one of these birds, put a band on its leg, and had it flown 3,000 miles to Boston.

6th Sunday B: February 14 - Healing of Leprosy and Other discriminations

12th February is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth and — most historians and scholars consider — our greatest President of America.

6 Sunday B: Healing of the Leper

Gospel reading: Mark 1:40-45

3 Sundays - 3 healings: One at the Synagogue, second at the home and the third at the market place (outside). These are the locations of our ministries. These are places we do our healings/ministries.

At the synagogue the man with the unclean spirit shouts at Jesus as the "Holy one of God" (first recognition of Jesus in Mark). Peter's mother-in-law makes no declaration but gets up and serves him whereas the leper goes around proclaiming him. He announces abroad. Visible missionary zeal. Again three attitudes of response to healing: out of fear, out of love and out of faith.

Notice again, our ministry is three-fold: Spiritual (at the Church), at the family and at the society.

5th Week, Monday, Feb 8

 5th Week, Monday, Feb 8

Genesis 1:1-19 / Mark 6:53-56

Let there be lights in the sky; And God made the stars.


Author Arthur Gordon tells how one night his father woke him and took him outside. As they looked up at the sky together, little Arthur saw a star dart across the sky.

4th Week, Saturday, Feb 6

 4th Week, Saturday, Feb 6

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21 / Mark 6:30-34

To Christ be glory forever: He brings out in you what is pleasing.


Shortly after Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union, he completed a two-week run at the Kennedy Center. At the end of the two weeks, a critic wrote: “As the two weeks went by I realized something more amazing than the dancing of Baryshnikov was happening. A young woman, Gelsey Kirkland ...had been chosen by Baryshnikov to be his partner....“She sparkled; she was radiant; she was full of life.

4th Week, Friday, Feb 5

 4th Week, Friday, Feb 5

Hebrews 13:1-8 / Mark 6:14-29 

Imitate your forefathers; Love your fellow Hebrews.

One Sunday morning a pastor began his homily by holding up a huge triangle. Then he said, “My homily this morning is like this triangle. It too has three points.

4th Week, Thursday, Feb 4

 4th Week, Thursday, Feb 4

Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24 / Mark 6:7-13

The new covenant;  the blood of Jesus changed our lives.


Bishop Sheen used to compare the Old Testament to radio and the New Testament to television. The Old Testament lets you hear God’s word. But the New Testament not only lets you hear God’s word but also lets you see the God who utters it.