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2017 Jan 12 Thu: Ordinary Weekday

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 readingHebrews 3:7-14

The Holy Spirit says: If only you would listen to him today; do not harden your hearts, as happened in the Rebellion, on the Day of Temptation in the wilderness, when your ancestors challenged me and tested me, though they had seen what I could do for forty years. That was why I was angry with that generation and said: How unreliable these people who refuse to grasp my ways! And so, in anger, I swore that not one would reach the place of rest I had for them. Take care, brothers, that there is not in any one of your community a wicked mind, so unbelieving as to turn away from the living God. Every day, as long as this ‘today’ lasts, keep encouraging one another so that none of you is hardened by the lure of sin, because we shall remain co-heirs with Christ only if we keep a grasp on our first confidence right to the end.

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Psalm 94:6-11

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

  1. Come in; let us bow and bend low;

let us kneel before the God who made us:

     for he is our God and we

the people who belong to his pasture,

the flock that is led by his hand.

  1. O that today you would listen to his voice!

‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,

as on that day at Massah in the desert

     when your fathers put me to the test;

when they tried me, though they saw my work.

  1. For forty years I was wearied of these people

and I said: “Their hearts are astray,

these people do not know my ways.”

     Then I took an oath in my anger:

“Never shall they enter my rest.”’

Gospel Acclamation : Ps118:88

Alleluia, alleluia! Because of your love give me life, and I will do your will. Alleluia!

Gospel : Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, ‘Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery.’ The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to 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.

By touching and curing a leper, an outcast according to the law of Moses, Jesus makes himself an outcast. He now stays outside in places where nobody lived, while the leper is now restored to normal society. Jesus shows us by this action that we too have to reach out to those on the margins of society. It is when we open our hearts to those whom society marginalises that we truly give testimony to the power of the Gospel to transform society.

2017 Jan 11 Wed: Ordinary Weekday

First reading

Hebrews 2:14-18

Since all the children share the same blood and flesh, Christ too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could take away all the power of the devil, who had power over death, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself descent from Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way become completely like his brothers so that he could be a compassionate and trustworthy high priest of God’s religion, able to atone for human sins. That is, because he has himself been through temptation he is able to help others who are tempted.

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Psalm 104:1-4,6-9

The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

  1. Give thanks to the Lord, tell his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.

     O sing to him, sing his praise;

tell all his wonderful works!

  1. Be proud of his holy name,

let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.

     Consider the Lord and his strength;

constantly seek his face.

  1. O children of Abraham, his servant,

O sons of the Jacob he chose.

     He, the Lord, is our God:

his judgements prevail in all the earth.

  1. He remembers his covenant for ever,

his promise for a thousand generations,

     the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

Gospel Acclamation : cf.Col3:16a,17

Alleluia, alleluia! Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you; through him give thanks to God the Father. Alleluia!

Gospel : Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was. In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.

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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.

A typical day in the life of Jesus: he is healing the sick, casting out demons and praying alone before dawn. In the gospels we see Jesus praying very often: in the Jordan before his baptism; before choosing the apostles he spent a whole night in prayer; before feeding the five thousands he offered a prayer of thanksgiving to his father. He prayed before his passion. We too are called to pray often. This might mean getting up before dawn and finding a quiet place to be alone with God. To succeed, we must be prepared to make the effort it takes.

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.

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 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.