FIRST READING

26th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Fourth Week of General Time Daniel Daniel Luke 7:15-27 3: 82, 83, 84,85,86,87 21:34-36 Page 1007 Page 1002 Page 86

First reading from the Book of Daniel Chapter 7 verses 15 to 27
As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter: "As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever - forever and ever." Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped what was left with its feet; and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and concerning the other horn, which came up and to make room for which three of them fell out — the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke arrogantly, and that seemed greater than the others. As I looked, this horn made war with the holy ones and was prevailing over them, until the Ancient One came; then judgment was given for the holy ones of the Most High, and the time arrived when the holy ones gained possession of the kingdom. This is what he said: "As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth that shall be different from all the other kingdoms; it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them. This one shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. He shall speak words against the Most High, shall wear out the holy ones of the Most High, and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the law; and they shall be given into his power for a time, two times, and half a time. Then the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and totally destroyed. The kingship and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them." This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
26th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Fourth Week of General Time Daniel Daniel Luke Daniel 7:15-27 3: 82, 83, 84,85,86,87 21:34-36 3: 82, 83, 84,85,86,87 Give glory and eternal praise to the Lord! Page 1007 Page 1002 Page 86

Response:

I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. When my enemies turned back, They stumbled and perished before you. R: Give glory and eternal praise to the Lord!

For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment. The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished. R: Give glory and eternal praise to the Lord!

The LORD has made himself known, he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Rise up, O LORD! Do not let mortals prevail; Let the nations be judged before you. R: Give glory and eternal praise to the Lord!

26th November 2011

Response:

Give glory and eternal praise to the Lord!

BIBLE READING
26th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Fourth Week of General Time Daniel Daniel Luke 7:15-27 3: 82, 83, 84,85,86,87 21:34-36 Page 1007 Page 1002 Page 86

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 21 verse 34 to 36
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her." Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive." Then some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you have spoken well." For they no longer dared to ask him another question.

This is the word of the Lord.

quoting from the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 64:4. our Lord and Master. and afterward you will receive me to glory. That friendship could not cease with death. Jesus. drunkenness. nor in angels or evil spirits. and righteousness (Romans 14:17)." God has revealed to us through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:910). did not believe in immortality. The promise of paradise – heavenly bliss and unending life with an all-loving God – is beyond human reckoning. May he open the eyes that are concerned not with the present but with what is yet to come. he exclaimed: "I am the resurrection and the life. As Psalm 73:23-24 states: "I am continually with you. gluttony. nor ear heard. Jesus defeats their arguments by showing that God is a living God of a living people. God was the friend of Abraham. 84. through the same Lord. Isaac. and Jacob when they lived. 83. Do we believe in the resurrection and in the promise of eternal life with God? The Holy Spirit reveals to us the eternal truths of God's unending love and the life he desires to share with us for all eternity. Jesus Christ. joy. the Lord tells him that he is the God of Abraham. and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. In Exodus 3:6. for then we too shall begin to look not at what is seen but at what is not seen. such as greed. and freedom from our unruly desires and disordered passions – such as .85.86. Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. what God has prepared for those who love him. Meditation: Is there anything holding you back from the joy and freedom of the Lord? God wants our hearts for him and for his kingdom of peace. when God manifests his presence to Moses in the burning bush. They came to Jesus with a test question to make the resurrection look ridiculous. he who believes in me. unlike the Pharisees. offers us true freedom – freedom from the power of sin and wasted life. though he die. But our hearts can be weighed down by many different things. Isaac. yet shall he live. We have only begun to taste the first-fruits! Do we live now in the joy and hope of the life of the age to come? "May the Lord Jesus put his hands on our eyes also. You guide me with your counsel. whose glory and power will endure throughout the unending succession of ages. Their religion was literally grounded in an earthly image of heaven. 65:17) states: "What no eye has seen. The scriptures give proof of it. you hold my right hand.INTRODUCTION 26th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Fourth Week of General Time Daniel Daniel Luke 7:15-27 3: 82. that we may gaze on God in the Spirit." The ultimate proof of the resurrection is the Lord Jesus and his victory over death when he rose from the tomb. Jesus replies by dealing with the fact of the resurrection. Jesus asks us the same question. and Jacob.87 21:34-36 Page 1007 Page 1002 Page 86 “Give glory and eternal praise to the LORD!” Is our life earthbound or heaven bound? The Sadducees. may he unseal the heart's vision. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25). nor the heart of man conceived." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus to lead us to eternal life in Him. Paul the Apostle. and so many other harmful addictions and sinful habits.

KEY VERSE: "For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth" (v 35). as I have said." Now that we are reborn. The Lord knows our struggles. The description reminded me of some of the crazy science fiction movie clips on TV which always cause me wonder that anyone would want to go see them.making food. mercy. and doing nothing! The Lord wants us to cast our anxieties on him and to ask for his guidance and help. a joyful hope. little by little. and kingship" (Dn 7:13-14). He exhorted them to pray for the strength to endure the coming trials. And he assures us that we do not need to carry our burdens alone nor struggle without his help. trials. and help we need to fight temptation and to stay the course which he has set for us. an attitude of not caring. let us put on the complete image of our Creator so as to be wholly like him. and to be. Jesus also warns us of the temptation to slacken off – to become spiritually idle. indifferent. but in innocence. The apocalyptic language of today’s reading from Daniel is certainly graphic in its description of his anguish and the terror of his visions. Ask the Lord Jesus to rekindle the fire of his love in you so that you will be ready and eager to meet him when he comes again. If he cannot succeed in getting us to renounce our faith in Christ. guidance. lazy. in the likeness of our Lord. help me to live in faith as I await your glorious return. and a fervent love to see you face to face when you return in glory. It is very easy to get caught up in the things of the present moment or to be weighed down with anxious cares and concerns. He warned them not to indulge in carnal cravings and worldly anxieties that would dull their longing for that great day. and to be ever vigilant of his arrival (Greek. patience. those qualities in which he chose to become. That does not seem . gentleness. He is always very present and ready to give us whatever strength. glory. to distract us from pursuing God. Do you pray for God's strength and wisdom? Until the Lord comes again we can expect troubles. rouse my spirit to the truth that this world is passing away. Give me a lively faith. We can fall asleep spiritually if we allow other things to distract us from the reality of God and his kingdom. READING: Jesus often used the title "Son of Man" to describe his role as the humble servant of God who would be exalted through his death and resurrection. drink or anything else our master rather than our servant. especially in prayer and listening to his word. harmony. weaknesses. humility. This was a reference to the Book of Daniel in which the "Son of Man" ascended to the throne of God to receive everlasting "dominion. and temptations. and have indeed been adopted by God as his children. The fourth beast with iron teeth and bronze claws and its ten horns was destroying everything in its path. or inattentive to God's word and guidance for our lives. REFLECTING: In what ways am I preparing myself for Christ's coming in Advent? PRAYING: Lord Jesus. Jesus told his disciples not to be fearful of the cosmic events that would precede his arrival. simplicity. Our adversary the devil does not rest in his attempt to lure us away from God's will for our lives. parousia). and shortcomings. he will try. But there is one thing he doesn't tolerate: indifference. Jesus wants our hearts to be ruled by one thing only – his love and truth which enables us to choose whatever is good and to reject whatever is evil and harmful for us. "Lord Jesus. one with us. but to be ever watchful for his return. not in the glory that he alone possesses.

gossiping. We all probably need that constant reminder that we can not be consumed with all the glamorous aspects of life. He is honored by our trust not by our fear. drinking. and is not an easy passage to pray with. It contains a message that I need to remind myself of everyday. One wonders why the dire warnings at this particular time. Tomorrow is the beginning of advent. There is the promise that God will be a just judge. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of our everyday lives and forget to take time to really focus on what Jesus is really asking of us. This passage is the perfect reminder of how we should be living our daily lives. I try to challenge myself every morning to pray to God and ask for his help in allowing me to say no to temptations that could bring me further away from him and the life he has planned for me. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. He does not expect that we do it on our own. As we finish this church year. a time to strengthen our relationship with Jesus and prepare for his coming. It all seems out of place as we come to the close of the Church year on this last day of ordinary time. He will be there during the anxieties of our days and any sufferings that we encounter. etc. we see that there is hope. Then the gospel account with Jesus warning that the final day will approach with the surprise of a trap that will assault us with tribulations. it is our faith and trust in God that saves us. Shouldn’t the readings be more hopeful to prepare us for the beginning of Advent? But. may we put the anxieties of our lives in the loving hands of Jesus so that we can focus on preparing for his coming and bask in the warmth of his love. .'” -Luke 21:34-36 The Gospel passage for today is a short reading but yet so powerful. whether it’s spending money. There are so many bad distractions that can lead us down the wrong paths and turn us away from the path God has planned for us. and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. “Jesus said to his disciples: 'Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life. If I take a little bit of time everyday to acknowledge that I will be facing challenges then it may be easier to feel God’s strength in helping me turn away from these temptations.to have a place in the Bible. but instead we should be asking for God’s strength to help us focus on living our lives and not giving into temptations.. if we can get beyond these dire warnings.

.We all face temptations everyday. We all have different temptations that we are faced with and we need God's help in different ways. I will continue to pray that God will fill our lives with his presence and fill us with the courage to do the things he is asking of us. Let us each say a little prayer every morning to ask God to give us the courage and strength we need to say no to these temptations.

and abundant spoils that they had taken from the armies they had cut down. because things had not turned out for him as he had planned. When the king heard this news. 4&6. he was astounded and badly shaken.FIRST READING 19th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Third Week of General Time 1 Maccabees 6:1-13 Psalms Luke 9: 2-3. and weapons left there by Alexander son of Philip. but he could not because his plan had become known to the citizens and they withstood him in battle. 16&19 20:27-40 Page 493 Page 877 Page 84 First reading from the first Book of Maccabees Chapter 6 verses 1 to 13 King Antiochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elymais in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. perishing of bitter disappointment in a strange land. that the Jews had grown strong from the arms. Its temple was very rich. here I am. his town. So he called all his Friends and said to them. He lay there for many days. I seized all its vessels of silver and gold. I know that it is because of this that these misfortunes have come upon me. and that they had surrounded the sanctuary with high walls as before. that Lysias had gone first with a strong force. . Then someone came to him in Persia and reported that the armies that had gone into the land of Judah had been routed. but had turned and fled before the Jews. supplies.' But now I remember the wrong I did in Jerusalem. and I sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judah without good reason. and he realized that he was dying. So he fled and in great disappointment left there to return to Babylon. breastplates. 'To what distress I have come! And into what a great flood I now am plunged! For I was kind and beloved in my power. the Macedonian king who first reigned over the Greeks. I said to myself. He took to his bed and became sick from disappointment. "Sleep has departed from my eyes and I am downhearted with worry. that they had torn down the abomination that he had erected on the altar in Jerusalem. containing golden shields." This is the word of the Lord. So he came and tried to take the city and plunder it. and also Beth-zur. because deep disappointment continually gripped him.

16&19 20:27-40 9: 2-3. the very memory of them has perished. their cities you have rooted out. the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Let the nations be judged before you.RESPONSORIAL PSALM 19th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Third Week of General Time 1 Maccabees 6:1-13 Psalms Luke Psalms 9: 2-3. The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins. I will sing praise to your name. Rise up. he has executed judgment. R: I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart! For you have maintained my just cause. 4&6. O LORD! Do not let mortals prevail. R: I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart! 19th November 2011 Response: I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart! . They stumbled and perished before you. When my enemies turned back. R: I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart! The LORD has made himself known. 4&6. you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment. O Most High. 16&19 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart! Page 493 Page 877 Page 84 Response: I will be glad and exult in you.

and died childless. Indeed they cannot die anymore. 16&19 20:27-40 Page 493 Page 877 Page 84 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 20 verse 27 to 40 Some Sadducees. 4&6. In the resurrection.BIBLE READING 19th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Third Week of General Time 1 Maccabees 6:1-13 Psalms Luke 9: 2-3. This is the word of the Lord. where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham. and the God of Jacob. "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage. and so in the same way all seven died childless. therefore. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed. the first married. in the story about the bush. the God of Isaac. you have spoken well. because they are like angels and are children of God. "Teacher. but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Finally the woman also died. then the second and the third married her. for to him all of them are alive. ." Jesus said to them. but of the living." Then some of the scribes answered. came to him and asked him a question. being children of the resurrection. leaving a wife but no children." For they no longer dared to ask him another question. those who say there is no resurrection. "Teacher. Now he is God not of the dead. the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies. whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her. Now there were seven brothers.

That friendship could not cease with death.INTRODUCTION 19th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty Third Week of General Time 1 Maccabees 6:1-13 Psalms Luke 9: 2-3. nor ear heard. and Jacob when they lived. that we may gaze on God in the Spirit. he exclaimed: "I am the resurrection and the life. did not believe in immortality. the Lord tells him that he is the God of Abraham. though he die. may he unseal the heart's vision. quoting from the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 64:4. yet shall he live. . Jesus Christ. Their religion was literally grounded in an earthly image of heaven." The ultimate proof of the resurrection is the Lord Jesus and his victory over death when he rose from the tomb. whose glory and power will endure throughout the unending succession of ages. and afterward you will receive me to glory." God has revealed to us through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:910). Jesus asks us the same question. and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Jesus defeats their arguments by showing that God is a living God of a living people. God was the friend of Abraham. Jesus replies by dealing with the fact of the resurrection. May he open the eyes that are concerned not with the present but with what is yet to come. what God has prepared for those who love him. We have only begun to taste the first-fruits! Do we live now in the joy and hope of the life of the age to come? "May the Lord Jesus put his hands on our eyes also. 16&19 20:27-40 Page 493 Page 877 Page 84 “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart!” Is our life earthbound or heaven bound? The Sadducees. you hold my right hand." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus to lead us to eternal life in Him. he who believes in me. 4&6. Paul the Apostle. The promise of paradise – heavenly bliss and unending life with an all-loving God – is beyond human reckoning. You guide me with your counsel. In Exodus 3:6. Do we believe in the resurrection and in the promise of eternal life with God? The Holy Spirit reveals to us the eternal truths of God's unending love and the life he desires to share with us for all eternity. when God manifests his presence to Moses in the burning bush. nor the heart of man conceived. 65:17) states: "What no eye has seen. through the same Lord. They came to Jesus with a test question to make the resurrection look ridiculous. Isaac. unlike the Pharisees. Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. for then we too shall begin to look not at what is seen but at what is not seen. The scriptures give proof of it. nor in angels or evil spirits. and Jacob. Isaac. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25). As Psalm 73:23-24 states: "I am continually with you.

