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February 25, 2019

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In our first reading, the author of the Book of Sirach proclaims how the wisdom of God was and is behind all of creation. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus casts out an evil spirit and explains that all things are possible to those who have faith.

All wisdom comes from the Lord.

We learn in the first reading that all wisdom comes from the Lord. Our lives are sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and one of these gifts is wisdom. Let us allow God’s wisdom to guide us in our daily lives to follow his will, and to glorify him. Let us pray for those suffering illness may know the love of Christ through our witness to them. Amen.

Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 341

Reading 1 Sir 1:1-10

All wisdom comes from the LORD
and with him it remains forever, and is before all time
The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,
the days of eternity: who can number these?
Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth,
the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?
Before all things else wisdom was created;
and prudent understanding, from eternity.
The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdom
and her ways are everlasting.
To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?
Who knows her subtleties?
To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?
And who has understood the multiplicity of her ways ?
There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring,
seated upon his throne:
There is but one, Most High
all-powerful creator-king and truly awe-inspiring one,
seated upon his throne and he is the God of dominion.
It is the LORD; he created her through the Holy Spirit,
has seen her and taken note of her.
He has poured her forth upon all his works,
upon every living thing according to his bounty;
he has lavished her upon his friends.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5

R.(1a)  The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
R.The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.
R.The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.
R.The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:14-29

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John
and approached the other disciples,
they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.
Immediately on seeing him,
the whole crowd was utterly amazed.
They ran up to him and greeted him.
He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”
Someone from the crowd answered him,
“Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.
Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down;
he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid.
I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.”
He said to them in reply,
“O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.”
They brought the boy to him.
And when he saw him,
the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions.
As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around
and foam at the mouth.
Then he questioned his father,
“How long has this been happening to him?”
He replied, “Since childhood.
It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him.
But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus said to him,
“‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”
Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering,
rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it,
“Mute and deaf spirit, I command you:
come out of him and never enter him again!”
Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out.
He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!”
But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.
When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private,
“Why could we not drive the spirit out?”
He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

 

February 26, 2019

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In the first reading, the author of the Book of Sirach shares his wisdom on how to prepare ourselves for trials. We are asked to be patient, steadfast, trusting and hopeful as we wait for the Lord deliver us from our adversity. In the Gospel, Jesus welcomes an innocent child as an example of one who will be received in his name.

Jesus asks us to have the humble attitude of a servant.

Today, Jesus tells his disciples to have the humble attitude of a servant and the simple faith of a child to deal with all the trials and tribulations waiting for them. Humility, and simple faith and trust in the Lord, are hallmarks of Jesus’ true disciples. Let us pray for the Church, may she continue to be blessed by young men and women who heed the call to priesthood and religious life. Amen.

Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 342

Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11

My son, when you come to serve the LORD,
stand in justice and fear,
prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast,
incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,
undisturbed in time of adversity.
Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;
thus will you be wise in all your ways.
Accept whatever befalls you,
when sorrowful, be steadfast,
and in crushing misfortune be patient;
For in fire gold and silver are tested,
and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.
Trust God and God will help you;
trust in him, and he will direct your way;
keep his fear and grow old therein.

You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy,
turn not away lest you fall.
You who fear the LORD, trust him,
and your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the LORD, hope for good things,
for lasting joy and mercy.
You who fear the LORD, love him,
and your hearts will be enlightened.
Study the generations long past and understand;
has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed?
Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken?
has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed?
Compassionate and merciful is the LORD;
he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble
and he is a protector to all who seek him in truth.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40

  1. (see 5)  Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
    Trust in the LORD and do good,
    that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
    Take delight in the LORD,
    and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
    R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
    The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
    their inheritance lasts forever.
    They are not put to shame in an evil time;
    in days of famine they have plenty.
    R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
    Turn from evil and do good,
    that you may abide forever;
    For the LORD loves what is right,
    and forsakes not his faithful ones.
    R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.
    The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
    he is their refuge in time of distress.
    And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.
    R. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you.

Alleluia Gal 6:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

 

February 27, 2019

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In the first reading, we see the rewards of seeking and obtaining the wisdom of the Lord, even when wisdom tests us. In the Gospel, Jesus instructs his followers not to hinder others from doing good works in his name.

The Lord loves and gives good things to those who seek wisdom.

A simple takeaway for today is to seek the source and author of wisdom, our God, when we are searching for what is good and right. One who holds wisdom fast inherits glory, we heard. Wisdom is the gate through which one passes on the road to total obedience and love for the Lord. Let us pray for our beloved dead and the souls of all the faithful departed, that through our prayers and God’s grace, they may come to enjoy eternal life in heaven. Amen.

Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 343

Reading 1 Sir 4:11-19

Wisdom breathes life into her children
and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life;
those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord.
He who holds her fast inherits glory;
wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings.
Those who serve her serve the Holy One;
those who love her the LORD loves.
He who obeys her judges nations;
he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers.
If one trusts her, he will possess her;
his descendants too will inherit her.
She walks with him as a stranger
and at first she puts him to the test;
Fear and dread she brings upon him
and tries him with her discipline
until she try him by her laws and trust his soul.
Then she comes back to bring him happiness
and reveal her secrets to them
and she will heap upon him
treasures of knowledge and an understanding of justice.
But if he fails her, she will abandon him
and deliver him into the hands of despoilers.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175

  1. (165a)  O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
    Those who love your law have great peace,
    and for them there is no stumbling block.
    R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
    I keep your precepts and your decrees,
    for all my ways are before you.
    R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
    My lips pour forth your praise,
    because you teach me your statutes.
    R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
    May my tongue sing of your promise,
    for all your commands are just.
    R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
    I long for your salvation, O LORD,
    and your law is my delight.
    R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
    Let my soul live to praise you,
    and may your ordinances help me.
    R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Alleluia Jn 14:6

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
    no one comes to the Father except through me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:38-40

John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.”

