Prepare for Mass

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Mt 6:33

  • RSS Daily Readings – catholic.org

  • Spin the Tee for Totally Random Post

  • Resources

    Resources for Catholic Educators

    YEAR A

    YEAR B

    YEAR C

    Fifth Sunday of Lent

    Fourth Sunday of Lent

    Third Sunday of LENT

    Second Sunday of LENT

    First Sunday of LENT

    Previously Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

    Second Sunday of Ordinary Time



    Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    Epiphany

    Holy Family

    Christmas

    Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Third Sunday of Advent

    Second Sunday of Advent

    First Sunday of Advent

    Christ the King Destruction of the temple = Facing fears and persevere filled with hope

    Not God of the Dead, God of the living Zacchaeus today salvation has come to this house

    Pharisee and the Tax Collector - The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor

    Persistence and helping each other live faithfully

    Spiritual cleansing - ten were made clean only one came back - gratitude

    Big faith is found in the smallest of things

    Rich Man and Lazarus

    Unjust Steward - The person who is trustworthy in small matters will also be trustworthy in big ones

    God’s Concern for the Lost

    Cost of Discipleship

    Crosses to bear and Narrow Gate Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

    Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, was from the very beginning free from the taint of original sin, the minds of the faithful were filled with a stronger hope that the day might soon come when the dogma of the Virgin Mary's bodily Assumption into heaven would also be defined by the Church's supreme teaching authority.

    The Liturgy on the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time prepares us in a certain way for the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption into Heaven, which we will be celebrating on 15 August. Indeed, it is fully oriented to the future, to Heaven, where the Blessed Virgin Mary has preceded us in the joy of Paradise.

    In particular, the Gospel passage, continuing last Sunday's message, asks Christians to detach themselves from material goods, which are for the most part illusory, and to do their duty faithfully, constantly aspiring to Heaven. May the believer remain alert and watchful to be ready to welcome Jesus when he comes in his glory.

    By means of examples taken from everyday life, the Lord exhorts his disciples, that is, us, to live with this inner disposition, like those servants in the parable who were waiting for their master's return. "Blessed are those servants", he said, "whom the master finds awake when he comes" (Lk 12: 37). We must therefore watch, praying and doing good.

    It is true, we are all travellers on earth, as the Second Reading of today's liturgy from the Letter to the Hebrews appropriately reminds us. It presents Abraham to us in the clothes of a pilgrim, as a nomad who lives in a tent and sojourns in a foreign land. He has faith to guide him.

    "By faith", the sacred author wrote, "Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go" (Heb 11: 8).

    Indeed, Abraham's true destination was "the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (11: 10). The city to which he was alluding is not in this world but is the heavenly Jerusalem, Paradise.

    This was well known to the primitive Christian community, which considered itself "alien" here below and called its populated nucleuses in the cities "parishes", which means, precisely, colonies of foreigners [in Greek, pároikoi] (cf. I Pt 2: 11). In this way, the first Christians expressed the most important characteristic of the Church, which is precisely the tension of living in this life in light of Heaven.

    Today's Liturgy of the Word, therefore, desires to invite us to think of "the life of the world to come", as we repeat every time we make our profession of faith with the Creed. It is an invitation to spend our life wisely and with foresight, to consider attentively our destiny, in other words, those realities which we call final: death, the last judgement, eternity, hell and Heaven. And it is exactly in this way that we assume responsibility for the world and build a better world.

    May the Virgin Mary, who watches over us from Heaven, help us not to forget that here on earth we are only passing through, and may she teach us to prepare ourselves to encounter Jesus, who is "seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead". source: vatican.va

    Be rich in what matters to God and don’t store up treasures for yourself.

    Seek and you will find knock and the door will be opened

    Previously... The Gospel episode of Jesus' visit to the house of Martha and Mary (cf. Lk 10: 38-42). While Martha is totally taken up with household tasks, Mary is seated at the Master's feet listening to his word. Christ affirms that Mary "has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her" (Lk 10: 42). Listening to the Word of God is the most important thing in our lives.

    Christ is always in our midst and desires to speak to our hearts. We can listen to him by meditating with faith on Sacred Scripture, by recollection in private and communal prayer, by silent meditation before the Tabernacle, from which he speaks to us of his love.

    Christians, especially on Sundays, are called to meet and listen to the Lord. This happens most completely through participation in Holy Mass, during which Christ prepares the banquet of the Word and of the Bread of Life for the faithful. But other moments of prayer and reflection, of rest and brotherhood, can also be profitably combined to make the Lord's Day holy.

