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October 22, 2018

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In the first reading, we hear that we have all been dead in our sins, but through Christ, the free gift of God, we been redeemed. In the Gospel, Jesus uses a parable about a rich man who relied on his large harvest to show that greed and gathering riches will not save one’s soul.

Our redemption is purely a gift from God.

Like the rich man in the Gospel, we can be tempted to rely on ourselves and the good things we earn in life. What we earn certainly helps us to live this life, and to take care of those who depend on us. But it is God’s pure gift that enables us to live in the next life. Our merciful God gives us the gift of salvation when we die and rise with Christ through baptism. No more than we would reject what we have rightly earned, let us not reject what has been freely given, Let us pray for the Church throughout the world, may she grow in unity and holiness, by God’s power and grace. Amen.

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 473

Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10

Brothers and sisters:
You were dead in your transgressions and sins
in which you once lived following the age of this world,
following the ruler of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,
following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,
and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.
But God, who is rich in mercy,
because of the great love he had for us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
raised us up with him,
and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come
he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;
it is not from works, so no one may boast.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works
that God has prepared in advance,
that we should live in them.

Responsorial Psalm PS 100:1b-2, 3, 4ab, 4c-5

  1. (3b) The Lord made us, we belong to him.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD all you lands;
    serve the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful song.
    R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
    Know that the LORD is God;
    he made us, his we are;
    his people, the flock he tends.
    R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    his courts with praise.
    R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
    Give thanks to him; bless his name, for he is good:
    the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
    and his faithfulness, to all generations.
    R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.

Alleluia Mt 5:3

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

Gospel LK 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”

 

October 23, 2018

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In the first reading, Paul tells the Ephesians – and us – that we who were not part of the Jewish Covenant have become one through Jesus, who reconciled all of us through his blood on the cross. Jesus tells us in the Gospel to be vigilant, like a servant, so that when he comes, we will be found faithful and awake.

God calls us to be both one in prayer and one in service.

We often hear the dichotomy between prayer and action – between people called to a life of prayer and those who are expected to serve others. But we are called to be both: to be part of the Church, the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and to be servants, working to build up the kingdom of God. Let us pray for families who face the challenges of illness, addiction or division. Amen.

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 474

Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22

Brothers and sisters:
You were at that time without Christ,
alienated from the community of Israel
and strangers to the covenants of promise,
without hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have become near by the Blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he made both one
and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,
that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,
thus establishing peace,
and might reconcile both with God,
in one Body, through the cross,
putting that enmity to death by it.
He came and preached peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near,
for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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

  1. (see 9) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
    I will hear what God proclaims;
    the LORD–for he proclaims peace.
    Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
    glory dwelling in our land.
    R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
    Kindness and truth shall meet;
    justice and peace shall kiss.
    Truth shall spring out of the earth,
    and justice shall look down from heaven.
    R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
    The LORD himself will give his benefits;
    our land shall yield its increase.
    Justice shall walk before him,
    and salvation, along the way of his steps.
    R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

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 12:35-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”

 

October 24, 2018

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Saint Paul, the Aspostle called to serve the Gentiles, reminds the people of Ephesus that Jesus  came for all and not for some. In the Gospel, Jesus uses a parable about a not-so-good servant to teach the disciples about being good and faithful stewards.

Let us serve the Master as faithful stewards of his blessings.

Everyone is blessed with a variety of talents. As disciples of Jesus, we are to discern how to best use those talents we have been given to build up the Lord’s kingdom here on earrth. Fullness of life with the Lord and follows in heaven. Let us pray for those who have died, may God, the Master of all that is good and eternal, welcome them into his embrace. Amen.

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 475

Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12

Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,
as I have written briefly earlier.
When you read this
you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
which was not made known to human beings in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace
that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power.
To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given,
to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,
and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
hidden from ages past in God who created all things,
so that the manifold wisdom of God
might now be made known through the Church
to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.
This was according to the eternal purpose
that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness of speech
and confidence of access through faith in him.

Responsorial Psalm Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

  1. (see 3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
    God indeed is my savior;
    I am confident and unafraid.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    With joy you will draw water
    at the fountain of salvation.
    R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
    Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
    among the nations make known his deeds,
    proclaim how exalted is his name.
    R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
    Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
    let this be known throughout all the earth.
    Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
    for great in your midst
    is the Holy One of Israel!
    R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

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 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

 

October 25, 2018

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Paul prays for the Christians of Ephesus in today’s reading.  He asks the Father to deepen their understanding of God’s plan of salvation, which is rooted in love. In the Gospel, Jesus says he has come to set the earth on fire. A baptism of fire awaits him, and he is in anguish until it is accomplished

The plan of the Lord stands forever.

