Feast of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, December 12, 2016

12/12/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Zechariah 2:14-17(10-13)

10 Sing praise and rejoice, daughter of Zion. For behold, I approach, and I will dwell in your midst, says the Lord. 11 And many nations will be joined to the Lord in that day, and they will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. And you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 12 And the Lord will possess his portion, Judah, in the sanctified land, and still he will single out Jerusalem. 13 Let all flesh be silent before the face of the Lord: for he has arisen from his holy dwelling place.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm Judith 12:18(23)bcde, 19(24)

(Judith 15:9(10)) (You) are the honor of our people.

23 O daughter, you have been blessed by the Lord, the most high God, above all the women on earth.

(You) are the honor of our people.

24 Blessed is the Lord, who made heaven and earth, who has guided you in harming the head of the leader of our enemies.

(You) are the honor of our people.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1:39-47

39 And in those days, Mary, rising up, traveled quickly into the hill country, to a city of Judah. 40 And she entered into the house of Zechariah, and she greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened that, as Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And how does this concern me, so that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, as the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed are you who believed, for the things that were spoken to you by the Lord shall be accomplished.”

46 And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord. 47 And my spirit leaps for joy in God my Savior.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to the daily Mass readings. The readings are taken and adapted from the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Holy Bible.

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time.

This is where Kit Kat is buried. R.I.P. little buddy.

 

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2016

12/08/2016

A reading from the book of Genesis 3:9-15, 20

9 And the Lord God called Adam and said to him: “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard your voice in Paradise, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and so I hid myself.” 11 He said to him, “Then who told you that you were naked, if you have not eaten of the tree from which I instructed you that you should not eat?” 12 And Adam said, “The woman, whom you gave to me as a companion, gave to me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “Why have you done this?” And she responded, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 And the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed among all living things, even the wild beasts of the earth. Upon your breast shall you travel, and the ground shall you eat, all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmities between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring. She will crush your head, and you will lie in wait for her heel.”

20 And Adam called the name of his wife, ‘Eve,’ because she was the mother of all the living.

The word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm 98(97):1, 2-3b, 3c-4

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders. His right hand has accomplished salvation for him, with his holy arm.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.

2 The Lord has made known his salvation. He has revealed his justice in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Sing joyfully to God, all the earth. Sing and exult, and sing psalms.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has performed wonders.


A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

(Brothers and sisters:)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ, 4 just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and immaculate in his sight, in charity. 5 He has predestined us to adoption as sons, through Jesus Christ, in himself, according to the purpose of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his grace, with which he has gifted us in his beloved Son.

11 In him, we too are called to our portion, having been predestined in accord with the plan of the One who accomplishes all things by the counsel of his will. 12 So may we be, to the praise of his glory, we who have hoped beforehand in Christ.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38

26 (The) Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.

28 And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”

29 And when she had heard this, she was disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be.

30 And the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.

31 Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name: JESUS.

32 He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity.

33 And his kingdom shall have no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done, since I do not know man?”

35 And in response, the Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. And because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

36 And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.

37 For no word will be impossible with God.”

38 Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read the daily Mass readings. The readings are taken and adapted from the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Holy Bible.

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time.


Monday of the Second Week of Advent, December 5, 2016

12/05/2016

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah 35:1-10

1 The desolate and impassable land will rejoice, and the place of solitude will exult, and it will flourish like the lily. 2 It will spring up and blossom, and it will exult with rejoicing and praising. The glory of Lebanon has been given to it, with the beauty of Carmel and Sharon. These will see the glory of the Lord and the beauty of our God. 3 Strengthen the lax hands, and confirm the weak knees! 4 Say to the fainthearted: “Take courage and fear not! Behold, your God will bring the vindication of retribution. God himself will arrive to save you.” 5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared. 6 Then the disabled will leap like a buck, and the tongue of the mute will be untied.

For the waters have burst forth in the desert, and torrents in solitary places. 7 And the land that was dry will have a pond, and the thirsty land will have fountains of water. In the hollows where the serpents lived before, there will rise up the greenery of reed and bulrush. 8 And there shall be a path and a road in that place. And it will be called the Holy Way. The defiled will not pass through it. For this will be an upright path for you, so much so that the foolish will not wander along it. 9 There will be no lions in that place, and harmful wild animals will neither climb up to it, nor be found there. Only those who have been freed will walk in that place. 10 And the redeemed of the Lord will be converted, and they will return to Zion with praising. And everlasting joy will be upon their heads. They will obtain gladness and rejoicing. For pain and sorrow will flee away.

The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 85(84):9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14

(Is 35:4) God himself will arrive to save you.

9 I will listen to what the Lord God may be saying to me. For he will speak peace to his people, 10 truly his salvation is near to those who fear him, so that glory may inhabit our land.

