Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace (Prayer attributed to Saint Francis)

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon; 
where there is doubt, faith; 
where there is despair, hope; 
where there is darkness, light; 
where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, 
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; 
to be understood as to understand; 
to be loved as to love; 

For it is in giving that we receive; 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Our Mission

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul mission is very simple: Grow our members spirituality and faith through personal contact and service to our brothers and sisters in need. This Vincentian ethic of faith-in-action forms the helping hand that puts a meal on a family's table and ensures the lights and heat stay on. Our faith in action sees to it that men, women, and children are clothed, have a bed or needed furniture, or even just a safe place to sleep. It's reaching out to those in need and giving them the gift of Hope.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organization that provides individual help to those in need and seeks to address the causes of poverty arid injustice. To achieve this, our members are nourished by prayer, reflections, and supportive gatherings. They strive to walk in the footsteps of Jesus who comforted the sick, embraced lepers, and washed the feet of strangers.
Although a Catholic organization, we offer person-to-person help for those in need without regard to religious affiliation. We see the face of God in all humans - of every persuasion and from all walks of life - who may benefit from our aid.

History of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

In 1833, Frederic Ozanam was a young law student at Sorbonne in France. Challenged during a debate to demonstrate what Catholic students were personally doing to help the poor in their Parish, Ozanam - only 20 years of age - took immediate action. He and six fellow students established a group which they named The Conference of Charity and financed its charitable works out of their own pockets.

Guided by the highly regarded Sister Rosalie Rendue of the Daughters of Charity, Ozanam pioneered an enduring process of service for the poor. In 1833 Ozanam placed the Conference under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, who had earlier served the poor of 16th Century France.

In 1845, the Society crossed the Atlantic and established a United States foothold in St. Louis, Missouri. Some 80 years later it arrived in Santa Fe when the first conference was established at St. Francis Cathedral in 1925. New conferences throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe soon followed.

Today, St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is forty-eight conferences strong and continues to grow. We are a network of 501(c)(3) approved non-profit conferences, stores, and pantries, and donations are tax deductible.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was able to serve some 170,000 people in need. This was achieved through the combined efforts of our 48 conferences, 23 food pantries, and seven thrift stores.

These organizations mutually support the St. Vincent de Paul mission through differing methods and means, and their collective contribution is vital.

Website: St. Vincent de Paul Society USA

Source: People of God

Monday, February 19, 2018

How does my contribution to the Annual Catholic Appeal benefit the community?

Your community, parish and all people of the Archdiocese benefit from the Annual Catholic Appeal through the services and programs provided by the Archdiocesan ministries.

In addition, every parish in the Archdiocese is assigned an ACA financial goal. Once met, 100% of all contributions received over the goal are returned to the parish in the form of a rebate. Rebates may be used by the parish to fund local ministries or special projects.

ACA: How much should I give?

As Archbishop Wester has suggested, we should give based on how grateful we are. There is also biblical guidance when making these decisions. Here are some things to consider:

The average American gives away 2% of his income to charity and the church of his choice. According to scripture, this number is way off: people of faith should be giving away 10% of their income, a practice known as tithing.

The concept of the tithe comes from a word that means “a tenth,” and first appears in the Bible in the book of Genesis when Abram gave “a tenth of everything” to the High Priest Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20)

The book of Leviticus says that “All tithes of the land, whether in grain from the fields or in fruit from the trees, belong to the Lord, as sacred to him…The tithes of the herd and the flock shall be determined by ceding to the Lord as sacred every tenth animal as they are counted by the herdsman’s rod.” (Leviticus 27:30-32)

People who argue that the Old Testament is outdated and need not be adhered to in this regard may be right, but think again: in the New Testament, Jesus calls for even more lavish giving:

“When [Jesus] looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”(Luke 21:1-4)

“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.” (Luke 6:38)

Can you imagine someone at Mass, during the offertory, grabbing the basket from the usher and stuffing it full of money, packing it together, shaking it down, until the basket could hold no more? Probably not, but throwing a buck in there is not the answer. “That’s basically an afterthought,” says Phil Lenahan, Catholic author of ‘Seven Steps to Becoming Financially Free: A Catholic Guide to Managing Your Money’. “We don’t want God to be an afterthought.”

