Sunday, September 30, 2012

Today's Gospel Reading - Sunday, September 30, 2012 with Reflection

 1ST READING - Numbers 11:25-29

P S A L M - Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
R: The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
7 [8] The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. (R)  9 [10] The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true, all of them just. (R) 11 [12] Though your servant is careful of them, very diligent in keeping them, 12 [13] yet who can detect failings? Cleanse me from my unknown faults! (R) 13 [14] From wanton sin especially, restrain your servant; let it not rule over me. Then shall I be blameless and innocent of serious sin. (R)
2ND READING - James 5:1-6

Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth.

Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
38 At that time, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” 39 Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. 42 Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, 48 where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’”



Jesus gave the Apostles the authority to perform wonders in His name. Someone who was not of their member was expelling demons in the name of Jesus. They reported the man to Jesus with the claim, “We saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he is not of our company.” Bluntly, Jesus ordered them not to stop him and essentially told them that they do not have an exclusive copyright over His name.

In the First Reading, Moses, after an intimate encounter with God, came down the mountain and shared the spirit with the 70 elders to prophesy. A certain Eldad and Medad were not there in the gathering yet the spirit descended upon them as well. When they began to prophesy, Aaron wondered and reported them to Moses. In reply, Moses countered, “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all!”

Aaron and the disciples wanted to exclude people outside of their circle with what they thought to be righteous indignation. But deep inside it was insecurity and an elitist mentality that motivated them.

 Apostles were against the Pharisees but unwittingly they were Pharisaical in their attitude as well. Pharisee literally means one who is separated, different from the others. That is not the way of Jesus and the Kingdom. Jesus brought about change not as one who was isolated and separated but as Emmanuel, the God who is with us. Jesus did not see an outsider as a potential enemy but as a potential friend and ally. Would that all of us see others with the eyes of Jesus! Fr. Joel Jason
REFLECTION QUESTION: When you see someone who is not of your class, color, race, religion or ideology, do you automatically shut them off?
Jesus, You welcomed the stranger. Help me overcome my fears that I may experience the wealth that also lies beyond the confines of my inner circle. Amen.

St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Free yourself from persistent sinful habits—once and for all

Do you have a sinful habit you just can’t overcome?
Have you confessed the same sin over and over, only to fall into Satan’s grip once again?


Do you tell God how close you are to holiness—if only he would take this temptation from you?

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His advice, which is firmly rooted in the wisdom of the saints, helps you gain the Spirit’s power both in your individual spiritual life and in your relationships.

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Monday, September 24, 2012


"Whoever wishes to be saved must, above all, keep the Catholic faith. For unless a person keeps this faith whole and entire, he will undoubtedly be lost forever.

This is what the Catholic faith teaches:

We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit. But the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit have one divinity, equal glory, and coeternal majesty. What the Father is, the Son is, and the Holy Spirit is.

The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated. The Father is boundless, the Son is boundless, and the Holy Spirit is boundless. The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, and the Holy Spirit is eternal. Nevertheless, there are not three eternal beings, but one eternal being. So there are not three uncreated beings, nor three boundless beings, but one uncreated being and one boundless being.

Likewise, the Father is omnipotent, the Son is omnipotent, the Holy Spirit is omnipotent. Yet there are not three omnipotent beings, but one omnipotent being. Thus the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. However, there are not three gods, but one God.

The Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord. However, there are not three lords, but one Lord. For as we are obliged by Christian truth to acknowledge every Person singly to be God and Lord, so too are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

The Father was not made, nor created, nor generated by anyone. The Son is not made, nor created, but begotten by the Father alone. The Holy Spirit is not made, nor created, nor generated, but proceeds from the Father and the Son. There is, then, one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits. In this Trinity, there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less. The entire three Persons are coeternal and coequal with one another. So that in all things, as is has been said above, the Unity is to be worshiped in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity.