42-43 18: 1-8 Page 732 Page 641 Page 81 First reading from the Book of Wisdom Chapter 18 verses 14 to 16 and Chapter 19 verses 6 to 9 For while gentle silence enveloped all things. Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. Greet also the church in their house. and my beloved Stachys. . the writer of this letter. but also all the churches of the Gentiles. who was the first convert in Asia for Christ. to whom not only I give thanks. I Tertius. the city treasurer. into the midst of the land that was doomed. from the royal throne. 16 and 22 to 27 Greet Prisca and Aquila. your all-powerful word leaped from heaven. All the churches of Christ greet you. greet you. and they were in Christ before I was. 10-11 16: 9-15 Page 164 Page 666 Page 79 First reading from the Book of Romans Chapter 16 verses 3 to 9. 36-37. Gaius. Greet Ampliatus.5th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty first Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 16: 3-9. and who risked their necks for my life. my relatives who were in prison with me. 22-27 145: 2-3. and stood and filled all things with death. 19: 6-9 105: 2-3. to bring about the obedience of faith — 27 to the only wise God. 12th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty second Week of General Time Wisdom Psalms Luke 18: 14-16. through Jesus Christ. who is host to me and to the whole church. 4-5. according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed. my beloved in the Lord. who work with me in Christ Jesus. Greet one another with a holy kiss. and our brother Quartus. Greet Urbanus. they are prominent among the apostles. a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command. Erastus. greets you. Greet Mary. This is the word of the Lord. who has worked very hard among you. and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles. according to the command of the eternal God. 16. to whom be the glory forever! Amen. greet you in the Lord. our co-worker in Christ. Greet my beloved Epaenetus. and night in its swift course was now half gone. Greet Andronicus and Junia.

complying with your commands. O Lord. praising you. The cloud was seen overshadowing the camp. and leaped like lambs. This is the word of the Lord. For they ranged like horses.and touched heaven while standing on the earth. and dry land emerging where water had stood before. For the whole creation in its nature was fashioned anew. who delivered them. so that your children might be kept unharmed. after gazing on marvelous wonders. an unhindered way out of the Red Sea. . and a grassy plain out of the raging waves. where those protected by your hand passed through as one nation.

his servant. his chosen ones with singing. and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.12th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty second Week of General Time Wisdom Psalms Luke Psalms 18: 14-16. R: Remember the wonderful works Lord has done! For he remembered his holy promise. sing praises to him. R: Remember the wonderful works Lord has done! Response: Remember the wonderful works Lord has done! . 19: 6-9 105: 2-3. So he brought his people out with joy. Glory in his holy name. 42-43 Remember the wonderful works Lord has done! Page 732 Page 641 Page 81 Response: Sing to him. R: Remember the wonderful works Lord has done! He struck down all the firstborn in their land. 36-37. let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. the first issue of all their strength. and Abraham. Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold. 42-43 18: 1-8 105: 2-3. 36-37. tell of all his wonderful works.

In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying. he will quickly grant justice to them. 36-37. 'Grant me justice against my opponent. yet because this widow keeps bothering me. but later he said to himself. 42-43 18: 1-8 Page 732 Page 641 Page 81 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 18 verse 1 to 8 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. . when the Son of Man comes. "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. He said. so that she may not wear me out by continually coming. "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 19: 6-9 105: 2-3. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you. will he find faith on earth?" This is the word of the Lord.' For a while he refused. And yet. 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone. I will grant her justice.'" And the Lord said.12th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty second Week of General Time Wisdom Psalms Luke 18: 14-16.

blessing. but we are not without hope in God. But we can easily lose heart and forget to ask our heavenly Father for his grace and help. help us to trust in your unfailing love and to find joy and contentment in you alone. Jesus tells a parable about a defenseless widow. make our faith strong that we may never doubt your promises. and help when we need it. who is taken advantage of and refused her rights." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus to grant us perseverance in our faith in Him. 19: 6-9 105: 2-3. When we face trials and difficulties. The Last Judgment will reveal that God's justice triumphs over all the injustices perpetrated by his creatures and that God's love is stronger than death. and that's especially true for those who trust in God. "Lord Jesus. In this present life we can expect trials and adversity. 42-43 18: 1-8 Page 732 Page 641 Page 81 “Remember the wonderful works Lord has done!” In today’s reading from Saint Luke. . 36-37.12th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty second Week of General Time Wisdom Psalms Luke 18: 14-16. Persistence pays off. Jesus illustrates how God as our Judge is much quicker to bring us his justice. The just who put their trust in God can look forward with hope to that day when they will receive their reward. Through sheer persistence she wears down an unscrupulous judge until he gives her justice.

my relatives who were in prison with me. who has worked very hard among you. Greet also the church in their house. . 10-11 16: 9-15 Page 164 Page 666 Page 79 First reading from the Book of Romans Chapter 16 verses 3 to 9. and they were in Christ before I was. Greet Mary. All the churches of Christ greet you. Greet my beloved Epaenetus. 22-27 145: 2-3. to whom not only I give thanks. but also all the churches of the Gentiles. according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed. and who risked their necks for my life. Erastus. I Tertius. Greet Ampliatus. through Jesus Christ. and our brother Quartus. who was the first convert in Asia for Christ. Gaius. greet you in the Lord. who work with me in Christ Jesus. and my beloved Stachys. according to the command of the eternal God. the city treasurer. who is host to me and to the whole church. to whom be the glory forever! Amen. to bring about the obedience of faith — 27 to the only wise God. greets you. This is the word of the Lord. our co-worker in Christ. 16 and 22 to 27 Greet Prisca and Aquila. Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. my beloved in the Lord. 4-5. greet you. and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles. 16. Greet one another with a holy kiss.5th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty first Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 16: 3-9. they are prominent among the apostles. the writer of this letter. Greet Urbanus. Greet Andronicus and Junia.

4-5. and shall declare your mighty acts. O LORD. and all your faithful shall bless you. I will meditate.5th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty first Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke Psalms 16: 3-9. his greatness is unsearchable. On the glorious splendor of your majesty. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom. 10-11 I will bless your name forever and ever! Page 164 Page 666 Page 79 Response: Every day I will bless you. R: I will bless your name forever and ever! All your works shall give thanks to you. 16. 22-27 145: 2-3. and praise your name forever and ever. and tell of your power R: I will bless your name forever and ever! Response: I will bless your name forever and ever! . and greatly to be praised. 10-11 16: 9-15 145: 2-3. 4-5. and on your wondrous works. R: I will bless your name forever and ever! One generation shall laud your works to another. Great is the LORD.

who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters. This is the word of the Lord. and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much." The Pharisees. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth. So he said to them. who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another.5th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty first Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 16: 3-9. who were lovers of money. 10-11 16: 9-15 Page 164 Page 666 Page 79 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 16 verse 9 to 15 And I tell you. for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God. 4-5. You cannot serve God and wealth. "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others. and they ridiculed him. they may welcome you into the eternal homes. heard all this. . or be devoted to the one and despise the other. make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone. 22-27 145: 2-3. for a slave will either hate the one and love the other. 16. "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. but God knows your hearts.

may the fire of your love burn in our hearts that we may be wholly devoted to you above all else. Then a person could end up being controlled by their possessions. 22-27 145: 2-3. 16. how could they be trusted in the greater matters of spiritual wealth? Jesus rebuked those who had their values turned upside down. One cannot be a servant of God and a slave to material goods at the same time. . 4-5. Free us from greed and attachment to material things that we may be generous in using the gifts and resources you give us for your glory and for the good of our neighbors. He warned them that worldly goods could lead to dishonesty and greed. "Lord Jesus. The phrase to make friends with "mammon" (dishonest wealth) roughly means to do good works with material possessions.5th November 2011 Saturday in the Thirty first Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 16: 3-9." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus to help us to choose Him as our Master. Jesus told his disciples to be faithful and honest in all their dealings. If they could not be trusted with material goods. 10-11 16: 9-15 Page 164 Page 666 Page 79 “I will bless your name forever and ever!” Jesus taught his disciples that material goods should be used to build up the kingdom of God on earth. whether large or small.

"Out of Zion will come the Deliverer." As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake. 11 to 12 and 25 to 29 I ask. until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. . for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. so as to make Israel jealous. as it is written. 11-12. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah. how much more will their full inclusion mean! So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are. and if their defeat means riches for Gentiles. has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite. for the sake of their ancestors. have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their stumbling salvation has come to the Gentiles. brothers and sisters. Now if their stumbling means riches for the world. And so all Israel will be saved. This is the word of the Lord. a descendant of Abraham. when I take away their sins. 17-18 14:1. a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. he will banish ungodliness from Jacob. then. I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel. 25-29 94:12-13. but as regards election they are beloved. how he pleads with God against Israel? So I ask. 14-15. 7-11 Page 161 Page 635 Page 77 First reading from the Book of Romans Chapter 11 verses 1 to 2." "And this is my covenant with them.29th October 2011 Saturday in the Thirtieth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 11: 1-2.

14-15. 17-18 14:1. O LORD. held me up.29th October 2011 Saturday in the Thirtieth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke Psalms 11: 1-2. When I thought. and all the upright in heart will follow it. giving them respite from days of trouble. R: The LORD will not forsake his people! Response: The LORD will not forsake his people! . O LORD." your steadfast love. 11-12. R: The LORD will not forsake his people! For the LORD will not forsake his people. R: The LORD will not forsake his people! If the LORD had not been my help. my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 25-29 94:12-13. for justice will return to the righteous. 17-18 The LORD will not forsake his people! Page 161 Page 635 Page 77 Response: Happy are those whom you discipline. 7-11 94:12-13. he will not abandon his heritage. and whom you teach out of your law. until a pit is dug for the wicked. "My foot is slipping. 14-15.

so that when your host comes. 11-12. ." This is the word of the Lord. 25-29 94:12-13. then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you. 7-11 Page 161 Page 635 Page 77 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 14 verse 1 and 7 to 11 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath. they were watching him closely. in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled. do not sit down at the place of honor. 'Friend. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet.' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 'Give this person your place. move up higher'.29th October 2011 Saturday in the Thirtieth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 11: 1-2. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor. go and sit down at the lowest place. 14-15. he told them a parable. But when you are invited. 17-18 14:1. and those who humble themselves will be exalted. he may say to you.

In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus to grant us humility so that we can serve Him without sin. 7-11 Page 161 Page 635 Page 77 “The LORD will not forsake his people!” Who wants to be last? Isn't it only natural to desire respect and esteem from others? Jesus' parable of the guests invited to the marriage feast probes our motives for seeking honor and position. . Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues because it enables us to view and judge ourselves correctly. 17-18 14:1. honesty.29th October 2011 Saturday in the Thirtieth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 11: 1-2. Paul the Apostles. strength.. and dedication to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. taking the form of a servant. selfishness. even death on a cross. who emptied himself. the way God sees us. "Come up here. Self-promotion is most often achieved at the expense of others! Jesus' parable reinforces the teaching of Proverbs: Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great. 25-29 94:12-13. 14-15." than to be put lower in the presence of the prince. rather than our own.. 11-12. for their sake. . gives us the greatest example and model of humility in the person of Jesus Christ. Humility leads to true self-knowledge. for it is better to be told.who humbled himself and became obedient unto death. and conceit. realism. Humility frees us to love and serve others selflessly.

he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. . If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. But if Christ is in you. the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 5-6 13: 1-9 Page 157 Page 587 Page 76 First reading from the Book of Romans Chapter 8 verses 1 to 11 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.22nd October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty ninth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 8: 1-11 24: 1-2. 3-4. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. since the Spirit of God dwells in you. he condemned sin in the flesh. and to deal with sin. But you are not in the flesh. but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh. weakened by the flesh. could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. though the body is dead because of sin. it does not submit to God's law — indeed it cannot. This is the word of the Lord. To set the mind on the flesh is death. For God has done what the law. you are in the Spirit. who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God. so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us.

and those who live in it. this is the people that longs to see your face! They will receive blessing from the LORD. Such is the company of those who seek him. 8-9. and established it on the rivers. the world. 42-43 Lord. and do not swear deceitfully. this is the people that longs to see your face! Response: The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it. who do not lift up their souls to what is false. this is the people that longs to see your face! . who seek the face of the God of Jacob. this is the people that longs to see your face! Response: Lord. R: Lord. this is the people that longs to see your face! Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts. for he has founded it on the seas. and vindication from the God of their salvation. 5-6 13: 1-9 Page 157 Page 587 Page 76 105: 6-7. R: Lord. 3-4. R: Lord.22nd October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty ninth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke Psalms 8: 1-11 24: 1-2.

If it bears fruit next year. well and good. let it alone for one more year. 'Sir. .22nd October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty ninth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 8: 1-11 24: 1-2. and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. I tell you. until I dig around it and put manure on it. 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree.'" This is the word of the Lord. but if not. So he said to the gardener. 3-4. you can cut it down. "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them — do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No. 5-6 13: 1-9 Page 157 Page 587 Page 76 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 13 verses 1 to 9 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices." Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. and still I find none. you will all perish as they did. I tell you. you will all perish just as they did. He asked them. but unless you repent. but unless you repent.

3-4. but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. it was cut down to make room for more healthy trees.22nd October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty ninth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 8: 1-11 24: 1-2. . but it also contains a warning that we should not presume upon patience and mercy. producing plentiful fruit. Jesus' parable of the barren fig trees illustrated his warning about the consequences of allowing sin and corruption to take root in our hearts and minds. 5-6 13: 1-9 Page 157 Page 587 Page 76 “Lord. If it failed. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus to increase our hunger for Him so that we may grow in righteousness and holiness. Rather. Jesus' parable depicts the patience of God. And God’s Spirit within is not something that can be measured or quantified. we may discover that grace has passed us by and our time is up. but that time is right now. The Lord in his mercy gives us both grace and time to turn away from sin. this is the people that longs to see your face!” The first reading from Romans focuses on what our lives are really meant to be. A fig tree normally matured within three years. The unfruitful fig tree symbolized the outcome of Israel's unresponsiveness to the word of God. If we delay. even for a day. God’s presence within each of us is gift in our unique creation in God’s image. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh.

"I have made you the father of many nations" — in the presence of the God in whom he believed. as it is written. "So numerous shall your descendants be.15th October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty eighth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 4: 13. not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham for he is the father of all of us. Hoping against hope. 8-9. 16-18 105: 6-7. he believed that he would become "the father of many nations." according to what was said. who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. . 42-43 12: 8-12 Page 155 Page 641 Page 74 First reading from the Book of Romans Chapter 4 verse 13 and verses 16 to 18 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith For this reason it depends on faith. in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants." This is the word of the Lord.

children of Jacob. his sworn promise to Isaac. He is the LORD our God. his chosen ones. 42-43 The Lord is mindful of His covenant forever! Page 155 Page 641 Page 74 Response: O offspring of his servant Abraham. So he brought his people out with joy. 42-43 12: 8-12 105: 6-7. R: The Lord is mindful of His covenant forever! He is mindful of his covenant forever. his chosen ones with singing. R: The Lord is mindful of His covenant forever! Response: The Lord is mindful of His covenant forever! .15th October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty eighth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke Psalms 4: 13. his judgments are in all the earth. and Abraham. of the word that he commanded. 16-18 105: 6-7. his servant. for a thousand generations. R: The Lord is mindful of His covenant forever! For he remembered his holy promise. 8-9. the covenant that he made with Abraham. 8-9.

but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. everyone who acknowledges me before others. When they bring you before the synagogues. 42-43 12: 8-12 Page 155 Page 641 Page 74 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 12 verses 8 to 12 "And I tell you. for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say. do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say. but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 8-9. and the authorities. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. 16-18 105: 6-7." This is the word of the Lord. the rulers. .15th October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty eighth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 4: 13. the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God.

reproach. . What is blasphemy and why is it reprehensible? Blasphemy consists in uttering against God. 8-9. If someone repeatedly closes his heart to God and shuts his ears to his voice. A sin can only be unforgivable if repentance is impossible. and the gift of the Holy Spirit are freely given to those who acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He warns them. that it's possible to reject the grace of God and to fall into apostasy out of cowardice or disbelief. but anyone who refuses to accept God's mercy by repenting of wrongdoing. rejects the forgiveness of their sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. words of hatred. however. or defiance. There are no limits to the mercy of God. Jesus speaks of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit as the unforgivable sin. Jesus also speaks against blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 42-43 12: 8-12 Page 155 Page 641 Page 74 “The Lord is mindful of His covenant forever!” What is the unforgivable sin which Jesus warns us to avoid? Jesus knows that his disciples will be tested and he assures them that the Holy Spirit will give them what they need in their time of adversity.15th October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty eighth Week of General Time Romans Psalms Luke 4: 13. It's contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. inwardly or outwardly. 16-18 105: 6-7. Such a person ends up perceiving evil as good and good as evil. the forgiveness of sins. The love and mercy of Jesus Christ. God gives grace and help to all who humbly call upon him. he comes to a point where he can no longer recognize God even when God makes himself known. Let us thank God for the grace of faith and in this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to send Holy Spirit to strengthen us when we are weak.

