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

  • Subscribe

  • Spin the Tee for Totally Random Post

  • Resources


  • "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

  • 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

    • Jesus Says Difficult Things February 12, 2015
      Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Today has some challenging readings, for certain. Father Dave helps us with some difficult words and images we hear of Jesus today. How should we respond to them? (Preached on Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:15pm, St. Malachy's Church, New York City)
    • The Spirit of the Rules February 10, 2015
      Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin. Why does it seem like Jesus is frustrated in the readings today? Father Dave explains.  (Preached on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
    • Terrible AND Approachable? February 5, 2015
      Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr.  Can God be both "terrible" or difficult and approachabel and welcoming? (Preached on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:15pm, St. Malachy's Church, New York City)
    • This Little Light Of Mine February 2, 2015
      Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. How does the song This Little Light of Mine play into the readings and feast day today? I'll give you a hint, the Presentation of the Lord is like bringing light into the world, even today. (Preached on Monday, February 02, 2015, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City)
  • RSS Busted Halo Show – Father Dave Dwyer The Catholic Channel Sirius 159

    • Can I Take Sundays Off My Lenten Promise? February 20, 2015
      Father Dave gets on his annual soap-box about this perennial question of faith: can we take Sundays off of our Lenten promises? There seems to be evidence in both columns, and Father Dave takes them all on. Have a listen here first! The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer is on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Channel 129, Monday through Thursday, 7:00pm to 10: […]
    • New Testament Expert, Amy-Jill Levine! February 13, 2015
      Our first guest today is Amy-Jill Levine, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned S […]
    • Former Presidential candidate and Senator Rick Santorum February 6, 2015
      The Busted Halo Show is pleased to welcome our special guests to the program this evening, Rick and Karen Santorum.  Senator Rick Santorum, a native of Pennsylvania, was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012. He served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995 and in the Senate from 1995 to 2007 and is t […]
    • Interview: Oscar-winning actor, Kevin Costner! January 30, 2015
      Our very special guest this evening on the Busted Halo Show is two-time Academy Award winning actor/director, Kevin Costner.  Even though he just turned 60, he hasn’t slowed down—as evidenced by the fact that he is starring in two movies opening the next couple of weeks.  He’s here today to talk about the first, a film he also produced, called Black or White […]
  • 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 3,182 other followers

  • March 2015
    S M T W T F S
    « Feb    
    1234567
    891011121314
    15161718192021
    22232425262728
    293031  
  • Recent Posts

  • 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


  • Holy Mass

  • RSS LifeTeenSundaySundaySunday Podcast

    • Lent: 40 Mini-Crucifixions March 3, 2015
      Lent is a time to remember Jesus’ 40 days of temptation in the desert, to place ourselves in His shoes, and to realize that each temptation we face over these next 40 days is a dying to oneself. Each temptation is a mini crucifixion that, although painful, leads us one step closer to the glory of Resurrection.
  • RSS EWTN Daily

