February 14 - First Sunday of Lent : Temptation

February 10th, 2016

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First Reading  Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Moses describes the offering of praise for God's deliverance of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 91:1-2,10-11,12-13,14-15
A prayer for God's protection

Second Reading  Romans 10:8-13
Paul teaches that we are saved by faith.

Gospel Reading
Luke 4:1-13

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?

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February 10 - Lent 2016

February 9th, 2016

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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.
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February 7 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Disciple’s Call

February 2nd, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 5:1-11 

 

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.

 

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January 31 - Fourth Sunday of the Ordinary Time (Year C): Rejection

January 27th, 2016

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First Reading  Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
The Lord assures Jeremiah that he will deliver him from all who fight against him.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5-6,15,17
A song in praise of God's salvation

 

Second Reading  1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13  
Paul describes love as the greatest of virtues.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 4:21-30

 

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?

 

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January 24 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C :The Word of God

January 20th, 2016

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First Reading  Nehemiah 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10
Ezra reads from the book of the Law and interprets it for all to understand.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 19:8,9,10,15
A song in praise of the Law of the Lord

Second Reading  1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Paul explains that all were baptized into the one body of Christ.

Gospel Reading
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.

Through 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.

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January 17 - Second Sunday of the Ordinary Time (Year C):When Jesus enters into our lives it is like ‘water changed into wine’

January 12th, 2016

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First Reading  Isaiah 62:1-5
God delights in Israel and will rejoice as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10
A song in praise of God's marvelous deeds

Second Reading  1 Corinthians 12:4-11
All spiritual gifts originate from the same Spirit.

Gospel Reading
John 2:1-11

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.

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January 10 - The Baptism of the Lord : Being the Beloved

January 6th, 2016

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First Reading  Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11  
Isaiah tells the people to prepare a way for the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 104:1b-4,24-25,27-30   
A prayer praising God's greatness

Second Reading  Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7  
Jesus Christ saved us and renewed us with his Holy Spirit.

Gospel Reading
Luke 3:15-16,21-22

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.

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January 3 - The Epiphany of the Lord: Worship

December 31st, 2015

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First Reading  Isaiah 60:1-6
Jerusalem shall be a light to all nations.

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13
Every nation on earth shall worship the Lord.

Second Reading  Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6
Gentiles are coheirs in the promise of Christ.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 2:1-12

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.

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January 1 - Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mother of God

December 29th, 2015

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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 and exult

Second Reading  Galatians 4:4-7
God sent his Son when the fullness of time comes.

Gospel Reading
Luke 2:16-21

 

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.

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December 27 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle C

December 25th, 2015

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 2:41-52

 

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.

 

Mary, 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 is God.

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