Reading I Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation. Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, Into the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day! for near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations. Responsorial Psalm 9:2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9 R. (9) The Lord will judge the world with justice. I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High. R. The Lord will judge the world with justice. You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out forever and ever. The nations are sunk in the pit they have made; in the snare they set, their foot is caught. R. The Lord will judge the world with justice. But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has set up his throne for judgment. He judges the world with justice; he governs the peoples with equity. R. The Lord will judge the world with justice. Alleluia Jn 12:31b-32 R. Alleluia, alleluia. The prince of this world will now be cast out, and when I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all to myself, says the Lord. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 11:15-26 When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully
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TalkBRO. BO SANCHEZ:Everybody say this with me: “Change your story.”I want you to tell somebody beside you, “Change your story.” Do you know why you're here?To change your story.I want you to understand this: When an event happens in your life, that event does not carry meaning. It is you who gives meaning to the event. Storytellers are the ones who give meaning to an event. Put your hand over your chest and say, “I'm a storyteller. I'm a storyteller.”The reason you're able to live your life is that you tell stories about what's happening in your life. Your stories are the ones that make life coherent, understandable. You make sense out of things.The problem is this: We make errors when we make stories.When we tell our stories, we give meaning to our events. And sometimes those meanings are not helpful.We Tell Stories…Parents, raise your hand. How many of you lost your temper and shouted at your kids once in your life? I'm sure, maybe more.And then when we do that, you know, we tell stories about ourselves and our children. The children that we shouted upon, they tell stories about what happened. And you see, what children do is that they go to this one tool that they have.And the tool is self-blame: "There's something wrong with me. What's wrong with me? Why did my mom, who's supposed to love me, shout at me?"Then the mother is also blaming herself, saying: “I'm a horrible woman. I'm a horrible mom...”And so, we tell stories like that.The reason we come here is so we can change our stories. Because when we meet God, the God who knows everything, and we hear preaching, and we worship, and we go to Mass, and we receive Jesus in Communion, asking, “What happens?”... we get the meaning from God's perspective.The God who sees everything. The God who sees the past, the present, and the future, He changes the meaning, and He changes your story.You see, Brothers and Sisters, when you change your story, you change your life. That's the way you change.And God says to the child, “No, you're not to blame. Mom's having a rough day.”And listen: God speaks to the mother, and God says, “You're not a failure.You failed, but you're not a failure. You're my daughter.”My dear friends, please listen. If you're having a rough time right now… You know, I came from a pilgrimage, and I rode a plane coming here.There was this baby freaking out, like freaking out, you know? You know when the plane is landing, and the baby's freaking out, you know why, right?Pain in the ears, right? Very painful. And the baby does not understand what's happening.The baby is thinking, “I'm going to die.” And freaks out.All the adults, are they freaking out? No. Do they feel the same pain? Probably. But they're not freaking out. Why? Because there's another story in their mind...A Brand-New StoryThe baby has a story, and the story is, “I'm dying. What's
Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD's bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.When the news reached the king of Nineveh,he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe,covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh,by decree of the king and his nobles:"Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep,shall taste anything;they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God;every man shall turn from his evil wayand from the violence he has in hand.Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath,so that we shall not perish."When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;he did not carry it out. Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1b-2, 3-4ab, 7-8 R. (3) If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORDLORD, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentiveto my voice in supplication.R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,LORD, who can stand?But with you is forgiveness,that you may be revered.R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?Let Israel wait for the LORD,For with the LORD is kindnessand with him is plenteous redemption;And he will redeem Israelfrom all their iniquities.R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand? Alleluia Lk 11:28 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are those who hear the word of Godand observe it.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 10:38-42 Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.She had a sister named Marywho sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,"Lord, do you not carethat my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me." The Lord said to her in reply,"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better partand it will not be taken from her." - - -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
Reading 1 Bar 1:15-22 During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:"Justice is with the Lord, our God;and we today are flushed with shame,we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,that we, with our kings and rulersand priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,have sinned in the Lord's sight and disobeyed him.We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egyptuntil the present day,we have been disobedient to the Lord, our God,and only too ready to disregard his voice.And the evils and the curse that the Lord enjoined upon Moses, his servant,at the time he led our ancestors forth from the land of Egyptto give us the land flowing with milk and honey,cling to us even today.For we did not heed the voice of the Lord, our God,in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us,but each one of us went offafter the devices of his own wicked heart,served other gods,and did evil in the sight of the Lord, our God." Responsorial Psalm Ps 79:1b-2, 3-5, 8, 9 R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;they have defiled your holy temple,they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.They have given the corpses of your servantsas food to the birds of heaven,the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.They have poured out their blood like waterround about Jerusalem,and there is no one to bury them.We have become the reproach of our neighbors,the scorn and derision of those around us.O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?Will your jealousy burn like fire?R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;may your compassion quickly come to us,for we are brought very low.R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.Help us, O God our savior,because of the glory of your name;Deliver us and pardon our sinsfor your name's sake.R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us. Alleluia Ps 95:8 R. Alleluia, alleluia.If today you hear his voice,harden not your hearts.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 10:13-16 Jesus said to them,"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!For if the mighty deeds done in your midsthad been done in Tyre and Sidon,they would long ago have repented,sitting in sackcloth and ashes.But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidonat the judgment than for you.And as for you, Capernaum, 'Will you be exalted to heaven?You will go down to the netherworld.'Whoever listens to you listens to me.Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Bruno, priestReadings for the Optional Memorial of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin - - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the