    • Daily Catholic Mass - Sunday -- 3/1/2015 March 1, 2015
      Fr. Miguel Marie: : ---
    • Daily Catholic Mass - Monday -- 3/2/2015 March 2, 2015
      Fr. John Paul: : ---
    • Daily Catholic Mass - Tuesday -- 2/24/2015 February 24, 2015
      Fr. Miguel Marie: : ---
    • Daily Catholic Mass - Wednesday -- 2/18/2015 February 18, 2015
      Fr. Mark Mary: : ---
    • Daily Catholic Mass - Thursday -- 2/26/2015 February 26, 2015
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ: : ---
    • Daily Catholic Mass - Friday -- 2/27/2015 February 27, 2015
      Fr. Paschal Mary: : ---
    • Daily Catholic Mass - Saturday -- 2/28/2015 February 28, 2015
      Fr. Anthony Mary: : ---
    • Sunday Night Prime -- 3/1/2015 March 1, 2015
      Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR: : ---
    • The Journey Home -- 2/16/2015 February 16, 2015
      Marcus Grodi w/ April Bright: : --- Former United Pentecostal Church member April Bright shares what lead her home to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi
    • Mother Angelica Live Classics -- 2/24/2015 February 24, 2015
      Mother Angelica: : ---
    • Threshold of Hope -- 2/24/2015 February 24, 2015
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.: : --- Veritatis Splendor
    • EWTN Live -- 2/18/2015 February 18, 2015
      Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ w/ Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM: : --- Fr. Wade Menezes expounds upon the various liturgical seasons, with a special focus on the similarities and differences between Advent and Lent. Hosted by Fr. Mitch Pacwa.
    • Life on the Rock -- 2/27/2015 February 27, 2015
      Fr. Mark and Doug Barry w/ VINCE PETRUCCELLI AND JACOB DONALDSON: : --- Students from Benedictine College's 'Communion and Liberation' group discuss their organization's goal to promote Christian values through all vocations.
    • The World Over -- 2/26/2015 February 26, 2015
      Raymond Arroyo w/ Rep. Sean Duffy: : --- REP SEAN DUFFY, US Congressman from Wisconsin, on the funding controversy over the Department of Homeland Security, the federal budget and a new pro-life bill he is sponsoring in Congress. RAY FLYNN, former Mayor of Boston and former US Ambassador to the Vatican on the latest papal news from Rome and his efforts to wo […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Monday -- 2/23/2015 February 23, 2015
      Brian Patrick: : --- Reversing medical abortion – a promising treatment for women who choose life after taking an abortion bill. Homeland Security funding is set to run out this week without an agreement on immigration executive action – Susanne LaFrankie reports. A choir from Cuba finds inspiration at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Jason […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Tuesday -- 2/24/2015 February 24, 2015
      Brian Patrick: : --- Christians kidnapped – politicians react to the Islamic State abduction as U.S. Christians take their concerns to The White House. A bishop on the frontlines of immigration hopes politics won’t keep the faithful from seeing the bigger picture – Wyatt Goolsby reports. An Indian priest is released after 8 months as a captive in Afghanistan […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Wednesday -- 2/25/2015 February 25, 2015
      Brian Patrick: : --- Religious freedom returns to the Supreme Court – Jason Calvi reports on a young Muslim woman facing off against Abercrombie and Fitch. Britain is the first country to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three parents - Charlotte Lozier’s Dr. David Prentice shares the ethical concerns. Lawmakers heard from the families of […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Thursday -- 2/26/2015 February 26, 2015
      Brian Patrick: : --- A group representing Christians in the Middle East calls for the U.S. to take action against persecution and we discuss the latest ISIS abduction with Council of Global Security’s Katherine Gorka. A homeless man who lived near St. Peter’s Square is now buried in a Vatican cemetery – we speak with the man who arranged it. As Americans obs […]
    • EWTN News Nightly - Friday -- 2/20/2015 February 20, 2015
      Brian Patrick: : --- Continued violence is raising doubts about the viability of a long-term cease-fire in Ukraine – Wyatt Goolsby has the story. A Coptic Orthodox leader meets his Catholic counterpart in D.C. after Christians are beheaded in Libya – Jason Calvi reports. Susanne LaFrankie shares President Obama’s economic report and Family Research Council’s […]
    • EWTN Bookmark -- 2/22/2015 February 22, 2015
      Doug Keck w/ Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand: : --- John Henry Crosby accompanies Alice Von Hildebrand in presenting her autobiography, “Memoirs of a Happy Failure,” on her life and marriage to renowned philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand. Hosted by Doug Keck.
  • Flickr Photos

    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    More Photos
  • RSS Catholic Online > U.S. News

