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Friday 17 November 2017 Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 51:10

I am like a growing olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the mercy of God, for ever and ever.

Collect

O God, by whose gift Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, recognized and revered Christ in the poor, grant, through her intercession, that we may serve with unfailing charity the needy and those afflicted. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

First reading : Wisdom 13:1-9

Naturally stupid are all men who have not known Godand who, from the good things that are seen, have not been able to discover Him-who-is,or, by studying the works, have failed to recognise the Artificer.Fire however, or wind, or the swift air,the sphere of the stars, impetuous water, heaven’s lamps,are what they have held to be the gods who govern the world.If, charmed by their beauty, they have taken things for gods,let them know how much the Lord of these excels them,since the very Author of beauty has created them.And if they have been impressed by their power and energy,let them deduce from these how much mightier is he that has formed them,since through the grandeur and beauty of the creatureswe may, by analogy, contemplate their Author.Small blame, however, attaches to these men,for perhaps they only go astrayin their search for God and their eagerness to find him;living among his works, they strive to comprehend themand fall victim to appearances, seeing so much beauty.Even so, they are not to be excused:if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledgeto be able to investigate the world,how have they been so slow to find its Master?

Psalm : Ps18:2-5

R/ The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

  1. The heavens proclaim the glory of God,and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story, and night unto night makes known the message.
  2. No speech, no word, no voice is heard, yet their span extends through all the earth,their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

Gospel Acclamation : Heb4:12

Alleluia, alleluia!The word of God is something alive and active:it can judge secret emotions and thoughts.Alleluia!

Gospel : Luke 17:26-37

Jesus said to the disciples:‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot’s day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but the day Lot left Sodom, God rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.‘When that day comes, anyone on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must not come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back either. Remember Lot’s wife. Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: one will be taken, the other left; two women will be grinding corn together: one will be taken, the other left.’ The disciples interrupted. ‘Where, Lord?’ they asked. He said, ‘Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.’

Prayer over the Offerings

We bring the offerings of our devotion to be consecrated by you, O Lord, in commemoration of blessed Elizabeth of Hungary, for by the consolation you give us in this life you show that we should not lose hope of what is promised for eternity. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Ps 44:2

My heart overflows with noble words. To the king I address the song I have made.

Prayer after Communion

Renewed, O Lord, at the wellsprings of salvation, we humbly entreat you that through the intercession of blessed Elizabeth of Hungary, holding more closely day by day to Christ, we may merit to be co-heirs in his Kingdom of grace. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

A disciple once went to his teacher and asked him three steps towards spiritual growth. The master replied “awareness, awareness, awareness.” To be aware is to be conscious of what one is doing at every second of one’s life. The people living in the days of Noah and Lot lacked awareness. They were engrossed in a life of debauchery that they did not know when Noah entered the ark and Lot left the city. The day of the Son of Man will be so sudden that one may not have the time to put things aright with God. It is the wisdom that comes from God that enables us to know what is expedient in our lives.

Thursday 16 November 2017 Saint Margaret of Scotland Saint Gertrude, Virgin

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 87: 3

Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord.

Collect

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

First reading : Wisdom 7:22-8:1

Within Wisdom is a spirit intelligent, holy,unique, manifold, subtle,active, incisive, unsullied,lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, sharp,irresistible, beneficent, loving to man,steadfast, dependable, unperturbed,almighty, all-surveying,penetrating all intelligent, pureand most subtle spirits;for Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion;she is so pure, she pervades and permeates all things.She is a breath of the power of God,pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;hence nothing impure can find a way into her.She is areflection of the eternal light,untarnished mirror of God’s active power,image of his goodness.Although alone, she can do all;herself unchanging, she makes all things new.In each generation she passes into holy souls,she makes them friends of God and prophets;for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom.She is indeed more splendid than the sun,she outshines all the constellations;compared with light, she takes first place, for light must yield tonight,but over Wisdom evil can never triumph.She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other,ordering all things for good.

Psalm : Ps 118:89-91,130,135,175

R/ Your word, O Lord, stands for ever.

  1. Your word, O Lord, for ever, stands firm in the heavens: your truth lasts from age to age,like the earth you created.
  2. By your decree it endures to this day;for all things serve you. The unfolding of your word gives light, and teaches the simple.
  3. Let your face shine on your servant, and teach me your decrees.Give life to my soul that I may praise you.Let your decrees give me help.

