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For October 6 - 12, 2002 (27th Week in Ordinary Time)

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Oct 7

 

October 7 - MONDAY, 27th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Theme: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

Readings:
Gal 1:6-12; Lk 10:25-37

Note. October 7- OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY (Memorial) - see also Celebration of Saints

Opening Prayer

Our God and Father,
in signs and stories
your Son Jesus made it clear to us
that love of you and our neighbor
is the heart of the Christian life.
Make it indeed clear and obvious to us
that anyone in need is our neighbor
and that in serving those around us
we love and serve you,
our Lord and God for ever.

Scripture Readings

First Reading Introduction:
        
The letter of Paul to the Galatians is a strong reaction that tries to safeguard the integrity of the gospel and of the young Church. The Judaizers, that is a group of Jews converted to Christianity alleged that new Christians had to accept the Jewish law and practices in order to be good Christians. What, then, about Christ and the cross?

1st Reading: Gal 1:6-12

I am surprised at how quickly you have abandoned God who called you according to the grace of Christ, and have gone to another gospel. Indeed, there is no other gospel, but some people who are sowing confusion among you want to turn the Gospel of Christ upside down.

But even if we ourselves were giving you another gospel different from the one we preached to you, or if it were an angel from heaven, I would say: let God's curse be on him! As I have said I now say again: if anyone preaches the Gospel in a way other than you received it, fire that one. Are we to please humans or obey God? Do you think that I try to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel we preached to you is not a human message, nor did I receive it from anyone, I was not taught of it but it came to me as a revelation from Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 111:1-2, 7-10

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.

Gospel Introduction:
        According to an old Jewish story, a father tells his small son: "I think that God made people because he likes to tell stories and he wanted someone to tell them to." We have Jesus with us today to tell us the immortal story of the Good Samaritan. Who is my neighbor? Anyone who needs me, whoever he or she may be. And "go and do the same."

Gospel Reading: Lk 10:25-37

Lk 10:25-37

A teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, "Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?" Jesus replied, "What is written in the Scripture? How do you understand it?" The man answered, "It is written: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus replied, "What a good answer! Do this and you shall live." The man wanted to keep up appearances, so he replied, "Who is my neighbor?"

Jesus then said, "There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him and went off leaving him half dead.
It happened that a priest was going along that road and saw the man, but passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite saw the man and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, too, was going that way, and when he came upon the man, he was moved with compassion. He went over to him and treated his wounds with oil and wine and wrapped them with bandages. Then he put him on his own mount and brought him to an inn where he took care of him.

The next day he had to set off, but he gave two silver coins to the innkeeper and told him: 'Take care of him and whatever you spend on him, I will repay when I come back.'"
Jesus then asked, "Which of these three, do you think, made himself neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The teacher of the Law answered, "the one who had mercy on him." And Jesus said, "Go then and do the same."

(Commentary)

General Intercessions

- For all ministers of the Church, that they may faithfully proclaim God's word and God's law and at the same time walk in God's ways of compassion and love without measure, we pray:

- For all those who lie wounded by the road of life, that they may find good Samaritans who assist them to restore their faith in life and their trust in people, we pray:

- For all those who have been good neighbors to us, that the Lord may reward them, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord our God,
in these signs of bread and wine
your Son Jesus tells us the story
of how he has given his life for us.
Give him to us now,
that he may share with us
his strength to do as he did,
to give his and our life for all,
that we may live with him in your love,
now and for ever.

Prayer after Communion

Our God and Father,
we give you thanks for Jesus,
your Son in our midst.
Like him, may we tell with our lives
the old story, ever new,
of how you want to care through us
for every person in need.
God, live in us,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing

We have heard how Jesus wants to make us all good Samaritans, people who have time and attention, compassion and love, for everyone in need. Our neighbor is any person who needs us. May the loving and almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel Commentary (Monday)

Jesus is truly an authoritative teacher. The experts in the Law could not match his keen reading of it. Orthopraxis is what matters more than orthodoxy. The doing of the Great Commandment with mercy is what will bring one into life. One reaches life when one engenders life in others even at the expense of oneself. The Law expert could not see this because of his self-preservation concern: "Who is my neighbor?" ("my," being an objective genitive in Greek). In other words, "Who is a neighbor to me?"). The answer, of course, cannot be right when the question itself is defective. That is why, at the end of the story, Jesus inverts the question: "Who of the three became a neighbor to the robber victim?" When one's question is outreaching to others, the right answer comes: "One who did mercy with the victim!" Before realities of life, do we ask the right questions, so that we can reach the right answers?


