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December 24, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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In the book of Samuel, Nathan the prophet tells King David that an heir will come from his family and establish a kingdom that will endure forever. In the Gospel, Zechariah prophesies about the promised child Jesus, who has come to bring knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus is a promise kept.

God promises Abraham heirs as numerous as the stars; he promised Noah to never flood the earth again; he promised Moses a land of milk and honey for his chosen people. His promise to David is the gift of salvation for all of us. God’s ultimate promise, revealing his unconditional love and compassion for us, comes in the birth of his Son, Jesus, whose light shines in the darkness to guide our feet to peace in his kingdom forever. Let us pray for those who live in darkness of any kind, may the Lord’s promises provide them hope and strength in their struggles. Amen.

Monday in Fourth Week of Advent – Mass in the Morning
Lectionary: 200

Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16

When King David was settled in his palace,
and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
he said to Nathan the prophet,
“Here I am living in a house of cedar,
while the ark of God dwells in a tent!”
Nathan answered the king,
“Go, do whatever you have in mind,
for the LORD is with you.”
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:
Should you build me a house to dwell in?

“‘It was I who took you from the pasture
and from the care of the flock
to be commander of my people Israel.
I have been with you wherever you went,
and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth.
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies.
The LORD also reveals to you
that he will establish a house for you.
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his Kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.'”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

  1. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
    through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
    For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
    in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    Forever will I confirm your posterity
    and establish your throne for all generations.”
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    “He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
    my God, the rock, my savior.’
    Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
    and my covenant with him stands firm.”
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O Radiant Dawn,
    Splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
    come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:67-79

Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

December 25, 2018
The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – At the Vigil Mass

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DAILY MEDITATION
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The prophet Isaiah tells us of the love God has for his people, and that God will reconcile them to himself for their sake. In Acts, Paul reminds those in Antioch of their salvation history, whose fulfillment was found in Jesus. The Gospel presents the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

God has a plan – a plan to offer us salvation and fill us with his love.

God’s plan for our salvation is accomplished in Jesus. Through all the ups and downs of human history, represented by the genealogy of Jesus, God has never given up on us. He seeks to offer us salvation and to fill us with his love. Let us pray for those who do not recognize God’s love for them, may the Lord in this Christmas season bless them with perfect knowledge. Amen.

The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – At the Vigil Mass
Lectionary: 13

Reading 1 Is 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you “Forsaken,”
or your land “Desolate,”
but you shall be called “My Delight,”
and your land “Espoused.”
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29.

  1. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    Forever will I confirm your posterity
    and establish your throne for all generations.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
    in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
    At your name they rejoice all the day,
    and through your justice they are exalted.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    He shall say of me, “You are my father,
    my God, the rock, my savior.”
    Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
    and my covenant with him stands firm.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2 Acts 13:16-17, 22-25

When Paul reached Antioch in Pisidia and entered the synagogue,
he stood up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the
land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out of it.
Then he removed Saul and raised up David as king;
of him he testified,
‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.’
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.'”

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Tomorrow the wickedness of the earth will be destroyed:
    the Savior of the world will reign over us.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile,
fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

Or Mt 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

 

December 25, 2018
The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass During the Night

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DAILY MEDITATION
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The words of Isaiah relay God’s promise of a Savior. The prophecy is filled with light, joy, hope and optimism. Paul’s Letter to Titus reminds us to reject sin and be eager to do good. In the Gospel, the Messiah is born at last, and the shepherds are told the good news of his birth.

There is good news and rejoicing as light has entered the world with the birth of the Savior.

The wait is over. The promise is fulfilled. Light has entered the world. Abundant joy and great rejoicing abound. For a child is born to us, a son is given us. The message of Christmas fills us with peace. Glory to God in the highest. Let us pray that the Church may grow in number and love as she rejoices in celebrating the coming of Jesus on Christmas. Amen.

The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas
Mass During the Night
Lectionary: 14

Reading 1 Is 9:1-6

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
For every boot that tramped in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for flames.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast
and forever peaceful,
from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
by judgment and justice,
both now and forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!

Responsorial Psalm Ps 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13.

  1. (Lk 2:11) Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
    Sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all you lands.
    Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
    R. Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
    Announce his salvation, day after day.
    Tell his glory among the nations;
    among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
    R. Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
    Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
    let the sea and what fills it resound;
    let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
    Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
    R. Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
    They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes;
    for he comes to rule the earth.
    He shall rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with his constancy.
    R. Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.

Reading 2 Ti 2:11-14

Beloved:
The grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
as we await the blessed hope,
the appearance of the glory of our great God
and savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness
and to cleanse for himself a people as his own,
eager to do what is good.

Alleluia Lk 2:10-11

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I proclaim to you good news of great joy:
    today a Savior is born for us,
    Christ the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:1-14

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 

December 25, 2018
The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass at Dawn

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The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass at Dawn
Lectionary: 15

Reading 1 Is 62:11-12

See, the LORD proclaims
to the ends of the earth:
say to daughter Zion,
your savior comes!
Here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
They shall be called the holy people,
the redeemed of the LORD,
and you shall be called “Frequented,”
a city that is not forsaken.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12.

