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?

 

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.

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.

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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