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October 8 - TUESDAY, 27th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Theme: HOSPITALITY

Readings:
Gal 1:13-24; Lk 10:38-42

Opening Prayer

Our loving God and Father,
you have invited us to stay with you,
to listen to the message of Jesus your Son
and to accept from him your peace and love.
May we welcome him wholeheartedly
and learn from him to welcome him too
in people who appeal to us
for forgiveness and a bit of warmth,
for patience and hope and joy.
Let them not pass your servants by.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Scripture Readings

First Reading Introduction:
        
Paul asserts that he has the right to speak in the name of Christ because Jesus Christ himself has given him the good news to speak it.

1st Reading: Gal 1:13-24

You have heard of my previous activity in the Jewish community; I furiously persecuted the Church of God and tried to destroy it. For I was more devoted to the Jewish religion than many fellow Jews of my age, and I defended the traditions of my ancestors more fanatically.

But one day God called me out of his great love, he who had chosen me from my mother's womb; and he was pleased to reveal in me his Son, that I might make him known among the pagan nations. Then I did not seek human advice nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. I immediately went to Arabia, and from there I returned again to Damascus. Later, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to meet Cephas, and I stayed with him for fifteen days. But I did not see any other apostle except James, the Lord's brother. On writing this to you, I affirm before God that I am not lying.

After that I went to Syria and Cilicia. The churches of Christ in Judea did not know me personally; they had only heard of me: "He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he tried to uproot." And they praised God because of me.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 139:1-3, 13-15

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Gospel Introduction:
       
A hospitable family or person makes guests feel at home and gives them the best available. But if we are truly hospitable we are also listening to the guest and to receive from him or her perhaps more than we give and in a deeper way. We receive the guest as a person. God presents himself in the Bible as a traveler on a journey. He asks for hospitality as a stranger or a poor person. Christ also says that in the homeless we welcome him.

Gospel Reading: Lk 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving and finally she said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving?"

But the Lord answered, "Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her."

(Commentary)

General Intercessions

- That we may recognize the Lord in the features of a stranger and welcome him as we would welcome the Lord himself, we pray:

- That we may welcome the best our brothers and sisters give us, even before we share the best of ourselves with them, we pray:

- That we may be and remain hospitable people, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

Father,
may we welcome Jesus your Son
in these offerings of bread and wine,
Open us to his word and his mentality.
Prepare us to welcome him in people
and to encounter him in their person,
even when he comes at another time
and in another way than we expect him.
Enrich us by giving to, and receiving from, one another
your greatest gift to us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God,
you have come among us in your Son
to be our guest.
In our everyday life
may we always be open to anyone in need.
Help us to recognize you and welcome you
in everyone who comes to us.
In every human encounter
offer us your grace and love
through Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives with you and stays with us
now and for ever.

Blessing

In this eucharist we have been the Lord's own guests. He has been very hospitable to us, listening to us and speaking to us his warm words of friendship. He sends us out now to be one another's guests and hosts. Welcome now the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel Commentary (Tuesday)

Like yesterday's Gospel passage, that of today is distinctively Lucan. Both women were doing a particular trait of basic Oriental, nay of human, hospitality. When a guest enters one's household, the host sees t it that someone entertains the guest with conversation while one prepares something to serve. Both are doing the ministry of hospitality. One or the other may not arrogate to oneself the perogative of being hospitable. Both were truly serving in their own way. But Mary is presented here more than simply doing the service of hospitality to Jesus. She sits at the feet of the Master like disciples attentively listening to his magisterial instructions. Jesus is not only ministered to by the sisters but is in the act of ministering the word to an attentive listener. This is the first duty of our ministry (diakonia). We let the Master minister to us with his life-giving word, which in due time bears fruit in our manifold ministries. Sometimes we have a mania to do all kinds of services. We claim to do the works of God. But we fail to let the God of work serve us in the silence of our hearts and lives. We lose the right sense of priorities, forgetting that we are simply ministers of the word and not masters of it. Is the Lord truly the portion of our life and ministry?