    When, through the action of the Holy Spirit, God takes up his dwelling in the heart of the believer, it becomes easier for him/her to serve the brethren. This is what happened in a unique and perfect way in Mary Most Holy. To her we entrust this vacation period, to make the most of it as a favourable time to rediscover the primacy of the interior life.

    The Church is God's family in the world. In this family no one ought to go without the necessities of life. Yet at the same time caritas- agape extends beyond the frontiers of the Church. The parable of the Good Samaritan remains as a standard which imposes universal love towards the needy whom we encounter “by chance” (cf. Lk 10:31), whoever they may be. Without in any way detracting from this commandment of universal love, the Church also has a specific responsibility: within the ecclesial family no member should suffer through being in need. The teaching of the Letter to the Galatians is emphatic: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (6:10). source:vatican.va In the sending of the seventy-two, Jesus confirms that through his disciples, and those who would come to believe in him through their word, his peace and the news that “the kingdom of God has come near to you” would be proclaimed to the world. At their joyful return, despite rejection, Jesus rejoices at their success in the submission of the evil spirits in his name: the message is never to cease, never to give up.

    God’s will is for his people to be one. Like the Christians in Thessalonika, we are urged to “rejoice always” and “pray without ceasing”, trusting that as we commit ourselves wholly to working with God, his purpose of unity will finally be fulfilled.



  • Subscribe


  • PrayerPress.com


    "Religion is not a Technology!" - There needs to be a personal relationship there. - Father Ted Tyler
    If the close relationship between the Last Supper and the mystery of Jesus' death on the Cross is emphasized on Holy Thursday, today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, with the procession and unanimous adoration of the Eucharist, attention is called to the fact that Christ sacrificed himself for all humanity. His passing among the houses and along the streets of our city will be for those who live there an offering of joy, eternal life, peace and love.

    In the Gospel passage, a second element catches one's eye: the miracle worked by the Lord contains an explicit invitation to each person to make his own contribution. The two fish and five loaves signify our contribution, poor but necessary, which he transforms into a gift of love for all.

    "Christ continues today" I wrote in the above-mentioned Post Synodal Exhortation, "to exhort his disciples to become personally engaged" (Sacramentum Caritatis, n. 88).

    Thus, the Eucharist is a call to holiness and to the gift of oneself to one's brethren: "Each of us is truly called, together with Jesus, to be bread broken for the life of the world".

    source: vatican.va


  • Prepare for Mass now on Twitter

  • Twitter Updates

  • Loving Means Acting Like The Good Samaritan

    Today, for example, the liturgy invites us to reflect on the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (cf. Lk 10: 25-37), which introduces us into the heart of the Gospel message: love for God and love for neighbour. But the person speaking to Jesus asks: who is my neighbour? And the Lord answers by reversing the question and showing through the account of the Good Samaritan that each one of us must make himself close to every person he meets: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10: 37).

    Loving, Jesus says, means acting like the Good Samaritan. And we know that he himself is the Good Samaritan par excellence; although he was God, he did not hesitate to humble himself to the point of becoming a man and giving his life for us.

    Love is therefore the "heart" of Christian life; indeed, love alone, awakened in us by the Holy Spirit, makes us Christ's witnesses.
    source:vatican.va


  • Texts of St. Josemaría:

    Our Lady was a guest at one of those noisy country weddings attended by people from many different villages. Mary was the only one who noticed the wine was running out. Don’t these scenes from Christ’s life seem familiar to us? The greatness of God lives at the level of ordinary things. It is natural for a woman, a homemaker, to notice an oversight, to look after the little things that make life pleasant. And that is how Mary acted.

    “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

    If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. Because of the miracle at the marriage feast at Cana, which Christ performed at his Mother’s request, his disciples learned to believe in him (cf. John 2:11). Our Mother is always interceding with her Son so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us, so that we can cry out, “You are the Son of God.”

    Grant me, dear Jesus, the faith I truly desire. My Mother, sweet Lady, Mary most holy, make me really believe! (Holy Rosary–Appendix, Wedding Feast at Cana)

    The Christian apostolate — and I’m talking about an ordinary Christian living as just one more man or woman among equals — is a great work of teaching. Through real, personal, loyal friendship, you create in others a hunger for God and you help them to discover new horizons — naturally, simply. With the example of your faith lived to the full, with a loving word, which is full of the force of divine truth.

