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July 9, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

The first reading is taken from the book of the prophet Hosea. Hosea means “ Salvation”. According to the Book of Hosea, he married the Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, but she proved to be unfaithful. However Hosea keeps being faithful to his wife. He tried to save her from being adultery. He forgives her infidelity. Hosea used this married problem between faithful husband and unfaithful wife to compare with the love of God for Israel. God always loves Israel. He tries to save Israel and God always forgives the infidelity of Israel. The Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us the story of Jesus who healed the daughter of Jairus and the woman suffering with hemorrhages. Jesus is the healer and Savior. He comes to save us even we are not faithful to God.

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is “The Lord is gracious and merciful”. We should believe that God always loves us like a faithful husband does to the unfaithful wife. Don’t think that God does not care about our sufferings or God never forgives our unfaithfulness. No, God is gracious and merciful. God always loves us and he is ready to forgive our sins. Be courage to touch him, to turn away from sins so that we would receive the healing and salvation. Amen

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 383

Reading 1Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22

Thus says the LORD:
I will allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak to her heart.
She shall respond there as in the days of her youth,
when she came up from the land of Egypt.

On that day, says the LORD,
She shall call me “My husband,”
and never again “My baal.”

I will espouse you to me forever:
I will espouse you in right and in justice,
in love and in mercy;
I will espouse you in fidelity,
and you shall know the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm pS 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

  1. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    Every day will I bless you,
    and I will praise your name forever and ever.
    Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    Generation after generation praises your works
    and proclaims your might.
    They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
    and tell of your wondrous works.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
    and declare your greatness.
    They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your justice.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.

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 Mt 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.

 

July 10, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

The prophet Hosea continued his ministry by showing many sins that people committed against with the love of God. They made kings in Israel. They established princes without God’s concern. They gathered gold and silver to make idols. People insult God very badly. However God still look for the way to bring them back to his steadfast love. The Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us the blasphemy rising in the heart of people. When they see Jesus to cast out demons, they should recognize that Jesus is the Son of God and they should believe in God. However they denied Jesus as the Son of God. They condemned him as Satan. People really hurt Jesus in this way.

Many people don’t trust in God as powerful one. When facing with tragedy in life, they don’t turn to God for supporting or for blessing but they come to see fortunetellers and believe in whatever the fortunetellers told them. When doing this, we betray God, we don’t believe in the power of God. We insult God badly. We do against with the First commandment: You shall worship the Lord your God with all your hearts and with all your souls. We don’t have any God beside. We pray for the strengthening of faith. Have a look at the back of US. Dollar bill “IN GOD WE TRUST” It is a good reminder for every one of us. Treasure the trust in God in our heart. Amen

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 384

Reading 1  Hos 8:4-7, 11-13

Thus says the LORD:
They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority;
they established princes, but without my approval.
With their silver and gold they made
idols for themselves, to their own destruction.
Cast away your calf, O Samaria!
my wrath is kindled against them;
How long will they be unable to attain
innocence in Israel?
The work of an artisan,
no god at all,
Destined for the flames—
such is the calf of Samaria!

When they sow the wind,
they shall reap the whirlwind;
The stalk of grain that forms no ear
can yield no flour;
Even if it could,
strangers would swallow it.

When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin,
his altars became occasions of sin.
Though I write for him my many ordinances,
they are considered as a stranger’s.
Though they offer sacrifice,
immolate flesh and eat it,
the LORD is not pleased with them.
He shall still remember their guilt
and punish their sins;
they shall return to Egypt.

Responsorial Psalm pS 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8, 9-10

  1. (9a) The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Our God is in heaven;
    whatever he wills, he does.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
    the handiwork of men.
    R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    They have mouths but speak not;
    they have eyes but see not;
    They have ears but hear not;
    they have noses but smell not.
    R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    They have hands but feel not;
    they have feet but walk not.
    Their makers shall be like them,
    everyone that trusts in them.
    R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 10:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
    I know my sheep, and mine know me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 9:32-38

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”

 

July 11, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

We continue to read the first reading taken from the book of the prophet Hosea. Hosea still takes the role of a faithful husband to his unfaithful wife. God gives Israel warnings for their infidelity to the love of God and then God also foretold about some punishments so that they might open their eyes to recognize the love of God and seek always the face of the Lord. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus chose the twelve disciples and gave them the authority to cast our demons. He sent them to go to cities and villages for Gospel’s proclamation. 

