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2017 Nov 12 SUN: THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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 heartthe 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 readingWisdom 6:12-16

Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim.By those who love her she is readily seen,and found by those who look for her.Quick to anticipate those who desire her, she makes herself known to them.Watch for her early and you will have no trouble;you will find her sitting at your gates.Even to think about her is understanding fully grown;be on the alert for her and anxiety will quickly leave you.She herself walks about looking for those who are worthy of herand graciously shows herself to them as they go,in every thought of theirs coming to meet them.

Psalm62:2-8

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.

  1. O God, you are my God, for you I long;for you my soul is thirsting.My body pines for youlike a dry, weary land without water.
  2. So I gaze on you in the sanctuaryto see your strength and your glory.For your love is better than life,my lips will speak your praise.
  3. So I will bless you all my life,in your name I will lift up my hands.My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,my mouth shall praise you with joy.
  4. On my bed I remember you.On you I muse through the nightfor you have been my help;in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

Second reading1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching, that any of us who are left alive until the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them; to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.

Gospel Acclamation Mt24:42 44

Alleluia, alleluia! Stay awake and stand ready,because you do not know the hourwhen the Son of Man is coming.Alleluia!

Gospel Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’

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 endurein those your heavenly power has entered.Through Christ our Lord.

People ask me all the time, “Father, when is Jesus coming back, so that Ican get myself ready?’ My answer is, “I don’t know”. In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us a clue; using the story of the wise and the foolish virgins he illustrates his sudden and unexpected Second Coming (Parousia).  This parable is a reminder to watch and wait in prayer for the Son of man will come at a time no one expects. Today, while many wise virgins are working for their salvation with fear and trembling, others, foolish virgins, are adamant to the prophetic call to get enough oil and stay awake in prayer and good works.Modern day foolish virgins are consciously refusing to get extra oil by tuning off the prophetic voices, rejecting the message and the messenger and living their lives without any reference to the Word of God or the sacraments of the church. Jesus is challenging us to never grow weary but to stay awake in prayer and corporal works of mercy so that when he comes we will be ready to go out and meet him.

Saturday 11 November 2017 Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. 1 Sam 2: 35

I shall raise up for myself a faithful priest who will act in accord with my heart and my mind, says the Lord.

Collect

O God, who are glorified in the Bishop Saint Martin, both by his life and death, make new, we pray, the wonders of your grace in our hearts, that neither death nor life may separate us from your love. 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 : Romans 16:3-9,16,22-27

My greetings to Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked death to save my life: I am not the only one to owe them a debt of gratitude, all the churches among the pagans do as well. My greetings also to the church that meets at their house.Greetings to my friend Epaenetus, the first of Asia’s gifts to Christ; greetings to Mary who worked so hard for you; to those outstanding apostles Andronicus and Junias, my compatriots and fellow prisoners who became Christians before me; to Ampliatus, my friend in the Lord; to Urban, my fellow worker in Christ; to my friend Stachys; Greet each other with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.I, Tertius, who wrote out this letter, greet you in the Lord. Greetings from Gaius, who is entertaining me and from the whole church that meets in his house. Erastus, the city treasurer, sends his greetings; so does our brother Quartus.Glory to him who is able to give you the strength to live according to the Good News I preach, and in which I proclaim Jesus Christ, the revelation of a mystery kept secret for endless ages, but now so clear that it must be broadcast to pagans everywhere to bring them to the obedience of faith. This is only what scripture has predicted, and it is all part of the way the eternal God wants things to be. He alone is wisdom; give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm : Ps 144:2-5,10-11

R/ I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.

  1. I will bless you day after day, and praise your name for ever. The Lord is great, highly to be praised,his greatness cannot be measured.
  2. Age to age shall proclaim your works,shall declare your mighty deeds, shall speak of your splendour and glory,tell the tale of your wonderful works.
  3. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,and your friends shall repeat their blessing. They shall speak of the glory of your reign, and declare your might, O God.

Gospel Acclamation : cf.Ac16:14

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

Gospel : Luke 16:9-15

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into the tents of eternity. The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and laughed at him. He said to them, ‘You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as virtuous in people’s sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is thought highly of by men is loathsome in the sight of God.’

Prayer over the Offerings

May these sacrificial offerings, O Lord,become for you a pure oblation,and for us a holy outpouring of your mercy.Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Ps 15: 11

You will show me the path of life,the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.

Prayer after Communion

May the working of your power, O Lord,increase in us, we pray,so that, renewed by these heavenly Sacraments,we may be prepared by your giftfor receiving what they promise.Through Christ our Lord.