    Be daring. Count on the help of Mary, queen of apostles. Without ceasing to be a mother, Our Lady is able to get each of her children to face his own responsibilities. Mary always does the immense favor of bringing to the cross, of placing face to face with the example of the Son of God, those who come close to her and contemplate her life. It is in this confrontation that Christian life is decided. And here Mary intercedes for us so that our behavior may lead to a reconciliation of the younger brother — you and me — with the firstborn Son of the Father.

    Many conversions, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life. And so the “Do whatever he tells you” has turned into real self-giving, into a Christian vocation, which from then on enlightens all our personal life. (Christ is Passing By, 149)

    opusdei.us

  • RSS Today’s Gospel

  • RSS Homily of the Day

  • RSS Father Dave Dwyer’s Homilies

    • Believing is Seeing November 17, 2014
      Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious. We are typically used to phrase, "seeing is believing." But ironically a blind man teaches us the opposite today. (Preached on Monday, November 17, 2014, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
    • We Long To See God's Face November 10, 2014
      Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. What do we have in common with the throngs of people that wait in line for the release of thew tech gadget or huge movie? (Preached on Monday, November 10, 2014, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
    • You Are the Flowing Water November 9, 2014
      Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. Today is the feast day of of the Lateran Basilica. What does this mean for us here and now? (Preached on Sunday, November 9, 2014, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
    • The Basics October 27, 2014
      Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time. St. Paul here gets us back to the basics of the faith... (Preached on Monday, October 27, 2014, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
  • RSS Busted Halo Show – Father Dave Dwyer The Catholic Channel Sirius 159

    • Sister Cristina, Global Singing Sensation! November 21, 2014
      We are more than pleased to welcome our next guest to The Busted Halo Show, over-night singing sensation from Italy’s version of The Voice, Sister Cristina Scuccia! Earlier this year, Sister Cristina shocked the world, and the show’s judges, with her jaw-dropping performance of the Alicia Keys’ song “No One”. She went on to win the entire season, immediately […]
    • Brittany Maynard Discussion, Part 1/2 November 4, 2014
      Father Dave, Team Busted Halo, and several callers weigh in on the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has opted to move to Oregon in order to legally "die with dignity" in the cause's own words. This is the first part of the discussion, which took place before she had taken her own life; Part 2 of 2 explores the situation aft […]
    • Interview: Internet legend and devout Christian, Zach King! October 29, 2014
      Our next guest this evening is Vine magician, internet phenomenon, and devout Christian, Zach King! Zach’s incredible Vine videos of only 6 seconds have been featured on national and global outlets like CNN, The Today Show, and Ellen. His Vine and YouTube videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views and rave reviews worldwide. With us now in-person to […]
    • Saints of Our Lives, ep. 9 October 20, 2014
      Saints of Our Lives is Team Busted Halo acting out the lives of the saints in soap opera fashion for your educational and entertainment pleasure. In this episode of Saints of Our Lives, we dramatize the life of St. Martin de Porres.  The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer is on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Channel 129, Monday through Thursday, 7:00pm to 10 […]
  • Pages

  • Holy Eucharist

  • Today is a great day



  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 3,186 other followers

  • November 2014
    S M T W T F S
    « Oct    
     1
    2345678
    9101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    30  
  • 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Advent baptism beatitudes catholic catholic church catholicism christ christian christianity Christ Jesus christmas 2008 Christ the King church compassion cross daily lent reflections divine mercy sunday easter epiphany Eucharist faith fifth sunday of easter fishers of men forgiveness god God the Father good shepherd Gospel Reflections grace holy eucharist holy spirit jesus jesus christ jesus miracles John the Baptist lent lent 2009 Lord Jesus Christ love magi mary mass Mass (liturgy) mercy ordinary time palm sunday Pentecost Pope Benedict XVI Prepare for Christmas prepare for easter Prepare for Mass Psalms Religion Religion and Spirituality repentance roman catholic sacrifice Second Sunday in Ordinary Time serenity Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King Son of God Sunday sunday mass sunday mass preparation sunday mass readings Third Sunday of Advent third sunday of easter trinity sunday trust year a year b year c
  • Ordinary Time Prayer

    Heavenly Father You are the One from Whom every family derives its origin. Grant that, in keeping with Your glorious riches we may be strengthened with power through the Spirit for the development of our inner selves. Help us to develop our natural potentialities to the full while at the same time growing in Your likeness to Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen Lord Jesus I know that all human relations take time if they are to grow and deepen. This is also true of my relations with You, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which must grow over the course of my life. However, this growth is not automatic; time alone means nothing unless I add earnest efforts to it. You have inspired Your Church to set aside special times when this growth can develop more intensely - the special seasons of the Church Year. If I fail to move toward You during these times, I waste precious opportunities and endanger my spiritual life. Help me to take them seriously and make a real attempt to use them well, so that I may grow into the person You want me to be. New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book Lenten Prayer Almighty and Everlasting God,
    You have given the human race
    Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
    He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
    And giving His life on the Cross.
    Help us to bear witness to You
    By following His example of suffering
    And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
    We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

    Amen.
    Our Father...
    MARY, Mother of Jesus,
    you were Jesus’ gift for us from the Cross.
    He gave you to us as our mother.
    Intercede for all our needs.
    Hail Mary...
    Glory Be...


