Saturday, February 28, 2015

I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living - Sunday Mass Reading March 1, 2015

Second Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 26

Reading 1 GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18
God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”

When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
R. (116:9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

Reading 2 ROM 8:31B-34
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.

Verse Before The Gospel CF. MT 17:5
From the shining cloud the Father's voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, listen to him.

Gospel MK 9:2-10
Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oratio Imperata for Peace

Lord of Peace, we come to You in our need
Create in us an awareness
of the massive forces of violence and terrorism
that threaten our world today.

Grant us a sense of urgency
to activate the forces of goodness, of justice,
of love and of peace in our communities.

Where there is armed conflict,
let us stretch out our arms to our
brothers and sisters.

Where there is abundance and luxury,
let there be simple lifestyle and sharing.

Where there is poverty and misery,
let there be dignified living and constant striving for just structures.

Where there is selfish ambition, let there be humble service.
Where there is injustice, let there be humble atonement.
Where there is despair, let there be hope in the Good News.
Where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness.
Where there are lies and deceit, let your Truth set us all of us free.
Where there are thoughts of vengeance, let there be healing and forgiveness.

Help us to be committed to the Gospel of peace.
In spite of our differences in faith traditions and ethnic roots,
Teach us Your spirit of mercy and compassion.

For it is only in loving imitation of you, Lord of Peace,
that we can discover the healing springs of life
that will bring about new birth to our earth
a new era of peace
and a new harmony among all
Forever and ever. Amen.

Proposed by CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas to the clergy distributed to all dioceses nationwide and will be prayed from March 1 to March 28, 2015 during Masses. Philippine bishops encourage people to pray the Oratio Imperata for Peace from March 1 to 28, before the post-communion prayer in every Mass.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

March 2015 Healing Mass Schedule of Father Fernando Suarez

MAR 12 Thursday
04:00 PM
Eucharistic Celebration and Healing Service
Our Lady of Remedy
Gindaruhan, Naga

MAR 13 Friday
10:30 AM
Eucharistic Celebration and Healing Service
Marian Monks Eucharistic Adoration
Simala, Cebu

MAR 13 Friday
02:00 PM
Eucharistic Celebration and Healing Service
Bishop Camomot Shrine
Daughter of Sta. Teresa, Valladolid
Carcar, Cebu

MAR 14 Saturday
09:30 AM
Eucharistic Celebration and Healing Service
San Fernando Rey Parish
Liloan Proper

MAR 21 Saturday
2:00 PM
Eucharistic Celebration and Healing Service
The Lakeshore Tent
Km. 71 NLEX
Mexico, Pampanga
Exit at Mexico Exit
Contact Person: Mr. Joel Montoya +63 (915) 790-8758

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One does live on the word of God

MT 4:4B

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.