  1. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.
    The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
    let the many isles be glad.
    The heavens proclaim his justice,
    and all peoples see his glory.
    R. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.
    Light dawns for the just;
    and gladness, for the upright of heart.
    Be glad in the LORD, you just,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
    R. A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.

Reading 2 Ti 3:4-7

Beloved:
When the kindness and generous love
of God our savior appeared,
not because of any righteous deeds we had done
but because of his mercy,
He saved us through the bath of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out on us
through Jesus Christ our savior,
so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Alleluia Lk 2:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace to those
    on whom his favor rests.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven,
the shepherds said to one another,
“Let us go, then, to Bethlehem
to see this thing that has taken place,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.

 

December 25, 2018
The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass During the Day

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DAILY MEDITATION
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The prophet Isaiah foretells of the time when Jerusalem will be redeemed, and salvation will be at hand for all. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that God always spoke to his people through the prophets, but only in partial ways. In today’s Gospel, we hear of the union between Father and Son from all time, and through which the fullness of God is revealed.

On this Christmas day, we rejoice in the birth of our Savior.

Hark, the sentinels raise a cry and the angels sing: the Lord is restoring Zion and salvation is at hand. With this celebration of the incarnation of our God in the person of Jesus, we rejoice in the salvation that has been given to us. We rejoice in our redemption. Let us pray for the sick, God may hear their cries for healing and peace. Amen.

The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – Mass During the Day
Lectionary: 16

Reading 1 Is 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!”

Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
for they see directly, before their eyes,
the LORD restoring Zion.
Break out together in song,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the LORD comforts his people,
he redeems Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
all the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6.

R.(3c) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
his right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Reading 2 Heb 1:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe,
who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say:
You are my son; this day I have begotten you?
Or again:
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me?
And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says:
Let all the angels of God worship him.

Alleluia

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A holy day has dawned upon us.
    Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
    For today a great light has come upon the earth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

or Jn 1:1-5, 9-14

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

 

December 26, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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The first reading from Acts describes the events leading to martyrdom of Stephen. He was filled with the Spirit, and the listeners cannot stand the wisdom he shares and so shut their ears to his message. In the Gospel, Jesus warms his disciples of coming persecution, while exhorting them not to worry about what they will say, for at the proper time, it will be the Spirit of the Father who speaks through them.

We can choose to be attentive, or deaf, to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Today we consider the witness of Saint Stephen, whose attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, and whose persecutors’ deafness to the Holy Spirit, led to his martyrdom. We, too, have the choice to hear, and to listen – or not. Let us pray for the leaders of the Church, that God may inspire and encourage them in their witness to the love of Christ for his people. Amen.

Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr
Lectionary: 696

Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

Stephen, filled with grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,
and people from Cilicia and Asia,
came forward and debated with Stephen,
but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven
and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and he said,
“Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears,
and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17

  1. (6) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety.
    You are my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit;
    you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
    I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.
    Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your kindness.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Alleluia Ps 118:26a, 27a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD:
    the LORD is God and has given us light.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 10:17-22

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”

 

December 27, 2018

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In today’s First Reading from Saint John, he testifies to his personal experiences in seeing and hearing the words of the resurrected Jesus. In the Gospel Mary Magdalene tells Peter and John about the empty tomb, and they both run to the tomb. John arrives first but waits and lets Peter enter first, and they both believe in the Resurrection.

We are called to have faith in Jesus and his resurrection, and to a personal relationship with him.

On this feast of Saint John, Apostles and Evangelist, we read of John’s fervor in reading his love for a personal relationship with Jesus. The call of today’s readings is to enjoy that same fellowship with Jesus that John and the other Apostles had. Let us pray for those who live in poverty may receive the food they need to nourish their bodies and revitalize their souls. Amen.

Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist
Lectionary: 697

Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4

Beloved:
What was from the beginning,
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we looked upon
and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life —
for the life was made visible;
we have seen it and testify to it
and proclaim to you the eternal life
that was with the Father and was made visible to us—
what we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you,
so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.

Responsorial Psalm pS 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12

  1. (12) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
    The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
    let the many isles be glad.
    Clouds and darkness are around him,
    justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
    R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
    The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
    before the LORD of all the earth.
    The heavens proclaim his justice,
    and all peoples see his glory.
    R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
    Light dawns for the just;
    and gladness, for the upright of heart.
    Be glad in the LORD, you just,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
    R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Alleluia See Te Deum

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We praise you, O God,
    we acclaim you as Lord;
    the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 20:1a and 2-8

On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we do not know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.