  • RSS Catholic Answers Forums

    • Ideas for memorial for my mother March 3, 2015
      My mother passed away yesterday morning after a lengthy illness. She was 87 years old. She had been in hospice for over 2 years and Our Lord called her home yesterday, ending her suffering. However, after speaking with my brother who lives in another state, I have learned that there will be NO funeral. Mom had expressed her wishes to be cremated, and the pla […]
    • Book of hours or off the cuff? March 3, 2015
      Due to my life circumstances, I have a lot of time to pray, which I just love to do. I use a book of hours to help me with this, marking out the hours, much like a contemplative would do. But a friend is insisting that this isn't proper prayer, and that I should be be praying spontaneous prayers, or God will just think of me as a parrot and ignore me. I […]
    • Work and family-related March 3, 2015
      Dear friends, I'm sorry I haven't been able to join you in prayer lately. I've been working very long hours for a very long time. I've had some difficulties with my boss and some of the people at work. My boss gave me a daunting task to finish on very short notice with little to no training, or else... Please pray that my experiments are […]
    • Wolf Hall TV series March 3, 2015
      Has anybody watch the BBC TV series Wolf Hall? What did you think of it, apart from the obvious anti-Catholic bias?
    • Isaiah 22 and Matt 16: Is Scott Hahn the first person in the history of the Church to draw a parallel? March 3, 2015
      Is the connection between Isaiah 22: I will place the key[j] of the House of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one will shut, what he shuts, no one will open. and Matthew 16: I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.[n] Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” something o […]
    • Head of the UGCC met the US Ambassador to Ukraine March 3, 2015
      March 3, 2015, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk met with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. More... (http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/ukraine_and_world/international_relations/59312/)
    • "A Sword Thy Own Soul Shall Pierce" March 3, 2015
      Question 1: Do you believe or disbelieve the below proposition. Proposition: Mary and Joseph were of the Tribe of Judah. I believe they were both descended from King David (Nathan, son of David on Mary's side and Solomon son of David on Joseph's side). After David's sin with Bethsheba, God cursed the House of David by promising David that the […]
    • Preface for Weekday During Lent? March 3, 2015
      For weekdays during Lent, is the preface proper or can the priest choose from one of the four lenten prefaces? -Tim-
    • Pope backs embattled financial reformer with new statutes March 3, 2015
      ---Quote--- ROME — Pope Francis decided the future of his financial reform on Tuesday, issuing a new legal framework for three key oversight bodies that largely confirm the authority of the man he put in charge of his clean-up operation, controversial Australian Cardinal George Pell. The decision came in the form of a new legal framework approved by the pont […]
    • Nigerian bishops issue statement on family life [CWN] March 3, 2015
      Decrying threats to family life and the terrorism of Boko Haram, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria has issued a statement entitled "Good Families Make Good Nations.""In a ... More... (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatholicWorldNewsFeatureStories/~3/43hT4tKg4l8/index.cfm)

Posts Tagged ‘Judea’

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by prepareformass on December 29, 2010


Star Shining on Baby Jesus - loisvirginiababb.comSunday January 2 is The Second Sunday after Christmas – Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January 2 2011 – (1/2/2011) – Readings

Is 60:1-6
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6
Mt 2:1-12

The light of faith shines forth

Lift up your eyes and see

The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light

All kings shall pay him homage, all nations shall serve him

The wise men seeing the star rejoiced, adored the child and offered gold, frankincense, and myrrh

 Grace

Adoration

LifeTeen Sunday Sunday Sunday podcast
Listen to the Readings

First Reading

Is 60:1-6

Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.

Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you,
the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13(cf. 11)
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
All kings shall pay him homage,
all nations shall serve him.
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
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. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Second Reading

Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6
Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.
It was not made known to people in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Gospel

Mt 2:1-12
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

Mass Preparation for this Sunday

The Center for Liturgy at St Louis UniversityTheWorkofGod.org

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church – www.scborromeo.org

Catholic Doors Homilies
Loyola Press Sunday Connection
Catholic Culture

 

Posted in catholic, catholicism, christianity, church, epiphany, faith, jesus christ, Prepare for Mass, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, we three kings, year a | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,182 other followers

%d bloggers like this: