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December 31, 2018

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Memorial of saint Sylvester I, Pope

In our first reading, John warns that the anti-Christ is coming, causing many to desert. But those who know the truth with stay faithful. The Gospel tells us that the Word was with God from the beginning, and the Word was God. He became flesh and dwelled among us. John the Baptist testified to him, saying, this was of whom I said.

Jesus dwells among us.

Jesus is the true light of the world. He enlightens our lives with a power that the darkness cannot overcome. He continues to dwell with us, to share in our suffering and comfort us when we are troubled. As the Son of God, he has revealed the Father to us, so that we, too, might become children of God. Let us pray for all members of the Church, may God give us courage and the wisdom to help build his kingdom here on earth. Amen.

The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
Lectionary: 204

Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21

Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth

Responsorial Psalm PS 96:1-2, 11-12, 13

  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;
    announce his salvation, day after day.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    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 before the LORD.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    The LORD comes,
    he comes to rule the earth.
    He shall rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with his constancy.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Alleluia Jn 1:14a, 12a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
    To those who accepted him
    he gave power to become the children of God.
    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-begotten 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-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

 

January 1, 2019

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In the First reading, the Lord gives Moses the words of blessing of Aaron to use over the people of Israel. In the second reading, Saint Paul reminds the Galatians God sent his Son, born of a woman, to save us and adopt us as his children. In today’s Gospel, the shepherds go to Bethlehem and find Mary, Joseph and the infant. They convey what they had been told about the Child. A few days later, the Child is circumcised and given his name Jesus. Mary receives the message of the angels through the shepherds and she reflects on it in her heart.

Mary reflected on what she heard. Other translation say that “she pondered what she heard,” which is more helpful. To ponder is not just to think about or reflect, but to feel the weight of something. Mary felt the weight of the shepherds’ message to her regarding her Son (foreshadowing the pain of the sword that would pierce her soul upon his death), and she embrace God’s word in this way – feeling its weight and allowing it to truly become a part of us. Amen.

The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Lectionary: 18

Reading 1 Nm 6:22-27

The LORD said to Moses:
“Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
and I will bless them.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8.

  1. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.
    May God have pity on us and bless us;
    may he let his face shine upon us.
    So may your way be known upon earth;
    among all nations, your salvation.
    R. May God bless us in his mercy.
    May the nations be glad and exult
    because you rule the peoples in equity;
    the nations on the earth you guide.
    R. May God bless us in his mercy.
    May the peoples praise you, O God;
    may all the peoples praise you!
    May God bless us,
    and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
    R. May God bless us in his mercy.

Reading 2 Gal 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God.

Alleluia Heb 1:1-2

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
    in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem 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.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

 

January 2, 2019

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Saint John writes that those who deny that Jesus is the Christ, and the Son of the Father, are liars; He also reminds us of the promise made to us – namely eternal life. In the Gospel, the Levites and priests question John the Baptist as to who he really is, and John responds that he is the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight to the way of the Lord.”

Jesus is Son of God and Son of Mary

Our observance of the feasts of Saint Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen is also a celebration of our doctrine of the two natures of Christ: human and divine. The early Church sometimes struggled to understand this, and through Jesus’ own words (as found in Saint John today) and the theological work of these great saints and Doctors of the Church, we, today, are consoled by the revealed truth that God became one of us, for the purpose of our salvation. Amen.

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen,
Bishops and Doctors of the Church

Lectionary: 205

Reading 1 1 Jn 2:22-28

Beloved:
Who is the liar?
Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.
Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.
Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,
but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.
If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,
then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.
And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
I write you these things about those who would deceive you.
As for you,
the anointing that you received from him remains in you,
so that you do not need anyone to teach you.
But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false;
just as it taught you, remain in him.

And now, children, remain in him,
so that when he appears we may have confidence
and not be put to shame by him at his coming.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

  1. (3cd)  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.

Alleluia Heb 1:1-2

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In times, past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets:
    in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 1:19-28

This is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
to ask him, “Who are you?”
He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted,
“I am not the Christ.”
So they asked him,
“What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
And he said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
So they said to him,
“Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself?”
He said:
“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’

as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Some Pharisees were also sent.
They asked him,
“Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John answered them,
“I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.

 

January 3, 2019

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The first reading reminds us that through the extraordinary love God has for us and the sacrifice of Jesus. we have been made children of God. In the Gospel, John the Baptist reveals Jesus as the true Son of God. He gives eyewitness testimony that the Spirit came down and remained with Jesus as a sign that he is God’s Son.

Jesus is the true Son of God, and through God’s extraordinary love, we are adopted children of God.

