Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saint December 8 : Immaculate Conception of Mary : Solemnity of the Sinless Conception of the Virgin Mary


The doctrine (In some areas this Solemnity has been transferred to Dec. 9 in 2019 due to Advent Sunday)
In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin."
"The Blessed Virgin Mary..."
The subject of this immunity from original sin is the person of Mary at the moment of the creation of her soul and its infusion into her body. "...in the first instance of her conception..."
The term conception does not mean the active or generative conception by her parents. Her body was formed in the womb of the mother, and the father had the usual share in its formation. The question does not concern the immaculateness of the generative activity of her parents. Neither does it concern the passive conception absolutely and simply (conceptio seminis carnis, inchoata), which, according to the order of nature, precedes the infusion of the rational soul. The person is truly conceived when the soul is created and infused into the body. Mary was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin at the first moment of her animation, and sanctifying grace was given to her before sin could have taken effect in her soul.
"...was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin..."
The formal active essence of original sin was not removed from her soul, as it is removed from others by baptism; it was excluded, it never was in her soul. Simultaneously with the exclusion of sin. The state of original sanctity, innocence, and justice, as opposed to original sin, was conferred upon her, by which gift every stain and fault, all depraved emotions, passions, and debilities, essentially pertaining to original sin, were excluded. But she was not made exempt from the temporal penalties of Adam — from sorrow, bodily infirmities, and death. "...by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race."
The immunity from original sin was given to Mary by a singular exemption from a universal law through the same merits of Christ, by which other men are cleansed from sin by baptism. Mary needed the redeeming Saviour to obtain this exemption, and to be delivered from the universal necessity and debt (debitum) of being subject to original sin. The person of Mary, in consequence of her origin from Adam, should have been subject to sin, but, being the new Eve who was to be the mother of the new Adam, she was, by the eternal counsel of God and by the merits of Christ, withdrawn from the general law of original sin. Her redemption was the very masterpiece of Christ's redeeming wisdom. He is a greater redeemer who pays the debt that it may not be incurred than he who pays after it has fallen on the debtor. Such is the meaning of the term "Immaculate Conception."
Proof from Scripture
Genesis 3:15
No direct or categorical and stringent proof of the dogma can be brought forward from Scripture. But the first scriptural passage which contains the promise of the redemption, mentions also the Mother of the Redeemer. The sentence against the first parents was accompanied by the Earliest Gospel (Proto-evangelium), which put enmity between the serpent and the woman: "and I will put enmity between thee and the woman and her seed; she (he) shall crush thy head and thou shalt lie in wait for her (his) heel" (Genesis 3:15). The translation "she" of the Vulgate is interpretative; it originated after the fourth century, and cannot be defended critically. The conqueror from the seed of the woman, who should crush the serpent's head, is Christ; the woman at enmity with the serpent is Mary. God puts enmity between her and Satan in the same manner and measure, as there is enmity between Christ and the seed of the serpent. Mary was ever to be in that exalted state of soul which the serpent had destroyed in man, i.e. in sanctifying grace. Only the continual union of Mary with grace explains sufficiently the enmity between her and Satan. The Proto-evangelium, therefore, in the original text contains a direct promise of the Redeemer, and in conjunction therewith the manifestation of the masterpiece of His Redemption, the perfect preservation of His virginal Mother from original sin.
Luke 1:28
The salutation of the angel Gabriel — chaire kecharitomene, Hail, full of grace (Luke 1:28) indicates a unique abundance of grace, a supernatural, godlike state of soul, which finds its explanation only in the Immaculate Conception of Mary. But the term kecharitomene (full of grace) serves only as an illustration, not as a proof of the dogma.
Other texts
From the texts Proverbs 8 and Ecclesiasticus 24 (which exalt the Wisdom of God and which in the liturgy are applied to Mary, the most beautiful work of God's Wisdom), or from the Canticle of Canticles (4:7, "Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee"), no theological conclusion can be drawn. These passages, applied to the Mother of God, may be readily understood by those who know the privilege of Mary, but do not avail to prove the doctrine dogmatically, and are therefore omitted from the Constitution "Ineffabilis Deus". For the theologian it is a matter of conscience not to take an extreme position by applying to a creature texts which might imply the prerogatives of God. Proof from Tradition
In regard to the sinlessness of Mary the older Fathers are very cautious: some of them even seem to have been in error on this matter.
Origen, although he ascribed to Mary high spiritual prerogatives, thought that, at the time of Christ's passion, the sword of disbelief pierced Mary's soul; that she was struck by the poniard of doubt; and that for her sins also Christ died (Origen, "In Luc. hom. xvii"). In the same manner St. Basil writes in the fourth century: he sees in the sword, of which Simeon speaks, the doubt which pierced Mary's soul (Epistle 260).
St. Chrysostom accuses her of ambition, and of putting herself forward unduly when she sought to speak to Jesus at Capharnaum (Matthew 12:46; Chrysostom, Homily 44 on Matthew). But these stray private opinions merely serve to show that theology is a progressive science. If we were to attempt to set forth the full doctrine of the Fathers on the sanctity of the Blessed Virgin, which includes particularly the implicit belief in the immaculateness of her conception, we should be forced to transcribe a multitude of passages. In the testimony of the Fathers two points are insisted upon: her absolute purity and her position as the second Eve (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:22).
Mary as the second Eve
This celebrated comparison between Eve, while yet immaculate and incorrupt — that is to say, not subject to original sin — and the Blessed Virgin is developed by:
Justin (Dialogue with Trypho 100),
Irenaeus (Against Heresies III.22.4), Tertullian (On the Flesh of Christ 17), Julius Firmicus Maternus (De errore profan. relig xxvi), Cyril of Jerusalem (Catecheses 12.29), Epiphanius (Hæres., lxxviii, 18), Theodotus of Ancyra (Or. in S. Deip n. 11), and Sedulius (Carmen paschale, II, 28).
Shared from the Catholic Encyclopedia 

