XXII Domingo Ordinario – 1 De Septiembre, 2019

Primera lectura 

Eclesiástico (Sirácide) 3, 17-18. 20. 28-29

Hijo mío, en tus asuntos procede con humildad
y te amarán más que al hombre dadivoso.
Hazte tanto más pequeño cuanto más grande seas
y hallarás gracia ante el Señor,
porque sólo él es poderoso
y sólo los humildes le dan gloria.

No hay remedio para el hombre orgulloso,
porque ya está arraigado en la maldad.
El hombre prudente medita en su corazón
las sentencias de los otros,
y su gran anhelo es saber escuchar.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 67, 4-5ac. 6-7ab. 10-11

R. (cf. 11b) Dios da libertad y riqueza a los cautivos.
Ante el Señor, su Dios, 
gocen los justos, salten de alegría. 
Entonen alabanzas a su nombre. 
En honor del Señor toquen la cítara.  
R. Dios da libertad y riqueza a los cautivos.
Porque el Señor, desde su templo santo, 
a huérfanos y viudas da su auxilio: 
él fue quien dio a los desvalidos casa,
libertad y riqueza a los cautivos. 
R. Dios da libertad y riqueza a los cautivos.
A tu pueblo extenuado diste fuerzas, 
nos colmaste, Señor, de tus favores
y habitó tu rebaño en esta tierra,
que tu amor preparó para los pobres. 
R. Dios da libertad y riqueza a los cautivos.

Segunda lectura

Heb 12, 18-19. 22-24a

Hermanos: Cuando ustedes se acercaron a Dios, no encontraron nada material, como en el Sinaí: ni fuego ardiente, ni obscuridad, ni tinieblas, ni huracán, ni estruendo de trompetas, ni palabras pronunciadas por aquella voz que los israelitas no querían volver a oír nunca.

Ustedes, en cambio, se han acercado a Sión, el monte y la ciudad del Dios viviente, a la Jerusalén celestial, a la reunión festiva de miles y miles de ángeles, a la asamblea de los primogénitos, cuyos nombres están escritos en el cielo. Se han acercado a Dios, que es el juez de todos los hombres, y a los espíritus de los justos que alcanzaron la perfección. Se han acercado a Jesús, el mediador de la nueva alianza.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Mt 11, 29ab

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Tomen mi yugo sobre ustedes, dice el Señor,
y aprendan de mí, que soy manso y humilde de corazón.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Lc 14, 1. 7-14

Un sábado, Jesús fue a comer en casa de uno de los jefes de los fariseos, y éstos estaban espiándolo. Mirando cómo los convidados escogían los primeros lugares, les dijo esta parábola:

“Cuando te inviten a un banquete de bodas, no te sientes en el lugar principal, no sea que haya algún otro invitado más importante que tú, y el que los invitó a los dos venga a decirte: ‘Déjale el lugar a éste’, y tengas que ir a ocupar, lleno de vergüenza, el último asiento. Por el contrario, cuando te inviten, ocupa el último lugar, para que, cuando venga el que te invitó, te diga: ‘Amigo, acércate a la cabecera’. Entonces te verás honrado en presencia de todos los convidados. Porque el que se engrandece a sí mismo, será humillado; y el que se humilla, será engrandecido”.

Luego dijo al que lo había invitado: “Cuando des una comida o una cena, no invites a tus amigos, ni a tus hermanos, ni a tus parientes, ni a los vecinos ricos; porque puede ser que ellos te inviten a su vez, y con eso quedarías recompensado. Al contrario, cuando des un banquete, invita a los pobres, a los lisiados, a los cojos y a los ciegos; y así serás dichoso, porque ellos no tienen con qué pagarte; pero ya se te pagará, cuando resuciten los justos”.