1st October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty sixth Week of General Time Baruch Psalms Luke 4: 5-12, 27-29 69: 33-37 10: 17-24 Page Page Page

First reading from the Book of Baruch Chapter 4 verses 5 to 12 and verses 27 to 29
Take courage, my people, who perpetuate Israel's name! It was not for destruction that you were sold to the nations, but you were handed over to your enemies because you angered God. For you provoked the one who made you by sacrificing to demons and not to God. You forgot the everlasting God, who brought you up, and you grieved Jerusalem, who reared you. For she saw the wrath that came upon you from God, and she said: Listen, you neighbors of Zion, God has brought great sorrow upon me; for I have seen the exile of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them. With joy I nurtured them, but I sent them away with weeping and sorrow. Let no one rejoice over me, a widow and bereaved of many; I was left desolate because of the sins of my children, because they turned away from the law of God. Take courage, my children, and cry to God, for you will be remembered by the one who brought this upon you. For just as you were disposed to go astray from God, return with tenfold zeal to seek him. For the one who brought these calamities upon you will bring you everlasting joy with your salvation.

This is the word of the Lord.

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Psalms 69: 33-34, 35-36 Response: The Lord hears the needy!

For the LORD hears the needy, and does not despise his own that are in bonds. Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them. R: The Lord hears the needy!

For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; and his servants shall live there and possess it; the children of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall live in it. R: The Lord hears the needy!

Response:

The Lord hears the needy!

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 10 verses 17 to 24
The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

They should be glad that their "names were written in heaven". but he told them not to rejoice that they had greater power than the evil forces. like little children. Jesus tells us that prophets and kings desire to see and hear what his followers do but cannot. This privilege had not been given to the "wise and the learned". we read about the promise that ―The Lord hears the needy‖. but to his disciples who. amazed at the power that had been given to them. Jesus shared their joy over Satan's fall. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to open our eyes and ears so that we can see and hear what Jesus wishes me to.1st October 2011 Saturday in the Twenty sixth Week of General Time Baruch Psalms Luke 4: 5-12. acknowledges her inability to help them. were open to God's revelation in Jesus. He will take care of his servants and the children of His children. who shares her sorrow with her children scattered among the nations. In the responsorial psalm. They were jubilant when they returned from their successful mission. . They witnessed the collapse of Satan's reign through their proclamation of God's kingdom. Jesus sent out seventy disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to every town he intended to go. 27-29 69: 33-37 10: 17-24 Page Page Page “The Lord hears the needy!” The first reading from Baruch concerns Jerusalem. The reading from Luke tells about the mission of the seventy. and confesses that her only hope is the Lord God of Israel. Jesus thanked the Father for bestowing the mysteries of the kingdom on his lowly disciples.

13 9: 43-45 Page 1063 Page 903 Page 70 First reading from the Book of Zechariah Chapter 2 verses 5 to 9 For I will be a wall of fire all around it. one who touches you touches the apple of my eye. and I will be the glory within it. For thus said the LORD of hosts (after his glory sent me) regarding the nations that plundered you: Truly. A summons to the exiles Up. for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven. you that live with daughter Babylon.24th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fifth week of General Time Zechariah Jeremiah Luke 2:5-9 31: 10. says the LORD. says the LORD. up! Flee from the land of the north. and they shall become plunder for their own slaves. says the LORD. I am going to raise my hand against them. . See now. This is the word of the Lord. Up! Escape to Zion. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me. 11-12.

R: He who scattered Israel will gather him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion. and over the young of the flock and the herd. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock! Hear the word of the LORD. O nations. and the oil. 13 9: 43-45 31: 10. and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD. 13 Page 1063 Page 903 Page 70 Page 607 Response: He who scattered Israel will gather him. and give them gladness for sorrow. I will comfort them. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock! Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance. I will turn their mourning into joy.24th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fifth week of General Time Zechariah Jeremiah Luke Jeremiah 2:5-9 31: 10. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock! For the LORD has ransomed Jacob. "He who scattered Israel will gather him. over the grain. and declare it in the coastlands far away. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock! . and the young men and the old shall be merry. 11-12. and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. the wine. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock. 11-12. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock! Response: He who scattered Israel will gather him. R: He who scattered Israel will gather him. say." R: He who scattered Israel will gather him.

so that they could not perceive it.24th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fifth week of General Time Zechariah Jeremiah Luke 2:5-9 31: 10. its meaning was concealed from them. 13 9: 43-45 Page 1063 Page 903 Page 70 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 9 verses 43 to 45 All were astounded at the greatness of God. 11-12. "Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands. 39 . While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing. he said to his disciples." But they did not understand this saying. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

40 . Help us to conform our life to your will and to follow in your way of love and holiness. 13 9: 43-45 Page 1063 Page 903 Page 70 “He who scattered Israel will gather him. is the loving.24th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fifth week of General Time Zechariah Jeremiah Luke 2:5-9 31: 10. 11-12. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock! ” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Today’s first reading describes God promising that he will be the guardian of his people. by your cross you have redeemed the world and revealed your glory and triumph over sin and death. His stance toward the people of Jerusalem. Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to help us to be faithful to Him in adversity and in victory. In the Gospel we hear Jesus warning his disciples that the day is coming when the Son of Man will be handed over to people of evil intent. May we never fail to see your glory and victory in the cross. attentive and very wily shepherd who ―surrounds‖ the flock with Divine care. according to the Psalm. yet his disciples still failed to understand his meaning. Little did they know that the way to victory over sin and death would be through the cross and resurrection of Christ. But it did not make any sense to the disciples because it did not fit their understanding of the Messiah who was supposed to come and free his people from tyranny and oppression. This was Jesus' second prediction of his passion. "Lord Jesus.

who gives life to all things. the King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen. This is the word of the Lord. to him be honor and eternal dominion. who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light. 4. 3. 41 . whom no one has ever seen or can see. which he will bring about at the right time — he who is the blessed and only Sovereign. 5 8:4-15 Page 210 Page 637 Page 67 First reading from the first Book of Timothy Chapter 6 verses 13 to 16 In the presence of God. and of Christ Jesus. I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.17th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fourth week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke 6:13-16 100: 2.

17th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fourth week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke Psalms 6:13-16 100: 2. come into his presence with singing. R: Come into the presence of the Lord with singing! Know that the LORD is God. we are his people. 3. his steadfast love endures forever. 4. 3. and we are his. 5 Page 210 Page 637 Page 67 Page 607 Response: Come into the presence of the Lord with singing! Worship the LORD with gladness. bless his name. R: Come into the presence of the Lord with singing! Enter his gates with thanksgiving. Give thanks to him. and his courts with praise. It is he that made us. R: Come into the presence of the Lord with singing! For the LORD is good. and his faithfulness to all generations. 4. 5 8:4-15 100: 2. R: Come into the presence of the Lord with singing! Response: Come into the presence of the Lord with singing! 42 . and the sheep of his pasture.

when they hear the word. he said in a parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed. so that 'looking they may not perceive. they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. and as it grew up. some fell on the path and was trampled on. then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts. he called out. 43 . but as they go on their way. these are the ones who. 4. Some fell among thorns. The ones on the path are those who have heard.17th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fourth week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke 6:13-16 100: 2. it produced a hundredfold. these are the ones who hear. Some fell into good soil.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. and bear fruit with patient endurance. and the thorns grew with it and choked it. but to others I speak in parables. "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God. 3." As he said this. hold it fast in an honest and good heart. receive it with joy. and the birds of the air ate it up. But as for that in the good soil. As for what fell among the thorns. But these have no root. He said. when they hear the word. and as he sowed. and when it grew. so that they may not believe and be saved. and listening they may not understand. 5 8:4-15 Page 210 Page 637 Page 67 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 8 verses 4 to 15 When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him. "Let anyone with ears to hear listen!" Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life. and their fruit does not mature. The ones on the rock are those who. it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell on the rock.

There are different ways of accepting God's word and they produce different kinds of fruit accordingly. Such a person is for ever too busy to pray or too preoccupied to study and meditate on God's word. He or she is never too proud or too busy to learn. Then there is the one whose mind is open. Do we hunger for God's word? "Lord Jesus. Another type of hearer is the person who has many interests or cares. Such a person is at all times willing to listen and to learn. but when it wears off their mind wanders to something else. 5 8:4-15 Page 210 Page 637 Page 67 “Come into the presence of the Lord with singing!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! How good are we at listening. They listen in order to understand. Open our eyes to your deeds. such a person lacks spiritual depth. that we may understand your will for my life and live according to it. He or she may work so hard that they are too tired to even think of anything else but their work. 3. but who lacks the ability to hear or comprehend what is truly important. and our ears to the sound of your call. Jesus' parable of the sower is aimed at the hearers of his word. There is the prejudiced hearer who has a shut mind. 44 . especially for the word of God? God is always ready to speak to each of us and to give us understanding of his word. and to ponder your divine plan is to grow in the truth.17th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Fourth week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke 6:13-16 100: 2. Such a person is un-teachable and blind to the things of God." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to make our hearts fertile ground for His word. Then there is the shallow hearer who fails to think things out or think them through. 4. They may initially respond with an emotional fervor. God gives grace to those who hunger for his word that they may understand his will and have the strength to live according to it. faith in your word is the way to wisdom.

so that in me. as the foremost. 45 . invisible. Amen. To the King of the ages. immortal. 5-7 6:43-49 Page 208 Page 648 Page 65 First reading from the first Book of Timothy Chapter 1 verses 15 to 17 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. the only God. making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. But for that very reason I received mercy. be honor and glory forever and ever. 3-4.10th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Third week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke 1:15-17 113: 1-2. Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience. This is the word of the Lord. that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the foremost.

The LORD is high above all nations. 5-7 6:43-49 54: 3-4. R: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore! Who is like the LORD our God. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore. praise the name of the LORD.10th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Third week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke Psalms 1:15-17 113: 1-2. who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust. 6-7 Page 208 Page 648 Page 65 Page 607 Response: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore! Praise the LORD! Praise. O servants of the LORD. who is seated on high. R: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore! Response: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore! 46 . and lifts the needy from the ash heap. R: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised. and his glory above the heavens. 3-4.

nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit. the river burst against that house but could not shake it. immediately it fell. hears my words. and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil. when a flood arose. nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. and great was the ruin of that house.10th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Third week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke 1:15-17 113: 1-2. When the river burst against it. for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. That one is like a man building a house. "Why do you call me 'Lord. 5-7 6:43-49 Page 208 Page 648 Page 65 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 6 verses 43 to 49 "No good tree bears bad fruit. because it had been well built. and acts on them. for each tree is known by its own fruit. who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock. 3-4. Lord.' and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me." 47 . Figs are not gathered from thorns. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good.

you are the sure foundation and source of life and strength for us. 3-4. 5-7 6:43-49 Page 208 Page 648 Page 65 “Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus taught his followers that the quality of their inner lives could be judged by the words they spoke and the deeds they performed. Those who heard Jesus but did not act on his words were building on a shaky foundation. Give us wisdom and strength to live according to our truth and to reject every false way. Their hearts were like storehouses of either good or bad fruit. Jesus' disciples would be recognized by the good fruit that they produced in their lives.10th September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty Third week of General Time 1 Timothy Psalms Luke 1:15-17 113: 1-2. Jesus taught his followers to put into practice everything he had taught them. It was hypocritical to call Jesus "Lord" and refuse to obey him.‖ In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ help us to hear and obey Him so others can see good fruit in our life. "Lord Jesus. May we be a doer of your word and not a hearer only. Jesus also compared the Christian life to building a house. The wise builder laid a firm foundation that could withstand the trials of life. 48 .

so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him — provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith. which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. 49 . This is the word of the Lord. became a servant of this gospel. doing evil deeds.3rd September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty second week of General Time Colossians Psalms Luke 1: 21-23 54: 3-4. Paul. he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death. I. without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard. 6-7 6:1-5 Page 204 Page 607 Page 63 First reading from the Book of Colossians Chapter 1 verses 21 to 23 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind.

for it is good! 50 . for it is good. give ear to the words of my mouth. R: I will give thanks to your name. and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies. by your name. O LORD.3rd September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty second week of General Time Colossians Psalms Luke Psalms 1: 21-23 54: 3-4. R: I will give thanks to your name. O God. O God. O LORD. I will give thanks to your name. For he has delivered me from every trouble. 6-7 6:1-5 54: 3-4. for it is good! Save me. for it is good! Response: I will give thanks to your name. and vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer. O LORD. O LORD. for it is good! With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you. 6-7 Page 204 Page 607 Page 63 Page 607 Response: I will give thanks to your name. O LORD.

and gave some to his companions?" Then he said to them. "The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath. his disciples plucked some heads of grain. "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" Jesus answered. rubbed them in their hands. and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said. which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat. "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence." 51 .3rd September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty second week of General Time Colossians Psalms Luke 1: 21-23 54: 3-4. 6-7 6:1-5 Page 204 Page 607 Page 63 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke Chapter 6 verses 1 to 5 One Sabbath while Jesus was going through the grain fields.

In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to help us act with compassion and justice. O LORD. Why didn't the Pharisees recognize the claims of mercy over rules and regulations? Their zeal for ritual observance blinded them from the demands of charity. David understood that human need took precedence over rules and ritual regulations. All who are burdened can find true rest and refreshment in him. The "Sabbath rest" was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God's goodness and the goodness of his work. Jesus' disciples are scolded by the scribes and Pharisees. David and his men ate of the holy bread offered in the Temple. In defending his disciples. It was a day set apart for the praise of God.3rd September 2011 Saturday in the Twenty second week of General Time Colossians Psalms Luke 1: 21-23 54: 3-4. what is the primary intention behind this command? The religious leaders confronted Jesus on this issue. for it is good!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! What does the commandment "keep holy the Sabbath" require of us? Or better yet. In their hunger. 6-7 6:1-5 Page 204 Page 607 Page 63 “I will give thanks to your name. his work of creation. not for plucking and eating corn from the fields. 52 . On every Sabbath morning twelve loaves were laid before God on a golden table in the Holy Place." Jesus healed on the Sabbath and he showed mercy to those in need. and his saving actions on our behalf. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment. Jesus argues from the scriptures that human need has precedence over ritual custom. both in creation and redemption. No one was allowed to eat this bread except the priests because it represented the very presence of God. but for doing so on the Sabbath. Jesus declares that he is "Lord of the Sabbath. Each loaf represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

In the gospel account. Today. Jesus is rebuked by the elders for taking grain from the field on the Sabbath. As with the Pharisees. Yet there are e few retail businesses that close for the Sabbath and they seem to make up their business on the other six days. human need takes precedence over rules. All of the Sunday Masses were said on Sunday morning. Jesus provided an essential lesson in priorities. becoming like the Pharisees in the gospel. Families started their Sunday as a unit going to Mass. sometimes too much so. He responds by reminding them that Isaiah took holy bread from the synagogue to feed his hungry followers. It seems to be more of the norm that the Sabbath is largely ignored in much of our society. What does the Son of man think of how well we keep the Sabbath? In years past keeping the Sabbath was considered to be an important part of Christian life. it is not so common to worry about how to keep the Sabbath holy. Whether we work or not on the Sabbath. some malls require their leasing stores to be open seven days a week. People took the Sabbath seriously. is there a remembrance of it being God’s day? Do we spend time with friends and/or family? Do we minister to others in some way? How do we thank God for his many blessings and give Him praise and glory? 53 . It is business as usual in the malls and grocery stores.In today’s reading from Luke. sometimes the rules were more important than human needs. In fact. He then goes on to say that keeping the Sabbath is judged by the Son of man.