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. December 8, 2019 - #Eucharist Readings and Video : 2nd Sun. of #Advent


Second Sunday of Advent




Lectionary: 4
Reading 1IS 11:1-10
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
a spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
but he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
the calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra's den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
On that day, the root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
the Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial PsalmPS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (cf. 7)  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king's son;
he shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Reading 2ROM 15:4-9

Brothers and sisters:
Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction,
that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
May the God of endurance and encouragement
grant you to think in harmony with one another,
in keeping with Christ Jesus,
that with one accord you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you,
for the glory of God.
For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised
to show God's truthfulness,
to confirm the promises to the patriarchs,
but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
As it is written:
Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles
and sing praises to your name.

AlleluiaLK 3:4, 6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 3:1-12

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.

John wore clothing made of camel's hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
'We have Abraham as our father.'
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

Pope Francis to NGO's "...testimony involves... a great faith and trust in knowing ourselves as instruments of God's action in the world...." Full Text


SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE WORLD FORUM OF CATHOLIC INSPIRATION NGOs

Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, 7 December 2019

Dear Representatives of the Holy See to International Organizations,
Dear friends, managers and managers of non-governmental organizations of Catholic inspiration,

I am pleased to be able to welcome you to this See of Peter, a symbol of communion with the universal Church. I thank you for coming from various countries of the world to share experiences and reflections on the theme of inclusion. Thank you for this effort. With it you want to convey a concrete testimony to encourage the acceptance and inclusion of the most vulnerable, to make the world a "common home". All this is accomplished with experiences in the field and also in international politics.

Many of you are interested and try to be present in the places where people's human rights, their living conditions, their habitat, education, development and other social problems are debated. In this way, you realize what the Second Vatican Council has said: the Church "is in the world and together with it lives and acts" (Cost. Past. Gaudium et spes, 40). It is a "frontier" for the Church in which you can play a remarkable role, as the Council itself recalled when dealing with the cooperation of the Christian in international institutions: "In addition, the various international Catholic associations can serve in many ways to build up the community of peoples in peace and brotherhood. Therefore it will be necessary to strengthen them, increasing the number of well-trained cooperators, with the necessary subsidies and through an adequate coordination of forces. In our day, in fact, effective action and the need for dialogue require collective initiatives "(ibid., 90). This conciliar affirmation is very timely and I would like to highlight three aspects: 1) the formation of the adherents; 2) the necessary means; 3) share initiatives knowing how to work in groups.

First: training. The complexity of the world and the anthropological crisis in which we are immersed today require a coherent testimony of life to be able to arouse a dialogue and a positive reflection on human dignity. This testimony involves two needs: on the one hand, a great faith and trust in knowing ourselves as instruments of God's action in the world; in the first place there is not our efficiency. On the other hand, it is necessary to have adequate professional preparation in scientific and humanistic subjects in order to know how to present them from a Christian perspective; in this sense, the social doctrine of the Church offers the framework of ecclesial principles suitable for better serving humanity. I recommend you to know it, to be well trained in it, to then "translate" it into your projects.