Jesus chose the twelve. Jesus gives them the authority to cash out the demons. Jesus ordered them to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations. In short the Apostles of Jesus are chosen by Jesus to work for human salvation, to bring the good news to all the nations. We are the Apostles of Jesus as well through the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation. We believe God like the Apostles did. We should bring the Good News to all the nations. Many people around us need to hear the Gospel and need to see the good example of faith. Try to be another Christ. Amen

Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot
Lectionary: 385

Reading 1 Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

Israel is a luxuriant vine
whose fruit matches its growth.
The more abundant his fruit,
the more altars he built;
The more productive his land,
the more sacred pillars he set up.
Their heart is false,
now they pay for their guilt;
God shall break down their altars
and destroy their sacred pillars.
If they would say,
“We have no king”—
Since they do not fear the LORD,
what can the king do for them?

The king of Samaria shall disappear,
like foam upon the waters.
The high places of Aven shall be destroyed,
the sin of Israel;
thorns and thistles shall overgrow their altars.
Then they shall cry out to the mountains, “Cover us!”
and to the hills, “Fall upon us!”

“Sow for yourselves justice,
reap the fruit of piety;
break up for yourselves a new field,
for it is time to seek the LORD,
till he come and rain down justice upon you.”

Responsorial Psalm pS105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

  1. (4b) Seek always the face of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
    Glory in his holy name;
    rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
    R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
    his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
    R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Mk 1:15

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand:
    repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 10:1-7

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

July 12, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

By the prophet Hosea, God reminds Israel people how he shows his loving care for them in the past.  God saved them from Egyptian slavery and brought them to the Promised Land. However they turned their back to God, they worship the Baals and burning incense to idols. They lived in the way of infidelity to God. Jesus in the Gospel of Saint Matthew sent his Apostles out for Evangelization. They should proclaim that: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. When doing the mission, they don’t have to worry about the shelter, food and spending money. They will have them all if they concentrate on the work for Evangelization.

We have too many things to do in life. It confuses us what is very important and what is less important, what is very necessary to do and what is no need to do or to have. Some people concentrate on some things not very important such as: shopping, food, car or many other things. Most of the time we forget one very important. This is the Evangelization. Yes, we are chosen to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Amen.

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 386

Reading 1 Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9

Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him,
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.

My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One present among you;
I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm pS 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16

  1. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
    O shepherd of Israel, hearken.
    From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    Rouse your power.
    R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
    Once again, O LORD of hosts,
    look down from heaven, and see:
    Take care of this vine,
    and protect what your right hand has planted,
    the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
    R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

Alleluia Mk 1:15

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand:
    repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your wordsC
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town.”

 

July 13, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

The prophet Hosea eagerly requests Israel people return to God “Return, O Israel, to the Lord, your God” and say to God “forgive all iniquity”. The prophet told Israel that if they rely on Assyria, they don’t receive salvation. All the nations in the world always exploit Israel for their own benefit, not for love like God does for the people. Return to God! Jesus in the Gospel of Saint Matthew foretold about the division and persecution to his disciples for the Evangelization. The disciples of Jesus have been sent to the mission like the sheep in the midst of wolves. There are so many dangers surround the disciples even there is separation among family members. However, the disciples of Jesus should be wise and trustful to the Lord.

The disciples of Jesus should proclaim the good news by saying: The kingdom of God is at hand! Return to the Lord! Actually, return to the Lord is a reminder for every one of us. Return to the Lord means to repent and to ask for forgiveness of sins. We are sinners. Be humble to ask God for forgiveness of sins and also make people think of repentance. It is the best way to return to the Lord. Amen.

Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 387

Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10

Thus says the LORD:
Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;
you have collapsed through your guilt.
Take with you words,
and return to the LORD;
Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity,
and receive what is good, that we may render
as offerings the bullocks from our stalls.
Assyria will not save us,
nor shall we have horses to mount;
We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’
to the work of our hands;
for in you the orphan finds compassion.”
I will heal their defection, says the LORD,
I will love them freely;
for my wrath is turned away from them.
I will be like the dew for Israel:
he shall blossom like the lily;
He shall strike root like the Lebanon cedar,
and put forth his shoots.
His splendor shall be like the olive tree
and his fragrance like the Lebanon cedar.
Again they shall dwell in his shade
and raise grain;
They shall blossom like the vine,
and his fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

Ephraim! What more has he to do with idols?
I have humbled him, but I will prosper him.
“I am like a verdant cypress tree”—
because of me you bear fruit!

