August 27 - Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time : Take the Lower Place

August 24th, 2016

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First Reading  Isaiah 66:18-21
Nations of every language shall come to see my glory.


Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 117:1-2
Praise the Lord, all you nations.


Second Reading  Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13
Whom the Lord loves, he disciplines. 


Gospel Reading
Luke 13:22-30 


In the Gospel of Luketoday we also hear Jesus talking about humility. Our Gospel acclamation todaysays “I am meek and gentle of heart.” Indeed this quality of humility is onefor which Jesus is very much a role model. We often talk about how Jesuslowered himself to become like us – a God becoming a man! How much more humblecould he be? So when Jesus talks about humility we know that he is “walking thetalk”! This idea is actually a theme in Luke, and it is the same theme that weread in the first reading: The greater you are, the more you must humbleyourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. Luke startedthis theme in the first chapter with the beautiful Magnificat of Mary we heardtwo weeks ago: He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hassent away empty. He will end it with Jesus at the Last supper taking on therole of servant.

 

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August 21 – Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C : Enter through the narrow Gate

August 16th, 2016

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First Reading  Isaiah 66:18-21
Nations of every language shall come to see my glory.


Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 117:1-2
Praise the Lord, all you nations.


Second Reading  Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13
Whom the Lord loves, he disciplines.


Gospel Reading
Luke 13:22-30


 “The gate to perdition is the devil,through whom we enter into hell; the gate of life is Christ, through whom weenter into the kingdom of Heaven. The Devil is said to be a wide gate, notextended by the mightiness of his power, but made broad by the license of hisunbridled pride. Christ said to be a strait Gate not with respect to smallnessof power, but to His humility; for He whom the whole world contains not, shutHimself within the limits of the Virgin’s womb” (St. John Chrysostom).

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August 15 - The Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven : Crown of Glory

August 15th, 2016

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life is a defined dogma of the Catholic Church. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII, exercising papal infallibility, declared in "Munificentissimus Deus" that it is a dogma of the Church "that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." As a dogma, the Assumption is a required belief of all Catholics; anyone who publicly dissents from the dogma, Pope Pius declared, "has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith." The "Magnificat," which we find in Luke's Gospel, indicates that the praise of the Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, intimately united to Christ her son, regards the Church of all times and places. The evangelist's report of these words presupposes that the glorification of Mary was already present at that time and that he saw it as a duty and task of the Christian community for all generations. Mary's words tell us that it is a duty of the Church to recall Our Lady's greatness in faith. This solemnity is, then, an invitation to praise God and to look to Our Lady's greatness since we know who God is by gazing about the faces of those who are His.

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August 14 - Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Fire upon the Earth

August 11th, 2016

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First Reading  Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10
Jeremiah is punished for criticizing the wealthy for their corruption and theirinjustice to the poor.


Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 40:2-4,18
A prayer for God's help


Second Reading  Hebrews 12:1-4
Let us persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyesfixed on Jesus.


Gospel Reading
Luke 12:49-53


Jesus makes an important statementin today's Gospel.

a. "I have come to bringfire on the earth." This is not the fire of destruction, the fire thatravages rain forests every year. It is the fire of heat and light. It is thefire that cleanses and purifies. It is the fire of God's presence as in theburning bush that Moses saw, as in the pillar of fire that accompanied theIsraelites in the desert, as in the tongues of fire at Pentecost where thebringing of fire was mandated to the disciples, to the Church, to all of us. Asa purifying fire it can also bring pain and purification but it ultimatelyleads to conversion and liberation.