We live in a culture that worships money and people will do everything and anything to make as much money as possible. When they eventually become rich they are faced with the temptation of worshiping their money and ignoring God. In today’s Gospel Jesus says to the Pharisees “you cannot be the slave both of God and money” but they laughed at him. However, Jesus wants us to understand that when we become rich we stand the danger of sacrificing our faith and spirituality and idolizing our riches. We become slaves to money instead of being slaves of the gospel. Pope Francis has been critical of those who worship the modern-golden-calf of money and opines that we sin against the first commandment by making money our idol in place of God. He refers to money as “the dunk of the devil” that leads us away from faith. We therefore need to worship God instead of money so that when we die we shall enter the kingdom where poor Lazarus is no longer poor.

Thursday 9 November 2017 DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA IN ROME F

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Rev 21: 2

I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

Collect

O God, who from living and chosen stones prepare an eternal dwelling for your majesty, increase in your Church the spirit of grace you have bestowed, so that by new growth your faithful people may build up the heavenly Jerusalem. 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 Ezekiel 47:1-2.8-9.12

The angel brought me to the entrance of the Temple, where a stream came out from under the Temple threshold and flowed eastwards, since the Temple faced east. The water flowed from under the right side of the Temple, south of the altar. He took me out by the north gate and led me right round outside as far as the outer east gate where the water flowed out on the right-hand side. The man went to the east holding his measuring-line and measured off a thousand cubits; he then made me wade across the stream; the water reached my ankles. He measured off another thousand and made me wade across the stream again; the water reached my knees. He measured off another thousand and made me wade across again; the water reached my waist. He measured off another thousand; it was now a river which I could not cross; the stream had swollen and was now deep water, a river impossible to cross. He then said, 'Do you see, son of man?' He took me further, then brought me back to the bank of the river. When I got back, there were many trees on each bank of the river. He said, 'This water flows east down to the Arabah and to the sea; and flowing into the sea it makes its waters wholesome. Wherever the river flows, all living creatures teeming in it will live. Fish will be very plentiful, for wherever the water goes it brings health, and life teems wherever the river flows. Along the river, on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails; they will bear new fruit every month, because this water comes from the sanctuary. And their fruit will be good to eat and the leaves medicinal.'

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 45:2-3.5-6.8-9

  1. The waters of a river give joy to God's city, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
  2. God is for us a refuge and strength, a helper close at hand, in time of distress: so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea.
  3. The waters of a river give joy to God's city, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within, it cannot be shaken; God will help it at the dawning of the day.
  4. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our strong hold. Come, consider the works of the Lord, the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.

Second Reading : 1 Corinthians 3:9-11.16-17

You are God's building. By the grace God gave me, I succeeded as an architect and laid the foundations, on which someone else is doing the building. Everyone doing the building must work carefully. For the foundation, nobody can lay any other than the one which has already been laid, that is Jesus Christ. Didn't you realise that you were God's temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.

Gospel Acclamation : 2Ch7:16

Alleluia, alleluia! I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, for my name to be there forever. Alleluia!

Gospel John 2:13-22

Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money-changers' coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, 'Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father's house into a market.' Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, 'What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?' Jesus answered, 'Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.' The Jews replied, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?' But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.

Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, we pray, O Lord, the offering made here and grant that by it those who seek your favour may receive in this place the power of the Sacraments and the answer to their prayers. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. 1 Pet 2: 5

Be built up like living stones, into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood.

Prayer after Communion

O God, who chose to foreshadow for us the heavenly Jerusalem through the sign of your Church on earth, grant, we pray, that, by our partaking of this Sacrament, we may be made the temple of your grace and may enter the dwelling place of your glory. Through Christ our Lord.

Jesus' dramatic cleansing of the temple was seen by his disciples as a prophetic sign of God’s action. The temple was understood as the dwelling place of God among his people. When God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt, he brought them through the sea, and finally to Mount Sinai where he made a covenant with them and gave them a new way of life embodied in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). God gave Moses instruction for worship and for making the Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, which was later replaced by the Temple at Jerusalem. The New Testament tells us that these "serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary" - God’s Temple in heaven (Hebrews 8:5). Jesus' cleansing of the temple is also a prophetic sign of what he wants to do with each of us. He ever seeks to cleanse us of sin and make us living temples of his Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19). Do you want to be holy as God is holy?

Friday 10 November 2017 Saint Leo the Great, Pope, Doctor

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Sir 45: 30

The Lord established for him a covenant of peace, and made him the prince, that he might have the dignity of the priesthood for ever.