We are reminded in today’s Gospel of the importance of the Sabbath." showed solidarity with the needs of his people and displayed his supreme authority over the law. How can I better observe the Sabbath in my life? Lord. Meditation: What does the commandment "keep holy the Sabbath" require of us? Or better yet. the "Son of Man. Grant me the courage to make whatever changes I must make to better observe your Sabbath. No one was allowed to eat this bread except the priests because it represented the very presence of God. especially those who lack the basic necessities of life. On every Sabbath morning twelves loaves were laid before God on a golden table in the Holy Place. what is the primary intention behind this command? The religious leaders confronted Jesus on this issue. you refresh us with your presence and you sustain us with your life-giving word. When Jesus' disciples picked and ate grain on the Sabbath. The great King David fed his hungry men with the bread of offering that was reserved for priests (1 Sm 21:1-7).not mine. which prohibited harvesting (Ex 34:21). a title for the Messiah. Jesus argues from the scriptures that human need has precedence over ritual custom. Luke showed how this controversy led to a final break with the religious leaders. In their hunger. In defending his disciples. show me what I must do to better observe your special day. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment. and the Son of Man. his work of creation. Jesus defended his disciples by reminding them of a precedence in scripture. The "Sabbath rest" was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God's goodness and the goodness of his work. Jesus said that charity must prevail over religious laws. Jesus." 54 . Why didn't the Pharisees recognize the claims of mercy over rules and regulations? Their zeal for ritual observance blinded them from the demands of charity. Jesus' reference to the bread of the Presence alludes to the true bread from heaven which he offers to all who believe in him. READING: Picking grain on the Sabbath was the first conflict story told in Luke's gospel regarding the Sabbath law. the Son of David. not for plucking and eating corn from the fields. Do you seek rest and refreshment in the Lord and in the celebration of the Lord's Day? "Lord Jesus." Jesus healed on the Sabbath and he showed mercy to those in need. and ultimately to Jesus' death. both in creation and redemption. the Pharisees accused them of violating the Sabbath law. Show me how to lift the burden of others. David understood that human need took precedence over rules and ritual regulations. declares that he is "Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus. but for doing so on the Sabbath. Jesus' disciples are scolded by the scribes and Pharisees. It was a day set apart for the praise of God. and his saving actions on our behalf. All who are burdened can find true rest and refreshment in him. and to refresh them with humble care and service. REFLECTING: Am I unduly bound by scrupulosity? PRAYING: Lord Jesus. Each loaf represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Never let me forget that this is your special day . help me to avoid legalism and act with compassion and justice. KEY VERSE: "The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath" (v 5). David and his men ate of the holy bread offered in the Temple (1 Samuel 21:2-7).

55 . to do so more and more.7-9 25:14-30 Page 204 Page 637 Page 28 First reading from the first Book of Thessalonians Chapter 4 verses 9 to 11 Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters.21th August 2011 Saturday in the Twenty first Week of General Time 1 Thessalonians Psalms Matthew 4: 9-11 98:1. to mind your own affairs. But we urge you. This is the word of the Lord. beloved. for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. to aspire to live quietly. and to work with your hands. you do not need to have anyone write to you. as we directed you. and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia.

21th August 2011 Saturday in the Twenty first Week of General Time 1 Thessalonians Psalms Matthew Psalms 98:1. for he is coming to judge the earth. R: The LORD is coming to judge the earth! Response: The LORD is coming to judge the earth! 56 . the world and those who live in it. R: The LORD is coming to judge the earth! Let the sea roar. He will judge the world with righteousness. Let the floods clap their hands.7-9 25:14-30 Page 204 Page 637 Page 28 Page 637 Response: The LORD is coming to judge the earth! O sing to the LORD a new song. and the peoples with equity. for he has done marvelous things. and all that fills it. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the LORD. 7-9 4: 9-11 98:1.

'Master. and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers. you handed over to me two talents. so I was afraid. I will put you in charge of many things. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. to another two. and they will have an abundance.' His master said to him. saying. I knew that you were a harsh man.'Master. summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward. I have made two more talents. As for this worthless slave. So take the talent from him.21th August 2011 Saturday in the Twenty first Week of General Time 1 Thessalonians Psalms Matthew 4: 9-11 98:1. good and trustworthy slave. I have made five more talents. In the same way. I will put you in charge of many things. even what they have will be taken away.' His master said to him. more will be given. reaping where you did not sow. 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew. the one who had the two talents made two more talents. and give it to the one with the ten talents. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward. that I reap where I did not sow. saying. saying.' But his master replied. to each according to his ability. throw him into the outer darkness. did you. 'Master. but from those who have nothing. 'Well done. and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours. see.' 57 . you have been trustworthy in a few things. and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. going on a journey. where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. and made five more talents. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them. and gathering where you did not scatter seed. bringing five more talents. enter into the joy of your master. you handed over to me five talents. you have been trustworthy in a few things. Then he went away. to one he gave five talents. see.' And the one with the two talents also came forward. good and trustworthy slave. to another one. For to all those who have. 'Well done. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.7-9 25:14-30 Page 204 Page 637 Page 28 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 25 verses 14 to 30 "For it is as if a man. enter into the joy of your master.

In all of the changes in her life. Ruth obeys God and finds love. but he warned his disciples not to follow the example of these religious leaders. and they liked to call attention to their phylacteries as evidence of their piety. The master rewards those who are industrious and faithful and he punishes those who sit by idly and who do nothing with his money. The essence of the parable seems to lie in the servants' conception of responsibility. While there were no strings attached. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us humility so that we can walk in His love. He acknowledged that their teaching authority rested on the "chair of Moses".21th August 2011 Saturday in the Twenty first Week of General Time 1 Thessalonians Psalms Matthew 4: 9-11 98:1. While he goes away he leaves them with his money to use as they think best. Then he gave them new gifts to make them glad.7-9 25:14-30 Page 204 Page 637 Page 28 “The LORD is coming to judge the earth!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! The first reading is from the book of Ruth which is a beautiful story about an ordinary family whose members suffered many losses but God went on looking after them. The Pharisees enjoyed their titles of honor. Why did Jesus tell this story and what can it teach us? Most importantly it tells us something about how God deals with us. his disciples and servants. Jesus was a humble servant and faithful teacher of the law of God's love and mercy. we read that Jesus denounced the hypocritical behavior of the scribes and Pharisees. It tells that the prosperity of our families depends upon the blessing of God. Each 58 . the only way to obtain that blessing which will make our families comfortable is to live in the fear of God and in obedience to him. In contrast. Today’s responsorial psalm is a psalm for families. Wealthy merchants and businessmen often had to travel abroad and leave the business to others to handle while they were gone. Ruth places her hope and trust in God. their own deeds did not always correspond to their words. and were worn on the forehead and on the left arm during prayer. While the religious leaders demanded obedience to the minute details of the law. this was obviously a test to see if the Master's workers would be industrious and reliable in their use of the money entrusted to them. The parable speaks first of the Master's trust in his servants. In the reading from Saint Matthews. Meditation: What can economics and productivity teach us about the kingdom of heaven? Jesus' story about a businessman who leaves town and entrusts his money with his workers made perfect sense to his audience. These small leather boxes contained essential passages of the Torah. The tassels sewn on the corners of their garments were a symbolic reminder to keep the Law of Moses.

With each gift and talent. But what she wrote was way better than anything I could have written. if everyone was a leader. but when I read through it. you were being told to ―step up and be a leader. As I meditated on this reflection. When I was in Junior High. do not obey natural laws. I was simply going to add her part to the end of my part. To be honest. Coins. to write a little bit about Saint Monica. There is an important lesson here for us. The servant who buried the master's money was irresponsible. time. since she chose her for her confirmation saint. talents. I was completely unfamiliar with her story. I stumbled across Saint Monica. I just assumed that this meant that I was just never destined to be a leader. and resources you give me for your glory and your kingdom. At the time. I approached it like a good number of my friends did—I looked up a list of saints and began to read. be the ruler of my heart and thoughts. I realized that her story speaks to me in a much different way now than it did back then. We either advance towards God or we slip back. in search of one that resonated with me. there was a great emphasis placed on leadership. then who would be left to be lead? Can there even be a ―leader‖ without a ―follower‖? To be honest. I’m not the type of person who enjoys battling for control or telling peopl e what to do. though. however." For this daily reflection. so I am turning over the reins to her for the day. Now. the average 12 or 13 year old interprets this as ―you must fight to be in control and boss everyone around.‖ Naturally. Help me to make good use of the gifts. As the parable of the talents shows. I hope you find as much inspiration from her writing as I did! Brian As a 13 year old preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. God abhors indifference and an attitude that says it's not worth trying. Anna. We either get more or we lose what we have. 59 . After all. What do coins and the law of economics have to do with the kingdom of God? The Lord entrusts the subjects of his kingdom with gifts and graces and he gives his subjects the freedom to use them as they think best. I still believe I chose the right saint. and be the master of my work and service.servant entrusted with the master's money was faithful up to a certain point. and graces he has given to you? "Lord Jesus. God honors those who use their talents and gifts for doing good. It seemed like everywhere you turned. be the king of my home and relationships. talents. because it appeared to me that the idea was contradictory. I knew my decision was made. I asked my oldest daughter. They obey economic laws and become productive in circulation. No one can stand still for long in the Christian life. I began my search for a saint. Do you seek to serve God with the gifts. One can bury seeds in the ground and expect them to become productive because they obey natural laws. As I was scrolling through an online directory of saints. At the time. Those who are faithful with even a little are entrusted with more! But those who neglect or squander what God has entrusted to them will lose what they have.‖ All of this focus on leadership always bothered me. almost 8 years later. The master expected his servants to be productive in the use of his money. God gives sufficient the means (grace and wisdom) for using them in a fitting way.

What is my most obvious gift and how am I using it? Lord. watching him make mistake after mistake. Saint Monica was getting fed up with her son Augustine. Its modern day meaning of 60 . until she had a vision telling her that Augustine would return to the faith. As hard as it is to be patient with others. Augustine of Hippo. she patiently stood beside her son.Saint Monica was married to Patricius. She ended up succeeding at both. but by example. Augustine was baptized and went on to become one of the greatest theological thinkers in the history of the Church. she managed to convince both her husband and her mother-in-law to convert. I try to offer my advice and warnings from my own experiences. As a reward for her patience and devotion. but never wavering in her dedication. it gets ignored and I’m stuck dealing with consequences. we have things about ourselves that we’d like to improve. even after years of disappointment. I realize that I’m still not very good at gaining control of a group of people. Saint Monica’s patience is an inspiration to me in an even deeper way. but I try to lead by example and patience. she had no way to force her husband to convert or see that her children were baptized or followed the faith. I find it much harder to be patient with myself. He did not share her Christian beliefs. From then on. (A talent was a Greek coin worth about 6. At one point. Saint Monica didn’t give up on Augustine. READING: Jesus' parable of the talents was an allegory on wise stewardship and the last judgment. By living a pious life.000 denarri. who wanted her husband and her children to embrace Christianity. with the leadership provided by Saint Monica as a great source of inspiration. It’s easy to get caught up in how daunting a goal is and to focus on all of our failures. approaching my junior year of college. I believe we can get there. help me to recognize those gifts you have gifted me with. She even became a leader for devout women wherever she went. it is equally hard to be patient with ourselves. so I might as well not even bother. and often criticized her. On the surface. Just as it’s important to be patient with others. not because she demanded their respect. especially when you know that you’re going to have to watch them suffer and try to pick up the pieces afterwards. KEY VERSE: "Well done. each servant was given a different sum of money to invest. I thank you for all the gifts you have bestowed on me. I often find myself falling short. a Pagan man. I find a new inspiration in the life of Saint Monica. St. It’s hard to watch good friends make mistakes. In the story. This troubled Monica. To this day. she even cast him from her house. As we are all human. In my quest to be more patient with others. She also stood as a source of inspiration for her son. Grant me the courage to take those gifts and use them to the best of my ability for your greater glory. but time after time. I started to get fed up last year and eventually stopped offering advice in general. I was losing my patience. my good and faithful servant" (v 23). forbidding him from eating or sleeping there. wondering why I can’t just let certain things go. equal to a year's wages. she was seemingly powerless. I get frustrated with myself. not by power. as Saint Monica did. but simply because of the life she led. Now. He was ignoring her wishes and living an immoral life. I figured that they were going to do what they were going to do anyhow. God has given each of us gifts (talents) to share.

and were invited to the heavenly banquet. He was punished.) The first two servants made wise investments and doubled their money.a special aptitude or gift is derived from the use of the word in this parable. When the master returned. help me to use your gifts for the good of all. each individual was asked to give an account of their investments. The wise servants were rewarded for their fidelity. The third servant. fearing his master's rebuke should he fail. The third servant saw God as a tyrant. losing the gift that had been given to them. REFLECTING: In what ways do I use my time. treasure and talents for the kingdom of God? PRAYING: Holy Spirit. They were given even greater responsibilities. 61 . buried the money for safe-keeping. buried the money for safe-keeping. and fearing his master's rebuke should he fail.

" Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom. but keep close to my young women. 62 . of the family of Elimelech. has borne him. "Now listen. Keep your eyes on the field that is being reaped. and became his nurse. 5 Page 242 Page 658 Page 25 Matthew 23:1-12 First reading from the Book of Ruth Chapter 2 verses 1 to 3 and 8 to 11 and Chapter 4 verses 13 to 17 Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband's side." Then she fell prostrate. go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn. and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. Then Boaz said to Ruth. So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. that you should take notice of me. "All that you have done for your mother-inlaw since the death of your husband has been fully told me. my daughter. my daughter. do not go to glean in another field or leave this one. "Go. whose name was Boaz. As it happened. who is more to you than seven sons. when I am a foreigner?" But Boaz answered her. and said to him.20th August 2011 Saturday in the Twentieth Week of General Time Ruth Psalms 2:1-3. who was of the family of Elimelech. When they came together. for your daughter-in-law who loves you. Then the women said to Naomi. 4. 3. and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age. and she bore a son. The women of the neighborhood gave him a name. "A son has been born to Naomi." So she went. who has not left you this day without next-of-kin. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi. she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz. "Blessed be the LORD. and follow behind them." They named him Obed." She said to her. If you get thirsty. "Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain. This is the word of the Lord. "Why have I found favor in your sight. saying. a prominent rich man. She came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. 4:13-17 128:1-2. the LORD made her conceive. behind someone in whose sight I may find favor. with her face to the ground. he became the father of Jesse. the father of David. 8-11. I have ordered the young men not to bother you.

and it shall go well with you.20th August 2011 Saturday in the Twentieth Week of General Time Ruth Psalms 2:1-3. 4:13-17 128:1-2. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life R: Happy is everyone who fears the LORD! Response: Happy is everyone who fears the LORD! 63 . 4. 5 Response: Happy is everyone who fears the LORD! Happy is everyone who fears the LORD. 5 Page 242 Page 658 Page 25 Page 658 Matthew 23:1-12 Psalms 128:1-2. R: Happy is everyone who fears the LORD! Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands. you shall be happy. who walks in his ways. 3. 4. your children will be like olive shoots around your table. The LORD bless you from Zion. 8-11. R: Happy is everyone who fears the LORD! Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. 3.

4. and you are all students. the Messiah. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues. for you have one Father — the one in heaven. 4:13-17 128:1-2. for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.5 Page 242 Page 658 Page 25 Matthew 23:1-12 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 23 verses 1 to 12 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples. All who exalt themselves will be humbled. 8-11. for they do not practice what they teach. 64 . for you have one teacher. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. and to have people call them rabbi. Nor are you to be called instructors. 3. And call no one your father on earth. do whatever they teach you and follow it. hard to bear. but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. They tie up heavy burdens. and all who humble themselves will be exalted. But you are not to be called rabbi. but do not do as they do. The greatest among you will be your servant. and lay them on the shoulders of others. "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat.20th August 2011 Saturday in the Twentieth Week of General Time Ruth Psalms 2:1-3. for you have one instructor. therefore.

