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Tuesday 7 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 12:5-16

All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching. Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be diligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied.

Psalm : Ps130:1-3

R/ Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

  1. O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor haughty my eyes.I have not gone after things too great, nor marvels beyond me.
  2. Truly I have set my soul, in silence and peace.A weaned child on its mother’s breast,even so is my soul.
  3. O Israel, hope in the Lord, both now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation : cf.Ep1:17,18

Alleluia, alleluia!May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christenlighten the eyes of our mind,so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 14:15-24

One of those gathered round the table said to him, ‘Happy the man who will be at the feast in the kingdom of God!’ But he said to him, ‘There was a man who gave a great banquet, and he invited a large number of people. When the time for the banquet came, he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, “Come along: everything is ready now.” But all alike started to make excuses. The first said, “I have bought a piece of land and must go and see it. Please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen and am on my way to try them out. Please accept my apologies.” Yet another said, “I have just got married and so am unable to come.”‘The servant returned and reported this to his master. Then the householder, in a rage, said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir” said the servant “your orders have been carried out and there is still room.” Then the master said to his servant, “Go to the open roads and the hedgerows and force people to come in to make sure my house is full; because, I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet.”’

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.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the story of a man who prepared a great feast and sent out his servants to tell the guests, come for the food is ready but the guests offered a litany of excuses. Jesus uses this parable to refer to the lukewarm attitude of the Jews towards the gospel and the messiah. The Jews were waiting for the messiah but when he actually came and invited them to the Lord’s banquet, they made excuses and turned down his invitation. Consequently, he took the good news tothe gentiles. Today God is inviting us to be nourished with his Word and with the Eucharist at mass but often we make flimsy excuses and stay away from church. Some claim that the priests’homilies are too long and boring; others say they are busy with work while others complain that mass time is too early to get the kids ready.  But remember, nothing should be more important than the spiritual wellbeing of your souls. Today Jesus stands at your door and knocks, if you hear his voice and open the door he will come into your life.

Monday 6 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 readingRomans 11:29-36

God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now – and only because of the mercy shown to you – will also enjoy mercy eventually. God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything?All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.

Psalm 68:30-31,33-34,36-37

In your great love, answer me, O God.

  1. As for me in my poverty and painlet your help, O God, lift me up.I will praise God’s name with a song;I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
  2. The poor when they see it will be gladand God-seeking hearts will revive;for the Lord listens to the needyand does not spurn his servants in their chains.
  3. For God will bring help to Zionand rebuild the cities of Judahand men shall dwell there in possession.The sons of his servants shall inherit it;those who love his name shall dwell there.

Gospel Acclamation: Ps118:18

Alleluia, alleluia!Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may considerthe wonders of your law.Alleluia!

GospelLuke 14:12-14

Jesus said to his host, one of the leading Pharisees, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’

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.

An adage goes that “what a man has done for another is a debt which the other is obliged to reciprocate.” The tendency then is to do good to those who will eventually pay us back with the same coin. We have the tendency of inviting only our friends, brothers, relatives, and the rich to our feast.  No one throws a party for the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. Ethics of the Gospel go beyond this natural tendency in man. St. Paul extols the infinite wisdom of God who in his superabundance extends his mercy to both Jews and Gentiles alike. We reap God’s blessings when we do good to those who cannot repay us.

Saturday 04 November 2017 Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Entrance Antiphon

The Lord chose him for himself as high priest, and, opening his treasure house, made him rich in all good things.

Collect

Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord, the spirit with which you filled the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo,that your Church may be constantly renewed and, by conforming herself to the likeness of Christ, may show his face to the world. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

First reading: Romans 11:1-2,11-12,25-29

Let me put a further question: is it possible that God has rejected his people? Of course not. I, an Israelite, descended from Abraham through the tribe of Benjamin, could never agree that God had rejected his people, the people he chose specially long ago. Do you remember what scripture says of Elijah – how he complained to God about Israel’s behaviour? Let me put another question then: have the Jews fallen for ever, or have they just stumbled? Obviously they have not fallen for ever: their fall, though, has saved the pagans in a way the Jews may now well emulate. Think of the extent to which the world, the pagan world, has benefited from their fall and defection – then think how much more it will benefit from the conversion of them all. There is a hidden reason for all this, brothers, of which I do not want you to be ignorant, in case you think you know more than you do. One section of Israel has become blind, but this will last only until the whole pagan world has entered, and then after this the rest of Israel will be saved as well. As scripture says: The liberator will come from Zion, he will banish godlessness from Jacob. And this is the covenant I will make with them when I take their sins away. The Jews are enemies of God only with regard to the Good News, and enemies only for your sake; but as the chosen people, they are still loved by God, loved for the sake of their ancestors. God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.

Psalm: 93:12-15,17-18

R/ The Lord will not abandon his people.

  1. Happy the man whom you teach, O Lord, whom you train by means of your law; to him you give peace in evil days.
  2. The Lord will not abandon his people nor forsake those who are his own; for judgement shall again be just and all true hearts shall uphold it.
  3. If the Lord were not to help me, I would soon go down into the silence. When I think: ‘I have lost my foothold’; your mercy, Lord, holds me up.

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: Luke 14:1,7-11

On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’

Prayer over the Offerings

Look, O Lord, upon the offering placed on your altar in commemoration of Saint Charles, and grant by the power of this sacrifice that, as you made him an attentive pastor, outstanding in the merit of his virtues, so you may make us abound in good fruit by our works. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon : Cf. Jn 10: 11

The Good Shepherd has laid down his life for his sheep.