But God doesn’t need our money. Why should we part with our hard-earned cash? First of all, from a purely practical standpoint, the Church needs a certain amount of money to stay in operation.

The second reason is more important. Giving alms to the Church and to the poor is a spiritual practice that helps us to grow in holiness. The money we offer is a symbol of ourselves and a sign of our detachment from material goods. God doesn’t need our money, but we need to give it away in order to avoid being mastered by it:

Whatever you possess must not possess you; whatever you own must be under the power of your soul; for if your soul is overpowered by the love of this world’s goods, it will be totally at the mercy of its possessions. (Pope St. Gregory the Great)

In this regard, whatever we give away will be transformed and returned to us a hundredfold, so we definitely don’t want to be stingy:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. (Matthew 6:19-21)

The usual way of dividing up the tithe is 5% to the parish, 2.5% to the poor, and 2.5% to other worthy causes (pro-life, Church missions, religious communities, and so on.) Should you tithe from your net (after-tax) income, or from your gross (before tax) income? That depends. Do you want God to bless your net or your gross? The level of giving is up to you, but above all, trust God and be generous.

“…for the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (Luke 6:38)

“This is the meaning of true love: to give until it hurts.” (Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Other scripture verses:

The Bible contains over 2,000 verses and references to matters of finance and stewardship. Here are a few of them:

“At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithes of your produce for that year and deposit them in community stores, that the Levite who has no share in the heritage with you, and also the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community, may come and eat their fill; so that the Lord, your God, may bless you in all that you undertake.” (Deuteronomy 14:28-29)

“Mine is the silver and mine the gold, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Haggai 2:8)

“The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1-2)

In the end, no one can tell you how much to give. Your decision will depend on your own financial circumstances, your understanding and practice of Christian Stewardship, and the needs of the Annual Catholic Appeal. The Archbishop only asks that you prayerfully make a pledge and donate in proportion to your means.

Please see suggested donation chart below for further assistance:

Examples of Ways Our Combined Gifts Can Help Others

$5 purchases one Catholic Bible to be given to:
     a retreat participant
     a parish RCIA catechumen
     a confirmation student.

$10 for one person to attend the People Living with Disabilities Retreat.
$10 per person to attend a Singles Healthy Relationship 3-week course.
$10 per participant in ASF Year of Mercy Day.
$10 sends an information packet from the USCCB Annual Pro-Life program to a parish.
$10 sponsors a detention volunteer at the annual Detention Volunteer Appreciation Day.

$12.50 sends one attendee to the Annual Advent Gathering sponsored by the Native American Office.

$15 sponsors a middle school student to attend the ASF Mid-School Youth Conference.

$30 sponsors a mother/daughter to attend an afternoon tea sponsored by the Family Life Office.

$35 sends one Youth to the pre-season ASF soccer camp.
$35 registers one Youth for ASF Soccer League.
$35 sponsors one man to attend the Annual Men Under Construction Conference.

$40 sends one youth to the Annual ASF Youth Conference.

$50 provides one scholarship for one participant to attend a full week of Summer Certification
Formation classes.

$70 sponsors one class for Catechetical Leaders training.

$100 sponsors a young person to attend the Catholic Christian Leadership Institute (CLI).
$100 for 100 Christmas goodie bags for youth in the Bernalillo County Detention Center.
$100 helps sponsor an attendee to the Social Action Summer Institute.
$100 sponsors one Love and Logic Parenting Series for up to 10 parents.
$100 provides partial transportation cost for one participant to the Regional V Encuentro.
$100 provides stipend for professional grief counseling session for families.

