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Tuesday 10 January 2017

Entrance Antiphon

Upon a lofty throne, I saw a man seated, whom a host of angels adore, singing in unison: Behold him, the name of whose empire is eternal.

Collect

Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care, O Lord, we pray, that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen. 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 Hebrews 2:5-12

God did not appoint angels to be rulers of the world to come, and that world is what we are talking about. Somewhere there is a passage that shows us this. It runs: What is man that you should spare a thought for him, the son of man that you should care for him? For a short while you made him lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and splendour. You have put him in command of everything. Well then, if he has put him in command of everything, he has left nothing which is not under his command. At present, it is true, we are not able to see that everything has been put under his command, but we do see in Jesus one who was for a short while made lower than the angels and is now crowned with glory and splendour because he submitted to death; by God’s grace he had to experience death for all mankind.

As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock; that is why he openly calls them brothers in the text: I shall announce your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly.

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Psalm 8:2,5-9

You gave your Son power over the works of your hand.

  1. How great is your name, O Lord our God,

   through all the earth!

       What is man that you should keep him in mind,

mortal man that you care for him?

  1. Yet you have made him little less than a god;

with glory and honour you crowned him,

     gave him power over the works of your hand,

put all things under his feet.

  1. All of them, sheep and cattle,

yes, even the savage beasts,

     birds of the air, and fish

that make their way through the waters.

Gospel Acclamation : Jn1:21

Alleluia, alleluia! Accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls.

Alleluia!

Gospel : Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. ‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’ And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

Prayer over the Offerings

May your people’s oblation, O Lord, find favour with you, we pray, that it may restore them to holiness and obtain what they devoutly entreat. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Ps 35: 10

With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.

Prayer after Communion

Humbly we ask you, almighty God, be graciously pleased to grant that those you renew with your Sacraments may also serve with lives pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord.

Jesus taught with the authority of a master. He did not cite some prophet or teacher in order to expound his teaching or his saying. His was a new teaching and he was his own authority. He buttressed what he taught with what he did. By curing the mentally ill man in today’s gospel he showed that his authority extended over disease. His messianic mission gave equal importance to wholeness of mind and body as to his teaching.

2017 Jan 09 Mon: Ordinary Weekday

Nota Bene, when Baptism of the Lord is on Sunday, these readings are taken

Entrance Antiphon

Upon a lofty throne, I saw a man seated, whom a host of angels adore, singing in unison: Behold him, the name of whose empire is eternal.

Collect

Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care, O Lord, we pray, that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen. 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 Hebrews 1:1-6

At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son, the Son that he has appointed to inherit everything and through whom he made everything there is. He is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of his nature, sustaining the universe by his powerful command; and now that he has destroyed the defilement of sin, he has gone to take his place in heaven at the right hand of divine Majesty. So he is now as far above the angels as the title which he has inherited is higher than their own name.God has never said to any angel: You are my Son, today I have become your father; or: I will be a father to him and he a son to me. Again, when he brings the First-born into the world, he says: Let all the angels of God worship him.

Psalm 96:1-2,6-7,9

R/ All you angels, worship the Lord.

  1. The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,the many coastlands be glad.

His throne is justice and right.

  1. The skies proclaim his justice;all peoples see his glory.

All you spirits, worship him.

  1. For you indeed are the Lordmost high above all the earth,

exalted far above all spirits.

Gospel Acclamation : cf.Ac16:14

Alleluia, alleluia! Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!

Gospel : Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.

Prayer over the Offerings

May your people’s oblation, O Lord, find favour with you, we pray, that it may restore them to holiness and obtain what they devoutly entreat.Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Ps 35: 10

With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.

 

Prayer after Communion

Humbly we ask you, almighty God, be graciously pleased to grant that those you renew with your Sacraments may also serve with lives pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord.

Jesus begins his public ministry in Galilee following the arrest of John the Baptist. He begins by proclaiming the arrival of the kingdom of God. This is a unique moment of grace which calls for a decision to be made promptly. The first disciples leave their occupations and follow him. Jesus himself embodies the sovereign rule of God, the kingdom. Those who become his followers would become part of that kingdom and of him.

2017 Jan 8 SUN: EPIPHANY OF THE LORD S

Is 60: 1-6/ Ps 71: 1-2. 7-8. 10-11. 12-13/ Eph 3: 2-3a. 5-6/ Mt 2: 1-12

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Mal 3: 1; 1 Chr 29: 12

Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion.