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October 9 - WEDNESDAY, 27th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (Yr II)

Theme: LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

Readings:
Gal 2:1-2.7-14; Lk 11:1-4

Opening Prayer

God our Father,
you tell us today how Jesus prayed
and taught his disciples to pray
first and foremost for the glory of your name,
for the coming and growth of your kingdom,
and for heaven and earth to do your will.
We know that this will is a Father's will
and so we ask of you with trusting faith:
Let your will be ours,
let your glory be ours,
let your kingdom of peace and justice,
of love and forgiveness be ours
and let it grow among us now and for ever.

Scripture Readings

First Reading Introduction:
        
Though he had received his mission from Jesus and worked mainly among pagans, Paul was in union with those who worked among the Jews; they approved of his work, but asked him to help the poor Christians of Jewish origin. Paul tells the Galatians also how he stood up to Peter the time when the latter did not eat from the table of Christians coming from paganism under pressure from Christians from Jewish origin. That's hypocrisy, said Paul.

1st Reading: Gal 2:1-2.7-14

After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and Titus came with us. Following a revelation, I went to lay before them the Gospel that I am preaching to the pagans. I had a private meeting with the leaders-lest I should be working or have worked in a wrong way.

They recognized that I have been entrusted to give the Good News to the pagan nations, just as Peter has been entrusted to give it to the Jews. In the same way that God made Peter the apostle of the Jews, he made me the apostle of the pagans.
James, Cephas and John acknowledged the graces God gave me. Those men who were regarded as the pillars of the Church stretched out their hand to me and Barnabas as a sign of fellowship; we would go to the pagans and they to the Jews. We should only keep in mind the poor among them. I have taken care to do this.

When later Cephas came to Antioch, I confronted him since he deserved to be blamed. Before some of James' people arrived, he used to eat with non-Jewish people. But when they arrived, he withdrew and did not mingle anymore with them, for fear of the Jewish group. The rest of the Jews followed him in this pretense, and even Barnabas was part of this insincerity. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas publicly: If you who are Jewish agreed to live like the non-Jews, setting aside the Jewish customs, why do you now compel the non-Jews to live like Jews?

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 117:1-2

Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!

For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

Gospel Introduction:
         The disciples must have admired Jesus when he prayed, for when he had finished, they asked him to teach them to pray. This is indeed what we too should ask him in this eucharist, that our prayer may be wide and deep like his, giving honor to the Father and bringing to him the stream of the needs and concerns of all. And like him too, in our prayers we try not to bend God's will to ours, but ours to God's will and General Intercessions .

Gospel Reading: Lk 11:1-4

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." And Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this:
        Father, hallowed be your name,
        may your kingdom come,
        give us each day the kind of bread we need,
        and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong,
        and do not bring us to the test."

(Commentary)

General Intercessions

- That we may be praying people, so that the source of our strength may never run dry and that we may live and work in the presence of God, we pray:

- That for Christians and for all people prayer may not become a flight from life or from involvement with people in need, we pray:

- That we may learn from Christ to place first things first when we pray, to give priority to things that really matter: the coming of God's kingdom and the good of the People of God, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

God our Father,
the gifts here in our hands
express the prayers of all those present
and also of those who are not here.
Help us to grow in depth and width
in a life of faith and prayer.
Teach us to pray like your Son,
that you may accept us with him
who is our Lord for ever.