Twenty -second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 1, 2019

Reading 1SIR 3:17-18, 20, 28-29

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
 and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
 Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
 and you will find favor with God.
 What is too sublime for you, seek not,
 into things beyond your strength search not.
 The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,
 and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
 Water quenches a flaming fire,
 and alms atone for sins.

Responsorial PsalmPS 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11

R. (cf. 11b)  God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
The just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD.
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
The father of orphans and the defender of widows
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.
R. God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.

Reading 2HEB 12:18-19, 22-24A

Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached that which could be touched
and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness
and storm and a trumpet blast
and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
begged that no message be further addressed to them.
No, you have approached Mount Zion
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.

AlleluiaMT 11:29AB

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord,
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 14:1, 7-14

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.

He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,
do not recline at table in the place of honor. 
A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,
and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,
‘Give your place to this man,’
and then you would proceed with embarrassment
to take the lowest place. 
Rather, when you are invited,
go and take the lowest place
so that when the host comes to you he may say,
‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’
Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. 
For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” 
Then he said to the host who invited him,
“When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

XXI Domingo Ordinario – 25 De Agosto 2019

Primera lectura 

Is 66, 18-21

Esto dice el Señor:
“Yo vendré para reunir a las naciones de toda lengua.
Vendrán y verán mi gloria.
Pondré en medio de ellos un signo,
y enviaré como mensajeros a algunos de los supervivientes
hasta los países más lejanos y las islas más remotas,
que no han oído hablar de mí ni han visto mi gloria,
y ellos darán a conocer mi nombre a las naciones.

Así como los hijos de Israel
traen ofrendas al templo del Señor en vasijas limpias,
así también mis mensajeros traerán,
de todos los países, como ofrenda al Señor,
a los hermanos de ustedes
a caballo, en carro, en literas,
en mulos y camellos,
hasta mi monte santo de Jerusalén.
De entre ellos escogeré sacerdotes y levitas”.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 116, 1. 2

R. (Mc 16, 15) Vayan por todo el mundo y prediquen el Evangelio.
Que alaben al Señor todas las naciones,
que lo aclamen todos los pueblos.  
R. Vayan por todo el mundo y prediquen el Evangelio.
Porque grande es su amor hacia nosotros
y su fidelidad dura por siempre.  
R. Vayan por todo el mundo y prediquen el Evangelio.

Segunda lectura

Heb 12, 5-7. 11-13

Hermanos: Ya se han olvidado ustedes de la exhortación que Dios les dirigió, como a hijos, diciendo: Hijo mío, no desprecies la corrección del Señor, ni te desanimes cuando te reprenda. Porque el Señor corrige a los que ama, y da azotes a sus hijos predilectos. Soporten, pues, la corrección, porque Dios los trata como a hijos; ¿y qué padre hay que no corrija a sus hijos?

Es cierto que de momento ninguna corrección nos causa alegría, sino más bien tristeza. Pero después produce, en los que la recibieron, frutos de paz y de santidad.

Por eso, robustezcan sus manos cansadas y sus rodillas vacilantes; caminen por un camino plano, para que el cojo ya no se tropiece, sino más bien se alivie.


Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Jn 14, 6

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida;
nadie va al Padre, si no es por mí, dice el Señor.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Lc 13, 22-30

En aquel tiempo, Jesús iba enseñando por ciudades y pueblos, mientras se encaminaba a Jerusalén. Alguien le preguntó: “Señor, ¿es verdad que son pocos los que se salvan?”

Jesús le respondió: “Esfuércense en entrar por la puerta, que es angosta, pues yo les aseguro que muchos tratarán de entrar y no podrán. Cuando el dueño de la casa se levante de la mesa y cierre la puerta, ustedes se quedarán afuera y se pondrán a tocar la puerta, diciendo: ‘¡Señor, ábrenos!’ Pero él les responderá: ‘No sé quiénes son ustedes’.