Let him who is wise understand these things;
let him who is prudent know them.
Straight are the paths of the LORD,
in them the just walk,
but sinners stumble in them.

Responsorial Psalm pS 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 and 17

  1. (17b) My mouth will declare your praise.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. My mouth will declare your praise.
    Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart,
    and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.
    Cleanse me of sin with hyssop, that I may be purified;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    R. My mouth will declare your praise.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. My mouth will declare your praise.
    Give me back the joy of your salvation,
    and a willing spirit sustain in me.
    O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
    R. My mouth will declare your praise.

Alleluia Jn 16:13a; 14:26d

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    When the Spirit of truth comes,
    he will guide you to all truth
    and remind you of all I told you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 10:16-23

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But 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.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.”

 

July 14, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

The prophet Isaiah in the first reading tells us about his vision of the most majesty of the Lord. The Lord seated on a high and lofty throne with the train of his garment filling the temple, surrounded by Seraphim with a loud voice of praise “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!” The almighty God chose Isaiah as the prophet and purified Isaiah by an ember. Isaiah accepts to be the prophet by saying “Here I am, send me!” The Gospel of Matthew shows the way that Jesus chose his disciples and commissioned them for Evangelization. Jesus lets his disciples know that they will be persecuted but be not afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.

Isaiah has a vision of the most majesty of God who is holy triple times. Isaiah performed his ministry as a prophet with that vision. Jesus chose his disciples and sent them out for Evangelization by showing them a vision of persecution but they should believe in God as a powerful one. We live with many difficulties, challenges and tragedies around. However God always commissions us the ministry of Evangelization and with an encouragement: Be not afraid because God is powerful one. Amen.

Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 388

Reading 1 Is 6:1-8

In the year King Uzziah died,
I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,
with the train of his garment filling the temple.
Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings:
with two they veiled their faces,
with two they veiled their feet,
and with two they hovered aloft.

They cried one to the other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!
All the earth is filled with his glory!”
At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook
and the house was filled with smoke.

Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
living among a people of unclean lips;
yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me,
holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar.

He touched my mouth with it and said,
“See, now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”

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

  1. (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 1 Pt 4:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you,
    for the Spirit of God rests upon you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 10:24-33

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“No disciple is above his teacher,
no slave above his master.
It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher,
for the slave that he become like his master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul,
how much more those of his household!

“Therefore do not be afraid of them.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

 

July 15, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Fr. Peter Tran

In the first reading the prophet Amos has been denied to do his ministry in Bethel but he explained that he did not make himself to be a prophet but God chose him and God sent him to do his ministry in where God wants, not in where he wants or people want. In the second reading, the letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians, Saint Paul verifies that “we were chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplish all things according to the intention of his will. Saint Paul meant that he works for the kingdom of God, for human salvation according to the will of God. The Gospel of Saint Mark tells us that Jesus himself chose his disciples and he himself sent them out for Evangelization. So the disciples are chosen by the Lord and work for the Lord, not for them.

We are present here not by an accident but by the will of the Lord. Every day of life, we give thanks to God for being here and for the mission of Evangelization. Don’t think of the call of God to us as an option that means we can do or we don’t want to do, it depends on our choice. No, we were born by God’s plan and we suppose to do what God’s plan for us. God is always with us in our mission of proclamation of the Good News. Amen.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 104

Reading 1 Am 7:12-15

Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos,
“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!
There earn your bread by prophesying,
but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14

  1. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
    I will hear what God proclaims;
    the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
    Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
    glory dwelling in our land.
    R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
    Kindness and truth shall meet;
    justice and peace shall kiss.
    Truth shall spring out of the earth,
    and justice shall look down from heaven.
    R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
    The LORD himself will give his benefits;
    our land shall yield its increase.
    Justice shall walk before him,
    and prepare the way of his steps.
    R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Reading 2 Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

or

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of God’s grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

Alleluia Cf. Eph 1:17-18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
    enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
    that we may know what is the hope that
    belongs to our call.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.