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May 21, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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Saint James reminds us that true humility, peace and mercy come from the wisdom that is found in God alone. Our Gospel recalls not just the healing of the joy possessed by a spirit, but more importantly, how this encounter with Jesus changes his father and brings forth a deeper faith.

I do believe, help my unbelief – Faith, like many things in life, will either grow or decline. In order for our faith to grow, we must be people of prayer. We must ask the Lord with trust and confidence for the things that we truly desire, and for people in our life who help us on our spiritual journey.

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Lectionary: 572A

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20

After Adam had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to him and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
On your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”
The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Or Acts 1:12-14

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,
the Apostles returned to Jerusalem
from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
a sabbath day’s journey away.

When they entered the city
they went to the upper room where they were staying,
Peter and John and James and Andrew,
Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
together with some women,
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

  1. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    His foundation upon the holy mountains
    the LORD loves:
    The gates of Zion,
    more than any dwelling of Jacob.
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    Glorious things are said of you,
    O city of God!
    And of Zion they shall say:
    “One and all were born in her;
    And he who has established her
    is the Most High LORD.”
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
    “This man was born there.”
    And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
    “My home is within you.”
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

Alleluia 

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
    O blessed mother of the Church,
    you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 19:25-34

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
“It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

 

May 22, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading, James teaches us that selfishly motivated passions separate us from God, and  in order to draw closer to him, we must humbly submit ourselves. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples of his upcoming passion and explains that those wishing to be first shall be the last of all and the servant of all.

Selfishness separates us from God – In today’s readings, selfishness and greed lead to separation from God and each other. One cannot love the world and God at the same time. Practicing humility, however, brings one closer to God.

Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 342

Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10

Beloved:
Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Adulterers!
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy?
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.

So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23

  1. (23a) Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    And I say, “Had I but wings like a dove,
    I would fly away and be at rest.
    Far away I would flee;
    I would lodge in the wilderness.”
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    “I would wait for him who saves me
    from the violent storm and the tempest.”
    Engulf them, O Lord; divide their counsels.
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    In the city I see violence and strife,
    day and night they prowl about upon its walls.
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
    Cast your care upon the LORD,
    and he will support you;
    never will he permit the just man to be disturbed.
    R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support 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.”

 

May 23, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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We continue reading from the letter of Saint James and hear his advice on how we should live our lives so as to follow God’s will in all that we do. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus says that whoever is not against us is for us.

God has a plan for each of us to be fully alive in Christ Jesus every day of our lives – We are familiar with say such as “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may die.” As catchy as this sounds, this “get a such as I can” approach to life leads to a dead end. Jesus offers us a different approach to living in this life, and in his resurrection he offers us the fullness of life with him if we choose to follow him.

Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 343

Reading 1 Jas 4:13-17

Beloved:
Come now, you who say,
“Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,
spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”–
you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.
Instead you should say,
“If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”
But now you are boasting in your arrogance.
All such boasting is evil.
So for one who knows the right thing to do
and does not do it, it is a sin.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11

  1. (Matthew 5:3) Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Hear this, all you peoples;
    hearken, all who dwell in the world,
    Of lowly birth or high degree,
    rich and poor alike.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Why should I fear in evil days
    when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
    They trust in their wealth;
    the abundance of their riches is their boast.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
    or pay his own ransom to God;
    Too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough
    to remain alive always and not see destruction.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    For he can see that wise men die,
    and likewise the senseless and the stupid pass away,
    leaving to others their wealth.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

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.”

 

May 24, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the first reading James, we hear a condemnation of those who focus on earthly wealth and who oppress the poor. In the Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples of the temptations of sin, and the purifying effect of being his disciples.

We are challenged to live uprightly and justly – Our readings today challenge us to heed the spirit of the Gospel, and to avoid sinful behaviors that separate us from Jesus. Although this is never easy, the Christian life of discipleship demands that we try each day to love each other so that we may have peace with one another.

Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 344

Reading 1 Jas 5:1-6

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
your gold and silver have corroded,
and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days.
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
and the cries of the harvesters
have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
You have condemned;
you have murdered the righteous one;
he offers you no resistance.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 49:14-15ab, 15cd-16, 17-18, 19-20

  1. (Matthew 5:3) Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    This is the way of those whose trust is folly,
    the end of those contented with their lot:
    Like sheep they are herded into the nether world;
    death is their shepherd and the upright rule over them.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Quickly their form is consumed;
    the nether world is their palace.
    But God will redeem me
    from the power of the nether world by receiving me.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Fear not when a man grows rich,
    when the wealth of his house becomes great,
    For when he dies, he shall take none of it;
    his wealth shall not follow him down.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
    Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,
    “They will praise you for doing well for yourself,”
    He shall join the circle of his forebears
    who shall never more see light.
    R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

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 if 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.”