c. "I have come not tobring peace but division." It is especially painful to hear the Gospelspeak of families being broken up because of Jesus. But this is less a prophecyor an expression of God's will than a description of the Church's very realexperience from the time the Gospels were being written down to our own day. In many countries, both Christianindividuals and Christian communities are seen as a threat to governments,various power groups and other religious groups. We saw this in practicallyevery Communist regime during this century: the Soviet Union, the East Europeansatellites, China and Vietnam. And these governments had reason to fear eventhough Stalin mockingly asked once how many divisions the Pope had. Yet it wasthe faith of Christians, who, without firing a shot (Stalin was right), wassignificantly instrumental in the collapse of Communism in Central and EasternEurope. Yet, in the long history of the Church, how many families have sufferedbecause members became Christians? Most of us – especially those who have livedin non-Christian or anti-Christian societies – probably have met someone whowas rejected by their family for becoming an active Christian. And, notinfrequently, persecution comes even from other Christians, from within theChurch itself. And how many people realize that there have been more martyrsfor the faith in the supposedly advanced and civilized 20th century than in allthe preceding centuries!

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August 7 - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Being Faithful & Being Prepared

August 4th, 2016

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First Reading  Wisdom 18:6-9
The Hebrew people awaited the salvation of the just.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 33:1,12,18-22
Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

 

Second Reading  Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19
We will look for the city designed and built by God.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 12:32-48

 

 

Today the Gospel speaks to us -as the first theme- of the need to be prepared since our God is  a God who comes, a Godwho visits us. He can come to us in many ways. For example through theSacraments, through the Word of God, through the Priest, through the Communitygathered for worship, through the poor, the sick and the lowly, He could comeand speak to us through our live events and experiences etc etc. Are we readyto welcome him in all these modes of his coming? The second theme for todayspeaks to us the need to be faithful at all times. Thus Mother Theresa ofCalcutta would say : "God did not call us to be successful, but to befaithful." It is not what we do that matters at the end but how far wehave been faithful to Him and His Gospel. Let us ask God for the grace to beprepared all the time to welcome Him and that we be faithful we He callsus. 

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July 31 - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Fool’s Vanity

July 28th, 2016

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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.

Gospel Reading
Luke 11:1-13

 

Trust in God - as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus. We can harden our hearts in ways more subtle but no less ruinous. We can put our trust in possessions, squabble over earthly inheritances, kid ourselves that what we have we deserve, store up treasures and think they’ll afford us security, rest. All this is “vanity of vanities,” a false and deadly way of living, as this week’s First Reading tells us. This is the greed that Jesus warns against in this week’s Gospel. The rich man’s anxiety and toil expose his lack of faith in God’s care and provision. That’s why Paul calls greed “idolatry” in the Epistle this week. Mistaking having for being, possession for existence, we forget that God is the giver of all that we have, we exalt the things we can make or buy over our Maker (see Romans 1:25). Jesus calls the rich man a “fool” - a word used in the Old Testament for someone who rebels against God or has forgotten Him (see Psalm 14:1). We should treasure most the new life we have been given in Christ and seek what is above, the promised inheritance of heaven. We have to see all things in the light of eternity, mindful that He who gives us the breath of life could at any moment - this night even - demand it back from us.

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July 24 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Asked and Answered

July 20th, 2016

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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.


Gospel Reading
Luke 11:1-13


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.

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July 17- Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Serving God and Serving Neighbour

July 13th, 2016

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First Reading  Genesis 18:1-10a
Abraham entertains three strangers and is promised a son.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 15:2-5
Those who do justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

 

Second Reading  Colossians 1:24-28
The mystery hidden from ages past has now been revealed in Christ.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 10:38-42

 

Last Sunday we were shown through the Parable of the Good Samaritan how important it is to serve our neighbour : "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice". And in today's Gospel Jesus completes that by showing how important it is to serve God and give Him our fullest attention by highlighting Mary who was at His feet. Martha stands for the service to the Neighbour while Mary stands for the service to God. Thus we need to be both Martha and Mary.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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July 10 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: What We Must Do

July 7th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 10:25-37

 

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.”

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July 3 - Fourteenth Sunday in the Ordinary Time: I have a mission

June 29th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 10:1-12,17-20

 

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?

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