July 1 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: God who is close to us

June 29th, 2018

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First Reading  Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

Death entered the world through the work of the devil.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11,12,13

A prayer of thanksgiving to God for having rescued us

 

Second Reading  2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15

As Christ became poor for our sake, so must we share with those in need from our abundance.

 

Gospel Reading Mark 5:21-43 ( shorter form, Mark 5:21-24,35b-43)

 

Why did Jesus go all the way to Jairus's house and take his little daughter by the hand in order to bring her back to life? Why not just do it from a distance? It is because God wants to be close to us; he wants to share His very life with us (the divine life), he wants to live in friendship with us. He wants to be part of our lives (to get involved with us -in all its ups and downs- and wants us to be a part of His life.  That’s the whole meaning of INCARNATION: God becoming man. He is Emmanuel: God with us. God truly does want to walk by our side through the Church’s sacraments. They are instruments through which God enters into the very flesh and blood of our daily lives just as Jesus entered into the house of Jairus. Our God doesn't keep his distance; he walks by our side.

June 24 - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time : A God who guides me through storms of life

June 23rd, 2018

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First Reading  Job 38:1,8-11

The Lord answers Job's complaints.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31

A song of praise to God for rescue

 

Second Reading  2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Those in Christ are a new creation.

 

Gospel Reading Mark 4:35-41

 

The sea is a wonderful metaphor in Scripture. It represents evil, chaos and disorder. So, when Jesus calms the storm and the sea is stilled, it is a symbol for us that God can still the chaos and disorder in our lives. In some versions of the Bible, it says that “Jesus rebuked the storm…” which is an illustration of the divine power of God at work in the world. Life is so unpredictable, we don’t know what surprises lie in store for us from day to day, even from hour to hour. The words of God to us in Isaiah 43 are so beautiful. His promise is this: “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.” That is the experience of Christians throughout history. That is the experience of so many of us. For those of us who are currently in the storms and chaos of life, the promise of God holds good for us today.

June 17 - Eleventh Sunday of the Ordinary Time: God works in mysterious and surprising ways

June 13th, 2018

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First Reading  Ezekiel 17:22–24

I, the Lord, bring low the high tree and lift high the lowly tree.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 92:2–3,13–16

They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

 

Second Reading  2 Corinthians 5:6–10

The lives of all are to be revealed before the tribunal of Christ.

 

Gospel Reading Mark 4:26–34

Today we read two of the three seed parables of Mark. All three are about seeds. The first parable tells about a farmer who planted seed. Some was planted in good soil, some in bad soil. Only the seed in the good soil bore fruit. This reveals that the kingdom can grow only in good hearts that are open to God. The second parable, which we read in today’s gospel, tells how seed grows beneath the soil without the farmer knowing how. It’s a mystery to him. This reveals that God’s kingdom grows in our heart in a marvellous, mysterious way, without our knowing how. The third parable, which we also read in today’s gospel, contrasts the tiny seed to the large beautiful plant that grows from it. This reveals that the tiny seed of the kingdom in our heart will eventually grow into something beautiful. It is from the smallest of all beginnings that great things will come. For all this to happen we must trust God and remain patient. If we trust God and remain patient, things will work out in God’ own time and in God’s own way. 

June 10 – Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B : Jesus our Brother

June 9th, 2018

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First Reading Genesis 3:9–15
Adam and Eve eat the fruit of the forbidden tree.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 130:1–2,3–4,5–6,7–8 (7bc)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

Second Reading  2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
We believe and so we speak.

Gospel Reading  Mark 3:20–35

 

Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.

In the section of the Gospel just before these verses, Jesus calls his Twelve Apostles. Now he performs his first exorcism. It is told within the context of conflict with his family.

A crowd so large has gathered that Jesus and his disciples are not even able to eat their bread. His family comes to take him away because they think he is beside himself. And the scribes think he is possessed by the devil. Jesus points out to them the absurdity of their thinking that he uses the devil to cast out demons. In fact, it is Jesus who ties up the strong man, Beelzebub, and overcomes him.

He concludes with a brief saying about the forgiveness of sins. All sin can be forgiven except for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. It’s not known exactly what he means by this. It could be that the only sin that can’t be forgiven is the one that cuts you off from the source of forgiveness, the Holy Spirit.

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