Entonces le dirán con insistencia: ‘Hemos comido y bebido contigo y tú has enseñado en nuestras plazas’. Pero él replicará: ‘Yo les aseguro que no sé quiénes son ustedes. Apártense de mí todos ustedes los que hacen el mal’. Entonces llorarán ustedes y se desesperarán, cuando vean a Abraham, a Isaac, a Jacob y a todos los profetas en el Reino de Dios, y ustedes se vean echados fuera.

Vendrán muchos del oriente y del poniente, del norte y del sur, y participarán en el banquete del Reino de Dios. Pues los que ahora son los últimos, serán los primeros; y los que ahora son los primeros, serán los últimos”.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 25, 2019

Reading 1IS 66:18-21

Thus says the LORD:
I know their works and their thoughts,
and I come to gather nations of every language;
they shall come and see my glory. 
I will set a sign among them;
from them I will send fugitives to the nations:
to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan,
to the distant coastlands
that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory;
and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations. 
They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations
as an offering to the LORD,
on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries,
to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD,
just as the Israelites bring their offering
to the house of the LORD in clean vessels. 
Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD.

Responsorial PsalmPS 117:1, 2

R.(Mk 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2HEB 12:5-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons. 
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. 
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

AlleluiaJN 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father, except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. 
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” 
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough. 
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from. 
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. 
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

MacKenzie Classic Tournament at Northwood

After a week of triple digit temperatures, it was a blessing to enjoy a splendid day at Northwood. Our intrepid golfers were blessed by Fr. Luis and set off for a shot gun start. It was a day of fun, laughter and friendship, which ended with dinner together for 55 people enjoying delicious ribs and chicken and a lovely white cake with rasbberry filling and decorated with the MacKenzie Logo.

Incredibly creative center piece featured golf balls on tees and real turf strewn with tees inscribed with MacKenzie Classic. Each table had a tartan plaid runner, a tribute to the Scottish heritage of Dr. MacKenzie and the game of golf. Decorations were done by Larry Love, assisted by Jim Breaux and Linda Payne.

XX Domingo Ordinario – 18 De Agosto 2019

Primera lectura 

Jer 38, 4-6. 8-10

Durante el sitio de Jerusalén, los jefes que tenían prisionero a Jeremías dijeron al rey: “Hay que matar a este hombre, porque las cosas que dice desmoralizan a los guerreros que quedan en esta ciudad y a todo el pueblo. Es evidente que no busca el bienestar del pueblo, sino su perdición”.

Respondió el rey Sedecías: “Lo tienen ya en sus manos y el rey no puede nada contra ustedes”. Entonces ellos tomaron a Jeremías y, descolgándolo con cuerdas, lo echaron en el pozo del príncipe Melquías, situado en el patio de la prisión. En el pozo no había agua, sino lodo, y Jeremías quedó hundido en el lodo.

Ebed-Mélek, el etíope, oficial de palacio, fue a ver al rey y le dijo: “Señor, está mal hecho lo que estos hombres hicieron con Jeremías, arrojándolo al pozo, donde va a morir de hambre”.

Entonces el rey ordenó a Ebed-Mélek: “Toma treinta hombres contigo y saca del pozo a Jeremías, antes de que muera”.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 39, 2. 3. 4. 18

R. (14b) Señor, date prisa en ayudarme.
Esperé en el Seño con gran confianza;
él se inclinó hacia mí
y escuchó mis plegarias.   
R. Señor, date prisa en ayudarme.
Del charco cenagoso
y la fosa mortal me puso a salvo; 
puso formes mis pies sobre lo roca
y aseguró mis pasos.   
R. Señor, date prisa en ayudarme.
El me puso en la boca un canto nuevo,
un himno a nuestro Dios.
Muchos se conmovieron al ver esto 
y confiaron también en el Señor.   
R. Señor, date prisa en ayudarme.
A mí, tu siervo, pobre y desdichado,
no me dejes, Señor, en el olvido. 
Tú eres quien me ayuda y quien me salva; 
no te tardes, Dios mío.   
R. Señor, date prisa en ayudarme.


