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November 12, 2018

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In the first reading, Saint Paul writes of appointing presbyters and of the qualities they should have. In the Gospel, Jesus warns his disciples not to cause others to sin, and to forgive those who have hurt of harmed them. This can be done with faith the size of a mustard seed.

God calls us to be forgiving and merciful to others.

We all sin and miss the mark at times. Jesus exhorts us to forgive others when they wrong us and ask to forgiveness. This we should do not only one, but many times. God has extended us great mercy; we are called to do the same. Let us pray for all members of the Church, may we be led by the wisdom of God in our mission to spread the Gospel. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr
Lectionary: 491

Reading 1 Ti 1:1-9

Paul, a slave of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ
for the sake of the faith of God’s chosen ones
and the recognition of religious truth,
in the hope of eternal life
that God, who does not lie, promised before time began,
who indeed at the proper time revealed his word
in the proclamation with which I was entrusted
by the command of God our savior,
to Titus, my true child in our common faith:
grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our savior.

For this reason I left you in Crete
so that you might set right what remains to be done
and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you,
on condition that a man be blameless,
married only once, with believing children
who are not accused of licentiousness or rebellious.
For a bishop as God’s steward must be blameless, not arrogant,
not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive,
not greedy for sordid gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness,
temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled,
holding fast to the true message as taught
so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine
and to refute opponents.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

  1. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
    For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
    He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
    Such is the race that seeks for him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Alleluia Phil 2:15d, 16a

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

Gospel Lk 17:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

 

November 13, 2018

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Today’s first reading describes appropriate Christian behavior. All must reject godless ways and live temporally, justly and devoutly. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples adopt a servant’s attitude: that service is not about us, but about doing our duty as disciples for the sake of discipleship.

Discipleship calls us to a life of servitude.

True faith demands more than acceptance of beliefs; it requires a transformation of our lives. Rather than focus on ourselves, we must love and serve God and our neighbor without expectation of anything in return. God’s graciousness is pure gift – nothing we do ourselves merits reward. As we do our duty as disciples, in gratitude for this gift, we engender a servant’s heart – one which allows us to be a servant to all. Let us pray for faith communities, may the Holy Spirit unify them in love for Christ and service to others. Amen.

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin
Lectionary: 492

Reading 1 Ti 2:1-8, 11-14

Beloved:
You must say what is consistent with sound doctrine,
namely, that older men should be temperate, dignified,
self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.
Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior,
not slanderers, not addicted to drink,
teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women
to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers,
under the control of their husbands,
so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,
showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect,
with integrity in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech
that cannot be criticized,
so that the opponent will be put to shame
without anything bad to say about us.

For the grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
as we await the blessed hope,
the appearance of the glory of the great God
and of our savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness
and to cleanse for himself a people as his own,
eager to do what is good.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29

  1. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    Trust in the LORD and do good,
    that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
    Take delight in the LORD,
    and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;
    their inheritance lasts forever.
    By the LORD are the steps of a man made firm,
    and he approves his way.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
    Turn from evil and do good,
    that you may abide forever;
    The just shall possess the land
    and dwell in it forever.
    R. The salvation of the just comes from 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 Lk 17:7-10

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”

 

November 14, 2018

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In our first reading, Paul asks Titus to instruct believers to lead an upright life, reminding them that they are saved through baptism and renewed in the Spirit by God’s mercy. In the Gospel from Luke, ten lepers cry out to Jesus and are healed, but only one returns giving thanks to God.

When we call to God in our need, will we have the courage to act on God’s response?

Ten lepers, outcasts accustomed to warning people off by shouting “Unclean, unclean,” had faith in Jesus and called upon him in their need. They are stark and visible reminder that faith God is more than an internal feeling – It is a public witness. It is a relationship not just of us calling out to God in need, but also of honoring him with our response. Let us pray for victims of war and natural disasters, that through the loving generosity of Christians they may have food and safe shelter. Amen.

Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 493

Reading 1 Ti 3:1-7

Beloved:
Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities,
to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.
They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate,
exercising all graciousness toward everyone.
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded,
slaves to various desires and pleasures,
living in malice and envy,
hateful ourselves and hating one another.

