Readings for the Memorial of the Guardian AngelsReading 1 Zec 8:1-8 This word of the LORD of hosts came:Thus says the LORD of hosts:I am intensely jealous for Zion,stirred to jealous wrath for her.Thus says the LORD:I will return to Zion,and I will dwell within Jerusalem;Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,the holy mountain.Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,each with staff in hand because of old age,shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.Thus says the LORD of hosts:Even if this should seem impossiblein the eyes of the remnant of this people,shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also,says the LORD of hosts?Thus says the LORD of hosts:Lo, I will rescue my people from the land of the rising sun,and from the land of the setting sun.I will bring them back to dwell within Jerusalem.They shall be my people, and I will be their God,with faithfulness and justice. Responsorial Psalm Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 R. (17) The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,and all the kings of the earth your glory,When the LORD has rebuilt Zionand appeared in his glory;When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,and not despised their prayer.R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.Let this be written for the generation to come,and let his future creatures praise the LORD:"The LORD looked down from his holy height,from heaven he beheld the earth,To hear the groaning of the prisoners,to release those doomed to die."R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.The children of your servants shall abide,and their posterity shall continue in your presence.That the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion;and his praise, in Jerusalem,When the peoples gather together,and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.R. The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory. Alleluia Ps 103:21 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Bless the LORD, all you angels,you ministers, who do his will.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 18:1-5, 10 The disciples approached Jesus and said,"Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,"Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.Whoever humbles himself like this childis the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."See that you do not despise one of these little ones,for I say to you that their angels in heavenalways look upon the face of my heavenly Father." - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee
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Talk BRO. AUDEE VILLARAZA: WE are down to our last talk on Deuteronomy. Next week, we're going to take a macro view of the entire Torah. We're done with Deuteronomy but when you think about it, we're actually done with the whole Torah-- the first five books in the Bible. If you've been studying this with us ever since the beginning, can you just turn to somebody right next to you and say, “Congratulations! You did it! I'm so proud of you.” You've been with us in the Garden when we studied the Book of Genesis. You've been with us when we went to Egypt in Exodus and you've been with us through the wilderness, through Numbers and Leviticus. And now we are at the doorstep, literally, of the Promised Land and I pray that this will bless you today. And you know, I don't want to be that kind of guy because there's always one in every barkada (group) who, when there's a new movie, this person is always the spoiler of that movie and I don't want to be that. But I have to be that guy here today who will give you that spoiler alert because this is just so good! The Hero Does Not Step into the Promised Land We are in Deuteronomy 34:5-8 and it says: The hero of the story, the protagonist who, from the very beginning, has been there for the Israelites, he dies before he gets to enter into the Promised Land. How tragic is this? He doesn't even get to set foot in the Promised Land! Not one foot, not one nail, not even a cuticle! May I show you a video of what this looks like? We visited an indoor playground at Vertis North which has sandy ground. Ellie’s Step… My daughter Ellie looks like she is hesitating to step on the sand, even as she’s wearing socks; she puts down her toy; she attempts to step on the sand; but backs out... Moses’ Step… I remember, when I was a kid, my mom used to tell me, that I did not want to go to the beach. Why? Well, today, we already have Boracay, El Nido, Coron in Palawan-- white sand beaches. But back in the day, the beaches -- Matabungkay, Puerto Azul,-- which was not blue at all-- the sand was dark, looking so icky. So, I hated stepping on the sand. When I saw that video on Ellie, I said I must share this with everybody. Because that's a glimpse of what Moses went through. He could not step into the Promised Land. He was just there, right outside. And you know the story that comes close to this? At least modern tale is the Avengers. How many of you are fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? How did the Marvel Universe start? Who was the first superhero? Tony Stark, otherwise known as Iron Man, right? It started with Iron Man. How did the MC Universe
Reading 1 Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20 King Darius issued an order to the officials of West-of-Euphrates: "Let the governor and the elders of the Jews continue the work on that house of God; they are to rebuild it on its former site. I also issue this decree concerning your dealing with these elders of the Jews in the rebuilding of that house of God: From the royal revenue, the taxes of West-of-Euphrates, let these men be repaid for their expenses, in full and without delay. I, Darius, have issued this decree; let it be carefully executed." The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building, supported by the message of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo. They finished the building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus and Darius and of Artaxerxes, king of Persia. They completed this house on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. The children of Israel–priests, Levites, and the other returned exiles– celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. For the dedication of this house of God, they