God’s plan isn’t always easy to accept, is it? We may question why things happen rather than trust in our Lord. Jesus acknowledges that his own mission on earth will cause great anguish and even divide families. Yet, out of boundless love for us, he submits to the Father so we may be filled with the fullness of God. Let us pray for those who serve in public office, may they be blessed with the wishdom and judgment to promote the common good. Amen.

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 476

Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21

Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine,
by the power at work within us,
to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

  1. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    Exult, you just, in the LORD;
    praise from the upright is fitting.
    Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
    with the ten stringed lyre chant his praises.
    R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    For 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. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
    the design of his heart, through all generations.
    Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
    the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
    R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
    But 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. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Alleluia Phil 3:8-9

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I consider all things so much rubbish
    that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

 

October 26, 2018

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In the first reading, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to live a virtuous manner that reflects the unity God has brought about in them through baptism and is animated by the Spirit they have received. In the Gospel, Jesus exhorts his disciples to refrain from hypocrisy and to settle matters fairly with any opponents.

Animated by the Spirit of unity and peace, we are called to practice the Christian virtues in every occasion.

The Virtues should guide our intereactions with others, even with those who oppose us. These virtues should be rooted in love, and should foster the unity and peace in which we share through the Spirit. This approach will help us respond to the animosity we may encounter in a manner that reflects our Christian identity. Let us pray for families in this faith community, may their daily interactions be animated by the Spirit of peace and unity. Amen.

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 477

Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit
through the bond of peace;
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

Responsorial Psalm PS 24:1-2, 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 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 Lk 12:54-59

Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You hypocrites!
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released
until you have paid the last penny.”

 

October 27, 2018

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Saturday in honor of BVM.

In the first reading, Saint Paul points to the diverse ministries of the Church and the need to be bound in love with Christ as head. In the Gospel, Jesus implies that none’s misfortune does not necessary indicate the depth of one’s sinfulness; rather, each of us is in need of repentance and a change in lifestyles that bears fruit for the Lord.

Let us repent so that our lives bear good fruit for the Lord.

Today we reflect on our need for repentance, and how we must cultivate our lives in such a way that bears fruit for God’s kingdom. We each have a unique role in building up the kingdom as a member of the body of Christ, the Church. We are united together with love and with Christ as the head. Let us pray for the pope and all those in the Church who serve the people of God, may the Lord bless them and keep them. Amen.

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 478

Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16

Brothers and sisters:
Grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Therefore, it says:

He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
he gave gifts to men.

What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended
into the lower regions of the earth?
The one who descended is also the one who ascended
far above all the heavens,
that he might fill all things.

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood
to the extent of the full stature of Christ,
so that we may no longer be infants,
tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching
arising from human trickery,
from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming.
Rather, living the truth in love,
we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ,
from whom the whole Body,
joined and held together by every supporting ligament,
with the proper functioning of each part,
brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love.

Responsorial Psalm pS 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5

  1. (1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    I rejoiced because they said to me,
    “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
    And now we have set foot
    within your gates, O Jerusalem.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    Jerusalem, built as a city
    with compact unity.
    To it the tribes go up,
    the tribes of the LORD.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
    According to the decree for Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
    In it are set up judgment seats,
    seats for the house of David.
    R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Alleluia EZ 33:11

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
    but rather in his conversion that he may live.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 13:1-9

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply,
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed
when the tower at Siloam fell on them–
do you think they were more guilty
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.’”

 

October 28, 2018

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The prophet Jeremiah proclaims that the Lord keeps his promises, gathering and delivering the people of Israel. In the letter to the Hebrews, God calls some to be priests, representing the people and following the example set forth by Jesus. Mark’s Gospel recounts the story of Jesus healing the blind man on the road from Jericho.

Just as Jesus restored sight to the blind man, our faith in him opens our eyes to truth and eternal life in Christ.

The story of Jesus healing the blind man speaks powerfully to us. Your faith has saved you, Jesus tells him. The man, with his sight restored, follows Jesus. May our own faith and determination give us sight as well, that we may also know and follow God in our daily lives. Let us pray for all who face any type of health challenge or difficulty, may they feel the healing comfort for our Lord. Amen.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 149

Reading 1 Jer 31:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
exult at the head of the nations;
proclaim your praise and say:
The LORD has delivered his people,
the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them back
from the land of the north;
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst,
the mothers and those with child;
they shall return as an immense throng.
They departed in tears,
but I will console them and guide them;
I will lead them to brooks of water,
on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

  1. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
    we were like men dreaming.
    Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with rejoicing.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    Then they said among the nations,
    “The LORD has done great things for them.”
    The LORD has done great things for us;
    we are glad indeed.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
    like the torrents in the southern desert.
    Those that sow in tears
    shall reap rejoicing.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
    Although they go forth weeping,
    carrying the seed to be sown,
    They shall come back rejoicing,
    carrying their sheaves.
    R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading 2 Heb 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
You are my son:
this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
You are a priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.

Alleluia Cf. 2 Tm 1:10

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.