But when the kindness and generous love
of God our savior appeared,
not because of any righteous deeds we had done
but because of his mercy,
he saved us through the bath of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out on us
through Jesus Christ our savior,
so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1b-3a, 3bc-4, 5, 6

  1. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
    Beside restful waters he leads me;
    he refreshes my soul.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    He guides me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk in the dark valley
    I fear no evil; for you are at my side
    With your rod and your staff
    that give me courage.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    Only goodness and kindness follow me
    all the days of my life;
    And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
    for years to come.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Alleluia 1 Thes 5:18

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In all circumstances, give thanks,
    for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

 

November 15, 2018

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Memorial of Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

In Saint Paul’s shortest letter, he implores Philemon to have compassion and show a brother’s love for Onesimus. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of the elusiveness of the kingdom of God. He also warns his disciples not to run off in the wrong direction.

We each have a job to do in bringing about the kingdom of God here on earth.

When people work together for the common good, good things happen. When we ignore problems or works against solid solutions to problems, bad things follow. As disciples of Jesus, we are to work to bring God’s peace and justice to earth. Let us pray for families who are undergoing trials, may God bless them with strength. Amen.

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 494

Reading 1 Phmn 7-20

Beloved:
I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love,
because the hearts of the holy ones
have been refreshed by you, brother.
Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ
to order you to do what is proper,
I rather urge you out of love,
being as I am, Paul, an old man,
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus.
I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment,
who was once useless to you but is now useful to both you and me.
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve me on your behalf
in my imprisonment for the Gospel,
but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother,
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
And if he has done you any injustice
or owes you anything, charge it to me.
I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay.
May I not tell you that you owe me your very self.
Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord.
Refresh my heart in Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10

  1. (5a) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD secures justice for the oppressed,
    gives food to the hungry.
    The LORD sets captives free.
    R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD gives sight to the blind.
    The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
    the LORD loves the just.
    The LORD protects strangers.
    R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
    but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
    The LORD shall reign forever;
    your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
    R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia Jn 15:5

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord:
    whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 17:20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”

 

November 16, 2018

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Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 495

Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9

[Chosen Lady:]
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth
just as we were commanded by the Father.
But now, Lady, I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.
For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;
this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,
in which you should walk.

Many deceivers have gone out into the world,
those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh;
such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.
Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for
but may receive a full recompense.
Anyone who is so “progressive”
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God;
whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18

  1. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the LORD.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
    who seek him with all their heart.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    With all my heart I seek you;
    let me not stray from your commands.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Within my heart I treasure your promise,
    that I may not sin against you.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Be good to your servant, that I may live
    and keep your words.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    Open my eyes, that I may consider
    the wonders of your law.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Alleluia Lk 21:28

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Stand erect and raise your heads
    because your redemption is at hand.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”

 

November 17, 2018

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious
Lectionary: 496

Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8

Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,
especially for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the Church.
Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.
For they have set out for the sake of the Name
and are accepting nothing from the pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such persons,
so that we may be co-workers in the truth.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

  1. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commands.
    His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
    the upright generation shall be blessed.
    R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
    his generosity shall endure forever.
    Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious and merciful and just.
    R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
    who conducts his affairs with justice;
    He shall never be moved;
    the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
    R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

Alleluia See 2 Thes 2:14

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God has called us through the Gospel,
    to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 18:1-8

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

 

November 18, 2018

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 158

Reading 1 Dn 12:1-3

In those days, I Daniel,
heard this word of the Lord:
“At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.
At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;
some shall live forever,
others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.

“But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11

  1. (1) You are my inheritance, O Lord!
    O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
    Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
    because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!

Reading 2 Heb 10:11-14, 18

Brothers and sisters:
Every priest stands daily at his ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But this one offered one sacrifice for sins,
and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;
now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering
he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.

Where there is forgiveness of these,
there is no longer offering for sin.

Alleluia Lk 21:36

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Be vigilant at all times
    and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 13:24-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

“Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”