February 28 - 3rd Sunday of Lent : Repentance

February 23rd, 2016

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First Reading  Exodus 3:1-8a,13-15
God speaks to Moses from the burning bush and sends him to the Israelites.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 103:1-4,6-7,8,11
A prayer in praise of God's mercy

Second Reading  1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12
Paul teaches that the Scriptures were written to set an example for us.

Gospel Reading
Luke 13:1-9
 

The patience of God super abounds the Judgement of God. The longer a barren tree is left to grow, the greater the mischief it would perpetuate. Therefore it needs to be cut off. But God is so generous to give us a second chance so that we might not only bear fruits of good works but also rend our hearts and come back to God with repentance.

February 21 - Second Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration

February 17th, 2016

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First Reading  Genesis 15:5-12,17-18
God makes a covenant with Abraham, promising him many descendants.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 27:1,7-8,8-9,13-14
A prayer to God who is our salvation

Second Reading  Philippians 3:17-4:1 (or shorter form, Philippians 3:20-4:1)
Paul encourages the Philippians to remain firm in their faith that Christ will subject all things to himself.

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:28b-36

 

For the apostles the transfiguration was an awe-inspiring experience. They had never seen their master like this before. Peter, filled with consolation says,“Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us erect three booths here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” On Mount Tabor they didn't want to leave. In the Garden of Gethsemane they didn't want to stay. When Jesus was arrested they all fled. But it is not to be. The transfiguration is only a preparation for things to come. With Jesus they must descend the mountain to the valley below and on to the garden of Gethsemane and Calvary.

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?

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.

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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