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June 18, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the First Book of Kings, Ahab’s deceiful wife, Jezebel, acted in his name and devised false accusations against Naboth and ordered him to be stoned to death. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches non-retaliation in the face of conflict, rather than the infliction of further harm.

Righteousness is obtained through grace, prayer and service to others – Throughout Scriptures, we are given examples of justice and in justice. We see how individuals and communities react, and how God intervenes. The law was the basis obtaining justice and Jesus – as the fulfillment of the law – taught us how we are to embody righteousness. This can be very challenging at times, but can be realized through grace, much prayer, and possessing a mindset of serving others, rather than ourselves.

Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 365

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Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:1-16

Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel
next to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.
Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,
since it is close by, next to my house.
I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,
if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”
Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbid
that I should give you my ancestral heritage.”
Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answer
Naboth the Jezreelite had made to him:
“I will not give you my ancestral heritage.”
Lying down on his bed, he turned away from food and would not eat.

His wife Jezebel came to him and said to him,
“Why are you so angry that you will not eat?”
He answered her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite
and said to him, ‘Sell me your vineyard, or,
if you prefer, I will give you a vineyard in exchange.’
But he refused to let me have his vineyard.”
His wife Jezebel said to him,
“A fine ruler over Israel you are indeed!
Get up.
Eat and be cheerful.
I will obtain the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite for you.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and,
having sealed them with his seal,
sent them to the elders and to the nobles
who lived in the same city with Naboth.
This is what she wrote in the letters:
“Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.
Next, get two scoundrels to face him
and accuse him of having cursed God and king.
Then take him out and stone him to death.”
His fellow citizens—the elders and nobles who dwelt in his city—
did as Jezebel had ordered them in writing,
through the letters she had sent them.
They proclaimed a fast and placed Naboth at the head of the people.
Two scoundrels came in and confronted him with the accusation,
“Naboth has cursed God and king.”
And they led him out of the city and stoned him to death.
Then they sent the information to Jezebel
that Naboth had been stoned to death.

When Jezebel learned that Naboth had been stoned to death,
she said to Ahab,
“Go on, take possession of the vineyard
of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you,
because Naboth is not alive, but dead.”
On hearing that Naboth was dead, Ahab started off on his way
down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
to take possession of it.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-6a, 6b-7

  1. (2b) Lord, listen to my groaning.
    Hearken to my words, O LORD,
    attend to my sighing.
    Heed my call for help,
    my king and my God!
    R. Lord, listen to my groaning.
    At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
    For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
    no evil man remains with you;
    the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
    R. Lord, listen to my groaning.
    You hate all evildoers.
    You destroy all who speak falsehood;
    The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
    the LORD abhors.
    R. Lord, listen to my groaning.

Alleluia Ps 119:105

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A lamp to my feet is your word,
    a light to my path.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:38-42

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
9An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.)
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

 

June 19, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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When the prophet Elijah confronts Ahab and warns him of the consequences of his wicked behavior. Ahab repents. God responds to Ahab’s remorse with mercy. In the Gospel, Jesus calls his followers, as children of God, to go beyond accepted cultural norms and to reflect God’s unconditional love by praying for and loving even their enemies.

We love our enemies best when we pray for them – God’s love for us is unconditional, and he challenges us to fulfill his will for us  by loving all others as he does, even our enemies. Love, in his respect, is not concerned with affectionate feelings but with outward actions such as repentance and prayer.

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 366

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Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:17-29

After the death of Naboth the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite:
“Start down to meet Ahab, king of Israel,
who rules in Samaria.
He will be in the vineyard of Naboth,
of which he has come to take possession.
This is what you shall tell him,
‘The LORD says: After murdering, do you also take possession?
For this, the LORD says:
In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth,
the dogs shall lick up your blood, too.'”
Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me out, my enemy?”
“Yes,” he answered.
“Because you have given yourself up to doing evil in the LORD’s sight,
I am bringing evil upon you: I will destroy you
and will cut off every male in Ahab’s line,
whether slave or freeman, in Israel.
I will make your house like that of Jeroboam, son of Nebat,
and like that of Baasha, son of Ahijah,
because of how you have provoked me by leading Israel into sin.”
(Against Jezebel, too, the LORD declared,
“The dogs shall devour Jezebel in the district of Jezreel.”)
“When one of Ahab’s line dies in the city,
dogs will devour him;
when one of them dies in the field,
the birds of the sky will devour him.”
Indeed, no one gave himself up to the doing of evil
in the sight of the LORD as did Ahab,
urged on by his wife Jezebel.
He became completely abominable by following idols,
just as the Amorites had done,
whom the LORD drove out before the children of Israel.