 

Gospel Acclamation : 1P1:25

Alleluia, alleluia!The word of the Lord remains for ever:What is this word?It is the Good News that has been brought to you.Alleluia!

Gospel : Luke 17:20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus gave them this answer, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, “Look here! Look there!” For, you must know, the kingdom of God is among you.’He said to the disciples, ‘A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man and will not see it. They will say to you, “Look there!” or, “Look here!” Make no move; do not set off in pursuit; for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of Man when his day comes. But first he must suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation.’

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favour, we pray, O Lord, upon the sacrificial gifts offered here, that, celebrating in mystery the Passion of your Son, we may honour it with loving devotion. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Ps 22: 1-2

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose, near restful waters he leads me.

Prayer after Communion

Nourished by this sacred gift, O Lord, we give you thanks and beseech your mercy, that, by the pouring forth of your Spirit, the grace of integrity may endure in those your heavenly power has entered. Through Christ our Lord.

What can lightning tell us about the coming of the Lord and his kingdom? The Jews in Jesus' time were watching in great anticipation for some sign which would indicate when the Messiah would appear to establish the kingdom of God. The Pharisees' question on this matter was intended to test Jesus since they did not accept him as the Messiah. Jesus surprised them with the answer that the kingdom or reign of God was already here! Jesus spoke of the coming of God's kingdom as both a present event and an event which would be manifested at the end of time.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 87: 3

Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord.

Collect

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

First reading : Wisdom 2:23-3:9

God made man imperishable,he made him in the image of his own nature;it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,as those who are his partners will discover.But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God,no torment shall ever touch them.In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die,their going looked like a disaster,their leaving us, like annihilation;but they are in peace.If they experienced punishment as men see it,their hope was rich with immortality;slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.God has put them to the testand proved them worthy to be with him;he has tested them like gold in a furnace,and accepted them as a holocaust.When the time comes for hisvisitation they will shine out;as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.They shall judge nations, rule over peoples,and the Lord will be their king for ever.They who trust in him will understand the truth,those who are faithful will live with him in love;for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

Psalm : Ps 33:2-3,16-19

R I will bless the Lord at all times.

  1. I will bless the Lord at all times,his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.The humble shall hear and be glad.
  2. The Lord turns his face against the wicked, to destroy their remembrance from the earth. The Lord turns his eyes to the just, and his ears to their appeal.
  3. They call and the Lord hears, and rescues them in all their distress. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;those whose spirit is crushed he will save.

Gospel Acclamation : Mt4:4

Alleluia, alleluia!Man does not live on bread alone,but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.Alleluia!

Gospel : Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal immediately”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards”? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”’

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favour, we pray, O Lord, upon the sacrificial gifts offered here, that, celebrating in mystery the Passion of your Son, we may honour it with loving devotion. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Ps 22: 1-2

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose, near restful waters he leads me.

Prayer after Communion

Nourished by this sacred gift, O Lord, we give you thanks and beseech your mercy, that, by the pouring forth of your Spirit, the grace of integrity may endure in those your heavenly power has entered. Through Christ our Lord.

Are you ready to give the Lord your best, regardless of what it might cost you? Perhaps we are like the labourer in Jesus' parable who expected special favour and reward for going the extra mile? How unfair for the master to compel his servant to give more than what was expected! Don't we love to assert our rights: "I will give only what is required and no more!" But who can satisfy the claims of love? We are called to serve God and neighbour selflessly and generously. Jesus used this parable of the dutiful servant to explain that we can never put God in our debt or make the claim that God owes us something. We must regard ourselves as God's servants, just as Jesus came "not to be served, but to serve" (Matthew 20:28).

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - Saint Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 87: 3

Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord.

Collect

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading : Wisdom 6:1-11

Listen, kings, and understand;rulers of remotest lands, take warning;hear this, you who have thousands under your rule,who boast of your hordes of subjects.For power is a gift to you from the Lord,sovereignty is from the Most High;he himself will probe your acts and scrutinise your intentions.If, as administrators of his kingdom, you have not governed justlynor observed the law,nor behaved as God would have you behave,he will fall on you swiftly and terribly.Ruthless judgement is reserved for the high and mighty;the lowly will be compassionately pardoned,the mighty will be mightily punished.For the Lord of All does not cower before a personage,he does not stand in awe of greatness,since he himself has made small and greatand provides for all alike;but strict scrutiny awaits those in power.Yes, despots, my words are for you,that you may learn what wisdom is and not transgress;for they who observe holy things holily will be adjudged holy,and, accepting instruction from them, will find their defence in them.Look forward, therefore, to my words;yearn for them, and they will instruct you.