 

May 25, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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James encourages his followers in the first reading to look to the prophets who have gone before them as examples of perseverance in hardship. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus teaches that two people who marry are joined in marriage by God.

Speak the truth and commit to the Lord – It can be a good exercise for us to study the lives of the saints, as it is helpful to learn about endurance and hardship from those who have experienced it firsthand. James reminds us in today’s passage that we will one day face judgment by God and we should be steadfast in our faithful, human response, so as not to incur eventual condemnation.

Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 345

Reading 1 Jas 5:9-12

Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,
that you may not be judged.
Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.
Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,
the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered.
You have heard of the perseverance of Job,
and you have seen the purpose of the Lord,
because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

But above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear,
either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath,
but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,”
that you may not incur condemnation.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12

  1. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    he heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
    slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
    He will not always chide,
    nor does he keep his wrath forever.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
    As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he put our transgressions from us.
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Alleluia See Jn 17:17b, 17a

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

Gospel Mk 10:1-12

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.”

 

May 26, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In the letter from James, we hear about the importance of prayer in our lives. In the Gospel, Jesus explains that only when we possess a childlike trust in God can we truly be his disciples.

The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful – Persistent prayer allows our faith to permeate our daily lives. Prayer brings healing, and draws us to the Father. Let us be grateful for the opportunity to give thanks and praise, and for the forgiveness and merciful compassion of our God when we truly repent of our sins. May we in turn show that forgiveness to others.

Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest
Lectionary: 346

Reading 1 Jas 5:13-20

Beloved:
Is anyone among you suffering?
He should pray.
Is anyone in good spirits?
He should sing a song of praise.
Is anyone among you sick?
He should summon the presbyters of the Church,
and they should pray over him
and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
The prayer of faith will save the sick person,
and the Lord will raise him up.
If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another
and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.
Elijah was a man like us;
yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain,
and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land.
Then Elijah prayed again, and the sky gave rain
and the earth produced its fruit.

My brothers and sisters,
if anyone among you should stray from the truth
and someone bring him back,
he should know that whoever brings back a sinner
from the error of his way will save his soul from death
and will cover a multitude of sins.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 141:1-2, 3 and 8

  1. (2a) Let my prayer come like incense before you.
    O LORD, to you I call; hasten to me;
    hearken to my voice when I call upon you.
    Let my prayer come like incense before you;
    the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.
    R. Let my prayer come like incense before you.
    O LORD, set a watch before my mouth,
    a guard at the door of my lips.
    For toward you, O God, my LORD, my eyes are turned;
    in you I take refuge; strip me not of life.
    R. Let my prayer come like incense before you.

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.

 

May 27, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
by Rev. Peter Tuyen Tran

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In today’s first reading, Moses instructs the people to know, and fix in their hearts, that the Lord is God. They are to keep his statutes and commandments. In Romans, Paul reminds us that through the Spirit we are God’s adopted children and joint heirs with Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus delivers the Great Commission, sending his disciples throughout the world to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus calls us all to relationship with the Triune God, and with one another – Christ proclaims the Three-fold unity of God and commands that we make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Lectionary: 165

Reading 1 Dt 4:32-34, 39-40

Moses said to the people:
“Ask now of the days of old, before your time,
ever since God created man upon the earth;
ask from one end of the sky to the other:
Did anything so great ever happen before?
Was it ever heard of?
Did a people ever hear the voice of God
speaking from the midst of fire, as you did, and live?
Or did any god venture to go and take a nation for himself
from the midst of another nation,
by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors,
all of which the LORD, your God,
did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
This is why you must now know,
and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God
in the heavens above and on earth below,
and that there is no other.
You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today,
that you and your children after you may prosper,
and that you may have long life on the land
which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22

  1. (12b) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Upright is the word of the LORD,
    and all his works are trustworthy.
    He loves justice and right;
    of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    By the word of the LORD the heavens were made;
    by the breath of his mouth all their host.
    For he spoke, and it was made;
    he commanded, and it stood forth.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
    To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Our soul waits for the LORD,
    who is our help and our shield.
    May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
    who have put our hope in you.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Reading 2 Rom 8:14-17

Brothers and sisters:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

Alleluia Rv 1:8

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
    to God who is, who was, and who is to come.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”