When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments
and put on sackcloth over his bare flesh.
He fasted, slept in the sackcloth, and went about subdued.
Then the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite,
“Have you seen that Ahab has humbled himself before me?
Since he has humbled himself before me,
I will not bring the evil in his time.
I will bring the evil upon his house during the reign of his son.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 11 and 16

  1. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    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. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    For I acknowledge my offense,
    and my sin is before me always:
    “Against you only have I sinned,
    and done what is evil in your sight.”
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Turn away your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my guilt.
    Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;
    then my tongue shall revel in your justice.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Alleluia Jn 13:34

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I give you a new commandment;
    love one another as I have loved you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

June 20, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Elisha takes on the mantle – the prophetic role – of Elijah after Elijah is taken from this earth. Elisha receives his share of the gifts of the Spirit as he follows in Elijah’s footsteps. In the Gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples how to fast, pray and give alms quietly, focusing on pleasing God rather than others.

We are given our share of the gifts of the Spirit, depending on what God calls us to do – Today we see some remarkable miracles. The Spirit enables both Elijah and Elisha to create dry land through the river, and Elijah leaves earth on a flaming chariot. But Jesus calls us to a quieter approach: performing prayer, fasting and works of charity in private.

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 367

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Reading 1 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14

When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind,
he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here;
the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.”
“As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live,
I will not leave you,” Elisha replied.
And so the two went on together.
Fifty of the guild prophets followed and
when the two stopped at the Jordan,
they stood facing them at a distance.
Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up
and struck the water, which divided,
and both crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha,
“Ask for whatever I may do for you, before I am taken from you.”
Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of your spirit.”
“You have asked something that is not easy,” Elijah replied.
“Still, if you see me taken up from you,
your wish will be granted; otherwise not.”
As they walked on conversing,
a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them,
and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
When Elisha saw it happen he cried out,
“My father! my father! Israel’s chariots and drivers!”
But when he could no longer see him,
Elisha gripped his own garment and tore it in two.

Then he picked up Elijah’s mantle that had fallen from him,
and went back and stood at the bank of the Jordan.
Wielding the mantle that had fallen from Elijah,
Elisha struck the water in his turn and said,
“Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?”
When Elisha struck the water it divided and he crossed over.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:20, 21, 24

  1. (25) Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    How great is the goodness, O LORD,
    which you have in store for those who fear you,
    And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
    you show in the sight of the children of men.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plottings of men;
    You screen them within your abode
    from the strife of tongues.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
    Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones!
    The LORD keeps those who are constant,
    but more than requites those who act proudly.
    R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Alleluia Jn 14:23

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever loves me will keep my word,
    and my Father will love him
    and we will come to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

 

June 21, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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The wondrous deeds of Elijah are proclaimed as well as his destiny to put an end to wrath before the final day of the Lord. The fearlessness and marvels of Elisha are also extolled. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that their Father knows what they need before they ask, and instructs them to pray in the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father knows what we need before we ask – The pagans worshipped many gods and so recited long lists of divine name, hoping one of them would be listening. As Christians, we do not need to able in such way, for the one true God knows what we need before we even ask. Jesus taught us the Lord’s Prayer contain the summary of the whole Gospel.

Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Lectionary: 368

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Reading 1 Sir 48:1-14

Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered,
in his zeal he reduced them to straits;
By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens
and three times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!
Whose glory is equal to yours?
You brought a dead man back to life
from the nether world, by the will of the LORD.
You sent kings down to destruction,
and easily broke their power into pieces.
You brought down nobles, from their beds of sickness.
You heard threats at Sinai,
at Horeb avenging judgments.
You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance,
and a prophet as your successor.
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,
in a chariot with fiery horses.
You were destined, it is written, in time to come
to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD,
To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons,
and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
And who falls asleep in your friendship.
For we live only in our life,
but after death our name will not be such.
O Elijah, enveloped in the whirlwind!