  • Advent Prayer

    This Advent season, as you celebrate the season of waiting for the Lord, use this prayer each week as you light the candles of your Advent wreath. Lord, our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: He is Emmanuel, the hope of all people, He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, He is the Savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. -www.catholicmom.com
  • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

    pope benedict address to diplomatic core - vatican.va As a new year begins, our own hearts and the entire world continue to echo the joyful message proclaimed twenty centuries ago in the night of Bethlehem, a night which symbolizes humanity’s deep need for light, love and peace. To the men and women of that time, as to those of our own day, the heavenly hosts brought the good news of the coming of the Saviour: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1). The mystery of the Son of God who became the son of man truly surpasses all human expectations. In its absolute gratuitousness this saving event is the authentic and full response to the deep desire of every heart. The truth, goodness, happiness and abundant life which each man and woman consciously or unconsciously seeks are given to us by God. In longing for these gifts, each person is seeking his Creator, for “God alone responds to the yearning present in the heart of every man and woman” (Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 23). Humanity throughout history, in its beliefs and rituals, demonstrates a constant search for God and “these forms of religious expression are so universal that one may well call man a religious being” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 28). The religious dimension is an undeniable and irrepressible feature of man’s being and acting, the measure of the fulfilment of his destiny and of the building up of the community to which he belongs. Consequently, when the individual himself or those around him neglect or deny this fundamental dimension, imbalances and conflicts arise at all levels, both personal and interpersonal.
  • Each of us has dignity

    The Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son are reminders that each one of us has dignity and are worth everything to God who wants a relationship with us and for us to be happy forever.
  • The Multitudes Were Following After Him

    The crowds were following Jesus when he turned around and made them think about something. Easy is it to follow him when it is convenient. Hard is it to follow him when doing so will cause us discomfort. Sometimes doing the right thing will cause us some discomfort but it is the cross that we are asked to bear.
  • Narrow Gate

    There is a question that has always nagged believers: Will there be many or few people saved? During certain periods this problem became so acute as to cause some people terrible anxiety.

    This Sunday's Gospel informs us that Jesus himself was once asked this question. "Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?'"

    The question, as we see, focuses on the number -- How many will be saved? Will it be many or few? In answering the question, Jesus shifts the focus from "how many" to "how" to be saved, that is, by entering "through the narrow gate."

    We see this same attitude in regard to Jesus' second coming. The disciples ask "when" the return of the Son of Man will happen and Jesus answers indicating "how" we should prepare ourselves for that return, and what to do during the time of waiting (cf. Matthew 24:3-4).

    Jesus' way of responding to these questions is not strange or discourteous. He is just acting in the way of one who wants to teach his disciples how to move from a life of curiosity to one of true wisdom; from the allure of idle questions to the real problems we need to grapple with in life.

    From this we already see the absurdity of those who, like the Jehovah Witnesses, believe they know the precise number of the saved: 144,000.

    This number, which recurs in the Book of Revelations has a purely symbolic value (the square of 12 -- the number of the tribes of Israel -- multiplied by 1,000) and is explained by the expression that immediately follows: "A great multitude that no man could number" (Revelations 7:4, 9).

    Above all, if 144,000 is really the number, then we can both close up shop. Above the gate to heaven there must be a sign like the ones parking lots put up: "Full."

    If, therefore, Jesus is not so much interested in revealing to us the number of the saved as he is in telling us how to be saved, we can understand what he is trying to tell us here. In substance, there are two things: one negative and the other positive.

    It is useless, or rather it is not enough, to belong to a certain ethnic group, race, tradition, or institution, not even the chosen people from whom the Savior himself comes. What puts us on the road to salvation is not a title of ownership ("We ate and drank in your presence..."), but a personal decision, followed by a consistent way of life. This is even more clear in Matthew's text which contrasts two ways and two gates, one narrow and the other wide (cf. Matthew 7:13-14).

    Why are these ways respectively called "narrow" and "wide"? Is it perhaps that the way of evil is always easy and pleasant to follow and the way of goodness always hard and tiresome?