Segunda lectura

Heb 12, 1-4

Hermanos: Rodeados, como estamos, por la multitud de antepasados nuestros, que dieron prueba de su fe, dejemos todo lo que nos estorba; librémonos del pecado que nos ata, para correr con perseverancia la carrera que tenemos por delante, fija la mirada en Jesús, autor y consumador de nuestra fe. Él, en vista del gozo que se le proponía, aceptó la cruz, sin temer su ignominia, y por eso está sentado a la derecha del trono de Dios.

Mediten, pues, en el ejemplo de aquel que quiso sufrir tanta oposición de parte de los pecadores, y no se cansen ni pierdan el ánimo, porque todavía no han llegado a derramar su sangre en la lucha contra el pecado.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Jn 10, 27

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Mis ovejas escuchan mi voz, dice el Señor;
yo las conozco y ellas me siguen.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Lc 12, 49-53

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “He venido a traer fuego a la tierra, ¡y cuánto desearía que ya estuviera ardiendo! Tengo que recibir un bautismo, ¡y cómo me angustio mientras llega!

¿Piensan acaso que he venido a traer paz a la tierra? De ningún modo. No he venido a traer la paz, sino la división. De aquí en adelante, de cinco que haya en una familia, estarán divididos tres contra dos y dos contra tres. Estará dividido el padre contra el hijo, el hijo contra el padre, la madre contra la hija y la hija contra la madre, la suegra contra la nuera y la nuera contra la suegra”.

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 18, 2019

Reading 1JER 38:4-6, 8-10

In those days, the princes said to the king:
“Jeremiah ought to be put to death;
he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city,
and all the people, by speaking such things to them;
he is not interested in the welfare of our people,
but in their ruin.” 
King Zedekiah answered: “He is in your power”;
for the king could do nothing with them. 
And so they took Jeremiah
and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah,
which was in the quarters of the guard,
letting him down with ropes. 
There was no water in the cistern, only mud,
and Jeremiah sank into the mud.

Ebed-melech, a court official,
went there from the palace and said to him:
“My lord king,
these men have been at fault
in all they have done to the prophet Jeremiah,
casting him into the cistern. 
He will die of famine on the spot,
for there is no more food in the city.” 
Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushite
to take three men along with him,
and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before
he should die.

Responsorial PsalmPS 40:2, 3, 4, 18

R. (14b)  Lord, come to my aid!
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
 out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
 he made firm my steps.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
And he put a new song into my mouth,
 a hymn to our God.
Many shall look on in awe
 and trust in the LORD.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
Though I am afflicted and poor,
 yet the LORD thinks of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
 O my God, hold not back!
R. Lord, come to my aid!

Reading 2HEB 12:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
the leader and perfecter of faith. 
For the sake of the joy that lay before him
he endured the cross, despising its shame,
and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. 
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,
in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 
In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

AlleluiaJN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing! 
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! 
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? 
No, I tell you, but rather division. 
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

XIX Domingo Ordinario – 11 De Agosto 2019

Primera lectura 

Sab 18, 6-9

La noche de la liberación pascual fue anunciada con anterioridad a nuestros padres, para que se confortaran al reconocer la firmeza de las promesas en que habían creído.

Tu pueblo esperaba a la vez la salvación de los justos y el exterminio de sus enemigos. En efecto, con aquello mismo con que castigaste a nuestros adversarios nos cubriste de gloria a tus elegidos.

Por eso, los piadosos hijos de un pueblo justo celebraron la Pascua en sus casas, y de común acuerdo se impusieron esta ley sagrada, de que todos los santos participaran por igual de los bienes y de los peligros. Y ya desde entonces cantaron los himnos de nuestros padres.