Psalm : Ps 81:3-4,6-7

R/ Arise, O God, to judge the earth.

  1. Do justice for the weak and the orphan,defend the afflicted and the needy. Rescue the weak and the poor;set them free from the hand of the wicked.
  2. I have said to you: “You are gods, and all of you, sons of the Most High.” And yet, you shall die like men,you shall fall like any of the princes.’

 

Gospel Acclamation : cf.2Th2:14

Alleluia, alleluia!Through the Good News God called usto share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Alleluia!

Gospel : Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favour, we pray, O Lord, upon the sacrificial gifts offered here, that, celebrating in mystery the Passion of your Son, we may honour it with loving devotion. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Ps 22: 1-2

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose, near restful waters he leads me.

Prayer after Communion

Nourished by this sacred gift, O Lord, we give you thanks and beseech your mercy, that, by the pouring forth of your Spirit, the grace of integrity may endure in those your heavenly power has entered. Through Christ our Lord.

An attitude of gratitude makes our life beatitude. When we cultivate the attitude of being grateful to God for his benevolence our life becomes beatitude. Ingratitude is a barrier to receiving God’s abundant blessings. It is interesting to note that out of the ten lepers cured only one returned to give thanks to Jesus and he was a Samaritan. Perhaps the other nine who were Jews took their cure for granted. We are less appreciative of God’s gifts and the goodwill of others when we take such goodwill for granted. Let us learn to count our blessings and remain grateful for such blessings.

13 November 2016

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 87: 3

Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord.

Collect

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

First reading Wisdom 1:1-7

Love virtue, you who are judges on earth, let honesty prompt your thinking about the Lord,seek him in simplicity of heart;since he is to be found by those who do not put him to the test,he shows himself to those who do not distrust him.But selfish intentions divorce from God;and Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish.No, Wisdom will never make its way into a crafty soulnor stay in a body that is in debt to sin;the holy spirit of instruction shuns deceit,it stands aloof from reckless purposes,is taken aback when iniquity appears.Wisdom is a spirit, a friend to man,though she will not pardon the words of a blasphemer,since God sees into the innermost parts of him,truly observes his heart,and listens to his tongue.The spirit of the Lord, indeed, fills the whole world,and that which holds all things together knows every word that is said.

Psalm 138:1-10

Lead me, O Lord, in the path of life eternal.

  1. O Lord, you search me and you know me,you know my resting and my rising,you discern my purpose from afar.You mark when I walk or lie down,all my ways lie open to you.
  2. Before ever a word is on my tongueyou know it, O Lord, through and through.Behind and before you besiege me,your hand ever laid upon me.Too wonderful for me this knowledge,too high, beyond my reach.
  3. O where can I go from your spirit,or where can I flee from your face?If I climb the heavens, you are there.If I lie in the grave, you are there.
  4. If I take the wings of the dawnand dwell at the sea’s furthest end,even there your hand would lead me,your right hand would hold me fast.

 

Gospel Acclamation: Ph2:15-16

Alleluia, alleluia!You will shine in the world like bright starsbecause you are offering it the word of life.Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 17:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Obstacles are sure to come, but alas for the one who provides them! It would be better for him to be thrown into the Sea with a millstone put round his neck than that he should lead astray a single one of these little ones. Watch yourselves!If your brother does something wrong, reprove him and, if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times a day and seven times comes back to you and says, “I am sorry,” you must forgive him.’The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.’

 

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favour, we pray, O Lord, upon the sacrificial gifts offered here, that, celebrating in mystery the Passion of your Son, we may honour it with loving devotion. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Ps 22: 1-2

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose, near restful waters he leads me.

Prayer after Communion

Nourished by this sacred gift, O Lord, we give you thanks and beseech your mercy, that, by the pouring forth of your Spirit, the grace of integrity may endure in those your heavenly power has entered. Through Christ our Lord.

In the words of John Donne, “No man is an island.” The human being by nature is a social creature who lives in interaction with others. This means that the way we live our lives invariably affects others either positively or negatively.  Jesus warns us against the sin of scandals. it is a sin so grievous that the punishment is equally great.  We are exhorted to be our sisters and brothers keepers. We do this when we learn to forgive others for their offences against us. Forgiveness breaks down the bridge that cuts us off from others.