February 10th, 2016
Reading Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Moses describes the offering of praise for God's deliverance of Israel.
Psalm Psalm 91:1-2,10-11,12-13,14-15
A prayer for God's protection
Reading Romans 10:8-13
Paul teaches that we are saved by faith.
In today’s epic Gospel scene, Jesus relives in His
flesh the history of Israel. We’ve already seen that like Israel, Jesus has
passed through water, been called God’s beloved Son (see Luke 3:22; Exodus
4:22). Now, as Israel was tested for forty years in the wilderness, Jesus is
led into the desert to be tested for forty days and nights (see Exodus 15:25).
He faces the temptations put to Israel: Hungry, He’s tempted to grumble
against God for food (see Exodus 16:1-13), When the Devil asks His homage, He’s
tempted to do what Israel did in creating the golden calf (see Exodus
32) and as Israel quarrelled at Messiah, He’s tempted to doubt God’s care
(see Exodus 17:1-6). Jesus undergoes these same temptations. in the first He
was tempted with power over nature (“turn these stones into bread”), in the
second temptation Jesus was tempted with power over people (“worship me and I
will give you dominion over all nations”) and in the third he was tempted with
power over God (jump and God will send angels to protect you.”). Aren’t these
the same temptations that we face day in and day out?
February 9th, 2016
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
February 2nd, 2016
First Reading Isaiah 6:1-2a,3-8
Isaiah describes his vision and call from the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 138:1-5,7-8
A song of thanks to God who saves us
Second Reading 1 Corinthians
15:1-11 (shorter form, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8,11)
Paul reminds the Corinthians of the gospel that he announced to them.
In today’s Gospel Peter
trusts and obeys God's word: "at Thy Word I will lay my nets". In
doing so he experiences God's power in the great catch of fish. Because Peter
accepts his own inadequacy and sinfulness God is able to change him. The
scratches in our lives could become beautiful opportunities for God to turn a
negative into a positive, a minus into a plus.
January 27th, 2016
The Lord assures Jeremiah that he will deliver him from all who fight against
Responsorial Psalm Psalm
A song in praise of God's salvation
Second Reading 1
Paul describes love as the greatest of virtues.
Today in the Gospel we
see Jesus' own people rejecting Him. They were too familiar with Him to listen
to Him: "familiarity begets contempt". Jesus can only repeat the
proverb, that a prophet is not accepted in his own country. Are we ready to undergo
different hardships for the sake of Jesus and for the sake of His Gospel?
January 20th, 2016
Ezra reads from the book of the Law and interprets it for all to understand.
A song in praise of the Law of the Lord
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Paul explains that all were baptized into the one body of Christ.
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
As Jesus stands in the synagogue, he reads from the
scroll handed to him; it contains the words of the prophet Isaiah. At this
early moment in his ministry, Jesus announces his mission in continuity with
Israel's prophetic tradition. This reading from Isaiah defines Jesus' ministry.
We will find more evidence of this as we continue to read from Luke's Gospel
throughout the year. Jesus' ministry will include bringing glad tidings to the
poor, liberty to captives, healing to the sick, freedom to the oppressed, and
proclaiming a year acceptable to the Lord.
this text from Isaiah, Jesus announces God's salvation. The “year acceptable to
the Lord” is a reference to the Jewish tradition of Sabbath years and jubilee.
The Sabbath year was observed every seventh year.
January 12th, 2016
First Reading Isaiah 62:1-5
God delights in Israel and will rejoice as a bridegroom rejoices over his
Responsorial Psalm Psalm
A song in praise of God's marvelous deeds
Second Reading 1 Corinthians
All spiritual gifts originate from the same Spirit.
Today is the 2nd Sunday of the Ordinary Time. The Gospel present a
'theophany' where Jesus manifests himself as the one who brings a new taste, a
new colour and a new fragrance in to our lives. Wherever Jesus is - there is
new life, where ever Jesus is - there is an abundance, wherever Jesus is -
there is richness, and with whom Jesus is - their future is insured.
January 6th, 2016
Isaiah tells the people to prepare a way for the Lord.
A prayer praising God's greatness
Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7
Jesus Christ saved us and renewed us with his Holy Spirit.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of
Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our
Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His
baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters
and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the
importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes. At His
baptism Christ was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father; at our
Baptism we become the adopted sons of God. At Christ's baptism the heavens were
opened; at our Baptism heaven was opened to us. At His baptism Jesus prayed;
after our Baptism we must pray to avoid actual sin.
December 31st, 2015
First Reading Isaiah 60:1-6
Jerusalem shall be a light to all nations.
Responsorial Psalm Ps
Every nation on earth shall worship the Lord.
Second Reading Ephesians
Gentiles are coheirs in the promise of Christ.
Today is the feast of the three kings or the
magi or the wise men who were led to Jesus by a star. A star is a sign or a
symbol. God speaks to us through various Stars/signs. What is the star through
which God is trying to speak his word to me? That star should finally lead me
to pay homage to Him. Let my whole being worship Him.
December 29th, 2015
First Reading Nm 6:22-27
The Priestly Blessing of Moses
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
May the nations be glad
Second Reading Galatians 4:4-7
God sent his Son when the fullness of time comes.
Today as we begin a New
Year, the Church honours Mary with a sublime title: Mother of God. The
greatness of her motherhood is not primarily built on blood relationship. There
is a spiritual meaning for her motherhood. St. Augustine rightly says “Prium
concepit in mente quam corpore” which means “Mary conceived Jesus first in
her mind and later in her body”. This means that Mary was filled with Jesus
even spiritually. And as we begin this New Year let us ask God to help us to do
the same: to conceive Jesus in our minds, to be filled with Jesus.
December 25th, 2015
First Reading 1 Samuel 1:20-22,24-
Hannah dedicates her
son, Samuel, to the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 84:2-3,5-6,9-10
Those who dwell in the Lord's house are happy.
Second Reading 1 John 3:1-2,21-24
We are God's children now.
Today we celebrate the feast of
the Holy Family. This feast is part of the Christmas season, and we should
place today's Gospel in the context of what Luke's Gospel tells us about the
birth of Jesus. Luke has been answering the question “Who is Jesus?” through
his stories of the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. Today's Gospel reading
continues this theme. It has no parallel in the other Gospels and is the
conclusion of Luke's Infancy Narrative.
Joseph, and Jesus are presented in this Gospel as a faithful Jewish family.
They are participating in the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the feast of
Passover, an event shared each year with family and friends. When Jesus is
found, Luke describes him as seated in the Temple in the midst of the Jewish
teachers. Although he is young, Jesus seems not to need teaching about his
Jewish tradition. In his dialogue with these learned teachers, Jesus astounds
them with his insight and understanding. Jesus is a child of Israel. His Father
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