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Matthew 23:1-12

“ Happy is everyone who fears the LORD!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! The first reading is from the book of Ruth which is a beautiful story about an ordinary family whose members suffered many losses but God went on looking after them. Then he gave them new gifts to make them glad. Ruth obeys God and finds love. In all of the changes in her life, Ruth places her hope and trust in God. Today’s responsorial psalm is a psalm for families. It tells that the prosperity of our families depends upon the blessing of God; the only way to obtain that blessing which will make our families comfortable is to live in the fear of God and in obedience to him. In the reading from Saint Matthews, we read that Jesus denounced the hypocritical behavior of the scribes and Pharisees. He acknowledged that their teaching authority rested on the "chair of Moses", but he warned his disciples not to follow the example of these religious leaders. The Pharisees enjoyed their titles of honor, and they liked to call attention to their phylacteries as evidence of their piety. These small leather boxes contained essential passages of the Torah, and were worn on the forehead and on the left arm during prayer. The tassels sewn on the corners of their garments were a symbolic reminder to keep the Law of Moses. While the religious leaders demanded obedience to the minute details of the law, their own deeds did not always correspond to their words. In contrast, Jesus was a humble servant and faithful teacher of the law of God's love and mercy. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us humility so that we can walk in His love.

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Matthew 19:13-16

First reading from the Book of Joshua Chapter 24 verses 14 to 29
"Now therefore revere the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Then the people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God." But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good." And the people said to Joshua, "No, we will serve the LORD!" Then Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him." And they said, "We are witnesses." He said, "Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel." The people said to Joshua, "The LORD our God we will serve, and him we will obey." So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem. Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak in the sanctuary of the LORD. Joshua said to all the people, "See, this stone shall be a witness against us; for it has heard all the words of the LORD that he spoke to us; therefore it shall be a witness against you, if you deal falsely with your God." So Joshua sent the people away to their inheritances. After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred ten years old.

This is the word of the Lord.

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13th August 2011 Saturday in the Nineteenth Week of General Time Joshua Psalms 24: 14-29 16:1-2, 5, 7-8 Page 216 Page 581 Page 21 Page 636

Matthew 19:13-16 Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8

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You are my inheritance, O Lord!

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you."

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You are my inheritance, O Lord!

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

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You are my inheritance, O Lord!

I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

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You are my inheritance, O Lord !

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You are my inheritance, O Lord!

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7-8 Page 216 Page 581 Page 21 Matthew 19:13-16 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 19 verses 13 to 15 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. 68 . "Let the little children come to me.13th August 2011 Saturday in the Nineteenth Week of General Time Joshua Psalms 24: 14-29 16:1-2. for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. and do not stop them. but Jesus said. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them. 5.

work. No one is unimportant to God. rebuked his disciples for hindering the children from coming. 5. Make our youth strong in faith and in character that they may follow you zealously. in turn. including children. may we never hinder our youth from coming to you to receive your blessing and healing power. Jesus. They knew of the healing power. food.… decide today whom you will serve. both physical and spiritual. But Jesus delighted in the children and demonstrated that God's love has ample room for everyone. "Lord Jesus. No doubt the disciples wanted to shield Jesus from the nuisance of noisy children.” This teaching by Joshua is as current in 2011 globally as it was in one geographic area centuries earlier. therefore. 7-8 Page 216 Page 581 Page 21 Matthew 19:13-16 “You are my inheritance. This brings the current relevance of Joshua’s word – “Now. etc. the need for instant communication.13th August 2011 Saturday in the Nineteenth Week of General Time Joshua Psalms 24: 14-29 16:1-2. may we never lose that child-like simplicity and humility which draws us into your loving presence. O Lord!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! “Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God so that we can trust him like little children. put away the strange gods that are among you and turn your hearts to the LORD…” The parents who brought their children to Jesus wanted Jesus to lay his hands upon them. the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. And as we grow with age. which came from Jesus' touch. He comes to each person individually that he might touch them with his healing love and power. The parallels are for us to reflect—who are the gods in our lives? The gods in the 21st century can be the indispensible electronic gadgets. addiction to alcohol. substance abuse. 69 .

thrones were set in place. 5-6. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence.6th August 2011 Saturday in the Eighteenth Week of General Time Daniel Psalms 7: 9-10. and the books were opened. 70 . and the hair of his head like pure wool. I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. and languages should serve him. his throne was fiery flames. and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed. and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. This is the word of the Lord. 9 Page 1007 Page 636 Page 18 Matthew 17:1-9 First reading from the Book of Daniel Chapter 7 verses 9 to 10 and 13 to 14 As I watched. A thousand thousands served him. and an Ancient One took his throne. nations. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. and its wheels were burning fire. his clothing was white as snow. The court sat in judgment. As I watched in the night visions. 13-14 97:1-2. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship. that all peoples.

9 Response: The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice. 5-6. and all the peoples behold his glory. R: The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! For you. The heavens proclaim his righteousness.6th August 2011 Saturday in the Eighteenth Week of General Time Daniel Psalms 7: 9-10. are most high over all the earth. O LORD. R: The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! Response: The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! 71 . before the Lord of all the earth. let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around him. you are exalted far above all gods. righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. R: The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! The mountains melt like wax before the LORD. 9 Page 1007 Page 636 Page 18 Page 636 Matthew 17:1-9 Psalms 97:1-2. 13-14 97:1-2. 5-6.

But Jesus came and touched them. "This is my Son. Then Peter said to Jesus. by themselves. if you wish. with him I am well pleased. talking with him. one for you. "Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.6th August 2011 Saturday in the Eighteenth Week of General Time Daniel Psalms 7: 9-10. it is good for us to be here." 72 . 13-14 97:1-2. and one for Elijah. Jesus ordered them. they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. "Get up and do not be afraid. they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. and from the cloud a voice said. "Lord. and his clothes became dazzling white. I will make three dwellings here. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah. listen to him!" When the disciples heard this. one for Moses. suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them. saying. 5-6. And he was transfigured before them." While he was still speaking." And when they looked up. Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain. 9 Page 1007 Page 636 Page 18 Matthew 17:1-9 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 17 verses 1 to 9 Six days later. the Beloved. The importance of John the Baptist As they were coming down the mountain. and his face shone like the sun.

9 Page 1007 Page 636 Page 18 Matthew 17:1-9 “The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! If anyone had his life transformed by meeting Jesus. 13-14 97:1-2. In today’s lingo. we were represented not by a big wig from the Temple but by a man who reminds me a lot of my father. Peter.‖ Peter could state that Jesus’ message was ―altogether reliable‖ because he had BEEN at the Transfiguration. 2 Peter 1:16-19) 73 . had heard the voice of God and had seen what happened with his own two skeptical eyes.13-14.‖ Right in the middle of starting a project! Darn! Years later as Peter was dictating his letter (since I doubt he could write). including church. I read that Jesus’ revelation of his divinity to his lower class disciples symbolizes that He came for common people rather than the wealthy and the powerful. practical. MATTHEW 17:1-9 FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD (Daniel 7:9-10. Listen to him. 5-6. Here was a guy that those of us with rural or blue-collar backgrounds can relate to – tough. he had street cred. Of COURSE Peter’s first thought on seeing Jesus. Grant me the wisdom to be able to see you when you manifest yourself in my life. Lord. Peter was no mystic but a man like my dad who never went anywhere.6th August 2011 Saturday in the Eighteenth Week of General Time Daniel Psalms 7: 9-10. I find myself focusing on Peter for a more theological reason as well. You will do well to be attentive to it. Today I’m drawn to Peter’s role in the Transfiguration because I see him as our surrogate witness at the event. It touches me that at one of the sublime moments in the New Testament. This was no myth that he had picked up from some otherworldly dreamer and Peter knew that his audience knew this. Moses and Elijah together was to offer to build three tents. it was surely St. he must have been thinking of the Transfiguration when he told the early Christians that ―we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. Psalm 97. help me to better see your presence among us. who left his fishing boat and nets to follow a prophet who offered to make him a fisher of men. and no-nonsense like the people we grew up with. without his pocket knife. I thank you for your constant presence in my world. While helping one of my children with an assignment on the Transfiguration years ago. What else would be more USEFUL? He was probably already looking around to see what he could find to work with and halfway annoyed when God interrupted to say: ―This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. just in case he needed it.

He asked that tents be erected. listen to him" (v 5). the great lawgiver of Israel. Behold him of whom I said there would arise a prophet like myself (Ex 3. God's lawgiver. Christ to be the Son of God when he said: «You are the Christ. such as Moses on Mount Sinai (Ex 19:3. Today is manifested what our fleshly eyes cannot see: an earthly body shining with the divine splendor. God the Father also spoke with Jesus and gave his approval: This is my beloved Son. The mountainwas a unique place of God's revelation. seeing in that light of the Father who is the Spirit who enlightens all things. freeing the people from their slavery to sin.. He recognises the destiny into which he was initiated in times past by its foreshadowings – which is what. and Anglican churches. let us sing! «He is king over all the earth» (Ps 47[46].1 Kgs 19:8). Jesus very likely discussed this momentous decision to go to the cross with Moses and Elijah. Moses..22) – like myself in that he is man and leader of the new people but above both me and every other creature in that the two Covenants. help me to see you in all your appearances in my life. with whom I am well pleased. Dt 18. with joy.. But on this occasion. the inaccessible light of the Son of G od.22) but «this rock was Christ» (1Cor 10. Acts 3.. the greatest of the prophets. as Paul expressly teaches: God incarnate.3). declaring Jesus as God's "beloved Son. rejection and crucifixion." To him alone must they listen (Dt 18:15).17.. both the Old and the New.. Peter saw this moment as a sign of the Messianic age. and John. are disposed by him for my sake and for yours».. Today Jesus Christ reveals himself as Lord of both Old and New Covenants. The appearance of Moses and Elijah alongside Jesus revealed that he was the new liberator and prophet. Come. Let us sing with wisdom.15. such as those in which their ancestors dwelled during their journey to the promised land (Lv 23:39-42). then. When Moses met with God on Mount Sinai the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God (see Exodus 34:29). but also that suffering and divinity were not mutually exclusive. who had proclaimed. Meditation: Are you prepared to see God's glory? God is eager to share his glory with us! We get a glimpse of this when some of the disciples see Jesus transfigured in glory on a high mountain.16). What is the significance of this mysterious appearance? Jesus went to the mountain knowing full well what awaited him in Jerusalem – his betrayal. the words «to see God from behind» mean (Ex 33. Today the leader of the New Covenant. Now he sees in all clarity the glory of the godhead «hidden in the shadow of the rock» (Ex 33..KEY VERSE: "This is my beloved Son. The 74 . [In the Eastern Orthodox. We possess the prophetic message that is utterly reliable" (2Pt 1. the Son of the living God» (Mt 16..] Jesus often went to a lonely place to pray – to seek solitude and sanctuary away from the crowds. On Mount Tabor today..14.10). stands beside Christ his master as a servant. Jesus summoned his disciples to the mountain to reveal himself as having full authority "in heaven and on earth" (Mt 28:16-18). the Gospel of Mark tells us thatJesus was transfigured . James. leader of the Old Covenant... this event is celebrated as a major feast on August 6. Paul says that the Israelites could not look at Moses' face because of its brightness (2 Corinthians 3:7). the divine presence overshadowed them. let us obey the prophet David! Let us sing praise to our God.. Catholic. the glory of the godhead overflow ing from a body that is mortal. Jesus' saving death (his "exodus") fulfilled the scriptures. While he was still speaking.7-8). 34:27-29) and the prophet Elijah on Mount Horeb (Sinai. even the depths of God» (1Cor 2.and his garments became glistening.4). intensely white (Mark 9:2. What is human becomes God's and the divine becomes human. giver of the Law. Today the unending outpouring of the divine radiance shines out before the apostles. READING: At the end of Matthew's gospel.916. the Word and Lord. in the presence of three of his beloved apostles – Peter.. in my opinion. The Father glorified his son because he obeyed. and with Elijah. listen to him. of Jesus? " 'This is my beloved son'.19) Today we see the depths of inaccessible light. In the Gospel account Jesus appeared in glory with Moses.23). Sing also the Spirit «who scrutinizes everything. REFLECTING: How have I been transformed by my experiences PRAYING: Lord Jesus.. to our king. sees the head of the Old Covenant standing beside the giver of both the one and the other and saying to him: «Behold He who Is.

Are you spiritually awake? Peter. and John were asleep (Luke 9:32)! Upon awakening they discovered Jesus in glory along with Moses and Elijah. He embraced the cross to obtain the crown of glory that awaits each one of us. too. but as demonstrated to be the sun of righteousness. among other things. James. he will shine unto them not simply as the sun. Origen. property reverted back to its original owners. Even sorrow can be a block until we can see past it to the glory of God. Slaves were also freed and debts were forgiven. These jubilee years enabled families to stay together. the great 3rd century bible scholar. as homes were returned to people. his face also shines as the sun that he may be manifested to the children of light who have put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. and are no longer the children of darkness or night but have become the sons of day. to your word. James. Even if we buy land. and walk honestly as in the day. 33:9. 75 . Prejudice can make us blind to something new the Lord may have for us. They allowed people to sell themselves into slavery without losing their freedom for life. 2 Maccabees 2:8). Being manifest. shows us how the transfiguration can change our lives: ―When he is transfigured. for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18). We all. his beloved disciples. The Lord Jesus not only wants us to see his glory – he wants to share this glory with us. Jesus succeeded in his mission because he went to Calvary so that Paradise would be restored to us once again. are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another. The life of ease can also hinder us from considering the challenging or disturbing demands of Christ. keep me always alert and awake to you. and your daily presence in my life. They allowed people to sell property in times of need without losing it entirely. It was a year of freedom and celebration. 1 Kings 8:10. And Jesus shows us the way to the Father's glory: follow me – obey my words – take the path I have chosen for you and you will receive the blessings of my Father's kingdom – your name will be written in heaven. beholding the glory of the Lord. if we will follow in his footsteps. 19:9. Every fiftieth year was designated a jubilee year when. with unveiled face. Peter. Do you seek his presence with faith and reverence? ―Lord Jesus. How much do we miss of God's glory and action because we are asleep spiritually? There are many things which can keep our minds asleep to the things of God: Mental lethargy and the "unexamined life" can keep us from thinking things through and facing our doubts and questions. your action.‖ Luke’s gospel tells us that while Jesus was transfigured. We. as disciples of Christ are called to be witnesses of his glory. Let me see your glory. It was also a symbol of the lack of actual ownership.cloud which overshadowed Jesus and his apostles fulfilled the dream of the Jews that when the Messiah came the cloud of God's presence would fill the temple again (see Exodus 16:10. it is not truly ours because everything really belongs to God. And people did not toil. The Lord wants to reveal his glory to us. and John were privileged witnesses of the glory of Christ.‖ Today’s reading from Leviticus tells us about the jubilee year. People returned home.

he could not rid himself of sin by ridding himself of the man who confronted him with his sin. 76 . the ruler of Galilee. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to be gracious to us and bless us. it enables us to pursue holiness in every area of our lives. in our thoughts and intentions as well as our words and actions. and who look to God for his mercy and pardon. to those who acknowledge their weaknesses and their sinfulness. had everything he wanted. except a clear conscience and peace with God. however did not fear to rebuke Herod for his adulterous relationship with his brother's wife. Herod. the Baptist. The Lord gives grace and help to the humble. Unfortunately for Herod. His grace and pardon not only frees us from a guilty conscience. John. out of impulse and a desire to please his family and friends. had John beheaded. He ended up in prison because of Herodias' jealousy. wisdom and strength.The reading from Saint Matthew is about the death of John. Herod had respected and feared John the Baptist as a great prophet and servant of God. Herod Antipas.

seven times seven years. or reap the after growth. you shall increase the price. or harvest the unpruned vines. for it is a certain number of harvests that are being sold to you. you shall not cheat one another. but you shall fear your God. and if the years are fewer. every one of you. to your property.30th July 2011 Saturday in the Seventeenth Week of General Time Leviticus 25:1. it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces. you shall pay only for the number of years since the jubilee. 4. In this year of jubilee you shall return. 6-7 Page 112 Page 614 Page 15 Matthew 14:1-12 First reading from the Book of Leviticus Chapter 25verses 1 and 8 to 17 The LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow. you shall diminish the price. on the tenth day of the seventh month — on the Day of Atonement — you shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. if the years are more. saying: You shall count off seven weeks of years. to your property and every one of you to your family. When you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor. When you buy from your neighbor. the seller shall charge you only for the remaining crop years. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. 8-17 Psalms 67:1-2. for I am the LORD your God. so that the period of seven weeks of years gives forty-nine years. every one of you. 77 . It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return. Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud. For it is a jubilee. You shall not cheat one another. This is the word of the Lord.

