May 29 - The Feast of Corpus Christi: the Living bread

May 25th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:11b-17

 

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.

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May 22 - Holy Trinity Sunday: One God in Three persons

May 19th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
John 16:12-15

 

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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May 15 - Pentecost Sunday : Renewing and recreating

May 9th, 2016

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First Reading Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
The Holy Spirit descends upon the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm104:1,24,29-31,34
God's Spirit renews the earth.

 

Second Reading  1Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Romans 8:8-17
We are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-23

 

 

Todayis the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the infant Church. The church isbeing constantly renewed and recreated by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirittakes us (1) from fear and confusion to courage and fortitude, (2) from deathand darkness to life and light, (3)from slavery to the flesh to the gloriousfreedom of the sons of God, (4) from dissension and disharmony to unity andpeace.

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May 8 - Ascension of Our Lord : We are witnesses

May 5th, 2016

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First Reading Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11
Jesus is taken up to heaven in the presence of the Apostles.

 

Responsorial PsalmPsalm 47:2-3,6-9
Sing praise to God as he mounts his throne.

 

Second Reading Ephesians 1:17-23 orHebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
God raised Jesus from the dead and seated him at his right hand.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 24:46-53

  

Today we celebrateJesus' return to the Father. We might compare the Feast of the Ascension to thepassing of a baton from one runner to another in a relay race. Jesus passed thebaton of his work to Peter, James and John. They in return passed it on to us.And now it is our turn to pass it on to others. This means living out Jesus'teaching in our own personal lives and to live Jesus in our own lives.

 

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May 1 - Sixth Sunday of Easter: Our real home is in heaven

April 26th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of theApostles 15:1-2,22-29
The early Church community determines, with the help of the Holy Spirit, not toimpose the requirement of circumcision on Gentile Christians

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8
A prayer that all the nations sing praise to God.

Second Reading  Revelation 21:10-14,22-23
The vision of the splendor of the heavenly Jerusalem is described.

Gospel Reading
John 14:23-29

Our real home is inheaven "gleaming with the splendour of God" (Rev 21:11). However Godhas made his abode in our hearts as well: "If anyone loves me and keeps myword, I and my Father will come to dwell in him" (Jn 14:23)

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April 24 - Fifth Sunday of Easter : Newness, Glory, and Love

April 19th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of theApostles 14:21-27
Paul and Barnabas proclaim the good news in many places.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm145:8-9,10-11,12-13
A song of praise to God.

Second Reading  Revelation 21:1-5a
John describes his vision of a new heaven and a new earth.

Gospel Reading
John 13:31-33a,34-35

According to the Gospel of John, the actuation and the realization of all these 3realities took place on the Cross. Therefore we are invited to experience thesame in our moments of joy and in moments of Sorrow.

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April 17 - Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Good Shepherd Sunday

April 11th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32,40b-41 
The apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin and ordered to stop speaking in Jesus' name.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11-12,13
A song of praise to God who rescues us.

Second Reading  Revelation 5:11-14
John describes his vision of the praises that will be sung to the Lamb by every creature on heaven and earth.

Gospel Reading
John 21:1-19 (short form:John 21:1-14)

In the gospel reading Jesus identifies himself as the shepherd: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me”(John 10:27). Remember, each week we take Jesus inside us in the Eucharist and our greatest protection and shepherding comes from within. Take the time to listen to Jesus. Spend some quality time this week with Jesus. Just a few minutes to listen quietly or reflect on his words can change your day. That is how we are nourished. And that is how we can be judged.

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April 10 – Third Sunday of Easter: To love like Jesus

April 5th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16 
Peter and the apostles perform many signs and wonders.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
A song of praise to the Lord.

Second Reading  Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19
John describes the instruction he received to write down his vision.

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-31

 

Todays Gospel presents to us the scene of Peter's repentance as three times Jesus asks him to make a profession of love. Jesus then explains just what Peter's love and leadership will require, foretelling Peter’s death by crucifixion: "you will stretch out your hands". This is agape love, that is self-forgetting love. Mother Theresa of Calcutta speaks of 'loving till it hurts'. That is Christian love. Can we love this way? Can we love the way Jesus loved?

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April 3 - Second Sunday of Easter: I believe

March 29th, 2016

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First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16
Peter and the apostles perform many signs and wonders.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
A song of praise to the Lord.

Second Reading  Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19
John describes the instruction he received to write down his vision.

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-31

 

Each one of us must come to our own personal faith in Jesus. We can't believe just because our friends do. Their faith can help us and challenge us and strengthen us but it is not enough. We must arrive at our own personal faith in Jesus just as Thomas did in today's Gospel.

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March 27 - Easter Sunday: We are an Easter people

March 26th, 2016

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First Reading Genesis 1:1—2:2 (shorter form, Genesis 1:1,26-31a)
God creates the heavens and the earth.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm104:1-2,5-6,10,12-14,24,35 or Psalm 33:4-7,12-13,20-22
A song of praise to God, the Creator.

Second Reading Genesis 22:1-18 (shorter form, Genesis 22:1-2,9a, 10-13, 15-18)
God puts Abraham to the test.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 16:5,8-11
The Lord shows us the path of life.

Third Reading Exodus 14:15—15:1
The Israelites pass through the Red Sea.

Responsorial Psalm Exodus 15:1-6,17-18
The song of praise that the Israelites sang after crossing the Red Sea.

Fourth Reading Isaiah 54:5-14
The Lord promises to redeem Israel.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm30:2,4-6,11-13
A prayer of thanksgiving for God's redemption.

Fifth Reading Isaiah 55:1-11
A call to return to the Lord who is merciful.

Responsorial Psalm Isaiah 12:2-6
The Lord sends his salvation.

Sixth Reading Baruch 3:9-15,32—4:4
Israel is told to follow the way of God's commandments.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 19:8-11
A prayer of praise for God's commandments.

Seventh Reading Ezekiel 36:16-17a,18-28
The Lord will cleanse Israel for the sake of his holy name.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 42:3,5; 53:3,4 orIsaiah 12:2-3,4bcd,5-6
A prayer of praise for God who saves us.

Epistle  Romans 6:3-11
Those who have been baptized have died with Christ.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23
God's mercy endures forever.

Gospel Reading
Luke 24:1-12

 

Easter means experiencing thepower of Jesus changing a great tragedy in our lives into a glorious newbeginning. Therefore let us experience Easter in our lives each time we falland fail, each time we want to give up, each time we want to cry and give intofrustration. Jesus Can change us, he can bring us new life again. Therefore canwe dare to start afresh from Christ? That's the challenge of Easter.

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