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Sunday Reading – 20th January 2013

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FIRST READING,                  Isaiah 62:1-5

‘About Zion I will not be silent,
about Jerusalem I will not grow weary,
until her integrity shines out like the dawn
and her salvation flames like a torch.

The nations then will see your integrity,
all the kings your glory,
and you will be called by a new name,
one which the mouth of the Lord will confer.
You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord,
a princely diadem in the hand of your God;
no longer are you to be named ‘Forsaken’,
nor your land ‘Abandoned’,
but you shall be called ‘My Delight’
and your land ‘The Wedded’;
for the Lord takes delight in you
and your land will have its wedding.
Like a young man marrying a virgin,
so will the one who built you wed you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride,
so will your God rejoice in you.

Responsorial Psalm:     Ps 95
Response:                              The Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

1. O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.       Response

2. Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.  Response

3. Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power,
give the Lord the glory of his name.      Response

4. Worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him.
Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
He will judge the peoples in fairness.    Response

SECOND READING      Corintians 12:4-11

There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. One may have the gift of preaching with wisdom given him by the Spirit; another may have the gift of preaching instruction given him by the same Spirit; and another the gift of faith given by the same Spirit; another again the gift of healing, through this one Spirit;0 one, the power of miracles; another, prophecy; another the gift of recognising spirits; another the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them.1 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses.

Gospel  Acclamation       Jn 6: 63

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit
and they are life:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!

or                                          2 Thess 2: 14

Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News God caled us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                           John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine’. Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’[*a]. There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said; ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now’.

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

Sunday Reading – 13th January 2013

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FIRST READING             Hebrews 10:19-25

Through the blood of Jesus we have the right to enter the sanctuary, by a new way which he has opened for us, a living opening through the curtain, that is to say, his body. And we have the supreme high priest over all the house of God. So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our minds sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful. Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Do not stay away from the meetings of the community, as some do, but encourage each other to go; the more so as you see the Day drawing near.

Responsorial Psalm:     Ps 126
Response:                     Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord
1. The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.             Response

2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things.       Response

3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.      Response

Gospel  Acclamation    Phil 2: 15-16

Alleluia, alleluia!
You will shine in the world lik bright stars
because you are offering it the word of life.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL:                         Mark 4:21-25

Jesus said to crowd, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to this.’

He also said to them, ‘Take notice of what you are hearing. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides; for the man who has will be given more; from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’

Sunday Reading – 6th January, 2013

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FIRST READING:         Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising on you,
though night still covers the earth
and darkness the peoples.

Above you the Lord now rises
and above you his glory appears.
The nations come to your light
and kings to your dawning brightness.

Lift up your eyes and look round:
all are assembling and coming towards you,
your sons from far away
and your daughters being tenderly carried.

At this sight you will grow radiant,
your heart throbbing and full;
since the riches of the sea will flow to you,
the wealth of the nations come to you;

camels in throngs will cover you,
and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
everyone in Sheba will come,
bringing gold and incense
and singing the praise of the Lord.

PSALM:         71:1-2,7-8,10-13

O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgement.

In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth’s bounds.

The kings of Tarshish and the sea coasts
shall pay him tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba
shall bring him gifts.
Before him all kings shall fall prostrate,
all nations shall serve him.

For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.

SECOND READING:         Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6

You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.

GOSPEL:         Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea,’ they told him ‘for this is what the prophet wrote:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah,
for out of you will come a leader
who will shepherd my people Israel.’

Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child,’ he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward, and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.

Sunday 30th December Sermon

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Today is the feast of the Holy family Joseph, Mary and Jesus. And our gospel told us about the finding in the temple. But before he was found, Jesus had been lost.

I once met a wman who had lost her child. Her son had gone missing for about an hour or so. The poor woman was distraught. She was collapsing with pain and fear that he would not be found. He was found after being misiing for an hour and a quater.

Compare that with the case of Jesus. The holy family had gone to Jeruslehem as part of a group. For the Feast of the Passover. When they were returning, Jesus stayed behind in  Jeruslehem. He was lost! O.K, he was twelve years old – almost a teenager! But he was missing. It took a days journey for Mary and Joesph to discover this – They assumed he was with the group. They went back and searched. For three days they searched. Imagine their pain and anxiety at having lost their son. Then they found him in the temple talking to the learned men. What a relief! What joy to have Jesus back with them.

Later as St. John tells he would tell his followers. “Since God has loved us we must love one another”. The Holy Family is our example and model of family love.

Christmas can be a time tensons and family quarrels. Today we should mend any fifts that have happened. If any apology is due we should swallow our pride and apologise.

Since God has loved us , we must love one and other.

Sunday Reading – 23rd December, 2012

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

FIRST READING:         Micah 5:1-4

The Lord says this:

You, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
the least of the clans of Judah,
out of you will be born for me
the one who is to rule over Israel;
his origin goes back to the distant past,
to the days of old.
The Lord is therefore going to abandon them
till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth.
Then the remnant of his brothers will come back
to the sons of Israel.
He will stand and feed his flock
with the power of the Lord,
with the majesty of the name of his God.
They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power
to the ends of the land.
He himself will be peace.

Responsorial Psalm:         Ps 79
Response :                         
God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

1. O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.                                Response

2. God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.                  Response

3. May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.      Response

SECOND READING:  Hebrews 10:5-10

This is what he said, on coming into the world:

You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation, prepared a body for me.
You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin;then I said,
just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book,
‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’

Notice that he says first: You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the oblations, the holocausts and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will. He is abolishing the first sort to replace it with the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.

