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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?"