    Here we must be careful not to cede to the usual temptation of believing that here below everything goes magnificently well for the wicked and everything goes terribly for the good.

    The way of the wicked is wide, but only at the beginning. As one goes down this way it gradually becomes narrow and bitter. In any case, it becomes very narrow at the end because it finishes in a blind alley.

    The joy that is experienced in it has the characteristic of diminishing more and more as one tastes it, and it finally causes nausea and sadness. We see this in certain forms of intoxication experienced in drugs, alcohol and sex. A larger dose or stronger stimulation is needed each time to produce pleasure of the same intensity.

    Finally the organism no longer responds and it begins to break down, even physically.

    The way of the just is instead narrow at the beginning, when one starts off on it, but it then becomes a spacious boulevard because hope, joy and peace of heart are found in it.

    Father Cantalamessa

  • Faithfully Waiting

    Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

    Be watchful for you know not the day nor the hour

    You also must be ready for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour

    To whom much is given much will be expected

    Keep your lamps burning

    Watchful Servants/Faithful or Unfaithful Servant

    Are you faithful to God?

  • Thoughts on Greed

    Greed and envy focus a person on self. Those who pursue wealth seek security and safety. They use their riches to shield themselves from life's vicissitudes and to find comfort and confidence in material things. In the pursuit of wealth they lose sight of the real meaning of life because they are seduced by the illusion that with their fortune they can control their lives. Yet one day everyone will die - possessions cannot protect against that day. source: Catholic-Bible-School.org

    Novena Prayer to St Martha "St. Martha, I resort to thy protection and aid and as a proof of my affection and faith I offer this light which I shall burn every Tuesday. Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favor thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house,. Intercede for my family that we may always hold God in our hearts, and that we may be provided for in all our necessities, I ask, St. Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon at thy feet."

  • Pope Benedict XVI on the sinful woman redeemed by love

    The manner in which she chose to come before Jesus, bathing his feet with tears and drying them with her hair, kissing them and sprinkling scented oil upon them, was done to shock those who viewed people in her condition with the merciless eye of the judge. What is striking, on the other hand, is the tenderness with which Jesus treated this woman, exploited and judged by so many. In Jesus she found at last a pure eye, a heart capable of loving without exploiting. In the gaze and heart of Jesus she received the revelation of God-Love!

    To avoid any misunderstanding, it should be noted that Jesus' mercy was not expressed by putting moral law in parentheses. For Jesus, good is good and evil is evil. Mercy does not change the connotations of sin but consumes it in a fire of love.



  • Life is not just a succession of events or experiences; it is a search for the true, the good, and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this - in truth, in goodness, and in beauty - that we find happiness and joy. -PB16 Message for the 43rd World Communications Day May 24, 2009


  • Find a Mass

  • RSS Unknown Feed

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • Holy Mass

  • Recent Posts

  • Catholic Roundup’s

  • Pray the Rosary



    Praying the Rosary by Susan Bailey

    Praying the Holy Rosary everyday is a good and holy thing to do.


    Order Susan Bailey's CD...
    Click here for more information


    Prepare for Mass

    Live a good life

    Strive for holiness

    Care for body and soul

  • RSS LifeTeenSundaySundaySunday Podcast

    • The Year I Stopped Stealing November 26, 2014
      In college, I learned I had been stealing. Not shoplifting. Not downloading music illegally (that wasn’t even really possible with our dial-up internet.) Not even neglecting to claim my tips as a waitress (the computer made us to it.) My senior year of college, I realized I was stealing from the poor.
  • RSS Gus Lloyd’s Reflections