offered one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, and four hundred lambs, together with twelve he-goats as a sin-offering for all Israel, in keeping with the number of the tribes of Israel. Finally, they set up the priests in their classes and the Levites in their divisions for the service of God in Jerusalem, as is prescribed in the book of Moses. The exiles kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Levites, every one of whom had purified himself for the occasion, sacrificed the Passover for the rest of the exiles, for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. Responsorial Psalm Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 R. (1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.I rejoiced because they said to me,"We will go up to the house of the LORD."And now we have set footwithin your gates, O Jerusalem.R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.Jerusalem, built as a citywith compact unity.To it the tribes go up,the tribes of the LORD.R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.According to the decree for Israel,to give thanks to the name of the LORD.In it are set up judgment seats,seats for the house of David.R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. Alleluia Lk 11:28 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are those who hear the word of Godand observe it.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 8:19-21 The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to himbut were unable to join him because of the crowd.He was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outsideand they wish to see you."He said to them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it." Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs
Reading 1 1 Tm 6:2c-12 Beloved:Teach and urge these things.Whoever teaches something differentand does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christand the religious teachingis conceited, understanding nothing,and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,who are deprived of the truth,supposing religion to be a means of gain.Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.For we brought nothing into the world,just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trapand into many foolish and harmful desires,which plunge them into ruin and destruction.For the love of money is the root of all evils,and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faithand have pierced themselves with many pains.But you, man of God, avoid all this.Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,faith, love, patience, and gentleness.Compete well for the faith.Lay hold of eternal life,to which you were called when you made the noble confessionin the presence of many witnesses. Responsorial Psalm Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20 R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!Why should I fear in evil dayswhen my wicked ensnarers ring me round?They trust in their wealth;the abundance of their riches is their boast.R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,or pay his own ransom to God;Too high is the price to redeem one's life; he would never have enoughto remain alive always and not see destruction.R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!Fear not when a man grows rich,when the wealth of his house becomes great,For when he dies, he shall take none of it;his wealth shall not follow him down.R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed,"They will praise you for doing well for yourself,"He shall join the circle of his forebearswho shall never more see light.R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs! Alleluia See Mt 11:25 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 8:1-3 Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.Accompanying him were the Twelveand some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza,Susanna, and many otherswho provided for them out of their resources. - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights
Talk BRO. JOHN BEN RODRIGUEZ: Today we’ll be reading a verse from Deuteronomy 30:15-20. This is Moses’s command to the Israelites-- because they’re about to enter the Promised Land. And I believe this is very much applicable today: And now he repeats: Two Options Have you noticed the recurring pattern in Moses’s message to the Israelites? I think it’s quite a simple message. Two options: So, if you’re ordering, please choose option one. Is that clear and simple enough? But would you agree with me-- that the challenge for me is this: Sometimes when life presents us with options and choices, it’s not that easy to distinguish which are curses and which are blessings. For example, you had a bad day at work and you ate at a restaurant to pamper yourself. And after that, you thought, “Should I order cake?” Which will you choose: Option 1 or Option 2? What if there’s a notification for life, you see? Option 1, Option 2. Will you choose the cake or not? And there’s a little eye icon-- so, there’s an explanation. So, when you click the cake, there’s Option 1—choose life. It says there. Don’t eat the cake! You have said this 30 times this month already because you had a hard day at work every single day. So, choose life. You already had cake. Besides, your blood sugar level is already doing the cha-cha with the borderline. Wouldn’t it be nice if life decisions were like that and you had those means and tool: “Lord, there’s an opportunity presented to me today. There’s a challenge ahead for me. How do I choose life-- or death-- in this situation?” That is also my desire. And my desire for everyone because we all need one word—alignment. We need alignment with God’s heart so that when something is presented, we’re aligned with God. And you will see: “Lord, how can I perceive this beyond my own logic, beyond my own understanding? Because upfront Lord, I don’t understand it. I don’t want it. But if this is a path, Lord, that leads to life, I need to have the grace and the wisdom from You to decide the proper step. Lord, I want Option 1. Father, in times that we cannot discern if a certain option goes with Your way or goes against Your way-- or probably there are times that it will be against our own way-- may we have the grace to choose You and follow You each day. Because Your path and following You leads to life. Amen. You Have the Power To Choose You create your destiny. You dictate your own weight. Right? In some sense, it is true-- because you have also the power to choose what to eat and what not to eat, or to exercise or not. And I think this is the message of the verses we are reading today. Who among you here is familiar with the Matrix? For us who are in Engineering,