Prayer after Communion

God our Father,
keep us listening to your word,
as we have done here in the presence of your Son.
Keep us in constant dialogue with you,
that we may also be capable of dialogue
with the world and with our brothers and sisters.
Let prayer be to us a source of commitment
that never dries up.
We ask you this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Blessing

It is good to remember that as Christians we have the task to pray for all people. It is our role to be mediators, just as we are also mediators of peace and reconciliation. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel Commentary (Wednesday)

We are in a Lucan turf; namely, prayer. Jesus, the Master, who is asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray, is himself praying. Such is a true master. What he teaches is what he himself has learned and practiced. This type of teaching is what our times need: we teach first of all by our deeds and, if and when necessary, also by our words. For, prayer is something not caught through lectures but by praying itself. More than anything else, we learn to pray when we know to whom we are related. That is why Jesus enjoins the disciples to know who God is and who they are before God. We need to experience first being addressed, so that in prayerful response we can utter: Abba/Imma! (Papa/Mama!). The rest is just a result of this. Such is the pre-requisite for Christian prayer, or any prayer for that matter. And Jesus, the Master, has consistently shown this to be the dynamics of his human life. Follow, therefore, this dynamics and you will learn how to pray.


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October 10 - THURSDAY, 27th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Theme: INSISTENT PRAYER

Readings:
Gal 3:1-5; Lk 11:5-13

Opening Prayer

Lord our God,
when we cry out to you,
we wonder at times whether you hear us
for your silence is sometimes oppressive.
Keep us trusting in your goodness
and your constant presence.
Give us what is good when we ask you,
and also when we forget to ask,
let us find you when we seek you,
open to us when we knock,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scripture Readings

First Reading Introduction:
         Like the Galatians, we fall easily prey to the perpetual temptation of creating our own righteousness, of trying to save ourselves by rites and practices. These give us a feeling of security. And then comes the thought, usually disguised: If I am above reproach, if I have done my duty, I am safe. In no uncertain terms Paul tells us: you are saved not by the Law but by faith in Christ.

1st Reading: Gal 3:1-5

How foolish you are, Galatians! How could they bewitch you after Jesus Christ has been presented to you as crucified? I shall ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by the practice of the Law, or by believing the message? 3 How can you be such fools: you begin with the Spirit and end up with the flesh!

So you have experienced all this in vain! Would that it were not so! Did God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you, because of your observance of the Law or because you believed in his message?

Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:69-75

He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

Gospel Introduction:
       
Luke tells us that Jesus prayed often. And insistently, as at his agony. Now he tells us that Jesus wants us too to be persevering, insistent and even bold in our prayer. For God is good. How can he resist us when we pray? He will give us not only good things but also the Holy Spirit, the gift that contains all gifts.

Gospel Reading: Lk 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to his house in the middle of the night and says: 'Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine who is traveling has just arrived and I have nothing to offer him.' Maybe your friend will answer from inside: 'Don't bother me now; the door is locked and my children and I are in bed, so I can't get up and give you anything.' But I tell you, even though he will not get up and attend to you because you are a friend, yet he will get up because you are a bother to him, and he will give you all you need.

And so I say to you, 'Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.

If your child asks for a fish, will you give a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give a scorpion? Even you evil people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more then will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those who ask him!"

(Commentary)

General Intercessions

- For those in the Church to whom the ministry of forgiveness had been especially entrusted, that they may be uncompromising with evil, yet welcome sinners with respect and merciful love, we pray:

- For contemplative monks and nuns, that we may appreciate their life of penance and prayer and be grateful for the Lord's blessings they obtain for us, we pray:

- For all Christians, that our prayers for the poor and the suffering may commit us more to bring them justice, to lighten their burdens and restore their dignity, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord our God,
you let us experience your goodness
by giving us Jesus, your Son.
In these signs of bread and wine
we express our trust in you.
Be merciful to us and hear our prayers.
Grant us the bread of your Son
and the things we need in life
for the sake of Jesus Christ,
you Son and our Lord for ever.

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God,
in answer to our pleading
you have given the bread of life,
to us, your special possession.
Accept our thanks
and help us not to be deaf
to the cries of those who appeal to us.
We ask you this through Christ our Lord.

Blessing

"Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you." For God is good and he blesses you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel Commentary (Thursday)

The very same thing Jesus taught his disciples in teaching them how to pray, he now teaches through this parable. God is more than a friend (philos in Greek, which is repeated four times in the parable), whom we can trust will not fail us. And even God is more than a father or mother, who has in mind above all the well-being of one's children. If God is so, how can we not be trusting of God when we pray? To pray, therefore, is to be in touch with a holy spirit in us, that disposes us to God's surprises. After all, our spirit, open to the very Spirit of God moving in our lives and the lives of people and of the entire creation, is what makes us able to address God as Abba/Imma and Jesus as Lord/Master. It is that spirit which enables us to confidently ask for what we need and go beyond what we experience in life: be it acceptance or rejection, abundance or want, good or evil.


