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.
May 9th, 2016
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.
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.
May 5th, 2016
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.
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.
April 26th, 2016
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.
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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