TalkBRO. AUDEE VILLARAZA:Our big message for today: God is Relentless.Praise God! You know, never in our wildest dreams we would ever think that we would take on such difficult teachings as the Torah—the first five books of the Bible.Actually,10 years ago, if somebody approached us and said, “You know, why don't we study Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy?” --we would think that the guy was high on cough syrup. Because it's such a difficult teaching! I mean why would you teach this? And yet, here we are— and we are at the doorstep, finally finishing Deuteronomy.We finished the Torah together! Are you happy that we finished the Torah together? It’s such a difficult teaching because, I mean, I'm sure that if I ask you this question, you will give me an honest answer.Between the Old and New Testaments, which do you prefer studying?I mean they're both good, right? But between the New and the Old Testaments, which one would you prefer studying?Let's be honest-- just to be brutally honest with you. We love the New Testament! Why? Because in the New Testament, it feels like God is kinder, sweeter, happier. Because in the Old Testament, that's where God seems like He's always angry. That's the God who drove out Adam and Eve from the Garden.The Old Testament is where God drowned the entire humanity and saved only one tiny family in a floating zoo, right? God seems to be angry in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, that's the God who let an entire nation—the Israelites-- to die in the desert.Old or New?So, between the Old and the New, yes, I prefer reading the New. But is it true that God is angry in the Old Testament?Back in the day when I was first starting out in Ministry, I encountered one of our leaders. This is the kind of leader that I love to be under him. He mentored me, by the way, and he was the kind of person that you would love to be around-- somebody who was so full of wisdom, full of humility, full of love. And this was the kind of person that whenever you're with him, you feel like you're a plant that's being watered. You have people like that in your life? People who give life to you? That's the kind of leader that he was.And so, I loved him. Every time I was with him, I was always excited to learn something new. But then one day, I emailed him with a proposal that was for an event that was going to happen at The Feast a few weeks before Sunday.A few days later, he replied to me and I tell you, for the first time ever, I was shocked because the email that he sent to me-- that reply--it was the coldest reply ever and I kind of thought, “Oh no, he's mad at me.”And then I started justifying.Why would he be mad at me? Maybe it's because of
Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Faustina Kowalska, virginReading 1 Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,and they called upon Ezra the scribeto bring forth the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD prescribed for Israel.On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,which consisted of men, women,and those children old enough to understand.Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,he read out of the book from daybreak until midday,in the presence of the men, the women,and those children old enough to understand;and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platformthat had been made for the occasion.He opened the scroll so that all the people might see it(for he was standing higher up than any of the people);and, as he opened it, all the people rose.Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God,and all the people, their hands raised high, answered, "Amen, amen!"Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD,their faces to the ground.As the people remained in their places,Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God,interpreting it so that all could understand what was read.Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribeand the Levites who were instructing the peoplesaid to all the people:"Today is holy to the LORD your God.Do not be sad, and do not weep"–for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law.He said further: "Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks,and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared;for today is holy to our LORD.Do not be saddened this day,for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!"And the Levites quieted all the people, saying,"Hush, for today is holy, and you must not be saddened."Then all the people went to eat and drink,to distribute portions, and to celebrate with great joy,for they understood the words that had been expounded to them. Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 R. (9ab) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.The law of the LORD is perfect,refreshing the soul;The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,giving wisdom to the simple.R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.The precepts of the LORD are right,rejoicing the heart;The command of the LORD is clear,enlightening the eye;R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.The fear of the LORD is pure,enduring forever;The ordinances of the LORD are true,all of them just.R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.They are more precious than gold,than a heap of purest gold;Sweeter also than syrupor honey from the comb.R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart. Alleluia Mk 1:15 R. Alleluia, alleluia.The Kingdom of God is at hand;repent and believe in the Gospel.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 10:1-12 Jesus appointed seventy-two other discipleswhom he sent ahead
Reading 1 Zec 8:20-23 Thus says the LORD of hosts:There shall yet come peoples,the inhabitants of many cities;and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,and say, "Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD";and, "I too will go to seek the LORD."Many peoples and strong nations shall cometo seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalemand to implore the favor of the LORD.Thus says the LORD of hosts:In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold,yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say,"Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." Responsorial Psalm Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 R. (Zec 8:23) God is with us.His foundation upon the holy mountainsthe LORD loves:The gates of Zion,more than any dwelling of Jacob.Glorious things are said of you,O city of God!R. God is with us.I tell of Egypt and Babylonamong those that know the LORD;Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:"This man was born there."And of Zion they shall say:"One and all were born in her;And he who has established heris the Most High LORD."R. God is with us.They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:"This man was born there."And all shall sing, in their festive dance:"My home is within you."R. God is with us. Alleluia Mk 10:45 R. Alleluia, alleluia.The Son of Man came to serveand to give his life as a ransom for many.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 9:51-56 When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,and he sent messengers ahead of him.On the way they entered a Samaritan villageto prepare for his reception there,but they would not welcome himbecause the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,"Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heavento consume them?"Jesus turned and rebuked them,and they journeyed to another village. - - -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.
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
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