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October 11 - FRIDAY, 27th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (Yr II)

Theme: FAITH, LIKE ABRAHAM'S

Readings:
Gal 3:7-14; Lk 11:15-26

Opening Prayer

Lord our God,
faith is all that matters to save us.
We know it, and yet we seek proofs.
Help us to believe in you
on seeing your works:
your creation, your power,
your goodness that we encounter in people.
Grant us to live in trust
with the uncertain certainty of faith,
believing, hoping, loving
and trusting that you have set us free
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scripture Readings

First Reading Introduction:
         Abraham, our Father in the faith, was a man who lived according to the gospel before Jesus proclaimed his Good News. He trusted God; he followed God's call without questioning God and demanding proofs. All he got was a promise to believe in, and of that promise he himself - as God told him - would never see the fulfillment.

1st Reading: Gal 3:7-14

Understand then that those who follow the way of faith are sons and daughters of Abraham.

The Scriptures foresaw that by the way of faith, God would give true righteousness to the non-Jewish nations. For God's promise to Abraham was this: In you shall all the nations be blessed. So now those who take the way of faith receive the same blessing as Abraham who believed; but those who rely on the practice of the Law are under a curse, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who does not always fulfill everything written in the Law.

It is plainly written that no one becomes righteous, in God's way, by the Law: by faith the righteous shall live. Yet the Law gives no place to faith, for according to it: the one who fulfills the commandments shall have life through them.

Now Christ rescued us from the curse of the Law by becoming cursed himself for our sake, as it is written: there is a curse on everyone who is hanged on a tree. So the blessing granted to Abraham reached the pagan nations in and with Christ, and we received the promised Spirit through faith.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 111:1-6

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

Gospel Introduction:
       
In sharp contrast, with Abraham, the people of the promise in Jesus' time challenged and questioned him, especially the religious leaders. Even the signs of liberation from evil that Jesus gave them did not impress them as signs to believe in. What is our attitude toward the signs of God's care in our lives?

Gospel Reading: Lk 11:15-26

When Jesus was casting out a devil some of the people said, "He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons." So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign.

But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebul? If I drive them out by Beelzebul, by whom do your fellow members drive out demons? They themselves will give you the answer.

But suppose I drive out demons by the finger of God; would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? As long as the strong and armed man guards his house, his goods are safe. But when a stronger one attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on and disposes of his spoils.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters.
When the evil spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry lands looking for a resting place. And finding none, it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' When it comes, it finds the house swept and everything in order. Then it goes to fetch seven other spirits even worse than itself. They move in and settle there, so that the last state of that person is worse than the first."

(Commentary)

General Intercessions

- That like Abraham, our Father in the faith, Christians may put themselves trustingly into God's hands, we pray:

- That by the grace of God we may be good people who are a blessing to others, we pray:

- That our hearts may not be divided, but that we try to live sincerely the way of the gospel, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord our God,
our faith reassures us
that Jesus your Son,
already present in this community of faith,
will give himself to us in person
in these signs of bread and wine.
Strengthen our faith,
that we may sow and gather
on the side of your Son
and with him live in your love
now and for ever.

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God, we thank you
for nourishing our hesitant faith
with the word of your Son
and with his bread of strength.
Engrave his message in our hearts
that it can never be erased
and keep us going without any need
of proofs and signs,
in the certainty that you love us
and that, even in trials and challenges,
you will lead us home to you
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing

"Lord, make our faith grow!" That should be our cry from the heart. We ask the Lord for a deep faith that accepts him on his word and that lets his message and his person guide our lives. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel Commentary (Friday)

Some people want to see the Gospels as a narrative of some kind of conflict between Jesus, God's Son and the devil's or evil powers. The world will be the battlefield and people will be foot soldiers who would have to suffer the effects of war, which is being unfurled even inside our very heart. But we must not forget that what Jesus is offering us is the liberation of those devilish powers and the possibility of living in freedom. Jesus' presence is the sign of evil's defeat and the Kingdom's presence. It is up to us to receive this presence and to accept the freedom offered us by God.


