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32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME 2022-11-10 Thursday

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" Peace is the first thing the angels sang. Peace is the mark of the children of God. peace is the nurse of love.

Peace is the mother of unity. Peace is the rest of the blessed souls. Peace is the dwelling place of eternity. "

 ~~~ ST. LEO THE GREAT ~~~

*** 1st Reading ***

Philemon 7-20

I had great satisfaction and comfort on hearing of your charity, because the hearts of the saints have been cheered by you, brother.

Because of this, although in Christ I have the freedom to command what you should do, yet I pre­fer to request you in love. The one talk­ing is Paul, the old man, now prisoner for Christ. And my request is on behalf of Onesimus, whose father I have become while I was in prison.

 This Onesimus has not been helpful to you, but now he will be helpful both to you and to me. In re­turning him to you, I am sending you my own heart. I would have liked to keep him at my side, to serve me on your behalf while I am in prison for the Gospel, but I did not want to do anything without your agreement, nor impose a good deed upon you without your free consent.

 Perhaps Onesimus has been parted from you for a while so that you may have him back forever, no longer as a slave, but better than a slave. For he is a very dear brother to me, and he will be even dearer to you.

And so, because of our friendship, receive him as if he were I myself. And if he  has caused any harm, or owes you  anything, charge it to me. Paul, write this and sign it with my own hand: I will pay it… without further mention of your debt to me, which is you yourself. So, my brother, please do me this favor for the Lord’s sake. Give me this comfort in Christ.

 

Ps 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.

 

**** Gospel **** 

Luke 17:20-25

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, "The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe, and say of it, 'Look, here it is!' or 'See, there it is!' for the kingdom of God is within you."

 And Jesus said to his disciples, "The time is at hand, when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you, 'Look there! Look here!'

Do not go with them, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man; but first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by this generation.

 

 Gospel Reflection:

Breathe & Push

On December 31, 2016, at an inter-religious gathering in the United States, Valerie Kaur, a social activist, made a powerful speech. Reflecting on the troubled times the US was going through then, she said: "The mother in me asks: 'What if?

What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if we are not a dead country but a country that is waiting to be born? What if our story is one of long labor?'

And what does the midwife tell you to do when you are in labor? 'Breathe and Push'." The darkness over the world has only worsened since then. So what should we do?

We must continue to breathe and push, so that the baby that is within us – the Kingdom – will be born. If we don't breathe, we die; if we do not push, the Kingdom dies within us.

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS (ALL SAINTS' DAY) 2022-11-01 Tuesday

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One of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation;

they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

*** 1st Reading ***

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

 I saw another angel

常年期第三十周平日 2022-10-29 星期六

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「凡高舉自己的,必被貶抑;凡自謙自卑的,必被高舉。」

教宗方濟各:「聖人不是英雄,而是被耶穌聖化的謙卑罪人,他們跟隨耶穌走謙卑和十字架的的道路。

他們在基督內學習胸懷博大,隨遇而安,不計較、不逞強、不自傲、不邀寵,完全交付地活著。」

*** 讀經一 ***

斐1:18-26

弟兄們:無論如何,

30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2022-10-23 Sunday

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" O God, be merciful to me, a sinner." 

*** 1st Reading ***

Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18

The Lord is judge and shows no partiality. He will not disadvantage the poor, he who hears the prayer of the oppressed. He does not disdain the plea of the orphan, nor the complaint of the widow.

The one who serves God whole­­­heartedly will be heard; his petition will reach the clouds. The prayer of the humble person pierces the clouds, and he is not consoled until he has been heard. His prayer will not cease until the Most High has looked down, until justice has been done in favor of the righteous.

 

Ps 34:2-3, 17-18,19-23

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

 

 *** 2nd Reading ***

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

 As for me, I am already poured out as a libation, and the moment of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteous­ness with which the Lord, the just judge, will reward me on that day; and not only me, but all those who have longed for his glorious coming.

At my first hearing in court no one supported me; all deserted me. May the Lord not hold it against them. But the Lord was at my side, giving me strength to proclaim the Word fully, and let all the pagans hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will save me from all evil, bringing me to his heavenly kingdom. Glory to him for ever and ever. Amen!

 

**** Gospel ****      

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus told another parable to some per­sons fully convinced of their own righteous­ness, who looked down on others, “Two men went up to the Temple to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by him­self and said: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people, grasping, crooked, adulterous, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give the tenth of all my income to the Temple.’

 In the meantime the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast saying: ‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’

 I tell you, when this man went back to his house, he had been reconciled

with God, but not the other. For whoever makes himself out to be great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be raised up.”

 

Gospel Reflection:

Prayer of the Humble

Read: The book of Sirach declares that whereas God is impartial, the prayers of the humble have a way of claiming God’s attention. Paul declares that he has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith; and God will reward him. Through the parable on prayer, Jesus declares that God hears the prayer of the humble.

Reflect: The Pharisee’s prayer is one of comparative triumphalism. His prayer was not heard, because his was not a prayer; but a self-parading. In contrast, the tax collector presents himself before God with a sense of embarrassment. Beating his breast, he acknowledges his sinfulness and pleads for mercy. His was a true prayer and hence, was heard. Listening to Paul’s words (second reading), one might wonder if he isn’t doing a Pharisee, boasting of himself. Not so, because, Paul goes on to state that all of them was possible because “the Lord was at my side, giving me strength.” Thus, essentially, his boasting is a boasting in the Lord(cf. 1 Cor. 1:31). Delighting in God’s doing in us is an act of humility as well – as we see in Mary’s Magnificat.

Pray: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me” (‘Jesus Prayer’)

Act: Make a good confession this week.

27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2022-10-02 Sunday

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                                                                                                                                          "  Increase our faith."

*** 1st Reading *** 

Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4

Yahweh, how long will I cry for help