Gospel  Acclamation     Lk 1: 38

Alleluia, alleluia!
‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’
‘let what you have said be done to me.’
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                      Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.

 

Sunday Reading – 16th December, 2012

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The Third Sunday of Advent

FIRST READING,                 Zephaniah 3:14-18



‘Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!Yahweh has repealed your sentence;

He has turned your enemy away.
Yahweh is king among you, Israel,you have nothing more to fear.
When that Day comes,the message for Jerusalem will be:
Zion, have no fear, do not let your hands fall limp.
Yahweh your God is there with you, the warrior-Saviour.
He will rejoice over you with happy song, he will renew you by his love,
he will dance with shouts of joy for you, as on a day of festival.
I have taken away your misfortune,
no longer need you bear the disgrace of it.

Responsorial Psalm:  Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Response: Look, he is the God of my salvation

1.I shall have faith and not be afraid,
for Yahweh is my strength and my song,
he has been my salvation. ‘Response

2.Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of salvation
 and, that day, you will say, ‘Praise Yahweh, invoke his name.
Proclaim his deeds to the people,
declare his name sublime.Response

3.Sing of Yahweh, for his works are majestic,
make them known throughout the world.Response

4.Cry and shout for joy, you who live in Zion,
For the Holy One of Israel is among you in his greatness.’Response

Second Readng,             Philippians 4:4-7

Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near.

Never worry about anything; but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude,and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Gospel  Acclamation       Ps 84:8

Alleluia, alleluia!
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.
Alleluia!

Gospel,                                       Luke 3:10-18

When all the people asked him, ‘What must we do, then?’ he answered, ‘Anyone who has two tunics must share with the one who has none, and anyone with something to eat must do the same.’ There were tax collectors, too, who came for baptism, and these said to him, ‘Master, what must we do?’He said to them, ‘Exact no more than the appointed rate.’Some soldiers asked him in their turn, ‘What about us? What must we do?’ He said to them, ‘No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with your pay!’

A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to wonder whether John might be the Christ,so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, who is more powerful than me, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

His winnowing-fan is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’And he proclaimed the good news to the people with many other exhortations too.

Advent – Week Three Preperation

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IN THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT, we are called to respond to the gifts and graces we received in our baptism. We ask, “Does my life today fulfill the expectations and responsibilities of bearing the name Christian?” What are we doing for the hungry, the oppressed, the sick and the lonely? Do we truly care about the needs of others? Do we accomplish cheerfully all that is expected of us in the workplace or classroom?

Lighting of the Third Candle.

Prayer

Almighty and loving God, your son has thought us the way to live as your children. We were blessed in our baptism with special gifts and graces, and still there are times when we find it hard to be all that we should be. We asked for an increased awareness of the needs of others and the courage to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Please, God, help us to live in your grace that all who know us will know you and your love. Amen.

Sunday Reading – 9th December, 2012

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The Second Sunday of Advent

FIRST READING,                  Bar 5:1-9

‘Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever:
wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,
bear on your head the mitre
that displays the glory of the eternal name.
For God will show all the earth your splendor:
you will be named by God forever
the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship.

Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;
look to the east and see your children
gathered from the east and the west
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that they are remembered by God.
Led away on foot by their enemies they left you:
but God will bring them back to you
borne aloft in glory as on royal thrones.
For God has commanded
that every lofty mountain be made low,
and that the age-old depths and gorges
be filled to level ground,
that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.
The forests and every fragrant kind of tree
have overshadowed Israel at God’s command;
for God is leading Israel in joy
by the light of his glory,
with his mercy and justice for company.

Responsorial Psalm:     Ps 126
Response:                              The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
1.When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.       Response

2.Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.                      Response

3.Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those who sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.                      Response

4.Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.                 Response

Second Reading,                Phil 1:4-6, 8-11

Brothers and sisters: I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,because of your partnership for the gospel
from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel,                                    Lk 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Advent – Week Two Preperation

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IN THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT, we consider our relationships with ourselves and with God. We ask “Do I always appreciate the union of the divine and the human that makes me who I am>” Are we aware of the wonder of “self,” the gift bestowed upon us by our Creator? Do we appreciate and use our talents, energies, charms and abilities for God’s glory? In prayer and worship, are we in touch with the divine presence around us?

Lighting of the Second Candle.

 Prayer

Almighty and loving God, you who dwell within our hearts at every waking moment, keep us always close to you. Help us to recognize and appreciate the gifts and talents you have given us.Teach us to use our energies for the good of others and the glory of your son Jesus, whose promise is too precious to ignore. Keep our hearts and minds ever alert to your personal and loving touch in every prayer, in every act of worship. Amen.

Advent – Week One Preperation

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INT THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT, we prepare ourselves for the Lord’s coming into our world and into our live. We ask, “In what area of my life do I stand at a distance from God?” We examine our relationships with family, friends, classmates, business associates, and neighbors. Is our faith reflected in each experience of human contact? Is love of God and neighbor the basis of our interaction with others?

Lighting of the First Candle.

Prayer

Almighty and loving God, We have searched our hearts and reviewed our love for your people. Some relationships overflow with love while others have been found wanting. Yet it is our desire that you be a part of every human experience. We beg you now to fill our hearts with your love and sharpen our awareness of your presence in every moment so that whatever we do, we will always stand secure before you. Amen.