Prayer after Communion

May the sacred mysteries of which we have partaken, O Lord, we pray, give us that etermination which made Saint Charles faithful in ministry and fervent in charity. Through Christ our Lord.

In contemporary society when we are invited to a banquet hall we are provided with table cards so we know exactly where to sit. But in the days of Jesus those who arrived early at a Jewish meal took the best spots even though the host could still reseat the guests. In today’s Gospel Jesus is at a meal and notices that the guests were scrambling for the places of honour. He uses this opportunity to exhort his disciples to choose humble seats so that they could be honoured when moved up to the high table. Jesus wants us to be humble about who we are and God will lift us up “for all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted"(Lk 14:11). Jesus was taking a hard look at his society’s notion of prestige, honour and fame and was suggesting a new society where there are no places of honour because every seat is a seat of honour and every guest is a guest of honour.

Sunday 5 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 readingMalachi 1:14-2:2,8-10

I am a great king, says the Lord of Hosts, and my name is feared throughout the nations. And now, priests, this warning is for you. If you do not listen, if you do not find it in your heart to glorify my name, says the Lord of Hosts, I will send the curse on you and curse your very blessing. But you, you have strayed from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your teaching. You have destroyed the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of Hosts. And so I in my turn have made you contemptible and vile in the eyes of the whole people in repayment for the way you have not kept to my paths but have shown partiality in your administration.Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why, then, do we break faith with one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?

Psalm 130:1-3

Keep my soul in peace before you, O Lord.

  1. O Lord, my heart is not proudnor haughty my eyes.I have not gone after things too greatnor marvels beyond me.
  2. Truly I have set my soulin silence and peace.A weaned child on its mother’s breast,even so is my soul.
  3. O Israel, hope in the Lordboth now and forever.

Second reading1 Thessalonians 2:7-9,13

Like a mother feeding and looking after her own children, we felt so devoted and protective towards you, and had come to love you so much, that we were eager to hand over to you not only the Good News but our whole lives as well. Let me remind you, brothers, how hard we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming God’s Good News to you.Another reason why we constantly thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.

Gospel Acclamation1S3:9,Jn6:68

Alleluia, alleluia!Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:you have the message of eternal life.Alleluia!

Gospel Matthew 23:1-12

Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.‘You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’

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.

Does your practice match your talk?  Jesus chides the scribes and Pharisees for their showy practices.  In a way they wanted to be good models of observant Jews.  In their misguided zeal for religion they sought respect and honour for themselves rather than for God and for his word.  They made the practice of their faith a burden rather than a joy for the people they were supposed to serve.  Respect for God and his ways incline us to Godly humility and simplicity of heart.  The word disciple means one who listens in order to learn.  Jesus shows us the way to the Father -- the way of peace, joy, righteousness, holiness, and true happiness.  He showed us the way by lowering himself as a servant for our sake.  He humbled himself, even to death on a cross, that we might be raised up and exalted at the Father's right hand in heaven (Phil. 2:1-11). 

Friday 03 November 2017 Saint Martin de Porres, Religious

Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 104: 3-4

Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.

Collect

Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. 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 9:1-5

What I want to say now is no pretence; I say it in union with Christ – it is the truth – my conscience in union with the Holy Spirit assures me of it too. What I want to say is this: my sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood. They were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them. They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed! Amen.

Psalm: 147:12-15,19-20

R/ O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

  1. O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! Zion, praise your God! He has strengthened the bars of your gates he has blessed the children within you.
  2. He established peace on your borders, he feeds you with finest wheat. He sends out his word to the earth and swiftly runs his command.
  3. He makes his word known to Jacob, to Israel his laws and decrees. He has not dealt thus with other nations; he has not taught them his decrees.

Gospel Acclamation: cf.1Th2:13

Alleluia, alleluia! Accept God’s message for what it really is: God’s message, and not some human thinking. Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 14:1-6

On a birdbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. ‘There in front of him was a man with dropsy, and Jesus addressed the lawyers and Pharisees. ‘Is it against the law’ he asked ‘to cure a man on the sabbath, or not?’ But they remained silent, so he took the man and cured him and sent him away. Then he said to them, ‘Which of you here, if his son falls into a well, or his ox, will not pull him out on a sabbath day without hesitation?’ And to this they could find no answer.

Prayer over the Offerings

Look, we pray, O Lord, on the offerings we make to your majesty, that whatever is done by us in your service may be directed above all to your glory. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Cf. Ps 19: 6

We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult in the name of our God.

Prayer after Communion

May your Sacraments, O Lord, we pray, perfect in us what lies within them, that what we now celebrate in signs we may one day possess in truth. Through Christ our Lord.

 

Jesus never turned down an invitation to a meal because it often turned out to be an opportunity to evangelize.  In today’s Gospel, heis in the house of a Pharisee on the Sabbath for a meal. Present in the audience was a man with dropsy Syndrome, and knowing full well that it was against the law to heal on the Sabbath he asked the Pharisees; is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? (Lk 14:3). It was a tricky question because if they said, “yes” it will make a complete tabular rasa of their highly trumpeted obedience to the law and the traditions. If they said “no” then they will be seen asextreme and lacking mercy towards the sick. Their best bet was to remain silent. Jesus decides to heal the man becauseby creating many laws that defined work, religious leaders made the Sabbath a burden instead of a blessing. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mk 2:27).The Law exists for the purpose of mercy and that is what the Lord desires (Hosea 6:7).