God himself will arrive to save you.

11 Mercy and truth have met each other. Justice and peace have kissed. 12 Truth has risen from the earth, and justice has gazed down from heaven.

God himself will arrive to save you.

3 For so will the Lord give goodness, and our earth will give her fruit. 14 Justice will walk before him, and he will set his steps upon the way.

God himself will arrive to save you.

 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 5:17-26

17 And it happened, on a certain day, that he again sat down, teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting nearby, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present, to heal them. 18 And behold, some men were carrying in the bed of a man who was paralyzed. And they sought a way to bring him in, and to place him before him. 19 And not finding a way by which they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they climbed up to the roof, and they let him down through the roof tiles with his bed, into their midst, in front of Jesus. 20 And when he saw his faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

21 And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: “Who is this, who is speaking blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins, except God alone?” 22 But when Jesus realized their thoughts, responding, he said to them: “What are you thinking in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk?’ 24 But so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he said to the paralytic, “I say to you: Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your house.”

25 And at once, rising up in their sight, he took up the bed on which he was lying, and he went away to his own house, magnifying God. 26 And astonishment took hold of everyone, and they were magnifying God. And they were filled with fear, saying: “For we have seen miracles today.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read the daily Mass readings. The readings are taken and adapted from the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Holy Bible.

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


Tuesday of the First Week of Advent, November 29, 2016

11/29/2016

First Reading Is 11:1-10

1 And a rod will go forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower will ascend from his root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety. 3 And he will be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He will not judge according to
the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.

4 Instead, he will judge the poor with justice, and he will reprove the meek of the earth with fairness. And he will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and he will slay the impious with the spirit of his lips. 5 And justice will be the belt around his waist. And faith will be the warrior’s belt at his side. 6 The wolf will dwell with the lamb; and the leopard will lie down with the kid; the calf and the lion and the sheep will abide together; and a little boy will drive them. 7 The calf and the bear will feed together; their young ones will rest together. And the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 And a breastfeeding infant will play above the lair of the asp. And a child who has been weaned will thrust his hand into the den of the king snake.

9 They will not harm, and they will not kill, on all my holy mountain. For the earth has been filled with the knowledge of the Lord, like the waters covering the sea. 10 In that day, the root of Jesse, who stands as a sign among the people, the same the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulcher will be glorious.  The word of the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm 72(71):2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

2 Give your judgment, O God, to the king, and your justice to the king’s son, to judge your people with justice and your poor with judgment.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

7 In his days, justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away. 8 And he will rule from sea to sea and from the river to the limits of the whole world.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

12 For he will free the poor from the powerful, and the poor one who has no helper. 13 He will spare the poor and the indigent, and he will bring salvation to the souls of the poor.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

17 May his name be blessed forever; may his name remain before the sun. And all the tribes of the earth will be blessed in him. All nations will magnify him.

Justice will rise like the sun, with abundance of peace, until the moon is taken away.

 

Gospel Lk 10:21-24

21 In the same hour, (Jesus) exulted in the Holy Spirit, and he said: “I confess to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones. It is so, Father, because this way was pleasing before you. 22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and those to whom the Son has chosen to reveal him.”

23 And turning to his disciples, he said: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I say to you, that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things that you see, and they did not see them, and to hear the things that you hear, and they did not hear them.”  The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read the daily Mass readings. The readings are taken and adapted from the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Holy Bible.

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


Off the Rails!

03/06/2016

Jesus teaches the parable of the prodigal son again at the Sunday Mass, our second look at this Gospel (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) during Lent 2016.

Let’s look at it from the son’s perspective before he gets back to his dad.

First, he tells his dad “I don’t want to wait for you to die. Gimme my share of your money now.”

Then, he pisses it all away.

Then, he comes to his senses. He realizes that his father’s servants have it better than he does, slaving away, slopping pigs. He decides that he needs to confess his sins.

Here’s today’s grotesque video look at the message:

Ever come to your senses after going off the rails when burying your heavenly Father? How does it feel, going into and coming out of that confessional?

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


Is the Bible Still Relevant?

03/03/2016

Is the Bible still relevant or an ancient manuscript with outdated ideas that don’t apply any more?

It’s not relevant to modern life and society. It fit the needs of the people for the time in which it was written.

Right?

Hear what Jeremiah and Jesus have to say about it:

This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech.  –  Jeremiah 7:28

Jesus says:

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  –  Luke 11:23

What nation are they talking about?

Sure sounds relevant to what’s happening in this country today.

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


If You Were Desperate For a Cure…

02/29/2016

You’re severely ill. Commonly accepted prescribed treatments are no longer effective or don’t work at all. In desperation, what would you do? My thoughts on what an ancient Syrian did and what Jesus said about it are in today’s video:

 

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


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