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