$200 subsidizes a special speaker for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
$200 pays for one speaker for a full day of formation for 100 ministers registered for the Escuelas de Ministerio (Spanish Language Ministry Formation).
$200 sponsors one Mass of Hope and Healing for those who have Lost a Child.

$300 sponsors a Building Healthy Relationships 6-week course for up to 20 couples (dating,
engaged or married).
$300 covers material/books for up to 20 individuals to attend the Mariposas support group for
families struggling with addictions. Mariposas meets weekly; ongoing.

$450 provides bus transportation for 45 Native Americans to attend the Native American Mass in Santa Fe.

Ministries and Services in the Parishes Supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal

Your Annual Catholic Appeal contribution help these ministries to spread God´s mercy.

   Catholic Charities - Albuquerque/Santa Fe
   Family Life Ministry
   Newman Centers - Las Vegas/Socorro/Portales
   Pastoral Outreach Ministries:
      Hospital Ministry
      Prison Ministry
      Disabled Persons and Deaf Community
   Social Justice and Respect Life Ministries
   St. Vincent de Paul Society
   Youth and Young Adult Ministries
   Native American Ministries
   Catholic Radio and TV Mass

   Catholic Schools and Financial Assistance
   Hispanic Ministry
   Formation for Christian Service
   Ministry Resource Center
   Religious Education and Schools of Lay Ministry
   Pastoral Ministries

   Artistic Patrimony
   Assistance to Parishes in Need
   Communications and Media Office
   Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs
   Pastoral Planning
   Presbyteral Council
   Tribunal and Appellate Court
   Worship and Liturgy Office

   Continuing Education for Clergy
   Permanent Deacon Ministry
   Priest's Medical Program
   Vocation Ministry and Theology Education
   Deacon Formation

   Catholic Communications Campaign

   Pledge, Payment and Rebate Processing
   ACA Parish Consultation and Training
   Archdiocesan Parish Census and Data Collection

ACA: Why Give to the Annual Catholic Appeal?

Why Give to the Annual Catholic Appeal? 

Stewardship is a way of life for Christians. It is an attitude of mind and heart expressed in action. We believe that God has given us everything that we have and that we have a responsibility to return those gifts to the Lord with an increase. We serve God when we respond with an open mind and a willingness to give. With one gift, we answer our Church’s call for help, and by doing so, share our faith with others.

We are a Stewardship Archdiocese. Stewardship is the grateful giving of our time, talent and treasure in return for God’s many blessings to us. A true understanding of stewardship begins with taking care of and sharing the gift of time. Stewardship of talent means nurturing, developing and using our God-given abilities for the good of others—our family, neighbors, parish, community and archdiocese. We practice stewardship of treasure when we share our financial resources with our church, archdiocese, community, and those in need.

The Annual Catholic Appeal is a way for Catholics to practice stewardship of treasure by supporting the ministries and services of the Archdiocese so that every parish may have what it needs to be a vibrant spiritual community.

Directives Regarding Liturgical Practices During the 2018 Flu Season + Additional Directives

Directives Regarding Liturgical Practices
During the 2018 Flu Season
ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This year, influenza (flu) is widespread in 46 states in the U.S. New Mexico is one of the states listed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having widespread flu outbreaks. The archdiocese prays for those who are sick, and we pray for those whose deaths are attributed to the flu. In a recent report, the CDC mentioned this is the first year the entire continental U.S. is at the same level of flu activity at the same time. This year there has been a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases over last year.

Due to the severity of the flu season, the archdiocese will be taking the following steps in regards to the celebration of Mass:

During the Sign of Peace, instead of shaking hands or hugging, as is practiced in some parishes, it would be best to simply nod your head and avoid bodily contact.

When praying the Our Father, please do not hold hands. Simply extend your hands toward Heaven or fold your hands.

Holy Communion will not be received under both species, just the Consecrated Host, not the Chalice.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands just prior to distribution Holy Communion and should wash them immediately after distribution. If it is easier, an anti-bacterial gel can be used.