Reading 1 1 Tm 3:1-13 Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,married only once, temperate, self-controlled,decent, hospitable, able to teach,not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,not contentious, not a lover of money.He must manage his own household well,keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,how can he take care of the Church of God?He should not be a recent convert,so that he may not become conceitedand thus incur the Devil's punishment.He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil's trap.Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.Moreover, they should be tested first;then, if there is nothing against them,let them serve as deacons.Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,but temperate and faithful in everything.Deacons may be married only onceand must manage their children and their households well.Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standingand much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus. Responsorial Psalm Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6 R.(2) I will walk with blameless heart.Of mercy and judgment I will sing;to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.I will persevere in the way of integrity;when will you come to me?R. I will walk with blameless heart.I will walk with blameless heart,within my house;I will not set before my eyesany base thing.R. I will walk with blameless heart.Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,him will I destroy.The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heartI will not endure.R. I will walk with blameless heart.My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,that they may dwell with me.He who walks in the way of integrityshall be in my service.R. I will walk with blameless heart. Alleluia Lk 7:16 Lk 7:16 R. Alleluia, alleluia.A great prophet has arisen in our midstand God has visited his people.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 7:11-17 Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region. Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Januarius, bishop
Reading 1 Sir 27:30—28:7 Wrath and anger are hateful things,yet the sinner hugs them tight.The vengeful will suffer the LORD's vengeance,for he remembers their sins in detail.Forgive your neighbor's injustice;then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.Could anyone nourish anger against anotherand expect healing from the LORD?Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,can he seek pardon for his own sins?If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,who will forgive his sins?Remember your last days, set enmity aside;remember death and decay, and cease from sin!Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;remember the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults. Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 R. (8) The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.Bless the LORD, O my soul;and all my being, bless his holy name.Bless the LORD, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits.R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.He pardons all your iniquities,heals all your ills.He redeems your life from destruction,crowns you with kindness and compassion.R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.He will not always chide,nor does he keep his wrath forever.Not according to our sins does he deal with us,nor does he requite us according to our crimes.R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.For as the heavens are high above the earth,so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.As far as the east is from the west,so far has he put our transgressions from us.R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion. Reading 2 Rom 14:7-9 Brothers and sisters:None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.For if we live, we live for the Lord,and if we die, we die for the Lord;so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.For this is why Christ died and came to life,that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Alleluia Jn 13:34 R. Alleluia, alleluia.I give you a new commandment, says the Lord;love one another as I have loved you.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 18:21-35 Peter approached Jesus and asked him,"Lord, if my brother sins against me,how often must I forgive?As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a kingwho decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting,a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back,his master ordered him to be sold,along with his wife, his children, and all his property,in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.'Moved with compassion the master of that servantlet him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had
TalkBRO. AUDEE VILLARAZA:Today, I want to give you a little reading that God placed over my heart this week. This is a Gospel Reading that I reflected on last Tuesday or Wednesday.This is from Luke 14:38 and the heading of the Gospel Reading says Jesus heals many people.Let me read the Verse to you:I pray whoever is sick right now that Jesus would put His hand over youand that He would rebuke that sickness and you would get up on your feet and be healed in that moment.And then in Verse 40, it says:But because they knew he was the Messiah, He rebuked them and refused to let them speak.And then something happens. This is the most important part for me--Verse 42:A TragedySo, He continued to travel around preaching in synagogues throughout Judea.Let me explain this moment for you.I had a friend in college and she was one of my closest friends-- growing up throughout college, we were very close.She's the kind of person who loves life and who's easy to be around with. Do you know anyone like that?Friends like that? That's the kind of person that she was. She loved her life and for four years we were in the same group— we were barkada.And