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS EWTN Daily

    • Today's Homily - Sunday -- 11/23/2014 November 23, 2014
      Fr. Mark Mary: : --- Christ the King
    • Today's Homily - Monday -- 11/24/2014 November 24, 2014
      Fr. Paschal Mary: : --- St. Andrew Dung-Lac
    • Today's Homily - Tuesday -- 11/25/2014 November 25, 2014
      Fr. Leonard Mary: : --- Weekday
    • Today's Homily - Wednesday -- 11/19/2014 November 19, 2014
      Fr. Miguel Marie: : --- Weekday
    • Today's Homily - Thursday -- 11/20/2014 November 20, 2014
      Fr. Joseph Mary: : --- Union with the Creator
    • Today's Homily - Friday -- 11/21/2014 November 21, 2014
      Fr. Anthony Mary: : --- Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary
    • Today's Homily - Saturday -- 11/22/2014 November 22, 2014
      Fr. Leonard Mary: : --- St. Cecila
    • Sunday Night Prime -- 11/23/2014 November 23, 2014
      Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR w/ Dr. Alice von Hildebrand and John Henry Crosby: : --- Dr. Alice von Hildebrand discusses her late husband in her newest book.
    • The Journey Home -- 11/24/2014 November 24, 2014
      Marcus Grodi w/ Fr. Greg Paffel: : --- Fr. Greg Paffel joins Marcus to discuss his return to the Catholic Church.
    • Mother Angelica Live Classics -- 11/11/2014 November 11, 2014
      Mother Angelica: : --- Mother reads through documents of the Second Vatican Council about the Sacraments. She specifically talks about the Sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
    • Threshold of Hope -- 11/18/2014 November 18, 2014
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.: : --- Fides Et Ratio
    • EWTN Live -- 11/19/2014 November 19, 2014
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ w/ Archbishop Salvatore Rino Fisichiella: : --- Archbishop Salvatore Rino Fisichiella joins Fr. Mitch to discuss his role as President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
    • Life on the Rock -- 11/21/2014 November 21, 2014
      Fr. Mark w/ MFVAs: : --- Fr. Mark, Doug and the Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate Thanksgiving in gratitude for all of God's blessings
    • The World Over -- 11/20/2014 November 20, 2014
      Raymond Arroyo w/ RICK WARREN, FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, MARTHA WILLIAMSON: : --- RICK WARREN, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California who is attending the Vatican Colloquium on marriage this week, joins us from Rome to talk about the conference and the importance of protecting the institution of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. FRAN […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Monday -- 11/24/2014 November 24, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- The Heritage Foundation’s Dakota Wood reacts to Chuck Hagel’s resignation and Wyatt Goolsby reports from The White House; Jason Calvi reports on Ferguson as we await the grand jury decision; FAIR’s President Daniel Stein gives us his take on President Obama’s immigration plan; Catherine Szeltner speaks with two women featured in Lifetime […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Tuesday -- 11/18/2014 November 18, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- Archbishop Blase Cupich is officially installed at the Archdiocese of Chicago –Cardinal Francis George’s Executive Assistant shares her insight on this transition; Rome conference on marriage; Black Catholic History Month.
    • EWTN News Nightly - Wednesday -- 11/19/2014 November 19, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- Congressman Henry Cuellar reacts to President Obama’s announcement on immigration reform; we speak with a chaplain for the St. Louis County Police Department about the tensions in Ferguson; and we introduce you to a new religious stamp introduced by the U.S. Postal Service.
    • EWTN News Nightly - Thursday -- 11/20/2014 November 20, 2014
      Brian Patrick: : --- We speak with National Employment Law Project's Judy Conti about the impact of immigration reform ahead of President Barack Obama’s announcement tonight.. We speak with Catholic Voices' Austen Ivereigh about his take about the Rome conference on men and women. Tonight, Covenant House International is hosting their annual sleep […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Friday -- 11/21/2014 November 21, 2014
      Susanne LaFrankie: : --- Catholic reaction to President Obama’s immigration plan – Catholic Association of Latino Leader’s Manny Garcia gives us his take. Religious leaders in Ferguson are calling for peace ahead of the grand jury’s decision on Officer Darin Wilson. The Vatican is hosting a conference on autism this weekend – Alan Holdren speaks with a co-fo […]
    • EWTN Bookmark -- 11/23/2014 November 23, 2014
      Doug Keck w/ Fr. William Watson: : --- Catholics and non-Catholics are gravitating more and more to Ignatian spirituality, Doug observes to Fr. William Watson. The author of this Ignatian path to Christ says that we instinctively want the Divine Physician to heal our wounds. This guide shows you a way, 15 minutes a day, to begin that interior listening to th […]
  • Flickr Photos

    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    More Photos
  • RSS Daily Catholic Mass Readings

    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 18 November 2014
      Acts 28:11-16, 30-31 11After three months we set sail in a ship which had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the Twin Brothers as figurehead. 12Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhe'gium; and after ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 04 November 2014
      Philippians 2:5-11 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 03 November 2014
      Philippians 2:1-4 1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Thursday 30 October 2014
      Ephesians 6:10-20 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 27 October 2014
      Ephesians 4:32--5:8 432and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.51Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3But fornication and all impurity ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 21 October 2014
      Ephesians 2:12-22 12remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 20 October 2014
      Ephesians 2:1-10 1And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 3Among these we ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 14 October 2014
      Galatians 5:1-6 1For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2Now I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Monday 13 October 2014
      Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31--5:1 422For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. 23But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. 24Now this is an allegory: these women are ...
    • Daily Catholic Mass Readings for Tuesday 07 October 2014
      Acts 1:12-14 12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away; 13and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James ...
  • RSS Catholic Online > U.S. News