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October 12 - SATURDAY, 27th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Theme: WORDS BECOME DEEDS

Readings:
Gal 3:22-29; Lk 11:27-28

Opening Prayer

Lord our God,
your Son was born into this world
from the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We praise you for your goodness
but we also ask this of you:
Let your Son be born in us in faith,
in our lives: in our words, our thoughts,
our attitudes and all we do.
And then, out of the fullness in us,
may we share him with those around us
as the Lord who belongs to all
now and for ever.

Scripture Readings

First Reading Introduction:
         The disciplinarian of whom Paul speaks was the slave in charge of the education of the young. That was the role of the Jewish law. But now that Christ has come that educator is no longer needed. Faith has come and has made us children of God, whether we are Jews or pagans, free people or slaves, male or female. Without any distinction we belong to Christ.

1st Reading: Gal 3:22-29

But the written Law has imprisoned all things under the power of sin, so that what was promised through faith in Jesus Christ, would be accomplished in those who believe.

Before the time of faith had come, the Law confined us and kept us in custody until the time in which faith would show up. The Law then was serving as a slave to look after us until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. With the coming of faith, we are no longer submitted to this guidance.

Now, in Christ Jesus, all of you are sons and daughters of God through faith. All of you who were given to Christ through baptism, have put on Christ. Here there is no longer any difference between Jew or Greek, or between slave or freed, or between man and woman: but all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Christ, you are of Abraham's race and you are to inherit God's promise.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 105:2-7

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually.

Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,

O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

Gospel Introduction:
         In the gospel a woman admires Jesus, and with perhaps a hint of jealousy, she exclaims that indeed the mother of Jesus must be a fortunate woman to have such a son. Jesus' answer goes deeper, to a deeper motherhood, for those who bear Jesus, the Word of God in their hearts and their lives: those therefore who bring forth Jesus in faith.

Gospel Reading: Lk 11:27-28

As Jesus was speaking, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him, "Blessed is the one who bore you and nursed you!" Jesus replied, "Surely blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it as well."

(Commentary)

General Intercessions

- That we may be grateful to the Lord Jesus that we know him and love him, we pray:

- That with Mary we may pray that God's word may be fulfilled in us, we pray:

- That there may be more people to hear the word of God proclaimed to them, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts

God our Father,
your sons and daughters pray to you
to give us here and now your Son Jesus Christ.
Let him warm our hearts,
make us similar to him,
fill us with his Holy Spirit,
that he may become fully alive in us and we in him
and that through us his light may shine
and drive away the darkness of this world,
for Jesus is our Lord for ever.

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God,
create us anew through your word
and let Jesus, your living Word,
grow in us day after day.
May we keep rising with him
above our self-sufficiency
and learn from him to bring him to life in others
with an extended hand, a gesture of compassion,
and a smile of hope to the lonely.
Let him live in us now and for ever.

Blessing

The word of God is not just a word but an action. That is even the meaning of "word" in the Old Testament: both word and action. May the word of God become action in us, deeds of goodness and love and service. And may almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


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Gospel Commentary (Saturday)

After the malign accusation of yesterday, the praise of Jesus today by an unknown woman for his maternal origins is a welcome respite. Only a woman can utter such praises of the nurturing and enduring care of another woman.

The maternal security, which such love bestowed on the gestating and infant Jesus despite all the hassles of his virginal conception and birth, was among what gave the human Jesus the guts to stand the insults and threats against him in his proclamation of the word on God's reign. Indeed, Jesus recognized the blessedness not only of his mother but also of all those who continuously listen to the word of God, ponder it in their hearts, and keep it, bearing fruits of penance - the true worship of God through a tender care for others, especially the poor and the afflicted - a trait completely alien to the macho attitude of his enemies. Truly how much our society and church need to recover the feminist principle to render us more sane and sound in our being and relations!

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