If you are sick, sneezing or coughing, it would be best for you to stay home. You are welcome to take advantage of the Sunday TV Masses which are available in English and Spanish.  It is not a sin to miss Mass on Sundays if you are ill.

Effective Friday 2, 2018:

Archbishop John C. Wester has asked that one more item be added to the list of cautionary steps we are taking regarding the Celebration of Mass. The celebrant of any Mass in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is to encourage the reception of the Consecrated Host in the hands. Please note, many liturgists believe the reception of the Consecrated Host in the hands is considered more appropriate liturgically than receiving the Consecrated Host on the tongue. This directive is aimed at limiting contact with saliva, thus limiting the spread of the flu virus.

Please pray for all who have lost their lives as a result of the flu and may we do our part to prevent its spread. All priests, deacons, and parish staff are greatly appreciated for all they have done in implementing the 2017-2018 Flu Season Directives. This and all directives related to the 2017-2018 Flu Season will be revoked when the situation improves.

For more information, please contact Very Reverend John C. Daniel, V.G., Vicar for Clergy, Moderator of the Curia at 505.831.8158

Saturday, February 17, 2018

1st SUNDAY OF LENT, year B

Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25 "Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant"
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

Genesis 9:8-15

God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark. I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth." God added: "This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings."

Responsorial Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth
to those who keep your covenant.

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R.Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth
to those who keep your covenant.

Remember that your compassion, O Lord,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth
to those who keep your covenant.

Good and upright is the Lord,
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and he teaches the humble his way.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth
to those who keep your covenant.

1 Peter 3:18-22

Beloved: Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 95: "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts."
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Moses spoke to all the people, saying: "A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen. This is exactly what you requested of the Lord, your God, at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, 'Let us not again hear the voice of the Lord, our God, nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.' And the Lord said to me, 'This was well said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him. Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it. But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.'"

Responsorial Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

R. 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

1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.

Mark 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus 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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Jonah 3:1-5,10
Psalm 25 "Teach me your ways, O Lord"
1Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: "Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you." So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord's bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day's walk announcing, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed," when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.

Responsorial Psalm25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. Teach me your ways, O Lord
Your ways, O Lord, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.

R. Teach me your ways, O Lord
Remember that your compassion, O Lord,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice
and teaches the humble his way.
R. Teach me your ways, O Lord

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away.

Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them.So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19
Psalm 40 "Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will"
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a,17-20
John 1:35-42

1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was. The Lord called to Samuel, who answered, "Here I am." Samuel ran to Eli and said, "Here I am. You called me." "I did not call you, " Eli said. "Go back to sleep." So he went back to sleep. Again the Lord called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. "Here I am, " he said. "You called me." But Eli answered, "I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep." At that time Samuel was not familiar with the Lord, because the Lord had not revealed anything to him as yet. The Lord called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, "Here I am. You called me." Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, "Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the Lord came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, "Samuel, Samuel!" Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant is listening." Samuel grew up, and the Lord was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Responsorial Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will

I have waited, waited for the Lord,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will

Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will

"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
to do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!"
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will

I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O Lord, know.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will

1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a,17-20

Brothers and sisters: The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

John 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" — which translated means Teacher —, "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah" — which is translated Christ —.Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas" — which is translated Peter.

Alexa, who founded the Catholic Church?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Readings/ Feast of the Holy Family, year B

Genesis 15:1-6,21:1-3
Psalm 105: "The Lord remembers his covenant for ever."
Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19
Luke 2:22-40

Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3

The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying: "Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great." But Abram said, "O Lord God, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?" Abram continued, "See, you have given me no offspring, and so one of my servants will be my heir." Then the word of the Lord came to him: "No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir." The Lord took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be." Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. The Lord took note of Sarah as he had said he would; he did for her as he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated. Abraham gave the name Isaac to this son of his whom Sarah bore him.

Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

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.

Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord!
Look to the Lord in his strength;
constantly seek his face.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

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.

He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations
which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19

Brothers and sisters: 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 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. 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.

Luke 2:22-40

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted —and you yourself a sword will pierce— so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.