4. 6-7 Page 112 Page 614 Page 15 Page 614 Matthew 14:1-12 Psalms 67:1-2. May God continue to bless us.30th July 2011 Saturday in the Seventeenth Week of General Time Leviticus 25:1. R: O God! Let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy. let all the ends of the earth revere him. R: O God! Let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase. 8-17 Psalms 67:1-2. your saving power among all nations. 4. has blessed us. R: O God! Let all the peoples praise you! Response: O God! Let all the peoples praise you! 78 . that your way may be known upon earth. our God. God. for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. 6-7 Response: O God! Let all the peoples praise you! May God be gracious to us and bless us And make his face to shine upon us.

Prompted by her mother. he commanded it to be given. yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests. 4. and for this reason these powers are at work in him. he has been raised from the dead. his brother Philip's wife. he feared the crowd. and put him in prison on account of Herodias. she said. because John had been telling him. he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 6-7 Page 112 Page 614 Page 15 Matthew 14:1-12 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 14 verses 1 to 12 At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus. because they regarded him as a prophet. bound him." Though Herod wanted to put him to death. His disciples came and took the body and buried it. then they went and told Jesus." The king was grieved. "This is John the Baptist. "It is not lawful for you to have her.30th July 2011 Saturday in the Seventeenth Week of General Time Leviticus 25:1. the daughter of Herodias danced before the company. who brought it to her mother. "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter. 79 . 8-17 Psalms 67:1-2. But when Herod's birthday came. and he said to his servants." For Herod had arrested John. and she pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl.

it is not truly ours because everything really belongs to God. had John beheaded. the ruler of Galilee. Even if we buy land. The Lord gives grace and help to the humble. And people did not toil. it enables us to pursue holiness in every area of our lives. Herod had respected and feared John the Baptist as a great prophet and servant of God. John. The reading from Saint Matthew is about the death of John. It was a year of freedom and celebration. however did not fear to rebuke Herod for his adulterous relationship with his brother's wife. 80 . He ended up in prison because of Herodias' jealousy. to those who acknowledge their weaknesses and their sinfulness. 8-17 Psalms 67:1-2. Herod Antipas. the Baptist. and who look to God for his mercy and pardon. It was also a symbol of the lack of actual ownership. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to be gracious to us and bless us. 6-7 Page 112 Page 614 Page 15 Matthew 14:1-12 “O God! Let all the peoples praise you!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Today’s reading from Leviticus tells us about the jubilee year. People returned home. 4. had everything he wanted. he could not rid himself of sin by ridding himself of the man who confronted him with his sin. Slaves were also freed and debts were forgiven.30th July 2011 Saturday in the Seventeenth Week of General Time Leviticus 25:1. Herod. out of impulse and a desire to please his family and friends. wisdom and strength. in our thoughts and intentions as well as our words and actions. Unfortunately for Herod. among other things. They allowed people to sell themselves into slavery without losing their freedom for life. as homes were returned to people. except a clear conscience and peace with God. His grace and pardon not only frees us from a guilty conscience. These jubilee years enabled families to stay together. property reverted back to its original owners. They allowed people to sell property in times of need without losing it entirely. Every fiftieth year was designated a jubilee year when.

14-15 Page 70 Page 604 Page 14 Matthew 13:24-30 First reading from the Book of Exodus Chapter 24 verses 6 to 8 Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances. corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel. and set up twelve pillars. and read it in the hearing of the people. and they said. Then he took the book of the covenant. and built an altar at the foot of the mountain. 81 . Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins. He rose early in the morning. and said. He sent young men of the people of Israel. "All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do." Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people. and half of the blood he dashed against the altar. 5-6. and all the people answered with one voice. and said." This is the word of the Lord. and we will be obedient. "See the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words. "All that the Lord has spoken we will do. who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed oxen as offerings of well-being to the Lord.23rd July 2011 Saturday in the Sixteenth Week of General Time Exodus Psalms 24:3-8 50:12." And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.

23rd July 2011 Saturday in the Sixteenth Week of General Time Exodus Psalms 24:3-8 50:12." R: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! Response: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! 82 . who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!" The heavens declare his righteousness. R: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving. and pay your vows to the Most High. 5-6. Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you. and you shall glorify me. for God himself is judge. 14-15 Page 70 Page 604 Page 14 Page 604 Matthew 13:24-30 Psalms Response: 50:12. 5-6. God shines forth. speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion. R: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! "Gather to me my faithful ones. God the Lord. the perfection of beauty. 14-15 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! The mighty one.

23rd July 2011 Saturday in the Sixteenth Week of General Time Exodus Psalms 24:3-8 50:12. and at harvest time I will tell the reapers. did you not sow good seed in your field? Where. but gather the wheat into my barn. did these weeds come from?' He answered. an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.' The slaves said to him. Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him. 14-15 Page 70 Page 604 Page 14 Matthew 13:24-30 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 13 verses 24 to 30 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field. for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. "No. 5-6. Let both of them grow together until the harvest. and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain.' " 83 . "An enemy has done this. then the weeds appeared as well. "Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he replied. but while everybody was asleep. then. "Master.

The weed in the story was darnel. The image in this parable would be familiar to the farmers in Jesus' audience. May we hunger for your righteousness now that we may look forward to the Day of Judgment with joy rather than with dismay. 14-15 Page 70 Page 604 Page 14 Matthew 13:24-30 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving!” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! In today’s reading from Saint Matthew Jesus Christ tells the parable of the weeds among the wheat. "Lord. Jesus said that it was not the work of God's servants to make this judgment. Then the experienced eye could distinguish the two and easily separate them. This parable is a story of good and evil which will exist together until the end of the world. But to pull up the weeds before the wheat matured would endanger its immature roots. So it is with evil." In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God so that we can bear the fruits of His glory. Both the weeds and the wheat should be allowed to flourish until the harvest when the testing of time would separate error from truth.23rd July 2011 Saturday in the Sixteenth Week of General Time Exodus Psalms 24:3-8 50:12. When the wheat ripened it grew taller and stronger than the weeds. it is difficult to detect in its early stages until it grows strong and destroys what is good. may your word take deep root in our heart and that we may bear good fruit for your glory. 5-6. a poisonous plant that looked very much like wheat when it was young. The picture of a under handed man deliberately sowing bad seed in someone else's field was sometimes done. 84 .

O my soul. Psalms 103: 1-2. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and unswerving loyalty to Abraham. He will again have compassion upon us. 9-10. the flock that belongs to you. nor repay us according to our iniquities. let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. O my soul. so far he removes our transgressions from us. which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land. 11-12. because he delights in showing clemency. as you have sworn to our ancestors from the days of old. who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. he will tread our iniquities under foot. nor will he keep his anger forever. so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.18-20. 3-4. R: “The Lord is merciful and gracious” He will not always accuse. He does not deal with us according to our sins. bless his holy name. Bless the Lord. who heals all your diseases. and all that is within me. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.27th March 2011 Saturday of the Second week of Lent Book of Micah 7:14-15. As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt. who redeems your life from the Pit. show us marvelous things. This is the word of the Lord. For as the heavens are high above the earth. pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession? He does not retain his anger forever. Page 1050 First reading from the Book of Micah Chapter 7 verses 14 to 15 and 18 to 20 Shepherd your people with your staff. as far as the east is from the west. R: “The Lord is merciful and gracious” 85 . Who is a God like you. and do not forget all his benefits – R: “The Lord is merciful and gracious” who forgives all your iniquity. Page 639 Response: “The Lord is merciful and gracious” Bless the Lord.

I am no longer worthy to be called your son. you are always with me. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying.11-32. But while he was still far off. "Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you. who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. "Now his elder son was in the field. and your father has killed the fatted calf. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. When he had spent everything. he was lost and has been found. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country. you killed the fatted calf for him!' Then the father[5] said to him. a severe famine took place throughout that country. His father came out and began to plead with him. But when this son of yours came back. and all that is mine is yours. He replied. but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father. and he began to be in need. and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.27th March 2011 Saturday of the Second week of Lent Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 15:1-3. he heard music and dancing. and when he came and approached the house. But when he came to himself he said. he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. and let us eat and celebrate." 'So he set off and went to his father. "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them. who has devoured your property with prostitutes. he was lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate. "your brother has come. for this son of mine was dead and is alive again. and no one gave him anything.'[4] But the father said to his slaves.' So he divided his property between them. I have sinned against heaven and before you. "Quickly. But he answered his father. his father saw him and was filled with compassion. Then the son said to him. "Father. "How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country. because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life. yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends." So he told them this parable: Then Jesus said. "There was a man who had two sons. "Father. treat me like one of your hired hands. And get the fatted calf and kill it. Page 78 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.' " 86 . and I will say to him. bring out a robe . He would gladly have filled himself with[3] the pods that the pigs were eating.' Then he became angry and refused to go in. I have sinned against heaven and before you. put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.the best one . 'Father. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. give me the share of the property that will belong to me. and I have never disobeyed your command. because he has got him back safe and sound. 'Son.and put it on him. The younger of them said to his father. But we had to celebrate and rejoice.

If we truly believe that "The Lord is kind and merciful" we need to accept that "The Lord is kind and merciful" to all .11-32. the conversion of the younger son does not make the relationship with the older son less than before-rather it shows how we must trust. and to consider "What Jesus would do?" God's ability to forgive. because your brother was dead and has come to life again. The readings today are all about forgiveness and rejoicing in growth and conversion. so we must simply pray that God will intercede. We are not privy to truly understanding the suffering or the conversion of another. especially in situations where we cannot control the actions/decisions of others. to try not to judge. In the Gospel today.as this father did. he was lost and has been found.27th March 2011 Saturday of the Second week of Lent Book of Micah 7:14-15. 3-4. Psalms 103: 1-2. " But now we must celebrate and rejoice.even those we do not believe "deserve" kindness and mercy. 11-12. Page 1050 Page 639 Page 78 87 . especially in times of personal growth and conversion is beyond our understanding. Luke 15:1-3. and pray for growth and conversions of many kinds." With these thoughts in mind let us take part in the Eucharistic celebration. in our eyes "it just doesn't seem to be fair" we are reminded to take a step back. “The Lord is merciful and gracious” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. and then rejoice.18-20. 9-10. If we are resentful of others or of situations because.

18-19. that we may live before him. Let us know. After two days he will revive us. O God. he has struck down. Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets. O Ephraim? What shall I do with you. O God. for it is he who has torn. R: “I desire love and not sacrifice” For you have no delight in sacrifice. in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit. and he will heal us. For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice. on the third day he will raise us up. and cleanse me from my sin. Page 605 Response: “I desire love and not sacrifice” Have mercy on me. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity." What shall I do with you. 16-17. then bulls will be offered on your altar. you would not be pleased. and my judgment goes forth as the light. let us press on to know the Lord. if I were to give a burnt offering. O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud. then you will delight in right sacrifices. the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Psalms 51: 1-2.2nd April 2011 Saturday of the Third week of Lent Book of Hosea 6:1-6. Page 1021 First reading from the Book of Hosea Chapter 6 verses 1 to 6 "Come. he will come to us like the showers. rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. according to your steadfast love. a broken and contrite heart. according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. let us return to the Lord. like the spring rains that water the earth. I have killed them by the words of my mouth. his appearing is as sure as the dawn. This is the word of the Lord. like the dew that goes away early. R: “I desire love and not sacrifice” 88 . and he will bind us up. you will not despise R: “I desire love and not sacrifice” Do good to Zion in your good pleasure.

"God.' But the tax collector. a sinner!'I tell you. this man went down to his home justified rather than the other. I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves. standing far off. but was beating his breast and saying. Page 81 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray. was praying thus. adulterers. The Pharisee. be merciful to me. one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. for all who exalt themselves will be humbled." 89 . but all who humble themselves will be exalted. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth of all my income. would not even look up to heaven. "God. or even like this tax collector. rogues. standing by himself.2nd April 2011 Saturday of the Third week of Lent Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 18:9-14.

―I desire love and not sacrifice.‖ Mercy. With these thoughts in mind let us take part in the Eucharistic celebration. On the other hand the tax collector. Today’s readings give us concrete ways to observe Lent. The Pharisee saves himself while the tax collector recognizes that he is far from being saved and rests that salvation on God.2nd April 2011 Saturday of the Third week of Lent Book of Hosea 6: 1-6. Psalms 51: 1-2. our way of dealing with situations and persons in our daily lives. The Pharisee was convinced of his own righteousness and he prayed out of that certainty. The Pharisee. a publically branded sinner both went to the temple to pray. “I desire love and not sacrifice” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. stood off to a distance and prayed. a religious authority. The psalm response helps to focus ourselves properly. in this sense. Page 1021 Page 605 Page 81 90 . In the first reading the Prophet Hosea encourages us to ―return to the Lord‖ who will ―heal us‖. 16-17. This is a direct reminder of the spirit of Ash Wednesday: ―Return‖ from our pettiness and sinfulness to the Lord and open ourselves to the Lord. calls for a change in us – our behavior. 18-19. a known sinner. Luke 18:9-14. The Pharisee is led into pride and the tax collector is led to humility. What a marvelous lesson is here for us in the stance towards God of the Pharisee and that of the tax collector. and a tax collector. He went home ―justified‖ and the Pharisee did not. The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector present two models of how to relate to God.

And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes. you who test the minds and hearts. judge me. O righteous God. according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. but establish the righteous. they will drag me away. O Lord of hosts. and a God who has indignation every day. who try the heart and the mind. Page 882 First reading from the Book of Jeremiah Chapter 11 verses 18 to 20 It was the Lord who made it known to me. "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit. in you I take refuge” O Lord my God. Page 576 Response: “O Lord my God. R: “O Lord my God. in you I take refuge” 91 . O let the evil of the wicked come to an end. But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. God is a righteous judge. in you I take refuge” The Lord judges the peoples.9th April 2011 Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent Book of Jeremiah 11: 18-20. 8-9. let us cut him off from the land of the living. R: “O Lord my God. who saves the upright in heart. let me see your retribution upon them. save me from all my pursuers. and deliver me. saying. and I knew. Psalms 7: 1-2. so that his name will no longer be remembered!" But you. for to you I have committed my cause. in you I take refuge. O Lord. in you I take refuge” God is my shield. or like a lion they will tear me apart. who judge righteously. This is the word of the Lord. R: “O Lord my God. then you showed me their evil deeds. 10-11. with no one to rescue.

and who was one of them.they are accursed. "Surely you have not been deceived too." Nicodemus." Then each of them went home. "Never has anyone spoken like this!" Then the Pharisees replied. "Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing."[14] But some asked. 92 .9th April 2011 Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 7: 40-53 Page 100 When they heard these words. Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees. "Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee. which does not know the law . the village where David lived?" So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him. does it?" They replied. but no one laid hands on him. who asked them. "This is the Messiah. "This is really the prophet. does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem. "Why did you not arrest him?" The police answered. asked." Others said. some in the crowd said. are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee. "Surely you are not also from Galilee. who had gone to Jesus before. have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd.