Salmo Responsorial

Salmo 32, 1 y 12. 18-19. 20 y 22

R. (12b) Dichoso el pueblo escogido por Dios. 
Que los justos aclamen al Señor,
es propio de los justos alabarlo.
Feliz la nación cuyo Dios es el Señor,
dichoso el pueblo que eligió por suyo. 
R. Dichoso el pueblo escogido por Dios.
Cuida el Señor de aquellos que lo temen
y en su bondad confían; 
los salva de la muerte 
y en épocas de hambre les da vida.  
R. Dichoso el pueblo escogido por Dios.
En el Señor está nuestra esperanza,:
Pues él nuestra ayuda y nuestro amparo.
Muéstrate bondadoso con nosotros, 
puesto que ti, Señor, hemos confiado. 
R. Dichoso el pueblo escogido por Dios.


Segunda lectura

Heb 11, 1-2. 8-19

Hermanos: La fe es la forma de poseer, ya desde ahora, lo que se espera y de conocer las realidades que no se ven. Por ella fueron alabados nuestros mayores.

Por su fe, Abraham, obediente al llamado de Dios, y sin saber a dónde iba, partió hacia la tierra que habría de recibir como herencia. Por la fe, vivió como extranjero en la tierra prometida, en tiendas de campaña, como Isaac y Jacob, coherederos de la misma promesa después de él. Porque ellos esperaban la ciudad de sólidos cimientos, cuyo arquitecto y constructor es Dios.

Por su fe, Sara, aun siendo estéril y a pesar de su avanzada edad, pudo concebir un hijo, porque creyó que Dios habría de ser fiel a la promesa; y así, de un solo hombre, ya anciano, nació una descendencia numerosa como las estrellas del cielo e incontable como las arenas del mar.

Todos ellos murieron firmes en la fe. No alcanzaron los bienes prometidos, pero los vieron y los saludaron con gozo desde lejos. Ellos reconocieron que eran extraños y peregrinos en la tierra. Quienes hablan así, dan a entender claramente que van en busca de una patria; pues si hubieran añorado la patria de donde habían salido, habrían estado a tiempo de volver a ella todavía. Pero ellos ansiaban una patria mejor: la del cielo. Por eso Dios no se avergüenza de ser llamado su Dios, pues les tenía preparada una ciudad.

Por su fe, Abraham, cuando Dios le puso una prueba, se dispuso a sacrificar a Isaac, su hijo único, garantía de la promesa, porque Dios le había dicho: De Isaac nacerá la descendencia que ha de llevar tu nombre. Abraham pensaba, en efecto, que Dios tiene poder hasta para resucitar a los muertos; por eso le fue devuelto Isaac, que se convirtió así en un símbolo profético.

O bien:

Heb 11, 1-2. 8-12

Hermanos: La fe es la forma de poseer, ya desde ahora, lo que se espera y de conocer las realidades que no se ven. Por ella fueron alabados nuestros mayores.

Por su fe, Abraham, obediente al llamado de Dios, y sin saber a dónde iba, partió hacia la tierra que habría de recibir como herencia. Por la fe, vivió como extranjero en la tierra prometida, en tiendas de campaña, como Isaac y Jacob, coherederos de la misma promesa después de él. Porque ellos esperaban la ciudad de sólidos cimientos, cuyo arquitecto y constructor es Dios.

Por su fe, Sara, aun siendo estéril y a pesar de su avanzada edad, pudo concebir un hijo, porque creyó que Dios habría de ser fiel a la promesa; y así, de un solo hombre, ya anciano, nació una descendencia numerosa como las estrellas del cielo e incontable como las arenas del mar.

Aclamación antes del Evangelio

Mt 24, 42. 44

R. Aleluya, aleluya.
Estén preparados, porque no saben
a qué hora va a venir el Hijo del hombre.
R. Aleluya.


Evangelio

Lc 12, 32-48

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: “No temas, rebañito mío, porque tu Padre ha tenido a bien darte el Reino. Vendan sus bienes y den limosnas. Consíganse unas bolsas que no se destruyan y acumulen en el cielo un tesoro que no se acaba, allá donde no llega el ladrón, ni carcome la polilla. Porque donde está su tesoro, ahí estará su corazón.