Then Elisha, filled with the twofold portion of his spirit,
wrought many marvels by his mere word.
During his lifetime he feared no one,
nor was any man able to intimidate his will.
Nothing was beyond his power;
beneath him flesh was brought back into life.
In life he performed wonders,
and after death, marvelous deeds.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7

  1. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
    The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
    let the many isles be glad.
    Clouds and darkness are round about him,
    justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
    R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
    Fire goes before him
    and consumes his foes round about.
    His lightnings illumine the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
    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!
    All who worship graven things are put to shame,
    who glory in the things of nought;
    all gods are prostrate before him.
    R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Alleluia Rom 8:15bc

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
    through which we cry: Abba! Father!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

‘Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.’

“If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

 

June 22, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In our first reading, Athaliah’s lust for power leads to the deaths of all heirs, but one, to the throne. In the Gospel, Jesus challenges his disciples to think about earthly goods versus eternal treasure with God.

God has never forsaken us, and awaits us with heavenly treasures far greater than any earthly ones – God is near to us each waking moment of our day, and he has never forsaken his covenant with us. He empowers us with his grace and through him, we can be a light in the darkness and build his kingdom. The heavenly treasures we obtain will be far greater than any fragile earthly ones we may desire.

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 369

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Reading 1 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20

When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah,
saw that her son was dead,
she began to kill off the whole royal family.
But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah,
took Joash, his son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse,
from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain.
She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die.
For six years he remained hidden in the temple of the LORD,
while Athaliah ruled the land.

But in the seventh year,
Jehoiada summoned the captains of the Carians
and of the guards.
He had them come to him in the temple of the LORD,
exacted from them a sworn commitment,
and then showed them the king’s son.

The captains did just as Jehoiada the priest commanded.
Each one with his men, both those going on duty for the sabbath
and those going off duty that week,
came to Jehoiada the priest.
He gave the captains King David’s spears and shields,
which were in the temple of the LORD.
And the guards, with drawn weapons,
lined up from the southern to the northern limit of the enclosure,
surrounding the altar and the temple on the king’s behalf.
Then Jehoiada led out the king’s son
and put the crown and the insignia upon him.
They proclaimed him king and anointed him,
clapping their hands and shouting, “Long live the king!”

Athaliah heard the noise made by the people,
and appeared before them in the temple of the LORD.
When she saw the king standing by the pillar, as was the custom,
and the captains and trumpeters near him,
with all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets,
she tore her garments and cried out, “Treason, treason!”
Then Jehoiada the priest instructed the captains
in command of the force:
“Bring her outside through the ranks.
If anyone follows her,” he added, “let him die by the sword.”
He had given orders that she
should not be slain in the temple of the LORD.
She was led out forcibly to the horse gate of the royal palace,
where she was put to death.

Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD as one party
and the king and the people as the other,
by which they would be the LORD’s people;
and another covenant, between the king and the people.
Thereupon all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal
and demolished it.
They shattered its altars and images completely,
and slew Mattan, the priest of Baal, before the altars.
Jehoiada appointed a detachment for the temple of the LORD.
All the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet,
now that Athaliah had been slain with the sword
at the royal palace.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18

  1. (13) The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
    The LORD swore to David
    a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
    “Your own offspring
    I will set upon your throne.”
    R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
    “If your sons keep my covenant
    and the decrees which I shall teach them,
    Their sons, too, forever
    shall sit upon your throne.”
    R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
    For the LORD has chosen Zion;
    he prefers her for his dwelling.
    “Zion is my resting place forever;
    in her will I dwell, for I prefer her.”
    R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
    “In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David;
    I will place a lamp for my anointed.
    His enemies I will clothe with shame,
    but upon him my crown shall shine.”
    R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

Alleluia Mt 5:3

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are the poor in spirit;
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

 

June 23, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, Johash refuses to trust in God, instead transgressing his commands and killing Zechariah. God punishes him with defeat and strips him of his burial rights. In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that the Father knows our every need.

Resolve not to worry and put your cares in God’s hands – We have a choice about where we place our trust. When we trust tangible but limited resources, we are vulnerable to anxiety because people and things can let us down. God’s love has no limits. When we trust him, places our cares in his hands and follow his plan for us, we have no need for worry.

Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 370

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Reading 1 2 Chr 24:17-25

After the death of Jehoiada,
the princes of Judah came and paid homage to King Joash,
and the king then listened to them.
They forsook the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers,
and began to serve the sacred poles and the idols;
and because of this crime of theirs,
wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem.
Although prophets were sent to them to convert them to the LORD,
the people would not listen to their warnings.
Then the Spirit of God possessed Zechariah,
son of Jehoiada the priest.
He took his stand above the people and said to them:
“God says, ‘Why are you transgressing the LORD’s commands,
so that you cannot prosper?
Because you have abandoned the LORD, he has abandoned you.'”
But they conspired against him,
and at the king’s order they stoned him to death
in the court of the LORD’s temple.
Thus King Joash was unmindful of the devotion shown him
by Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, and slew his son.
And as Zechariah was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge.”

