May 29 - The Feast of Corpus Christi: the Living bread

May 25th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:11b-17

 

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 22 - Holy Trinity Sunday: One God in Three persons

May 19th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
John 16:12-15

 

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 15 - Pentecost Sunday : Renewing and recreating

May 9th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-23

 

 

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 8 - Ascension of Our Lord : We are witnesses

May 5th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 24:46-53

  

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.

 

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