Estén listos, con la túnica puesta y las lámparas encendidas. Sean semejantes a los criados que están esperando a que su señor regrese de la boda, para abrirle en cuanto llegue y toque. Dichosos aquellos a quienes su señor, al llegar, encuentre en vela. Yo les aseguro que se recogerá la túnica, los hará sentar a la mesa y él mismo les servirá. Y si llega a medianoche o a la madrugada y los encuentra en vela, dichosos ellos.

Fíjense en esto: Si un padre de familia supiera a qué hora va a venir el ladrón, estaría vigilando y no dejaría que se le metiera por un boquete en su casa. Pues también ustedes estén preparados, porque a la hora en que menos lo piensen vendrá el Hijo del hombre”.

Entonces Pedro le preguntó a Jesús: “¿Dices esta parábola sólo por nosotros o por todos?” El Señor le respondió: “Supongan que un administrador, puesto por su amo al frente de la servidumbre, con el encargo de repartirles a su tiempo los alimentos, se porta con fidelidad y prudencia. Dichoso este siervo, si el amo, a su llegada, lo encuentra cumpliendo con su deber. Yo les aseguro que lo pondrá al frente de todo lo que tiene. Pero si este siervo piensa: ‘Mi amo tardará en llegar’ y empieza a maltratar a los criados y a las criadas, a comer, a beber y a embriagarse, el día menos pensado y a la hora más inesperada, llegará su amo y lo castigará severamente y le hará correr la misma suerte que a los hombres desleales.

El servidor que, conociendo la voluntad de su amo, no haya preparado ni hecho lo que debía, recibirá muchos azotes; pero el que, sin conocerla, haya hecho algo digno de castigo, recibirá pocos.

Al que mucho se le da, se le exigirá mucho, y al que mucho se le confía, se le exigirá mucho más”.

O bien:

Lc 12, 35-40

En aquel tiempo, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos: Estén listos, con la túnica puesta y las lámparas encendidas. Sean semejantes a los criados que están esperando a que su señor regrese de la boda, para abrirle en cuanto llegue y toque. Dichosos aquellos a quienes su señor, al llegar, encuentre en vela. Yo les aseguro que se recogerá la túnica, los hará sentar a la mesa y él mismo les servirá. Y si llega a medianoche o a la madrugada y los encuentra en vela, dichosos ellos.

Fíjense en esto: Si un padre de familia supiera a qué hora va a venir el ladrón, estaría vigilando y no dejaría que se le metiera por un boquete en su casa. Pues también ustedes estén preparados, porque a la hora en que menos lo piensen vendrá el Hijo del hombre”.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 11, 2019

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 117

Reading 1WIS 18:6-9

The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers,
 that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith,
 they might have courage.
 Your people awaited the salvation of the just
 and the destruction of their foes.
 For when you punished our adversaries,
 in this you glorified us whom you had summoned.
 For in secret the holy children of the good were offering sacrifice
 and putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.

Responsorial PsalmPS 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22

R. (12b) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.B
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
 praise from the upright is fitting.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
 the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
 upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
 and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
 who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
 who have put our hope in you.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Reading 2HEB 11:1-2, 8-19

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen. 
Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance;
he went out, not knowing where he was to go. 
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and maker is God. 
By faith he received power to generate,
even though he was past the normal age
—and Sarah herself was sterile—
for he thought that the one who had made the promise was 
trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man,
himself as good as dead,
descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as countless as the sands on the seashore.

All these died in faith. 
They did not receive what had been promised
but saw it and greeted it from afar
and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth,
for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland. 
If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come,
they would have had opportunity to return. 
But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one. 
Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them.

