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November 26, 2018

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DAILY MEDITATION
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In our first reading from the Book of Revelation John has a vision of the Lamb on Mount Zion, and with him those who had been ransomed from the earth. In the Gospel, Jesus praises the poor widow who put all she had in the Temple treasury, in contrast to those who gave their surplus.

The Lord sees the hearts of all and rewards them accordingly.

Living humbly, simply and meekly, as Jesus taught us, will help us to walk with him and follow in his footsteps. In the same way that the widow offered her whole livelihood. Jesus asks us to follow him with our whole being.  Let us pray for those who suffer isolation or neglect, especially the elderly, may they experience God’s presence through the outreach of family and caregivers. Amen.

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 503

Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5

I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,
and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand
who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound from heaven
like the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.
The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,
before the four living creatures and the elders.
No one could learn this hymn except the hundred and forty-four thousand
who had been ransomed from the earth.
These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They have been ransomed as the first fruits
of the human race for God and the Lamb.
On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1bc-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 Mt 24:42a, 44

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Stay awake!
    For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

 

November 27, 2018

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In our first reading from the Book of Revelation, John has a vision of the great harvest at the final judgment. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of the Temple crumbling. More important, he warns his disciples not to follow those who would lead them astray.

Let us keep our focus on God’s kingdom

The blessings in our lives fortify us to face misfortune when it comes our way. Yet the everyday things of this world, although important, are ultimately finite, as we know. But God’s kingdom is eternal. Let us keep our eyes fixed on what will last forever, that we may be part of the great harvest of believers in the final judgment. Let us pray for the pope and all Church leaders, through the power of the Holy Spirit may their preaching and example draw us closer to God’s loving embrace. Amen.

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 504

Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19

I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,
and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,
with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
Another angel came out of the temple,
crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,
“Use your sickle and reap the harvest,
for the time to reap has come,
because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.”
So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth,
and the earth was harvested.

Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven
who also had a sharp sickle.
Then another angel came from the altar, who was in charge of the fire,
and cried out in a loud voice
to the one who had the sharp sickle,
“Use your sharp sickle and cut the clusters from the earth’s vines,
for its grapes are ripe.”
So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and cut the earth’s vintage.
He threw it into the great wine press of God’s fury.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13

  1. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.
    Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
    He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
    he governs the peoples with equity.
    R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
    Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
    let the sea and what fills it resound;
    let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
    Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
    R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
    Before the LORD, for he comes;
    for he comes to rule the earth.
    He shall rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with his constancy.
    R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Alleluia Rv 2:10c

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Remain faithful until death,
    and I will give you the crown of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 21:5-11

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him,
“Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
He answered,
“See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end.”
Then he said to them,
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

 

November 28, 2018

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In the reading of Revelation, John has a vision of God’s victory in image and in song. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus warns that those who follow him will be persecuted and many will die, but by perseverance they will have eternal life.

Persevere in righteousness for God the Father

Those who follow Jesus will not have it easy, but the world cannot destroy what God has made. We must pick up our cross each day and follow Jesus, relying on God’s mercy to keep us steadfast. Let us pray for the sick, may God accompany them through their suffering and give them peace. Amen.

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 505

Reading 1 Rv 15:1-4

I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:
seven angels with the seven last plagues,
for through them God’s fury is accomplished.

Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.
On the sea of glass were standing those
who had won the victory over the beast
and its image and the number that signified its name.
They were holding God’s harps,
and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb:

“Great and wonderful are your works,
Lord God almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O king of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
or glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All the nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9

  1. (Rev. 15: 3b) Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
    Let the sea and what fills it resound,
    the world and those who dwell in it;
    Let the rivers clap their hands,
    the mountains shout with them for joy.
    R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
    Before the LORD, for he comes,
    for he comes to rule the earth;
    He will rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with equity.
    R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!

Alleluia Rv 2:10c

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Remain faithful until death,
    and I will give you the crown of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

 

November 29, 2018

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In the first reading, John has a vision of the destruction of Babylon, and also hears a great multitude singing of God’s salvation. Jesus’ message in the Gospel is twofold: he tells of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Coming of the Son of Man.

God continually calls us to himself. In faithfulness, let us come to him.

It is at this time of year that our minds turn to change. Days are getting shorter in the northern hemisphere and longer in the South. Our weather might be changing, certainly the season are. It is always the season to remember to whom we belong. God asks for our faithfulness and resolve in every season. Let us pray for the Church, through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, may she persevere in bringing Christ’s truth and light to the world. Amen.

Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 506

Reading 1 Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a

I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,
having great authority,
and the earth became illumined by his splendor.
He cried out in a mighty voice:

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.
She has become a haunt for demons.
She is a cage for every unclean spirit,
a cage for every unclean bird,
a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast.”

A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone
and threw it into the sea and said:

“With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown down,
and will never be found again.
No melodies of harpists and musicians,
flutists and trumpeters,
will ever be heard in you again.
No craftsmen in any trade
will ever be found in you again.
No sound of the millstone
will ever be heard in you again.
No light from a lamp
will ever be seen in you again.
No voices of bride and groom
will ever be heard in you again.
Because your merchants were the great ones of the world,
all nations were led astray by your magic potion.”