He, therefore, who wishes to be saved, must believe thus about the Trinity. It is also necessary for eternal salvation that he believes steadfastly in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man. As God, He was begotten of the substance of the Father before time; as man, He was born in time of the substance of His Mother. He is perfect God; and He is perfect man, with a rational soul and human flesh. He is equal to the Father in His divinity, but inferior to the Father in His humanity. Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ. And He is one, not because His divinity was changed into flesh, but because His humanity was assumed unto God. He is one, not by a mingling of substances, but by unity of person. As a rational soul and flesh are one man: so God and man are one Christ. He died for our salvation, descended into Hell, and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. At His coming, all men are to arise with their own bodies; and they are to give an account of their own deeds. Those who have done good deeds will go into eternal life; those who have done evil will go into the everlasting fire.

This is the Catholic faith. Everyone must believe it, firmly and steadfastly; otherwise He cannot be saved. Amen."

- Athanasian Creed / Quicunque Vult

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today's Gospel Reading - Sunday, September 23, 2012 with Reflection

1ST READING - Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

P S A L M - Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8
R: The Lord upholds my life.
1 [3] O God, by your name save me, and by your might defend my cause. 2 [4] O God, hear my prayer; hearken to the words of my mouth.(R) 3 [5] For the haughty have risen up against me, and the ruthless seek my life; they set not God before their eyes. (R) 4 [6] Behold, God is my helper; the Lord sustains my life. 6 [8] Freely will I offer you sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness. (R)

2ND READING - James 3:16-4:3


God has called us through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 9:30-37
30 Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. 31 He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. 33 They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was thegreatest. 35 Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” 36 Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.”



John F. Kennedy, the first and only Catholic president of the United States, made headlines with this line from his inaugural speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask rather what you can do for your country.” In a way, he was saying, “Ask not how your country can serve you. Ask rather how you can serve your country.” That was something new. Prior to that speech of his, everyone was of the mentality that the country is there to serve the people and not the other way around. His remark was a complete paradigm shift.

But JFK was not an original. Two thousand years ago Jesus proclaimed, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This statement, too, was for the Jews, a complete turnaround. Up until that time, the Jews believed that man was the one to serve God, not the other way around. And yet here before them, Jesus is asking, “What can I do for you?” Instead of allowing Himself to be served, He asked, “How can I serve you?”

All through His life Jesus did serve the people. He fed them, gave them drink, healed their sick, taught them, died for them. How was He able to do this? He was open (bukas-palad as we say it in Filipino). When you are open, you are sensitive to the needs of other people. Their world is your world. You allow them to affect you. That’s why Jesus was able to serve.

As Christians, Jesus calls us to service. But before we ask for the grace to be servants, let us first ask for the grace to be open, for openness is a prerequisite of service. One can never serve unless he is open. Look at different business establishments. How do they declare their readiness to be of service? They say, “We’re open to serve you.” We will never see a sign which says, “Closed to serve you,” because openness is a requirement for service.

Today, let us declare our readiness to serve. But first, let us declare before the Lord our readiness to be open. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you dream of a greatness that flows from service?

Purify my dreams, O Lord. Make me partake of that greatness that embraces humble service.

St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, pray for us.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

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September 21 - Today is the feast of SAINT MATTHEW, Apostle and Evangelist

SAINT MATTHEW Apostle and Evangelist Feast
One day, as our Lord was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw, sitting at the receipt of custom, Matthew the publican, whose business it was to collect the taxes from the people for their Roman masters. Jesus said to him, "Follow Me;" and leaving all, Matthew arose and followed Him.

Now the publicans were abhorred by the Jews as enemies of their country, outcasts, and notorious sinners, who enriched themselves by extortion and fraud. No Pharisee would sit with one at table. Our Saviour alone had compassion for them. So St. Matthew made a great feast, to which he invited Jesus and his disciples, with a number of these publicans, who henceforth began eagerly to listen to Him. It was then, in answer to the murmurs of the Pharisees, that He said, "They that are in health need not the physician. I have not come to call the just, but sinners to penance."

After the Ascension, St. Matthew remained some years in Judæa, and there wrote his gospel, to teach his countrymen that Jesus was their true Lord and King, foretold by the prophets. St. Matthew afterward preached the Faith far and wide, and is said to have finished his course in Parthia.

Obey all inspirations of Our Lord as promptly as St. Matthew, who, at a single word, "laid down," says St. Bridget, "the heavy burden of the world to put on the light and sweet yoke of Christ."


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September 18 - Today is the feast of SAINT JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO


Joseph of Cupertino, born of pious parents, as a youth was noted for his chastity. He was admitted among the Friars Minor Conventual at the convent of Grotella, first as a lay brother because of his lack of formal education, then, by divine intervention, as a cleric.

After being ordained a priest, he afflicted his body with hairshirts, disciplines and all kinds of austerities. His spirit in truth he fed constantly with the nourishment of holy prayer, whence it came about that he was called by God to the highest level of contemplation.

Notable for his obedience and for his practice of poverty, he cultivated chastity especially, which he preserved intact despite violent temptations.

He honored the Virgin Mary with a wonderful love and shone with great charity toward the poor.

So great was his humility that, considering himself a great sinner, he earnestly besought God to remove from him his wonderful gifts.

By order of his superiors and of the sacred Inquisition, he traversed many regions.

Finally, at Osimo in Picenum, in the sixty-first year of his age, he went to heaven.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Today's Gospel Reading - Sunday, September 16, 2012 with Reflection

 1ST READING - Isaiah 50:5-9

P S A L M - Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
R: I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
I love the Lord because he has heard my voice in supplication, 2because he has inclined his ear to me the day I called. (R) The cords of death encompassed me; the snares of the netherworld seized upon me; I fell into distress and sorrow, and I called upon the name of the Lord, “O Lord, save my life!” (R) Gracious is the Lord and just; yes, our God is merciful. The Lord keeps the little ones; I was brought low, and he saved me. (R) For he has freed my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord in the lands of the living. (R)

2ND READING - James 2:14-18

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.

Mark 8:27-35
27 Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” 30 Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. 32 He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” 34 He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”



One of the great mysteries of love is the willingness of people to endure suffering for and because of it. The Jews had an image of what they hoped or thought the Messiah would be, and suffering was not part of it. So when Jesus started to talk to His disciples about having to suffer, they could not comprehend it. This is why Peter is repelled by the suggestion of Jesus having to suffer. Yet Jesus is aware that this is all a part of what He has come to do.

Suffering has always been one of the great mysteries in life. The reality is that it is only in relation to the suffering of Jesus that we can make sense of human suffering. Jesus’ suffering on the cross gives God the right to be able to affirm to us that everything will be all right in the end. God, in the person of Jesus, has endured human suffering to show us the way through it up to His resurrection. It is the resurrection of Jesus and His return to His Father in heaven that is the final word on human suffering. This reminds me of the words in the opening chapter of John’s Gospel where he tells us that the darkness or sin in the world is unable to overcome the light or goodness that finds its origin in God. The goodness of God has overcome the evil of sin in the definitive statement of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. What looked like a victory for sin, namely the death of Jesus on the cross, becomes the means of sin’s ultimate defeat!

Thus we can see why Jesus had to suffer. Through the resurrection, which is God the Father’s answer to the suffering and death of His Son, we are given the hope and grace to endure suffering ourselves. And it is a matter of simply enduring — our suffering can have meaning and purpose if we choose to unite it with the suffering of Jesus through faith. In this way our suffering becomes both powerful intercession and redemptive. All of the great men and women of faith had to endure suffering of one kind or another. Suffering is a part of human existence — we may as well make the best of it! Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: What is your attitude to human suffering? Do you see any redemptive value in it?

Holy Spirit, help me to understand the Way of the Cross in my life more fully so I can live it more faithfully.

Sts. Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs, pray for us.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Encounter the wisdom of St. Francis de Sales

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