Collect

O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy, that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. 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 Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earthand darkness the peoples.Above you the Lord now rises
and above you his glory appears. The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness.Lift up your eyes and look around:all are assembling and coming towards you,
your sons from far awayand your daughters being tenderly carried.At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full; since the riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of the nations come to you;camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephab; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praise of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 71:1-2.7-8.10-13

Response: All the nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.
  1. O God, give your judgement to the king, to a king's son your justice,
    that he may judge your people in justice, and your poor in tight judgement.
  2. In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.
    He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great Sea to earth's bounds.
  3. The kings of Tarshish and the sea coasts , shall pay him tribute.
    The kings of Sheba and Seba, shall bring him gifts.
    Before him all kings shall fall prostrate, all nations shall serve him.
  4. For he shall save the people when they cry, and the needy who are helpless.
    He will have pity on the weak, and save the lives of the poor.

Second Reading Ephesians 3:2-3.5-6

You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Christ Jesus, through the gospel.

Gospel Acclamation : Mt 2:2

Alleluia, alleluia! We saw his star as it rose and have come to do the Lord homage. Alleluia!

Gospel Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. 'Where is the infant king of the Jews?' they asked. 'We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.' When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 'At Bethlehem in Judaea,' they told him, 'for this is what the prophet wrote:And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.'Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. 'Go and find out all about the child,' he said 'and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.' Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favour, Lord, we pray, on these gifts of your Church, in which are offered now not gold or frankincense or myrrh, but he who by them is proclaimed, sacrificed and received, Jesus Christ. Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Mt 2: 2

We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Go before us with heavenly light, O Lord, always and everywhere, that we may perceive with clear sight and revere with true affection the mystery in which you have willed us to participate. Through Christ our Lord.

The birth of Jesus is a global event. It changes the course of history despite its humble circumstances. Only few recognise Jesus for who he really is. The Jews, who had been prepared for centuries to receive the Messiah, are not even predominantly among the first to worship him. While pagan astrologers accept and reveal the mystery of Christ, the world, the Jewish institution rejects him. God chooses to reveal himself through the gifts and talents of believers. Whatever talents we have been given, we should use them to reveal God to others.

 

2017 Jan 09 Monday: BAPTISM OF THE LORD F

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Mt 3: 16-17

After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened,and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove,and the voice of the Father thundered:This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

Collect

Almighty ever-living God,who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordanand as the Holy Spirit descended upon him,solemnly declared him your beloved Son,grant that your children by adoption,reborn of water and the Holy Spirit,may always be well pleasing to you.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: Isaiah 42:1-4. 6-7

Thus says the Lord: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. He does not cry out or shout aloud, or make his voice heard in the streets. He does not break the crushed reed, nor quench the wavering flame. Faithfully he brings true justice; he will neither waver, nor be crushed until true justice is established on earth for the islands are awaiting his law. I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you; I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness f rom the dungeon

 

Psalm 28:1-4,9-10

R/ The Lord will bless his people with peace.

1. O give the Lord, you sons of God, give the Lord glory and power; give the Lord the glory of his name. Adore the Lord in his holy court.

2. The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters, the Lord on the immensity of waters; the voice of the Lord, full of power, the voice of the Lord, full of splendour.

3. The God of glory thunders. In his temple they all cry: ‘Glory!’ The Lord sat enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits as king for ever.

Second reading: Acts 10:34-38

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: 'The truth I have now come to realise' he said 'is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him. 'It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ - but Jesus Christ is Lord of all men. You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil.

Gospel Acclamation : cf.Mk9:8

Alleluia, alleluia! The heavens opened and the Father’s voice resounded: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Alleluia!

 

Gospel : Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him. ‘It is I who need baptism from you’ he said ‘and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that righteousness demands.’ At this, John gave in to him.   As soon as Jesus was baptised he came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’

Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, O Lord, the offerings we have brought to honour the revealing of your beloved Son,so that the oblation of your faithful may be transformed into the sacrifice of him who willed in his compassion to wash away the sins of the world. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Communion Antiphon : Jn 1: 32, 34

Behold the One of whom John said:I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.

Prayer after Communion

Nourished with these sacred gifts,we humbly entreat your mercy, O Lord,that, faithfully listening to your Only Begotten Son,we may be your children in name and in truth.Through Christ our Lord.

By his baptism Jesus identified with our human race. Jesus became like us in every way except sin. He lived doing the will of his Father, and through the power of the Holy Spirit he was able to resist temptation and defeat the devil. The Spirit can enable us to live in obedience to God and resist sin.

Saturday 7 January 2017

Entrance Antiphon: Gal 4: 4-5

God sent his Son, born of a woman, so that we might receive adoption as children.