By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son,
of whom it was said,
“Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.” 
He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead,
and he received Isaac back as a symbol.

OrHEB 11:1-2, 8-12

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen. 
Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance;
he went out, not knowing where he was to go. 
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and maker is God. 
By faith he received power to generate,
even though he was past the normal age
—and Sarah herself was sterile—
for he thought that the one who had made the promise was
trustworthy.
 So it was that there came forth from one man,
himself as good as dead,
descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as countless as the sands on the seashore.

AlleluiaMT 24;42A, 44

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Stay awake and be ready!
For you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:32-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. 
Sell your belongings and give alms. 
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. 
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. 
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.  
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. 
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants. 
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into. 
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” 
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? 
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. 
Truly, I say to you, the master will put the servant
in charge of all his property. 
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly. 
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

OrLK 12:35-40

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. 
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. 
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have the servants recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. 
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants. 
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into. 
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 4, 2019

WELCOME FR. JOHNY DCRUZ
Fr. Johny Dcruz will speak at all the masses August 3rd & 4th.
“Catholic journalists for Christian presence in media, employment
and social change in India”
Divyavani (God’s Word) is an initiative of Telugu Catholic Bishops
Council (TCBC) comprising of two big Telugu language speaking
states (100 million population) in South India working for the cause
of Evangelisation, faith formation, and social change through TV
programming and by way of training unemployed youth, drop out
girls, and women for life skills. India, the second largest country in
the world with the population of 1.3 billion people is still rooted in
social evils such as gender inequality and unemployment.
According to UNICEF report 65 million female babies were killed
in India in the last ten years by way of systematic and selective
gender elimination. Today there are only 920 females to every 1000
males in India. Since the vast majority of Indians are Hindus they
believe that only a boy will save them from Hell. There is also the
common notion that the boy is the bread winner. In addition to this,
if a girl has to be married the family has to give huge dowry.
There is also an evil practice of female infanticide – that is killing of
female babies in India. A number of methods are employed to kill
the newborn girls. 1600 people die daily due to diarrhea. This is
simply because 100 million in India do not have safe drinking water.
750 million do not have toilets which is a big health hazard.
In order to address these issues Divyavani Social Communications is
training Catholic graduates as journalists for mainstream media.
These journalists formed with moral conscience in turn bring about
education and awareness. We plan on training 160 youth in batches
of 40 this year. The training cost per student is $200. This makes
them employable and earning about 300 dollars a month. We have
trained 500 Catholic youth as Journalists and most of them are
already employed and bringing about social change.

Reading 1ECC 1:2; 2:21-23

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!

Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill,
and yet to another who has not labored over it,
he must leave property. 
This also is vanity and a great misfortune. 
For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart
with which he has labored under the sun? 
All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation;
even at night his mind is not at rest. 
This also is vanity.

Responsorial PsalmPS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17

R. (1) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
 are as yesterday, now that it is past,
 or as a watch of the night.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
You make an end of them in their sleep;
 the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Teach us to number our days aright,
 that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
 Have pity on your servants!
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
 that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
 prosper the work of our hands for us!
 Prosper the work of our hands!
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 2COL 3:1-5, 9-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 
For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry. 
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator. 
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

The dangers of Affluence

Then he told them a parable. 
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. 
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. 
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Last day to order Early Bird Special tournament tickets. Price goes to $200 tomorrow!

Thank you to our Coffee Service Ministry for a delicious and fun social after the 9:00 mass! Hardboiled eggs stuffed with crab, Grand Marnier Bread Pudding, Ham and Egg Casserole, Spinach and Cheese puff paste pinwheels, “Tommy Salami” treats from Tatum Cissell (who just made her first communion this year), delicious breakfast cakes, the list goes on and on.,,,croissants with creme fraiche and fresh picked blackberries….Yum! This is just a partial list! We were busy selling raffle tickets and MacKenzie Classic Golf Tournament tickets!