  • RSS Catholic Answers Forums

    • Prayer for my grandmother, mother lost phone and my disabled self. November 27, 2014
      I'm doing three prayer intentions at once. First, I would appreciate it if you all would pray for my grandmother, Lorena who is suppose to operate on her heart soon. She is strong in her faith and believes she will be delivered from her illness but in Matthew 18:20 the Iord says, where two or more are gathered anything they ask shall be granted unto the […]
    • impure thoughts and desires November 27, 2014
      Hi there I understand that impure thoughts differ from impure desires and that different levels of detail are required for confession and that specific details are only required in the case of impure desire? What level of detail are u required to confesss. Thanks
    • denied his visit to New November 27, 2014
      Cowboys vs Eagles Live Stream (http://www.reddit.com/r/cowveag/comments/2nlk87/)
    • Communion in the hand - Ireland/Europe. November 27, 2014
      As far as I am aware it is not actually permitted, in Europe, for the laity to be receiving the Eucharist in the hand at Mass. Is this correct and if so could someone provide me with a Church document stating this? I live in Ireland and it is the norm for people to receive in the hand, which grieves me, if it is against Church teaching. Thanks.
    • Prayer for job November 27, 2014
      I come to ask for prayer for myself for discernment towards my job search situation. I ask that Lord would guide me into the right direction. Also I ask for God's healing in my family around this job problem, cause I feel like I'm backed up in a corner against all family who are not really verbally supportive. I pray for God's wisdom, strength […]
    • St. Anthony heard her prayer November 27, 2014
      A nice story with a happy ending. http://news.yahoo.com/heirloom-ring-flushed-sewer-workers-retrieve-230903459.html
    • The end will end with peace, not annihilation Pope Francis says November 27, 2014
      For all the Doom and Gloomers. A thought of Hope. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404931.htm
    • my ruined life November 27, 2014
      Please pray for me. I taught 10 years in another state and moved with my wife to raise our new and only baby around family(and hopefully in a more Godly culture). Now, my wife has separated from me, I have no friends or family to lean on, I'm teaching in an area for which I have a temporary 1-year credential and no experience, I'm taking a hard exa […]
    • Vatican plans international day of prayer & reflection on human trafficking November 27, 2014
      A great piece on pastoral care of the immigrant http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=26110
    • Please pray for me November 27, 2014
      please pray for me as i continue on my spiritulal journey, need comforting in being lonely, discernment with gods will for me, and strengthem my piety , in jesus' namei pray amen.
    • Infertility help? November 27, 2014
      I know a young woman having trouble getting pregnant. She needs to wait more months before her doctor will see her for this. But I have heard of a John Paul II place that is supposed to have much more success (while being less invasive) than regular doctors. But I can't find it searching. Does anyone know of this place, have a link and some testimony on […]
    • The world will end with peace, not annihilation, Pope Francis says November 27, 2014
      At the end of time, he said, "we will be face to face" with God. "It's beautiful to think about this, isn't it, to think about heaven. All of us will be there, all of us. It's beautiful and gives us strength." http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404931.htm
    • Question about Traditional Divine Office November 27, 2014
      So, are the traditional divine office hours only on a one week scheadual, disregarding the church year? Thats what this says. http://www.traditio.com/off.htm BUT it seems so odd. maybe Im just only used to the proper of saints, seasons, fests, ect...but if this is the case, I will try to pray the traditional ones. After I learn latin.... Because I have heard […]
    • Star Trek began filming 50 years ago today November 27, 2014
      Fifty years ago today -- November 27, 1964 -- filming began on "The Cage", the original pilot episode of "Star Trek". The completed episode was rejected by NBC for being "too cerebral", leading to the filming of a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". "The Cage" was finally shown on TV in its entirety […]
    • Any Android Apps for Children with Dyslexia out there? November 27, 2014
      Hey guys, I have heard of a few apps for Dyslexia but are only for iPad. Do you guys know of any for Android? Thanks!

Archive for the ‘roman catholic’ Category

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on November 15, 2014


'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.  Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.  Come, share your master's joy.’... Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,  'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.  Here it is back.' His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter?  Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.

‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’…
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.

Sunday November 16 2014 is the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A

MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ‘SPIRIT AND SONG’

Mass preparation for families

November 16 2014 – (11/16/14) Readings

Sunday Mass Readings 11/16/2014 from USCCB

Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
1 Thes 5:1-6
Mt 25:14-30

LIFETEEN SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY PODCAST

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.

Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord. Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored.

But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Listen to the Readings

Pope Francis

Pope Francis Wednesday Audience 11/12/14 – “In a special way, Paul urges the Church’s ordained ministers to rekindle constantly the gift of God which they have received.”

Sunday Bible Reflections from Scott Hahn
Podcast




Mass Preparation for this Sunday

Fr. Joseph Pellegrino Homily

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

Catholic Doors Homilies

Posted in 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, catholic, catholic mass, catholicism, christianity, church, god, jesus christ, parable of the talents, Prepare for Mass, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, roman catholic, Roman Catholicism, sunday mass, Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, year a | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by prepareformass on March 23, 2011



Sunday March 27 is the Third Sunday of Lent
MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ‘SPIRIT AND SONG’
March 27 2011 – (3/27/2011) – Readings

Ex 17:3-7
Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Rom 5:1-2, 5-8
Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Living Water

The Lord to Moses: “Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it
for the people to drink.”

The Lord is in our midst

 Harden not your hearts


Hope does not disappoint

God proves his love for us

LifeTeen Sunday Sunday Sunday podcast

Listen to the Readings

First Reading

Ex 17:3-7

In those days, in their thirst for water,
the people grumbled against Moses,
saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?
Was it just to have us die here of thirst
with our children and our livestock?”
So Moses cried out to the LORD,
“What shall I do with this people?
a little more and they will stone me!”
The LORD answered Moses,
“Go over there in front of the people,
along with some of the elders of Israel,
holding in your hand, as you go,
the staff with which you struck the river.
I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb.
Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it
for the people to drink.”
This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel.
The place was called Massah and Meribah,
because the Israelites quarreled there
and tested the LORD, saying,
“Is the LORD in our midst or not?”

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Second Reading

Rom 5:1-2, 5-8
Brothers and sisters:
Since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

And hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Gospel

Jn 4:5-42                                                                                   Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
“How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her,
“Go call your husband and come back.”
The woman answered and said to him,
“I do not have a husband.”
Jesus answered her,
“You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’
For you have had five husbands,
and the one you have now is not your husband.
What you have said is true.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
“Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
we worship what we understand,
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one speaking with you.”

At that moment his disciples returned,
and were amazed that he was talking with a woman,
but still no one said, “What are you looking for?”
or “Why are you talking with her?”
The woman left her water jar
and went into the town and said to the people,
“Come see a man who told me everything I have done.
Could he possibly be the Christ?”
They went out of the town and came to him.
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them,
“I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
So the disciples said to one another,
“Could someone have brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
and to finish his work.
Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’?
I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
The reaper is already receiving payment
and gathering crops for eternal life,
so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for;
others have done the work,
and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him
because of the word of the woman who testified,
“He told me everything I have done.”
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

Mass Preparation for this Sunday

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis University

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

LifeTeen

Posted in 3rd sunday of lent, catholic, catholicism, christianity, faith, Jesus' Mercy and Salvation, John 4, prepare for easter, Prepare for Mass, roman catholic, third sunday lent, third sunday of lent, woman at the well, year a | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by prepareformass on November 29, 2010


Holy Spirit,

Sunday December 5 is The Second Sunday of Advent

December 5 2010 – (12/5/2010) – Readings

Is 11:1-10
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Rom 15:4-9
Mt 3:1-12

From the root of Jesse, a bud will blossom and not by appearance will he judge

Justice will flourish in his time and fullness of peace forever

Welcome one another

Be in harmony

Praise God to show his truthfulness

 Prepare the way

John the baptist baptized with water but one that comes after will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire

LifeTeen Sunday Sunday Sunday podcast
Listen to the Readings




First Reading

Is 11:1-10

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
a spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
but he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
the calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
On that day, the root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
the Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (cf. 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
he shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Second Reading

Rom 15:4-9

Brothers and sisters:
Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction,
that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
May the God of endurance and encouragement
grant you to think in harmony with one another,
in keeping with Christ Jesus,
that with one accord you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you,
for the glory of God.
For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised
to show God’s truthfulness,
to confirm the promises to the patriarchs,
but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
As it is written:
Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles
and sing praises to your name.

Gospel

Mt 3:1-12

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

 

Posted in 2nd Sunday of Advent, Advent, advent prepare, advent year a, be prepared, believe, catholic, catholicism, christianity, church, faith, jesus christ, Prepare for Mass, Religion, repentance, roman catholic, second sunday of advent | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,186 other followers

%d bloggers like this: