July 3 - Fourteenth Sunday in the Ordinary Time: I have a mission

June 29th, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 10:1-12,17-20

 

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 26 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Free to Follow

June 22nd, 2016

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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:51-62

 

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 19 - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Who is Jesus?

June 16th, 2016

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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. 

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:18–24 

 

 

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 12 - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Many Sins, Great Love

June 8th, 2016

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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.


Gospel Reading
Luke 7:36—8:3



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 5 - Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Restored to Life

June 1st, 2016


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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.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 7:11–17

 

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).

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