At the turn of the year a force of Arameans came up against Joash.
They invaded Judah and Jerusalem,
did away with all the princes of the people,
and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
Though the Aramean force came with few men,
the LORD surrendered a very large force into their power,
because Judah had abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers.
So punishment was meted out to Joash.
After the Arameans had departed from him,
leaving him in grievous suffering,
his servants conspired against him
because of the murder of the son of Jehoiada the priest.
He was buried in the City of David,
but not in the tombs of the kings.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34

  1. (29a) For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “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 maintain my love for my servant.
    “Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
    and my covenant with him stands firm.
    I will make his posterity endure forever
    and his throne as the days of heaven.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “If his sons forsake my law
    and walk not according to my ordinances,
    If they violate my statutes
    and keep not my commands.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “I will punish their crime with a rod
    and their guilt with stripes.
    Yet my mercy I will not take from him,
    nor will I belie my faithfulness.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

Alleluia 2 Cor 8:9

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich,
    so that by his poverty you might become rich.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

 

June 24, 2018

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Lectionary: 586,587

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist – Vigil

Reading 1 Jer 1:4-10

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In the days of King Josiah, the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,
“I know not how to speak; I am too young.”
But the LORD answered me,
Say not, “I am too young.”
To whomever I send you, you shall go;
whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Have no fear before them,
because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying,

See, I place my words in your mouth!
This day I set you
over nations and over kingdoms,
to root up and to tear down,
to destroy and to demolish,
to build and to plant.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17

  1. (6) Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
    In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
    In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
    incline your ear to me, and save me.
    R. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
    O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
    R. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
    For you are my hope, O LORD;
    my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
    On you I depend from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
    R. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
    My mouth shall declare your justice,
    day by day your salvation.
    O God, you have taught me from my youth,
    and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
    R. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.

Reading 2 1 Pt 1:8-12

Beloved:
Although you have not seen Jesus Christ you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation,
prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours
searched and investigated it,
investigating the time and circumstances
that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated
when he testified in advance
to the sufferings destined for Christ
and the glories to follow them.
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you
with regard to the things that have now been announced to you
by those who preached the Good News to you
through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,
things into which angels longed to look.

Alleluia See Jn 1:7; Lk 1:17

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    He came to testify to the light,
    to prepare a people fit for the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:5-17

In the days of Herod, King of Judea,
there was a priest named Zechariah
of the priestly division of Abijah;
his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,
and her name was Elizabeth.
Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
observing all the commandments
and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren
and both were advanced in years.
Once when he was serving
as priest in his division’s turn before God,
according to the practice of the priestly service,
he was chosen by lot
to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.
Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside
at the hour of the incense offering,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
standing at the right of the altar of incense.
Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall name him John.
And you will have joy and gladness,
and many will rejoice at his birth,
for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
John will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,
and he will turn many of the children of Israel
to the Lord their God.
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
to turn their hearts toward their children
and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”

June 24, 2018
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Mass during the Day

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, we hear that God calls and forms his servant from the womb. The reading from Acts speaks of those whom God raised up to do his work, including John the Baptist. In Luke’s Gospel, Elizabeth gives birth and proclaims that the boy’s name will be John.

John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and his ministry – God’s plan for salvation, coming to be through his chosen people who freely say “yes”, includes John the Baptist who prepares the way of Jesus and his ministry.

Lectionary: 587

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Reading 1 Is 49:1-6

Hear me, O coastlands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
that Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15

  1. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
    you know when I sit and when I stand;
    you understand my thoughts from afar.
    My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
    with all my ways you are familiar.
    R. I praise you for I am wonderfully made.
    Truly you have formed my inmost being;
    you knit me in my mother’s womb.
    I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
    wonderful are your works.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    My soul also you knew full well;
    nor was my frame unknown to you
    When I was made in secret,
    when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

Reading 2 Acts 13:22-26

In those days, Paul said:
“God raised up David as king;
of him God 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.’

“My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent.”

Alleluia See Lk 1:76

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.