Throughout the Old Testament, the promises of God were offered exclusively to those people who were part of the covenant with him and who followed his laws. In the coming of Christ, we have the new covenant and the fulfillment of the law. All who come to know Christ – and through him, the Father – are adopted as God’s own and receive the promise of salvation. Amen.

Christmas Weekday
Lectionary: 206

Reading 1 1 Jn 2:29–3:6

If you consider that God is righteous,
you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness
is begotten by him.

See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet 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.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness,
for sin is lawlessness.
You know that he was revealed to take away sins,
and in him there is no sin.
No one who remains in him sins;
no one who sins has seen him or known him.

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

  1. (3cd)  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.
    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.

Alleluia Jn 1:14a, 12a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
    To those who accepted him
    he gave power to become the children of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 1:29-34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying,
“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

 

January 4, 2019

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In the first letter of John, a clear distinction is made between the children of God and the children of the Devil. In the Gospel of John, two disciples of John respond to Jesus’ invitation, Come and you will see. Andrew, one of the two, then brings his brother Simon to Jesus, Jesus renames him Peter.

Jesus invites us Come, and you will see.

John the Baptist proclaims, Behold, the Lamb of God, and two of his own disciples leave him to follow Jesus. Their faith in John’s prophecy, and their belief in what they saw, compelled them to immediate discipleship. Their encounter with Christ changed their direction; turned them around – converted them for his mission. At every Mass, we, too, behold the Lamb of God, and we also encounter Christ. May we also be converted for his Mission. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
Lectionary: 207

Reading 1 1 Jn 3:7-10

Children, let no one deceive you.
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous.
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,
because the Devil has sinned from the beginning.
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.
No one who is begotten by God commits sin,
because God’s seed remains in him;
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God.
In this way,
the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God,
nor anyone who does not love his brother.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9

  1. (3cd)  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.
    Let the sea and what fills it resound,
    the world and those who dwell in it;
    Let the rivers clap their hands,
    the mountains shout with them for joy before the LORD.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    The LORD comes;
    he comes to rule the earth;
    He will rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with equity.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Alleluia Heb 1:1-2

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets:
    in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

 

January 5 2019

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Saint John reminds us that love is at the heart of the mystery of the Incarnation and the Christian life. It is both the truest hallmark of the believer and the greatest proof of God’s presence in our lives. In the Gospel, Jesus calls his first disciples and promises that they will see great things if they follow him.

Jesus calls us to share his love by serving others. As we continue to celebrate the birth of Christ in time, we see that love is the core of God’s greatest initiative. By becoming one with us in the flesh, Christ has placed this divine love in our very midst and has called us to share that love by serving others. Amen.

Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop
Lectionary: 208

Reading 1 1 Jn 3:11-21

Beloved:
This is the message you have heard from the beginning:
we should love one another,
unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil One
and slaughtered his brother.
Why did he slaughter him?
Because his own works were evil,
and those of his brother righteous.
Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life
because we love our brothers.
Whoever does not love remains in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,
and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.
The way we came to know love
was that he laid down his life for us;
so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
If someone who has worldly means
sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion,
how can the love of God remain in him?
Children, let us love not in word or speech
but in deed and truth.

Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
and reassure our hearts before him
in whatever our hearts condemn,
for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5

  1. (2a)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    serve the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful song.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    Know that the LORD is God;
    he made us, his we are;
    his people, the flock he tends.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    his courts with praise;
    Give thanks to him; bless his name.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    The LORD is good:
    the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
    and his faithfulness, to all generations.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Alleluia

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

Gospel Jn 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip.
And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see the sky opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 

January 6 2019

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In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah calls the people to rise up because the light has come and they will praise the Lord with overflowing hearts. In Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we hear that the mystery which  were not revealed to other generations has been made known and that are co-heirs and co-partners in the work and promises of Christ. Today’s Gospel is the account of the Magi who journey far as they seek out the long-awaited Christ, encountering King Herod in Jerusalem along the way, and then finding the child Jesus in Bethlehem.

The Epiphany points the way toward life.

Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord: the manifestation to the Gentiles (in the person of the Magi) of the life of God himself. God, who in the person of Jesus, shared in our humanity in order to allow us to share in his divinity forever. Like the Magi, each person’s journey to Christ homage and offers the treasures one holds, the reward is the same: a path away from the dangers of sin and death and toward life. Amen.

The Epiphany of the Lord
Lectionary: 20

Reading 1 Is 60:1-6

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.

Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you,
the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13.

  1. (cf. 11)  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    Justice shall flower in his days,
    and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
    May he rule from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
    the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
    All kings shall pay him homage,
    all nations shall serve him.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
    and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
    He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
    the lives of the poor he shall save.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Reading 2 Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6

Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.
It was not made known to people in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Alleluia Mt 2:2

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We saw his star at its rising
    and have come to do him homage.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.