 

December 28, 2018

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In the first reading, John reminds us God is light and that we, as disciples of Jesus, are called to walk in the light and the truth of Jesus. In the Gospel, Herod brings more darkness into the world as, out of frenzied jealousy, he calls for the slaughter of innocent children – in an attempt to rid the world of Jesus.

Our world has always faced darkness, but we are called to bring God’s light.

Christmas is so often seen as a holiday of light as Jesus, the Light of the World, came into our world. Yet the arrival of this long-awaited Messiah, Jesus did not stop the powers of darkness and evil, as we see in Herod’s jealous murder of innocent children. We are reminded that God, who is all light, overpowers the darkness. Let us pray for all who face darkness in their daily lives because of war or persecution, may God’s peace reign in their heart and bring them comfort. Amen.

Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs
Lectionary: 698

Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5—2:2

Beloved:
This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ
and proclaim to you:
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say, “We have fellowship with him,”
while we continue to walk in darkness,
we lie and do not act in truth.
But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,
and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
If we say, “We are without sin,”
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.

My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.

Responsorial Psalm pS 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8

  1. (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
    Had not the LORD been with us—
    When men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive,
    When their fury was inflamed against us.
    R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
    Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
    The torrent would have swept over us;
    over us then would have swept the raging waters.
    R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
    Broken was the snare,
    and we were freed.
    Our help is in the name of the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

Alleluia See Te Deum

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We praise you, O God,
    we acclaim you as Lord;
    the white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 2:13-18

When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.

 

December 29, 2018

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Memorial of Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr

In the first letter of John, the author reminds the troubled community that adherence to God’s commands is reflected in how one lives, in how they treat one another. In today’s Gospel, Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the temple. Simeon, a holy man, who had been awaiting the Messiah, acknowledge Jesus as the long-awaited one.

Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, whose birth brings about a new kingdom.

The prophetic words of Simeon in the Temple, at the presentation of Jesus, serve as both a confirmation Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, and a foretelling of the challenge he will bring to those who were anticipating a great military warrior and a different kind of kingship. Simeon also reveals the suffering the Blessed Virgin will undergo because of it. Let us pray for the Church throughout the world, through the power of the Spirit may the Kingdom of God in Jesus be received and accepted by all. Amen.

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Lectionary: 202

Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11

Beloved:
The way we may be sure that we know Jesus
is to keep his commandments.
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.

Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you
but an old commandment that you had from the beginning.
The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
And yet I do write a new commandment to you,
which holds true in him and among you,
for the darkness is passing away,
and the true light is already shining.
Whoever says he is in the light,
yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness
and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Responsorial Psalm pS 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6

  1. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all you lands.
    Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Announce his salvation, day after day.
    Tell his glory among the nations;
    among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    The LORD made the heavens.
    Splendor and majesty go before him;
    praise and grandeur are in his sanctuary.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Alleluia Lk 2:32

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A light of revelation to the Gentiles
    and glory for your people Israel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:22-35

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Lord, now let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce)
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

 

December 30, 2018

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Today we hear about the birth of Samuel and how his mother gives thanks in the Temple and dedicates her Son to the Lord. John, in his letter, highlights our dignity and destiny – we are God’s children now are  commanded to love one another. The Gospel from Luke relates the story of Jesus at the age of twelve remaining in the temple after his family had departed, and the subsequent worry and searching for him that his parents experienced.

Let us strive to imitate the Holy Family’s mutual love and concern for one another.

By being born into human family, the eternal Son of God has blessed every family, and so made marriage and family a pathway to holiness and eternal life. In the face of God’s ever-flowing generosity, highlighted for us today in the blessing of family life, we become aware of our human shortcomings and our need for God’s mercy and love. Let us pray for all of our homes and families that the love of God may dwell in each. Amen.

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Lectionary: 17

Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
—a house raised in justice to you.

or 1Sm 1:20-22, 24-28

In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son
whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.
The next time her husband Elkanah was going up
with the rest of his household
to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows,
Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband,
“Once the child is weaned,
I will take him to appear before the LORD
and to remain there forever;
I will offer him as a perpetual nazirite.”

Once Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him up with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
Hannah left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.

  1. (cf. 1) Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
    Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
    who walks in his ways!
    For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
    blessed shall you be, and favored.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
    Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
    in the recesses of your home;
    your children like olive plants
    around your table.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
    Behold, thus is the man blessed
    who fears the LORD.
    The LORD bless you from Zion:
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

or Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10.

  1. (cf. 5a) Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
    How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
    My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
    My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
    R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
    Happy they who dwell in your house!
    Continually they praise you.
    Happy the men whose strength you are!
    Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.
    R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
    O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer;
    hearken, O God of Jacob!
    O God, behold our shield,
    and look upon the face of your anointed.
    R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Reading 2 Col 3:12-21

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.

or COL 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
And so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us
is from the Spirit he gave us.

Alleluia Col 3:15a, 16a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or Cf. Acts 16:14b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Open our hearts, O Lord,
    to listen to the words of your Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:41-52

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking 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.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.