July 20th, 2016
First Reading Genesis 18:20-32
Abraham pleads with God to save the innocent people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 138:1-3,6-8
Lord, on the day I cried for help, you answered me.
Second Reading Colossians 2:12-14
You were buried with Christ in Baptism and also raised with him.
Though we be “but dust andashes,” we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abrahamdares in this week’s First Reading. The mystery of prayer, as Jesus reveals to Hisdisciples in this week’s Gospel, is the living relationship of beloved sons anddaughters with their heavenly Father. Our prayer is pure gift, madepossible by the “good gift” of the Father - the Holy Spirit of His Son. It isthe fruit of the New Covenant by which we are made children of God in ChristJesus (see Galatians 4:6-7; Romans 8:15-16). Jesus teaches His disciples topersist in their prayer, as Abraham persisted in begging God’s mercy for theinnocent of Sodom and Gomorrah. This intriguing story of Abraham interceding forSodom is not really about a numbers game but about the significance of salvationfor the righteous in a corrupt community. Authentic prayer opens us up tothe action of God's Spirit, bringing us in line with God's desires, and makingus into true disciples, obedient to Jesus and to the Father who has sent him.Prayer becomes one of the ways by which we follow Jesus in the Christian life.
July 13th, 2016
Abraham entertains three strangers and is promised a son.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm
Those who do justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Second Reading Colossians
The mystery hidden from ages past has now been revealed in Christ.
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July 7th, 2016
First Reading Deuteronomy 30:10-14
Moses reminds the people that God's commandments are not remote but are alreadyin their hearts.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,36-37
Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
Second Reading Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus is the head of the body, the Church.
In today’s Gospel we are given the summary ofChristian belief: Love God & Love Neighbour. This command is nothing remoteor mysterious - it’s already written in our hearts, in the book of sacredScripture: “You have only to carry it out,” Moses says in this week’s FirstReading. Jesus tells His interrogator the same thing: “Do this and you willlive.” -The scholar, however, wants to know where he can draw the line.That’s the motive behind his question: “Who is my neighbor?”. In hiscompassion, the Samaritan in Jesus’parable reveals the boundless mercy ofGod - who came down to us when we were fallen in sin, close to dead, unableto pick ourselves up. Like the Samaritan, He pays the price for us, heals thewounds of sin, pours out on us the oil and wine of the sacraments, entrusts usto the care of His Church, until He comes back for us. Because His love hasknown no limits, ours cannot either. We are to love as we have been loved, todo for others what He has done for us - joining all things together in His Body,the Church. This is the love that leads to eternal life, the love Jesuscommands today of the scholar, and of each of us - “Go and do likewise.”
June 29th, 2016
First Reading Isaiah 66:10-14c
I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 123:1-4
Our eyes are fixed on the Lord.
Second Reading Galatians 6:14-18
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
St.Luke is unique in recording a mission of the 72 in addition to a mission of theTwelve. God has given us life and brought us to this world for a definitepurpose. We are given some definite service and a mission to fulfil."Somehow I am necessary for His purposes" says John Henry CardinalNewman. Have you realized the purpose for which God gave you life? Have youidentified the mission entrusted to you? Are you doing something to accomplishthat mission?
June 22nd, 2016
First Reading 1 Kings 19:16b,19-21
Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm16:1-2,5,7-11
I set the Lord ever before me.
Second Reading Galatians5:1,13-18
Christ has set us free.
In todays Readings we are reminded that those who wish to JoinChrist must be ready to disengage themselves from any earthly home, ready todisengage from past responsibilities and ready to disengage from pastrelationships. This simply means singular detachment from earthly matters.Jesus asks his disciples to put Him first even before the most demanding familyties. Can we do that?
June 16th, 2016
First Reading Zechariah 12:10–11; 13:1
Zechariah prophesies a time of great mourning.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 63:2–6,8–9
A psalm of longing to return to a close relationship with God.
Second Reading Galatians 3:26–29
For the baptized, union with Christ goes beyond all boundaries.
Today's Gospel invitesus to believe in Jesus who is the Christ and only in Him. A common misconception among the crowd wasthat the Christ would be a powerful political liberator who would set Israelfree from the Romans. This was far from the truth. The Son of Man isdestined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chiefpriests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the thirdday. Thus we are reminded that we are to believe in Christ but that Christis different in the sense that He comes with the Cross and on the Cross.
June 8th, 2016
First Reading 2 Samuel 12:7-10,13
God's judgment on David for taking another man's wife
Responsorial Psalm Psalm32, 1-2,5,7,11
A prayer for forgiveness.
Second Reading Galatians2:16,19-21
We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ.
In this Sunday’sreadings we are like the fallen king, David, and the woman who weeps at Jesus’feet. And like David, and like the woman in the Gospel, we fall into sin. Ourcrimes may not be as grave as David’s (see 2 Samuel 11:1–26) or as“many” asthat woman’s (see Luke 7:47). But we often squander the great gift of salvationwe’ve been given. Often we fail to live up to the great calling of being sonsand daughters of God. The good news of today’s readings, the good news of JesusChrist, is that we can return to God in the sacrament of confession. Each of uscan repeat Paul’s wondrous words in this week’s Epistle: “The Son of God hasloved me and given himself up for me.” The issue is not how much sin is in your life, but how muchrepentance there has been, giving way to forgiveness.
June 1st, 2016
First Reading 1 Kings 17:17–24
A widow’s son is brought back to life by the prophet Elijah.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 30:2,4,5–6,11–12,13(2a)
The psalmist praises the Lord for deliverance from harm.
Second Reading Galatians 1:11–19
Paul defends his authority to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus in today’s Gospel meets a funeral procession coming out of thegates of the town of Nain. Unlike when he raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) orLazarus (John 11), no one requests his assistance. Moved by compassion for thewidow who had lost her only son, Jesus steps forward and, laying his hand onthe bier, commands him to arise. Like the physical healings that heperformed, Jesus’ raising people from the dead is a sign of the Messiah’sarrival (Luke 7:22). But it is more than that; these healings are visible signsof the awakening and liberating of men from the spiritual death caused by sin(see Mark 2:1-12).
May 25th, 2016
First Reading Genesis 14:18-20
Melchizedek, king of Salem, blessed Abram.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 110:1-4
You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death ofthe Lord until he comes.
Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, orthe Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is true food and drinkbut at the same time it is very different from every other food and drink. Thegreat difference lies in these words of Christ which St Augustine heard inprayer, “You will not change me into yourself as you would food of yourflesh; but you will be changed into me.” We transform ordinary food intoour own bodies but the food of the Eucharist transforms us into the body ofChrist. Ludwig Feuerbach's statement that we become what we eat is never moretrue that in the Eucharistic experience.
May 19th, 2016
First Reading Proverbs 8:22-31
Wisdom was born before the earth was made.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 8:4-9
O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
Second Reading Romans 5:1-5
We boast of our afflictions.
Holy Trinity Sunday, iscelebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday in honour of the most fundamental ofChristian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity. We can never fully understand themystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God isthree Persons in one Nature. The three Persons of God —Father, Son, and HolySpirit— are all equally God, and They cannot be divided.
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