They went to arrest him and returned empty-handed because they never heard anyone speak as he did. 10-11. There are fundamentally two choices we must choose between: to have our lives fueled by God’s selfless love for others or by our own self-centered love and selfish desires. The reaction of the chief priests and Pharisees was contempt.9th April 2011 Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent Book of Jeremiah 11: 18-20. sacrifice. The reaction of the officers was bewildered amazement. His heart told him to defend Jesus. It caused division for many in Israel. Who is Jesus for me? Am I ready to give him my full allegiance? Am I ready to stand for Jesus and to show him honor and loyalty whatever it may cost me? "Lord Jesus. No one could be indifferent for long when confronted with Jesus and his message. Page 882 Psalms 7: 1-2. some the Messiah and some believed he was neither. Some believed he was a prophet. to be servants of Jesus our Master or slaves of sin and Satan. 93 . The reaction of Nicodemus was timid. There will often come a time when we have to take a stand for Christ. but his head told him not to take the risk. in you I take refuge” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. even though it produces a cross on earth that I may share in your crown in eternity?" With these thoughts in mind let us take part in the Eucharistic celebration. 8-9. your gospel brings joy and freedom. To stand for Jesus may provoke mockery or unpopularity. It may even entail hardship. and suffering. May I be loyal to you always. John 7: 40-53 Page 576 Page 100 “O Lord my God.

say. and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. They shall never again defile themselves with their idols and their detestable things. Then they shall be my people. on the mountains of Israel. and the oil. and I will bless them and multiply them. and I will be their God. and one king shall be king over them all. and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord. the wine. and bring them to their own land. Page 903 Response: “The Lord will protect us even as the shepherd protects his flock” Hear the word of the Lord. [7] and will cleanse them. and I will be their God. and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. or with any of their transgressions. they and their children and their children's children shall live there forever. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion. Thus says the Lord God: I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone. This is the word of the Lord. O nations. I will make them one nation in the land. and they shall all have one shepherd. and they shall never languish again. and over the young of the flock and the herd. R: “The Lord will protect us even as the shepherd protects his flock” Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance.16th April 2011 Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent Book of Ezekiel 37: 21-28 Page 983 First reading from the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 37 verses 21 to 28 Then say to them. 13. They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob. "He who scattered Israel will gather him. their life shall become like a watered garden. R: “The Lord will protect us even as the shepherd protects his flock” 94 . My dwelling place shall be with them. and give them gladness for sorrow. My servant David shall be king over them. over the grain. when my sanctuary is among them forevermore. and they shall be my people." R: “The Lord will protect us even as the shepherd protects his flock” For the Lord has ransomed Jacob. I will comfort them. 11-12ab. and declare it in the coastlands far away. Then the nations shall know that I the Lord sanctify Israel. and will keep him as a shepherd a flock. Jeremiah 31: 10. in which your ancestors lived. and will gather them from every quarter. and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. and my servant David shall be their prince forever. I will save them from all the apostasies into which they have fallen. it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. Never again shall they be two nations. I will make a covenant of peace with them. I will turn their mourning into joy. and the young men and the old shall be merry. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes.

and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation. believed in him. everyone will believe in him. but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation. will he?" Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus[9] was should let them know.16th April 2011 Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 11:45-57 Page 105 Many of the Jews therefore. and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council." He did not say this on his own. "You know nothing at all! You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed. but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. and he remained there with the disciples." But one of them. If we let him go on like this. 95 . who was high priest that year. "What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival. and said. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple. Caiaphas. and not for the nation only. So from that day on they planned to put him to death. Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews. who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did. "What are we to do? This man is performing many signs. so that they might arrest him. but to gather into one the dispersed children of God. said to them. Now the Passover of the Jews was near.

God spoke through him. sinless himself. How then can he fail to give us the reward we deserve for our righteousness. It was Jewish belief that when the high priest asked for God's counsel for the nation. The prophet Ezekiel announced that God would establish one people. but not before his work was done. not in fear but in joy. and openly proclaim that Christ was crucified for us. though without sin himself? My dear Brothers and Sisters let us then fearlessly acknowledge. he suffered for us sinners the punishment we deserved for our sins. not in shame but in glory. whose promises are true. He loved us so much that. let us confess it.16th April 2011 Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent Book of Ezekiel 37: 21-28 Jeremiah 31: 10. 96 . one prince. The passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and a lesson in patience. 13. What dramatic irony that Caiaphas prophesied that Jesus must die for the nation. and one sanctuary forever. Luke adds to Caiaphas’s prophecy that Jesus would gather into one the children of God who are scattered. Jesus set his face like flint toward Jerusalem. 11-12ab. John 11:45-57 Page 983 Page 903 Page 105 “The Lord will protect us even as the shepherd protects his flock” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. one land. knowing full well what awaited him there. fail to reward the saints when he bore the punishment of sinners. The way to glory and victory for us is through the cross of Jesus Christ. He retired until the time had come when nothing would stop his coming to Jerusalem to fulfill his Father's mission. for he is the source of righteousness? How can he. Jesus came to lay down his life for the many. Are we ready to take up your cross and follow Christ in his way of victory? Or do we allow fear or opposition to hold us back from doing God’s will? With these thoughts in mind let us take part in the Eucharistic celebration.

he has become my salvation. There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. This is the word of the Lord. But Peter and John answered them. the righteous shall enter through it. R: “Lord! I thank you that you have answered me” 97 . for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard. you must judge. they had nothing to say in opposition. for he is good.30th April 2011 Saturday of Easter Week Book of Acts 4: 13-21 Page 121 First reading from the Book of Acts Chapter 4 verses 13 to 21 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men. his steadfast love endures forever! The Lord is my strength and my might.18. but he did not give me over to death. But to keep it from spreading further among the people. finding no way to punish them because of the people. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. They said. "Whether it is right in God's sight to listen to you rather than to God. 16." After threatening them again.14-15. So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. they let them go. R: “Lord! I thank you that you have answered me” The right hand of the Lord is exalted. R: “Lord! I thank you that you have answered me” Open to me the gates of righteousness." So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. "What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them. This is the gate of the Lord. for all of them praised God for what had happened. they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them. that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name." The Lord has punished me severely. we cannot deny it. 19-21 Page 650 Response: “Lord! I thank you that you have answered me” O give thanks to the Lord. Psalms 118: 1.

he appeared first to Mary Magdalene. She went out and told those who had been with him. as they were walking into the country. And he said to them. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her. while they were mourning and weeping. from whom he had cast out seven demons. "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. they would not believe it. 98 .30th April 2011 Saturday of Easter Week Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 16: 9-15 Page 55 Now after he rose early on the first day of the week. And they went Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table. After this he appeared in another form to two of them. and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness.

increase my faith and hope in the power of your resurrection." With these thoughts in mind let us take part in the Eucharistic celebration. but to all the nations. the only savior of the world. not only to the people of Israel. This is the great commission which the risen Christ gives to the whole church. but a woman noted for her demonized living! She had been forgiven much. She was first at the tomb to pay her respects. We have not been left alone in this task. they would not believe her account of the Risen Master. Are you like the apostles or like Mary – slow to believe or quick to run to Jesus? Do we doubt because we do not see? The Lord makes his presence known to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. After his appearance to his beloved apostles. Jesus had to scold his apostles because of their unbelief and stubborn hearts.30th April 2011 Saturday of Easter Week Book of Acts 4: 13-21 Psalms 118: 1.14-15. The first to see the risen Lord was not Peter or one of the apostles. All believers have been given a share in this task – to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ. 16. for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. And give me joy and courage to be your witness to others and to boldly speak of what you have done to save us from sin and death. "Lord Jesus Christ.18. 99 . 19-21 Mark 16: 9-15 Page 121 Page 650 Page 55 “Lord! I thank you that you have answered me” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus commissions them to go and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Their task is to proclaim the good news of salvation. Unfortunately for the disciples. and loved her Master greatly. He gives us the gift of faith to know him personally and to understand the mystery of his death and rising.

all the earth” Make a joyful noise to the Lord. they attempted to go into Bithynia. and he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who were in those places. we are his people. they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily. Worship the Lord with gladness. but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. He was well spoken of by the believers[2] in Lystra and Iconium. R: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord. and we are his. all the earth” For the Lord is good. and the sheep of his pasture. but his father was a Greek. all the earth” Know that the Lord is God. When they had come opposite Mysia. all the earth. for they all knew that his father was a Greek.28th May 2011 Saturday in the Fifth Week of Easter Book of Acts 16: 1-10 Page 135 First reading from the Book of Acts Chapter 16 verses 1 to 10 Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra. and his faithfulness to all generations. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying." When he had seen the vision. passing by Mysia. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him. Psalms 100: 1-3. the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer. come into his presence with singing. all the earth” 100 . As they went from town to town. R: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord. "Come over to Macedonia and help us. having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.5 Page 637 Response: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord. It is he that made us. so. They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia. R: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord. where there was a disciple named Timothy. we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia. This is the word of the Lord. they went down to Troas. being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. his steadfast love endures forever.

28th May 2011 Saturday in the Fifth Week of Easter Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:18-21 Page 110 "If the world hates you. the world would love you as its own. Remember the word that I said to you. Because you do not belong to the world. they will persecute you. they will keep yours also. 101 . but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. because they do not know him who sent me.' If they persecuted me. be aware that it hated me before it hated you. if they kept my word. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name. If you belonged to the world. 'Servants are not greater than their master.

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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today’s scripture readings speak of how the world receives the Good News of Jesus and the diversity of those who spread and receive that Good News. In Acts we hear a litany of early believers. Jewish, Greek, male, female, circumcised, uncircumcised, from Lystra to Iconium to Jerusalem. A diverse lot. The psalmist proclaims, ―Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.‖ And in John, Jesus warns the disciples that, because Jesus has chosen them, the world may hate them. ―They will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.‖ Jesus does not promise a rose garden for those who follow him. Just as Jesus and his Father are one, Jesus and the believer are also united. Because of this close union, Jesus' disciples must share his fate. If Jesus suffered persecution and hatred, so would they. If the world refused to listen to Jesus' words or believe in his works, the world would not believe his disciples' proclamation and deeds. If the disciples had belonged to the world, perhaps the world would love them. Because these unbelievers did not know God, they despised Jesus and they would also despise his followers. Jesus said that "no slave was greater than his master". Although the disciples were Jesus' friends, they were also obedient servants of God's will. In what ways are we both friend and servant to others? Let us pray to the Risen Lord in this Eucharistic celebration to give us the grace to speak His Gospel to those who do not know Him.

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First reading from the Book of Acts Chapter 18 verses 23 to 28 After spending some time there he departed and went from place to place through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately. And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers[13] encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus. This is the word of the Lord.

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On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. "I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father."

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Jesus tells us that whatever we ask of the Father in his name will be granted. Jesus often spoke in parables . The Father loved them and would grant them whatever they needed to do Christ's work on earth. and they would have new insights about God's reign. sing praises with a psalm” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the seventh time in John's gospel. his passion. and they would be able to pray in the authority of his name. 105 . Give me the grace to trust that you will grant me every request. death and resurrection would speak clearly to them of God's love. Help me to understand that whatever I ask will be granted. they would understand everything Jesus told them. Through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Do I really believe this? Am I ready to fully trust in God when I pray for something? Lord. With these thoughts in mind let us take part in this Eucharistic celebration.4th June 2011 Saturday in the Sixth Week of Easter Book of Acts 18: 23-28 Psalms 47:1-2. 7-9 John 16: 23-28 Page 139 Page 603 Page 110 “For God is the king of all the earth. Though his disciples were often confused as to the meaning of Jesus' words. grant me the serenity to fully trust in you. Jesus said that when he was glorified he would be present to his followers in a new way.the language of human experience meant to convey the mystery of the kingdom of God.

sing praises with a psalm. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. Simeon who was called Niger. He subdued peoples under us. Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler. for he was a good man. God sits on his holy throne. he rejoiced. Lucius of Cyrene.11th June 2011 Saturday in the Sixth Week of Easter Book of Acts 18: 23-28 Page 139 First reading from the Book of Acts Chapter 11 verses 21 to 26 and Chapter 13 verses 1 to 3 The hand of the Lord was with them. he brought him to Antioch. and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. the Most High. For the Lord. and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called "Christians. 106 ." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. is awesome. For the shields of the earth belong to God. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. and Saul. For God is the king of all the earth. 7-9 Page 603 Response: For God is the king of all the earth. and nations under our feet. God is king over the nations. This is the word of the Lord. R: For God is the king of all the earth. full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. sing praises with a psalm." Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas. and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion. sing praises with a psalm. the Holy Spirit said. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem. and when he had found him. a great king over all the earth. R: For God is the king of all the earth. sing praises with a psalm. When he came and saw the grace of God. he is highly exalted. and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people. Psalms 47: 1-2.

I am leaving the world and am going to the Father. so that your joy may be complete. he will give it to you. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Very truly. I tell you. for the Father himself loves you. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures. again.11th June 2011 Saturday in the Sixth Week of Easter Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:23-28 Page 110 On that day you will ask nothing of me. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name." 107 . if you ask anything of the Father in my name. Ask and you will receive. but will tell you plainly of the Father. "I have said these things to you in figures of speech. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf. On that day you will ask in my name. because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

Jesus tells us that whatever we ask of the Father in his name will be granted. sing praises with a psalm” Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7-9 John 16: 23-28 Page 139 Page 603 Page 110 “For God is the king of all the earth.11th June 2011 Saturday in the Sixth Week of Easter Book of Acts 18: 23-28 Psalms 47:1-2.the language of human experience meant to convey the mystery of the kingdom of God. 108 . The Father loved them and would grant them whatever they needed to do Christ's work on earth. grant me the serenity to fully trust in you. Do I really believe this? Am I ready to fully trust in God when I pray for something? Lord. Though his disciples were often confused as to the meaning of Jesus' words. Through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Jesus often spoke in parables . his passion. With these thoughts in mind let us take part in this Eucharistic celebration. they would understand everything Jesus told them. For the seventh time in John's gospel. and they would have new insights about God's reign. Jesus said that when he was glorified he would be present to his followers in a new way. Help me to understand that whatever I ask will be granted. and they would be able to pray in the authority of his name. Give me the grace to trust that you will grant me every request. death and resurrection would speak clearly to them of God's love.

