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Updated: 31 min 29 sec ago

January 17 2019

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 21:00
Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

Reading 1 HEB 3:7-14

The Holy Spirit says:
Oh, that today you would hear his voice,
“Harden not your hearts as at the rebellion
in the day of testing in the desert,
where your ancestors tested and tried me
and saw my works for forty years.
Because of this I was provoked with that generation
and I said, ‘They have always been of erring heart,
and they do not know my ways.’
As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter into my rest.'”
Take care, brothers and sisters,
that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart,
so as to forsake the living God.
Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,”
so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.
We have become partners of Christ
if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.

Responsorial Psalm PS 95:6-7C, 8-9, 10-11

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Forty years I was wearied of that generation;
I said: “This people’s heart goes astray,
they do not know my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my anger:
“They shall never enter my rest.”

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Alleluia SEE MT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MK 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Today's Readings Homilies

Faith is passed on at home, pope tells parents at baptism

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:16

Pope Francis baptizes one of 27 babies during a Mass on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Jan. 13. CNS/VATICAN MEDIA

By Junno Arocho Esteves

Catholic News Service

January 15, 2019

VATICAN— Faith isn’t something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said.

Although children learn the tenets of the Catholic faith in catechism class, it is first transmitted in the home “because faith always must be transmitted in dialect: the dialect of the family, the dialect of the home, in the atmosphere of the home,” he said before baptizing 27 babies.

The pope celebrated the Mass and baptisms Jan. 13, the feast of the baptism of the Lord, in the Sistine Chapel.

“The important thing is to transmit the faith with your life of faith: that they see the love between spouses, that they see peace at home, that they see that Jesus is there,” Pope Francis said during his brief and unscripted homily.

As the lively sounds of babies’ squeals and cries filled the frescoed Sistine Chapel, the pope said babies often cry when they are “in an environment that is strange” or because they are hungry.

Repeating his usual advice to mothers of infants, the pope urged them to make their children comfortable, and “if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them.”

Children “also have a polyphonic vocation: One begins to cry, then another makes a counterpoint, then another and in the end, it is a chorus of cries,” he said.

Offering a piece of advice to parents, the pope called on them to pass on the faith by letting their children see their love and refrain from arguing in front of them.

“It is normal for couples to argue, it’s normal,” he said. “Do it, but don’t let them hear, don’t let them see. You don’t know the anguish a child has when he or she sees parents fighting. This, I may add, is advice that will help you transmit the faith.”

Later, after praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asked those gathered to pray for the newly baptized babies and their families. He also asked them to “keep the memory of your own baptism alive.”

“There you will find the roots of our life in God; the roots of our eternal life that Jesus has given us through his incarnation, passion, death and resurrection,” he said. “Our roots are in baptism.”

January 16 2019

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 21:00
Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 HEB 2:14-18

Since the children share in blood and Flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

Responsorial Psalm PS 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generationsB
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia JN 10:27

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

Gospel MK 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn,
he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.

Today's Readings Homilies

Tondo church gets archdiocesan shrine status

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:41

The Sto. Niño Parish de Tondo Parish Church will be formally elevated into an archdiocesan shrine on Feb. 5. PHOTO FROM RCAM-AOC

By CBCP News

January 15, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Sto. Niño Parish Church in Manila’s Tondo district has been elevated to “archdiocesan shrine” status.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle himself made the announcement during a Mass at the Tondo church on Jan. 12.

The cardinal said the elevation stemmed from the petition of Tondo parish priest Fr. Estelito Villegas and the local community.

“We likewise grant to the said Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño all the rights and privileges as embodied in the statutes which we also approve at the same time,” Tagle said in his decree.

In his homily, he challenge the devotees to be prepared as they embrace their new identity and mission.

“If that is your identity, that’s also your mission. Along with your identity is becoming a missionary for evangelization,” said Tagle.

The rite formally declaring the parish as an archdiocesan shrine will be held during a mass to be presided over by the cardinal on Feb. 5.

January 15 2019

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:00
Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 HEB 2:5-12

It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,
of which we are speaking.
Instead, someone has testified somewhere:

What is man that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under his feet.

In “subjecting” all things to him,
he left nothing not “subject to him.”
Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,”
but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor”
because he suffered death,
he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates
and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers” saying:

I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.

Responsorial Psalm PS 8:2AB AND 5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (see 7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

O LORD, our Lord,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?

R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.

R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

All sheep and oxen,
yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

Alleluia SEE 1 THES 2:13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MK 1:21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Today's Readings Homilies

Get to bottom of passport data mess, gov’t urged

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 20:32

Department of Foreign Affairs. DFA FILE PHOTO

By CBCP News

January 14, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop on Monday asked the government to get into the bottom of the supposed passport data loss in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) said the problem must be addressed and not repeated.

“To investigate, to correct the mistakes and mess, and to punish the guilty is great service to the country, especially to our overseas Filipino Workers,” he said.

Malacañang has already ordered the National Privacy Commission to investigate the “serious and grave matter”.

A Senate probe is being sought to look into the failure of DFA to preserve passport data after contract of a third-party service provider was terminated.

“We appeal for thorough investigation, no sacred cows, those guilty be prosecuted,” Santos said.

The prelate also said that the new requirements for applying passports such as birth certificates will pose problems to many OFWs.

“They have not been properly notified, posted more difficulties for them in terms of time, expenses and burden to their families in order to get those birth certificates,” he said.

Bishop blasts Duterte as ‘disgrace to our country’

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 20:05

Protesters stage a rally in Manila to protest the “extrajudicial killings” under President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs. FILE PHOTO

By Roy Lagarde

January 14, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has spurned attacks by President Rodrigo Duterte on the Church, saying defiantly that no one can silence them against the administration’s supposed “kill, kill, kill” mindset.

Bishops Ruperto Santos of Balanga said that the spate of killings under the Duterte administration is a “disappointment” to the country.

“His presidency is disappointment and disgrace to our country. It is known as ‘kill, kill, kill’. And we totally speak, stand against it,” Santos said.

The prelate was reacting to Duterte’s recent tirade against the Church, even saying that bishops should be killed for supposedly doing nothing but criticize his administration.

Malacañang brushed off his remarks as just a “joke” but it is no laughing matter for the bishops.

Bishop Santos said such statement from the President may promote criminality and lawlessness.

“If he does it with bishops, how much more to ordinary citizens? What kind of head of state (is he) who encourages killing?” he exclaimed.

Last week, Duterte in a supposed joke suggested to bystanders to rob and kill rich bishops.

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said such public statements are already alarming and condemnable.

“And his ‘fans’ consider his murderous words as a mere joke! Is it a joke to advise people to kill?” Bastes lamented.

“There should be a mass movement among decent Filipinos to make him desist from speaking like a devil. Let us do something to make him stop this evil!” he added.

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