Collect

O God, who never allow the gates of hell to prevail against your Church, firmly founded on the apostolic rock, grant her, we pray, that through the intercession of Pope Saint Leo, she may stand firm in your truth and know the protection of lasting peace. 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 : Romans 15:14-21

My brothers, I am quite certain that you are full of good intentions, perfectly well instructed and able to advise each other. The reason why I have written to you, and put some things rather strongly, is to refresh your memories, since God has given me this special position. He has appointed me as a priest of Jesus Christ, and I am to carry out my priestly duty by bringing the Good News from God to the pagans, and so make them acceptable as an offering, made holy by the Holy Spirit.I think I have some reason to be proud of what I, in union with Christ Jesus, have been able to do for God. What I am presuming to speak of, of course, is only what Christ himself has done to win the allegiance of the pagans, using what I have said and done by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus all the way along, from Jerusalem to Illyricum, I have preached Christ’s Good News to the utmost of my capacity. I have always, however, made it an unbroken rule never to preach where Christ’s name has already been heard. The reason for that was that I had no wish to build on other men’s foundations; on the contrary, my chief concern has been to fulfil the text: Those who have never been told about him will see him, and those who have never heard about him will understand.

Psalm : Ps 97:1-4

R/ The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.

  1. Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders. His right hand and his holy arm, have brought salvation.
  2. The Lord has made known his salvation;has shown his justice to the nations. He has remembered his truth and love, for the house of Israel.
  3. All the ends of the earth have seen, the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord, all the earth,ring out your joy.

Gospel Acclamation : 2Co5:19

Alleluia, alleluia!God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself,and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.Alleluia!

Gospel : Luke 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘There was a rich man and he had a steward denounced to him for being wasteful with his property. He called for the man and said, “What is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of your stewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer.” Then the steward said to himself, “Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes.”Then he called his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, “How much do you owe my master?” “One hundred measures of oil” was the reply. The steward said, “Here, take your bond; sit down straight away and write fifty.” To another he said, “And you, sir, how much do you owe?” “One hundred measures of wheat” was the reply. The steward said, “Here, take your bond and write eighty.”‘The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.’

Prayer over the Offerings

Accept this sacrifice from your people, we pray, O Lord, and make what is offered for your glory, in honour of blessed Leo the Great, a means to our eternal salvation. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Mt 16: 16,18

Peter said to Jesus: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus replied: You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.

Prayer after Communion

Be pleased, O Lord, we pray, to govern the Church you have nourished by this holy meal, so that, firmly directed, she may enjoy ever greater freedom and persevere in integrity of religion. Through Christ our Lord.

From our human judgment we can easily say that the steward in the gospel text is a cheat and does not merit any praise from the master. Nonetheless, his master extols him not for being dishonest but for his astuteness. We can say that the steward has a survival instinct. He knows how to wriggle out of a situation when he is almost at his wit’s end. He employs right judgment by making use of his master’s good to win friendship from the master’s debtors though at the expense of the master.  What efforts do we as people of light make to ensure that we attain eternal salvation?

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Entrance Antiphon : Cf. Ps 37: 22-23

Forsake me not, O Lord, my God;be not far from me!Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation!

Collect

Almighty and merciful God,by whose gift your faithful offer youright and praiseworthy service,grant, we pray,that we may hasten without stumblingto receive the things you have promised.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 : Romans 13:8-10

Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.

 

Psalm : Ps 111:1-2,4-5,9

R/ Happy the man who takes pity and lends.

  1. Happy the man who fears the Lord,who takes delight in all his commands. His sons will be powerful on earth;the children of the upright are blessed.
  2. He is a light in the darkness for the upright:he is generous, merciful and just. The good man takes pity and lends,he conducts his affairs with honour.
  3. Open-handed, he gives to the poor;his justice stands firm for ever. His head will be raised in glory.

Gospel Acclamation : Ps118:88

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

Gospel : Luke 14:25-33

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. ‘If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.‘And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, “Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish.” Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.’

Prayer over the Offerings

May these sacrificial offerings, O Lord,become for you a pure oblation,and for us a holy outpouring of your mercy.Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon :  Cf. Ps 15: 11

You will show me the path of life,the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.

Prayer after Communion

May the working of your power, O Lord,increase in us, we pray,so that, renewed by these heavenly Sacraments,we may be prepared by your giftfor receiving what they promise.Through Christ our Lord.

Jesus is often presented as the prince of peace but in today’s gospel one is taken aback when he says, if anyone comes to me he must hate his father and mother. Each time I read this passage at mass I can see people elbowing one another, rolling their eyes and looking confused, wondering if they heard me right; was I reading from the scriptures or making up my own. These are called the hard sayings of Jesus. In these days of political correctness Jesus would have received a myriad of backlashes for preaching hate and disobedience to parents. But he uses this metaphor to teach his disciples about the cost of discipleship. God wants total commitment from his disciples to the point of a painful separation from their loved ones. A true disciple must make Christ his utmost priority; he must love him above all else because whoever loves father and mother more than me is not worthy of me (Matt 10; 37-38).