 

February 28, 2019

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The first reading reminds us not to delay our conversion to God, for neither human power nor strength can overcome sin. Only God can. The Gospel emphasizes that not only are we not to sin, we are not to cause others to sin.

Do away with whatever it is that causes sin

The temptation to sin is powerful, but God has given us the free will to choose or ignore temptations. A life filled with graces enables a strong will against sin. Therefore, we must strive to live a life worthy of belonging to Christ. Sin can lead to a life separated from God. And although God is merciful, his forgiveness is not ours if we do not repent and ask for it when we have sinned. Let us pray for all of us, may we grow in holiness each day. Amen.

Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 344

Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8

Rely not on your wealth;
say not: “I have the power.”
Rely not on your strength
in following the desires of your heart.
Say not: “Who can prevail against me?”
or, “Who will subdue me for my deeds?”
for God will surely exact the punishment.
Say not: “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?”
for the Most High bides his time.
Of forgiveness be not overconfident,
adding sin upon sin.
Say not: “Great is his mercy;
my many sins he will forgive.”
For mercy and anger alike are with him;
upon the wicked alights his wrath.
Delay not your conversion to the LORD,
put it not off from day to day.
For suddenly his wrath flames forth;
at the time of vengeance you will be destroyed.
Rely not upon deceitful wealth,
for it will be no help on the day of wrath.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

  1. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked
    Nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
    But delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
    That yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Alleluia See 1 Thes 2:13

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
    but as it truly is, the word of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 9:41-50

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

“Everyone will be salted with fire.
Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid,
with what will you restore its flavor?
Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

 

March 1, 2019

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Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 345

Reading 1 Sir 6:5-17

A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,
and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.
Let your acquaintances be many,
but one in a thousand your confidant.
When you gain a friend, first test him,
and be not too ready to trust him.
For one sort is a friend when it suits him,
but he will not be with you in time of distress.
Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,
and tells of the quarrel to your shame.
Another is a friend, a boon companion,
who will not be with you when sorrow comes.
When things go well, he is your other self,
and lords it over your servants;
But if you are brought low, he turns against you
and avoids meeting you.
Keep away from your enemies;
be on your guard with your friends.
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum can balance his worth.
A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy,
such as he who fears God finds;
For he who fears God behaves accordingly,
and his friend will be like himself.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35

  1. (35a)  Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Blessed are you, O LORD;
    teach me your statutes.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    In your statutes I will delight;
    I will not forget your words.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Open my eyes, that I may consider
    the wonders of your law.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
    and keep it with all my heart.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
    Lead me in the path of your commands,
    for in it I delight.
    R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Alleluia See Jn 17:17b, 17a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your word, O Lord, is truth;
    consecrate us in the truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk10:1-12

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan.
Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom,
he again taught them.
The Pharisees approached him and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”
They replied,
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”

 

March 2, 2019

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Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 346

Reading 1 Sir 17:1-15

God from the earth created man,
and in his own image he made him.
He makes man return to earth again,
and endows him with a strength of his own.
Limited days of life he gives him,
with power over all things else on earth.
He puts the fear of him in all flesh,
and gives him rule over beasts and birds.
He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears,
and an inventive heart,
and filled them with the discipline of understanding.
He created in them knowledge of the spirit;
With wisdom he fills their heart;
good and evil he shows them.
He put the fear of himself upon their hearts,
and showed them his mighty works,
That they might glory in the wonder of his deeds
and praise his holy name.
He has set before them knowledge,
a law of life as their inheritance;
An everlasting covenant he has made with them,
his justice and his judgments he has revealed to them.
His majestic glory their eyes beheld,
his glorious voice their ears heard.
He says to them, “Avoid all evil”;
each of them he gives precepts about his fellow men.
Their ways are ever known to him,
they cannot be hidden from his eyes.
Over every nation he places a ruler,
but God’s own portion is Israel.
All their actions are clear as the sun to him,
his eyes are ever upon their ways.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18

  1. (see 17)  The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
    For he knows how we are formed;
    he remembers that we are dust.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    Man’s days are like those of grass;
    like a flower of the field he blooms;
    The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
    and his place knows him no more.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
    to eternity toward those who fear him,
    And his justice toward children’s children
    among those who keep his covenant.
    R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Alleluia See Mt 11:25

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

 

March 3, 2019

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 84

Reading 1 Sir 27:4-7

When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear;
so do one’s faults when one speaks.
As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace,
so in tribulation is the test of the just.
The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had;
so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind.
Praise no one before he speaks,
for it is then that people are tested.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

  1. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
    It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
    to sing praise to your name, Most High,
    To proclaim your kindness at dawn
    and your faithfulness throughout the night.
    R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
    The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,
    like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.
    They that are planted in the house of the LORD
    shall flourish in the courts of our God.
    R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
    They shall bear fruit even in old age;
    vigorous and sturdy shall they be,
    Declaring how just is the LORD,
    my rock, in whom there is no wrong.
    R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Reading 2 1 Cor 15:54-58

Brothers and sisters:
When this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility
and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality,
then the word that is written shall come about:
Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?

The sting of death is sin,
and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters,
be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Alleluia Phil 2:15d, 16a

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Shine like lights in the world
    as you hold on to the word of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 6:39-45

Jesus told his disciples a parable,
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite!  Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”