After this I heard what sounded like
the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying:

“Alleluia!
Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great harlot
who corrupted the earth with her harlotry.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

They said a second time:

“Alleluia! Smoke will rise from her forever and ever.”

Then the angel said to me, “Write this:
Blessed are those who have been called
to the wedding feast of the Lamb.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5

  1. (Rev. 19: 9a) Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    serve the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful song.
    R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
    Know that the LORD is God;
    he made us, his we are;
    his people, the flock he tends.
    R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    his courts with praise;
    Give thanks to him; bless his name.
    R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
    For he is good:
    the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
    and his faithfulness, to all generations.
    R. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

Alleluia Lk 21:28

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

Gospel Lk 21:20-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
know that its desolation is at hand.
Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Let those within the city escape from it,
and let those in the countryside not enter the city,
for these days are the time of punishment
when all the Scriptures are fulfilled.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days,
for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth
and a wrathful judgment upon this people.
They will fall by the edge of the sword
and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles;
and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.”

 

November 30, 2018

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In the first reading, we hear that some must be sent to preach, so all may hear. And all who hear and profess the faith will be saved. Today’s Gospel relates the calling of the Apostle Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John.

We are each called by name to do the work of building the Kingdom of God on earth.

The greatest good in life to simply follow Jesus – to build up his kingdom here on earth. We do this by listening for his voice, hearing what he asks of us and heeding his call. In this way, we share the Good News and help bring salvation to all, just as Christ commanded us to do each and every day. Let us pray for those who sick or suffering, may they be certain and comforted by God’s love for them. Amen.

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
Lectionary: 684

Reading 1 Rom 10:9-18

Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
And how can people preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
But not everyone has heeded the good news;
for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?
Thus faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for

Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11

  1. (10) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    or:
    R. (John 6:63) Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    or:
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    or:
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    or:
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
    They are more precious than gold,
    than a heap of purest gold;
    Sweeter also than syrup
    or honey from the comb.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    or:
    R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Alleluia Mt 4:19

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come after me, says the Lord,
    and I will make you fishers of men.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.

 

December 1, 2018

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Saturday in honor of BVM.

In the book of Revelation, John describes the vision shown to him, which speaks to the glory of God and the gift of the kingdom. In the Gospel, Jesus warns the disciples not to be unprepared for his return, by getting trapped with drowsy hearts and anxiety.

Strive to live focused on what is in store for us in the kingdom of God.

Our readings today focus on both glory and turmoil. Who among us would not like to dwell on the good and ignore the bad? The truth is, our lives often experience joy and turmoil at the same time. Let us allow the joy to calm the turmoil. Let us pray for Catholic people, may the grace of their baptism bear fruit in their lives as true disciples. Amen.

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 508

Reading 1 Rv 22:1-7

John said:
An angel showed me the river of life-giving water,
sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God
and of the Lamb down the middle of the street,
On either side of the river grew the tree of life
that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;
the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.
Nothing accursed will be found anymore.
The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it,
and his servants will worship him.
They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun,
for the Lord God shall give them light,
and they shall reign forever and ever.

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true,
and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits,
sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.”
“Behold, I am coming soon.”
Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.

Responsorial Psalm pS 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7ab

  1. (1 Cor 16: 22b, see Rev. 22: 20c) Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
    Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
    let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
    Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
    R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
    For the LORD is a great God,
    and a great king above all gods;
    In his hands are the depths of the earth,
    and the tops of the mountains are his.
    His is the sea, for he has made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
    R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
    Come, let us bow down in worship;
    let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
    For he is our God,
    and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
    R. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Alleluia Lk 21:36

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

Gospel Lk 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

December 2, 2018

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In the time of great upheaval and chaos for Israel, Jeremiah reassures the people of better days to come, when a descendent of David will rule them with integrity and honesty. Looking forward to the return of Christ in glory. Saint Paul reminds us that we must strive for true holiness now. In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that no matter what befalls us in this life, we are to have confidence in him, the Son of Man.

The Jesus who is born in time and history is also the Christ who will come in glory to judge all.

The season of Advent begins with a call to perseverance and vigilance as we prepare to celebrate not just the historical event of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, but our central belief that Christ will come again in glory to judge all humanity. Our readings are chosen to help us reflect on this great truth and be prepared for the coming of Christ.  Let us pray for all who struggle to find meaning and direction in their lives, may Christ shine forth to light the path of hope in their search. Amen.

First Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 3

Reading 1 Jer 33:14-16

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

  1. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
    teach me your paths,
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my savior,
    and for you I wait all the day.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    Good and upright is the LORD;
    thus he shows sinners the way.
    He guides the humble to justice,
    and teaches the humble his way.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
    toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
    The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
    and his covenant, for their instruction.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Reading 2 1 Thes 3:12—4:2

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

Alleluia Ps 85:8

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Show us, Lord, your love;
    and grant us your salvation.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”