Psalms 34: 8-13 Page 593 Response: O taste and see that the LORD is good! O taste and see that the Lord is good. But I refrain from it. R: O taste and see that the LORD is good! Which of you desires life. This is the word of the Lord. O fear the Lord. nothing is to be gained by it. R: O taste and see that the LORD is good! Response: O taste and see that the LORD is good! 109 . I will not be a fool. but on my own behalf I will not boast. "My grace is sufficient for you. so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me. I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven . Three times I appealed to the Lord about this." So. a messenger of Satan to torment me. you his holy ones. listen to me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses. God knows. that it would leave me. happy are those who take refuge in him. that no mortal is permitted to repeat. so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.18th June 2011 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 Page 185 First reading from Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 12 verses 1 to10 It is necessary to boast. Come. then I am strong. but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. except of my weaknesses. insults. and your lips from speaking deceit. and covets many days to enjoy good? Keep your tongue from evil. to keep[1] me from being too elated. I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses. persecutions. But if I wish to boast. Therefore. to keep me from being too elated. God knows was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told. for power is made perfect in weakness. a thorn was given me in the flesh. O children. I will teach you the fear of the Lord. for I will be speaking the truth. R: O taste and see that the LORD is good! The young lions suffer want and hunger. even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. for those who fear him have no want. hardships. and calamities for the sake of Christ. On behalf of such a one I will boast.whether in the body or out of the body I do not know.whether in the body or out of the body I do not know. And I know that such a person . for whenever I am weak. but he said to me. but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

I tell you. 'What shall we eat?' or'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' Matthew 6:32 For the Gentiles seek all these things. nor about your body. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? Matthew 6:28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field. if you ask anything of the Father in my name.18th June 2011 Saturday in the Seventh Week of Easter Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6: 24-34 Page 6 On that day you will ask nothing of me. Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow. "I have said these things to you in figures of speech. Is not life more than food. even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. saying. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. what you shall put on. "Therefore I tell you. do not be anxious about your life. how they grow. for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. and all these things shall be yours as well. which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven. Ask and you will receive. and the body more than clothing? Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns. for either he will hate the one and love the other. or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. "No one can serve two masters. and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You cannot serve God and mammon. O men of little faith? Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious. what you shall eat or what you shall drink. they neither toil nor spin. 110 . Matthew 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field. Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. will he not much more clothe you. Matthew 6:29 yet I tell you. and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Very truly. so that your joy may be complete.

and received visions and revelations of the Lord. Trust me. Nothing is lacking to the holy ones. the unknown. listen to preachers who predict the exact hour the world is going to end. God’s grace is sufficient. Paul does not give a single hint as to what he experienced there. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God. If this is the type of gracious Father that we have. Finally. we do not know the contours of the future. then we can quit worrying about the future. We do know that the birds are fed and the flowers are clothed and this through no work of their own. the Gospel lesson concludes with: ―Do not worry about tomorrow. He heard ineffable things which no one may utter.‖ Exactly how can we be sure of this? Do we check horoscope. The psalmist states that the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear God. He prayed that God would take this away but the answer to his prayer was that God’s grace is sufficient for him. God delivers his people. that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. That is as much as we need to know about the future. Instead he says that God gave him a thorn in his flesh to keep him from becoming too elated and boasting about his experience. ―My grace is sufficient. or inquire about eschatology from a four-year-old who has been to heaven and back? No. with all our concerns.‖ Paradise.‖ It is an invitation and a challenge: taste and see the goodness of the Lord. go to a seer. to help us to trust Him. Those who seek the Lord want for no good thing. 111 .18th June 2011 Saturday in the Seventh Week of Easter 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 Psalms 34: 7-12 Matthew 6: 24-34 Page 185 Page 593 Page 6 “O taste and see that the LORD is good!” In the first reading today the apostle Paul says that he was ―caught up to the third heaven. tomorrow will take care of itself. and pay attention to what is going on today. We can summarize the message of the psalm as.

saying. Luke 1:47-50." But Sarah denied.since you have come to your servant. and took a calf. he ran from the tent entrance to meet them. now that I am old?' Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you. and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. and set it before them. for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. saying. "I will surely return to you in due season. and make cakes. Let a little water be brought. you did laugh. and Sarah shall have a son." Abraham ran to the herd. "Oh yes. "There. and your wife Sarah shall have a son." Then one said. in due season. "I did not laugh". Now Abraham and Sarah were old. He has filled the hungry with good things. and my husband is old. in remembrance of his mercy. if I find favor with you. R: The Lord has helped his servant Israel." So they said. They said to him. 112 . When he saw them. "Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour. "Why did Sarah laugh." And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. "My lord. knead it. "Where is your wife Sarah?" And he said. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. for the Mighty One has done great things for me. So Sarah laughed to herself. "Shall I indeed bear a child. it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. He said. tender and good. and rest yourselves under the tree. R: The Lord has helped his servant Israel. and gave it to the servant. "After I have grown old. Surely. advanced in age. as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. do not pass by your servant. and wash your feet. Response: The Lord has helped his servant Israel. from now on all generations will call me blessed." This is the word of the Lord. in the tent.25th June 2011 Genesis 18: 1-15 Page 14 First reading from the Book of Genesis Chapter 18 verses 1 to 15 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre. He has helped his servant Israel. in remembrance of his mercy. and sent the rich away empty. and after that you may pass on . "Do as you have said. and bowed down to the ground. in remembrance of his mercy. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. to Abraham and to his descendants forever. Let me bring a little bread that you may refresh yourselves. 53-55 Page 57 Response: The Lord has helped his servant Israel. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. in remembrance of his mercy. and holy is his name. He said. shall I have pleasure?" The Lord said to Abraham. according to the promise he made to our ancestors." And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah. and said. and say. who hastened to prepare it. for she was afraid. in remembrance of his mercy.

he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven." and he said to him. For I also am a man under authority. appealing to him and saying. in no one in Israel have I found such faith. and I say to one. and to my slave. but only speak the word. "Come. he touched her hand. and cured all who were sick. "Go.' and he goes." And the servant was healed in that hour. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah. and he cast out the spirits with a word. When Jesus entered Peter's house." When Jesus heard him. let it be done for you according to your faith. and the fever left her. where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases. "I will come and cure him. while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness.' and the slave does it. "Do this. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons. in terrible distress." 113 . and she got up and began to serve him. he was amazed and said to those who followed him. "Lord. I tell you. and my servant will be healed. and to another.' and he comes. a centurion came to him." The centurion answered.25th June 2011 Saturday in the Twelfth Week of General Time Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 8: 5-17 Page 8 When he entered Capernaum." And to the centurion Jesus said. with soldiers under me. I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. "Truly I tell you. my servant is lying at home paralyzed. "Go. "Lord.

Jesus commends him for his faith and immediately grants him his request. but faith-filled as well. In the reading from Saint Matthew Lord Jesus heals the slave of the centurion and Peter’s motherin-law. He risked the ridicule of his cronies by seeking help from an itinerant preacher from Galilee and mockery from the Jews as well. in remembrance of his mercy. He wanted Jesus to heal his beloved slave. Are we willing to suffer ridicule in the practice of our faith? And when we need help. the Lord appears to Abraham and says ―Your wife Sarah will have a son. In the first reading from the book of Genesis. 114 .25th June 2011 Saturday in the Twelfth Week of General Time Genesis Luke 18: 1-15 1:47-50. In the Roman world slaves were treated like animals rather than people. The centurion who approached Jesus was not only courageous.” In today’s readings from the Holy Bible we see the infinite mercy and kindness of our Lord through the ages. do we approach Lord Jesus with expectant faith? Lord Jesus says ―Let it be done for you according to your faith. He was an extraordinary man because he loved his slave.‖ In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to give us infinite faith in Him. Nonetheless. 53-55 Page 14 Page 57 Page 8 Matthew 8: 5-17 “The Lord has helped his servant Israel.‖ And in response to Sarah’s doubt He says ―Is anything too wonderful to the Lord?‖ The Responsorial Psalm from Saint Luke is the Mary’s Song of Praise when she visits Elizabeth after she hears from angel Gabriel that she will be blessed with the Son of God. he approached Jesus with confidence and humility. The centurion was also an extraordinary man of faith.

but the feeble gird on strength. he has covered me with the robe of righteousness. he also exalts.2nd July 2011 Isaiah 61: 9-11 Page 861 First reading from the Book of Isaiah Chapter 61 verses 9 to 11 Their descendants shall be known among the nations. "My heart exults in the Lord. 8 Page 245 Response: My heart exults in the Lord! Hannah prayed and said. R: My heart exults in the Lord! He rises up the poor from the dust. This is the word of the Lord. but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The Lord makes poor and makes rich. he lifts the needy from the ash heap. 1 Samuel 2:1. he brings low. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread. my whole being shall exult in my God. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's. and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up. because I rejoice in my victory. The barren has borne seven. all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 6-7. R: My heart exults in the Lord! Response: My heart exults in the Lord! 115 . to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. R: My heart exults in the Lord! The Lord kills and brings to life. R: My heart exults in the Lord! The bows of the mighty are broken. My mouth derides my enemies. For as the earth brings forth its shoots. and their offspring among the peoples. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord. as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland. and on them he has set the world. my strength is exalted in my God. so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. but she who has many children is forlorn. 4-5. he brings down to Sheol and rises up. for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation.

the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.2nd July 2011 Saturday in the Thirteenth Week of General Time Genesis 18: 1-15 Page 861 Page 245 Page 59 1 Samuel 1:1. they went a day's journey. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. When they did not find him. your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth. "Child. 8 Luke 2:41-51 “My heart exults in the Lord!” Saturday in the Thirteenth Week of General Time Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:41-51 Page 59 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. but his parents did not know it. listening to them and asking them questions. 4-5. and was obedient to them. 6-7. they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. When his parents saw him they were astonished. why have you treated us like this? Look. they went up as usual for the festival. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers." He said to them. and his mother said to him. When the festival was ended and they started to return. After three days they found him in the temple. And when he was twelve years old. Response: My heart exults in the Lord! 116 . sitting among the teachers.

Jesus. 6-7. His answer to his mother's anxious inquiry reveals his trusting faith and confident determination to pursue his heavenly Father's will. especially us human creatures. That love is symbolized in the image of the heart. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to help us recognize God's call on our lives and trust in his grace and strength. celebrates the great love that Mary has for God and for others. Just as Jesus’ heart is the hallmark of his love for his Father and for the world and its creatures. Response: My heart exults in the Lord! 117 . Why did Jesus stay back when his parents left for home? Just as the prophet Samuel heard the call of the Lord at a very young age. Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house? Our Heavenly Father calls each one of us. The gospel today highlights the love that Mary has for her son. Jesus in his youth recognized that he has been given a call by his heavenly Father. 4-5. Unbeknownst to the parents Jesus did not make the return trip with them. the feast we commemorate in today’s liturgy. They had gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and after the event and some days in the city they set out for home. Nonetheless they returned to Jerusalem with confident trust that God would guide them in their hour of trial. Mary and Joseph must have felt anxious and helpless when the boy Jesus disappeared.2nd July 2011 Saturday in the Thirteenth Week of General Time Genesis 18: 1-15 Page 861 Page 245 Page 59 1 Samuel 1:1. With the call God gives grace – grace to say "yes" to his will and grace to persevere through obstacles and trials that stand in the way. 8 Luke 2:41-51 “My heart exults in the Lord!” The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

9th July 2011 Saturday in the Fourteenth Week of General Time Genesis Psalms 49:29-32. the children of Machir son of Manasseh were also born on Joseph's knees. 118 . near Mamre. "I am about to be gathered to my people. and Joseph lived one hundred ten years.' Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father. but God will surely come to you." But Joseph said to them. saying. 50:15-26a 105:1-2. "What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?" So they approached Joseph. "Say to Joseph: I beg you. Bury me with my ancestors . he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt. he and his father's household." And Joseph died. in the land of Canaan. and said. So have no fear." Joseph wept when they spoke to him. fell down before him. There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried. "Your father gave this instruction before he died. saying." Realizing that their father was dead. Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation. in the cave in the field at Machpelah. forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you." In this way he reassured them. and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham. there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried. This is the word of the Lord. in order to preserve a numerous people. to Isaac. Then his brothers also wept. So Joseph remained in Egypt. 3-4. as he is doing today. Then Joseph said to his brothers. "When God comes to you. "Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me. and to Jacob. speaking kindly to them. and there I buried Leah . "We are here as your slaves." So Joseph made the Israelites swear. you shall carry up my bones from here.the field and the cave that is in it were purchased from the Hittites. saying to them. in the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site. being one hundred ten years old.in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite. God intended it for good. Joseph's brothers said. "I am about to die. I myself will provide for you and your little ones. 6-7 Page 46 Page 641 Page 10 Matthew 10:24-33 First reading from the Book of Genesis Chapter 49 verses 29 to 32 and Chapter 50 verses 15 to 26 Then he charged them.

children of Jacob. call on his name. let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength. R: He is the Lord our God. 3-4. seek his presence continually. his judgments are in all the earth! Glory in his holy name. 3-4. 6-7 Response: Page 641 He is the Lord our God. tell of all his wonderful works. sing praises to him.9th July 2011 Saturday in the Fourteenth Week of General Time Genesis Psalms 49:29-32. his judgments are in all the earth. his judgments are in all the earth! O give thanks to the Lord. Sing to him. R: He is the Lord our God. 119 . his judgments are in all the earth! O offspring of his servant Abraham. his judgments are in all the earth! Response: He is the Lord our God. his chosen ones. 6-7 Page 46 Page 641 Page 10 Matthew 10:24-33 Psalms 105:1-2. 50:15-26a 105:1-2. He is the Lord of our God. R: He is the Lord our God. make known his deeds among the peoples. his judgments are in all the earth.

and what you hear whispered. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul. tell in the light.9th July 2011 Saturday in the Fourteenth Week of General Time Genesis Psalms 49:29-32. "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others. So do not be afraid. you are of more value than many sparrows. 3-4. how much more will they malign those of his household! "So have no fear of them. proclaim from the housetops. for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered. I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. What I say to you in the dark. 120 . nor a slave above the master. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 6-7 Page 46 Page 641 Page 10 Matthew 10:24-33 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 10 verses 1 to 7 "A disciple is not above the teacher. 50:15-26a 105:1-2. it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher. I also will deny before my Father in heaven. but whoever denies me before others. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. and nothing secret that will not become known. and the slave like the master.

A mixed crowd also went up with them. all the companies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. That was for the Lord a night of vigil. At the end of four hundred thirty years.16th July 2011 Saturday in the Fifteenth Week of General Time First reading from the Book of Genesis Chapter 49 verses 29 to 32 and Chapter 50 verses 15 to 26 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. That same night is a vigil to be kept for the Lord by all the Israelites throughout their generations. it was not leavened. This is the word of the Lord. about six hundred thousand men on foot. besides children. nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves. to bring them out of the land of Egypt. on that very day. both flocks and herds. They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt. The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years. and livestock in great numbers. 121 . because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait.

for his steadfast love endures forever. with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. for his steadfast love endures forever. 23-24 Response: O give thanks to the Lord. for his steadfast love endures forever. and brought Israel out from among them. for his steadfast love endures forever. for he is good. for his steadfast love endures forever. for his steadfast love endures forever Response: O give thanks to the Lord. for his steadfast love endures forever. It is he who remembered us in our low estate. for he is good. and rescued us from our foes. for he is good. Response: O give thanks to the Lord. for his steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the Lord. for his steadfast love endures forever. for his steadfast love endures forever. 122 . but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. The Lord who struck Egypt through their firstborn. for his steadfast love endures forever. who divided the Red Sea in two.16th July 2011 Saturday in the Fifteenth Week of General Time Psalms 136:1. and made Israel pass through the midst of it. for his steadfast love endures forever. for he is good. 10-15.

proclaim from the housetops. What I say to you in the dark. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. but whoever denies me before others. 50:15-26a 105:1-2. So do not be afraid.9th July 2011 Saturday in the Fourteenth Week of General Time Genesis Psalms 49:29-32. and the slave like the master. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. 6-7 Page 46 Page 641 Page 10 Matthew 10:24-33 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew Chapter 10 verses 1 to 7 "A disciple is not above the teacher. you are of more value than many sparrows. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul. how much more will they malign those of his household! "So have no fear of them. 123 . tell in the light. 3-4. it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher. "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others. nor a slave above the master. I also will deny before my Father in heaven. I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. and nothing secret that will not become known. and what you hear whispered. rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered.

so the disciples must carry their cross and not try to evade it. God will provide for us and our children. 50:15-26a 105:1-2. Just as Jesus had to carry his cross. He reminds us how much our heavenly Father values us and cares for us. In the reading from Saint Matthew. To suffer for the faith is to share in the work of Christ. Jesus always challenges us. The Old Testament story of Jacob is reassuring. There is both a warning and a privilege in his statement. we should have no fear. But Jesus does tell us that we should be afraid of the evil one that can destroy both our bodies and our souls in hell. says the Psalmist. It sounds good. He tells his disciples that they must expect the same treatment if they are to live and to proclaim the reign of God. The Holy Spirit gives us power and grace to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. 6-7 Page 861 Page 641 Page 10 Matthew 10:24-33 “ He is the Lord our God. The Lord is strong and he will take care of the lowly. we should proclaim all the wondrous deeds of God to all the nations. In response. 3-4. It isn’t that simple. 124 .9th July 2011 Saturday in the Fourteenth Week of General Time Genesis Psalms 49:29-32. Jesus tells us that we should not be afraid of anything that can kill our bodies but not our souls. When Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God he met opposition and hostility. In this Eucharistic celebration let us pray to God to give us trust in God’s grace to carry our cross for Jesus’ sake. his judgments are in all the earth!” God takes care of us. If only it were. simple.

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