then we graduated from college and I never saw her again. Never heard anything about her. Back then social media was not very prevalent yet.You can probably imagine how old I am based on that.Then, a year after college, the group, the barkada, we were all shocked to hear the news that she took her life-- she took her own life. She jumped from a 12-story building and that killed her instantly.We were at her wake and there we realized not one of us knew exactly what was going on in her life. We were all shocked! I mean nobody knew. Nobody expected something like that to happen.This incident made me realize that it's possible that you could be close to some people yet never really know who they are, or what they're thinking, and what they're feeling.Can you look at the person beside you? If that person is close to you, I want you to know that you don't really know that person -- because that person is full of thoughts and emotions. And I want you to challenge yourself to really get to know that person.But here's the message of the Gospel: Jesus was healing people left and right.He healed Peter’s mother-in-law privately. He healed some people publicly.And yet, when Jesus was about to leave, they said, “Jesus, no, you cannot leave!There are still so many people who are sick. There are still so many problems. There are still people who are blind, lepers, and deaf you need to heal! All of these sicknesses.”But you know what, Jesus said? He said, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns too-- that is why I was sent.”How many of you need a miracle in your life?
Reading 1 Col 2:6-15 Brothers and sisters:As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,rooted in him and built upon himand established in the faith as you were taught,abounding in thanksgiving.See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophyaccording to the tradition of men,according to the elemental powers of the worldand not according to Christ.For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,and you share in this fullness in him,who is the head of every principality and power.In him you were also circumcisedwith a circumcision not administered by hand,by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.You were buried with him in baptism,in which you were also raised with himthrough faith in the power of God,who raised him from the dead.And even when you were dead in transgressionsand the uncircumcision of your flesh,he brought you to life along with him,having forgiven us all our transgressions;obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,which was opposed to us,he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross;despoiling the principalities and the powers,he made a public spectacle of them,leading them away in triumph by it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11 R. (9) The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.I will extol you, O my God and King,and I will bless your name forever and ever.Every day will I bless you,and I will praise your name forever and ever.R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.The LORD is gracious and merciful,slow to anger and of great kindness.The LORD is good to alland compassionate toward all his works.R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,and let your faithful ones bless you.Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdomand speak of your might.R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works. Alleluia See Jn 15:16 R. Alleluia, alleluia.I chose you from the world,that you may go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 6:12-19 Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,and he spent the night in prayer to God.When day came, he called his disciples to himself,and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,Simon who was called a Zealot,and Judas the son of James,and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalemand the coastal region of Tyre and Sidoncame to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.Everyone in the crowd sought to touch himbecause power came forth from him and healed them all. Readings for the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of
Reading 1 Col1:24–2:3 Brothers and sisters:I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,and in my flesh I am filling upwhat is lacking in the afflictions of Christon behalf of his Body, which is the Church,of which I am a ministerin accordance with God's stewardship given to meto bring to completion for you the word of God,the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,to whom God chose to make known the riches of the gloryof this mystery among the Gentiles;it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.It is he whom we proclaim,admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.For this I labor and struggle,in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for youand for those in Laodiceaand all who have not seen me face to face,that their hearts may be encouragedas they are brought together in love,to have all the richness of assured understanding,for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:6-7, 9 R. (8) In God is my safety and my glory.Only in God be at rest, my soul,for from him comes my hope.He only is my rock and my salvation,my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.R. In God is my safety and my glory.Trust in him at all times, O my people!Pour out your hearts before him;God is our refuge!R. In God is my safety and my glory. Alleluia Jn 10:27 R. Alleluia, alleluia.My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;I know them, and they follow me.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 6:6-11 On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closelyto see if he would cure on the sabbathso that they might discover a reason to accuse him.But he realized their intentionsand said to the man with the withered hand,"Come up and stand before us."And he rose and stood there.Then Jesus said to them,"I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbathrather than to do evil,to save life rather than to destroy it?"Looking around at them all, he then said to him,"Stretch out your hand."He did so and his hand was restored.But they became enragedand discussed together what they might do to Jesus. - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.