Collect

Almighty ever-living God, who through your Only Begotten Son have made us a new creation for yourself, grant, we pray, that by your grace we may be found in the likeness of him, in whom our nature is united to you. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Nota Bene : When Epiphany is Celebrated on Sunday 8th these readings are taken

First reading : 1 John 5:14-21

We are quite confident that if we ask the Son of God for anything, and it is in accordance with his will, he will hear us; and, knowing that whatever we may ask, he hears us, we know that we have already been granted what we asked of him. If anybody sees his brother commit a sin that is not a deadly sin, he has only to pray, and God will give life to the sinner – not those who commit a deadly sin; for there is a sin that is death, and I will not say that you must pray about that. Every kind of wrong-doing is sin, but not all sin is deadly. We know that anyone who has been begotten by God does not sin, because the begotten Son of God protects him, and the Evil One does not touch him. We know that we belong to God, but the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One. We know, too, that the Son of God has come, and has given us the power to know the true God. We are in the true God, as we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God, this is eternal life. Children, be on your guard against false gods.

Psalm : Psalm 149:1-6,9

R/ The Lord takes delight in his people.

  1. Sing a new song to the Lord, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel rejoice in its Maker, let Zion’s sons exult in their king.

  1. Let them praise his name with dancing, and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. He crowns the poor with salvation.

  1. Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, shout for joy and take their rest.

Let the praise of God be on their lips: this honour is for all his faithful.

Gospel Acclamation : Lk7:16

Alleluia, alleluia! A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people. Alleluia!

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Gospel

John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said; ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’ This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

St John is encouraging us to have confidence in our prayer. We can, and we should, adopt an attitude of straightforward simplicity, filial trust, joyous assurance and certainty in our prayer. We will have this attitude if we trust that we are loved. God our Father is a God of comfort and compassion. We need to keep this in mind if we are to be bold and confident in our prayer.

When Epiphany is celebrated on the 6th

Entrance Antiphon: Gal 4: 4-5

God sent his Son, born of a woman, so that we might receive adoption as children.

Collect

Almighty ever-living God, who through your Only Begotten Son have made us a new creation for yourself, grant, we pray, that by your grace we may be found in the likeness of him, in whom our nature is united to you. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading : 1 John 3:22-4:6

Whatever we ask God,we shall receive,because we keep his commandmentsand live the kind of life that he wants.His commandments are these:that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christand that we love one anotheras he told us to.Whoever keeps his commandmentslives in God and God lives in him.We know that he lives in usby the Spirit that he has given us.It is not every spirit, my dear people, that you can trust;test them, to see if they come from God,there are many false prophets, now, in the world.You can tell the spirits that come from God by this:every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus the Christ has come in the fleshis from God;but any spirit which will not say this of Jesusis not from God,but is the spirit of Antichrist,whose coming you were warned about.Well, now he is here, in the world.Children,you have already overcome these false prophets,because you are from God and you have in youone who is greater than anyone in this world;as for them, they are of the world,and so they speak the language of the worldand the world listens to them.But we are children of God,and those who know God listen to us;those who are not of God refuse to listen to us.This is how we can tellthe spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood.

Psalm : Psalm 2:7-8,10-11

R/ I will give you the nations for your heritage.

1. The Lord said to me: ‘You are my Son. It is I who have begotten you this day.

Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations, put the ends of the earth in your possession.

2. Now, O kings, understand, take warning, rulers of the earth;

serve the Lord with aweand trembling, pay him your homage.

Gospel Acclamation : Mt4:16

Alleluia, alleluia! The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned. Alleluia!

Gospel : Matthew 4:12-17,23-25

Hearing that John had been arrested, Jesus went back to Galilee, and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. In this way the prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled: -‘Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan, Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned.’ From that moment Jesus began his preaching with the message, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people. His fame spread throughout Syria, and those who were suffering from diseases and painful complaints of one kind or another, the possessed, epileptics, the paralysed, were all brought to him, and he cured them. Large crowds followed him, coming from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judaea and Transjordania.

                              

Prayer over the Offerings

O God, who give us the gift of true prayer and of peace, graciously grant that, through this offering, we may do fitting homage to your divine majesty and, by partaking of the sacred mystery, we may be faithfully united in mind and heart. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : 1 Jn 1: 2

That life which was with the Father became visible, and has appeared to us.

 

Prayer after Communion

May your people, O Lord, whom you guide and sustain in many ways, experience, both now and in the future, the remedies which you bestow, that, with the needed solace of things that pass away, they may strive with ever deepened trust for things eternal. Through Christ our Lord.

Life is complicated. The world gives answers to fundamental questions, answers which can easily sweep us along. The media presents us with experts who seem to offer conclusive answers to every argument. But when we try to live according to the truth of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church, only then can be certain that we are living a life that is pleasing to God. Christ shows us a way that is simple: to believe in him and to love one another. The command to love one another would be impossible to fulfil if we relied on ourselves. We need his love and his support. Let us welcome the Spirit to be our guide and our teacher.