Appropriate training and education, as a transversal dimension to the problems of socio-political life, is a priority commitment for the Church today. We cannot "live on income". This is why I wanted to launch a global appeal to rebuild a Global Education Pact - a step forward - that builds peace and justice, acceptance among peoples and universal solidarity, as well as attention to the care of "Common home", in the sense expressed by the encyclical Laudato si '. I therefore encourage you to increase your professionalism and your ecclesial identity even more.
Second: to have the material resources necessary to achieve the stated goals. Let us remember the parable of the talents. Resources are important, they are necessary, yes, but it may happen that sometimes they are insufficient to achieve the proposed objectives. We must not be discouraged. It must be remembered that the Church has always done great works with poor means. We must certainly procure them and make our talents perform to the maximum, but by demonstrating that every ability comes to us from God, it is not ours. That is where your wealth is rooted; "After all - says St. Paul - God has the power to make all grace abound in you because, always having the necessary in everything, you can generously accomplish all the good works" (2 Cor 9: 8). Sometimes the excess of material means to carry out a work is counterproductive, because it anesthetizes creativity. And this, from the administration of a housewife to large industries or large charitable organizations. Having to strive to see how to feed six thousand with portions for four thousand, this, for example, increases creativity. Furthermore, there is a disease that concerns material resources in institutions: sometimes resources, when they are abundant, do not reach where they need to arrive. Because, since we have resources, we pay a sub-secretariat here and an under-sub-secretariat there ...; and then the administrative organization chart grows to the point that 40, 50, 60% of the contributions received remains in the organizational apparatus and does not reach where it should arrive. I do not invent this, this happens today in many Church institutions that you know well.

Finally, share initiatives to work in groups. The experience of faith, the knowledge of the Lord's grace, tells us that this is possible. Collaborating in common projects makes the value of works shine even more, because it highlights something that is connatural to the Church, its communion, walking together in the same mission (syn-odos) at the service of the common good, through co-responsibility and the contribution of each. Your Forum wants to be an example of this, and for this reason the projects that you carry out in every place, joining forces with other Catholic organizations and in communion with the Pastors and with the representatives of the Holy See in international organizations, will have the multiplier effect of leaven of the Gospel and the light and strength of the first Christians. Today's world requires new boldness and a new imagination to open up new avenues for dialogue and cooperation, to foster a culture of encounter, where the dignity of the human, according to God's creative plan, is placed at the center.

Dear friends, the Church and the Pope need your work, your commitment and your witness on the international frontier. The word "frontier" is meaningful to you! Go forward with courage and always new hope. Thanks!

Hauntingly Beautiful Ancient Hymn by St. Ambrose for Advent "Come, Redeemer of the Nations" mentioned by St. Augustine


St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan, in 374, found a liturgy in use which tradition associates with St. Barnabas. He composed some of the very first hymns used by the Church. This particular hymn "Veni, redemptor gentium" in Latin was translated to "O come, Redeemer of the Nations." St. Augustine who was baptized by St. Ambrose mentions this hymn. It was later translated to the German, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" which is a Lutheran chorale of 1524 with words written by Martin Luther, based on "Veni redemptor gentium".
Full Lyrics of the Advent hymn for the Office of the Readings for the octave before Christmas.
Veni, redemptor gentium,
ostende partum Virginis;
miretur omne saeculum:
talis decet partus Deum.
O Come, Redeemer of the earth,
and manifest thy virgin-birth.
Let every age in wonder fall:
such birth befits the God of all.
Non ex virili semine,
sed mystico spiramine
Verbum Dei factum est caro
fructusque ventris floruit.
Begotten of no human will
but of the Spirit, Thou art still
the Word of God in flesh arrayed,
the promised fruit to man displayed.
Alvus tumescit Virginis,
claustrum pudoris permanet,
vexilla virtutum micant,
versatur in templo Deus.
The Virgin's womb that burden gained,
its virgin honor still unstained.
The banners there of virtue glow;
God in his temple dwells below.
Procedat e thalamo suo,
pudoris aula regia,
geminae gigas substantiae
alacris ut currat viam.
Proceeding from His chamber free
that royal home of purity
a giant in twofold substance one,
rejoicing now His course to run.
Aequalis aeterno Patri,
carnis tropaeo cingere,
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
O equal to the Father, Thou!
gird on Thy fleshly mantle now;
the weakness of our mortal state
with deathless might invigorate.
Praesepe iam fulget tuum
lumenque nox spirat novum,
quod nulla nox interpolet
fideque iugi luceat.
Thy cradle here shall glitter bright,
and darkness breathe a newer light
where endless faith shall shine serene
and twilight never intervene.
Sit, Christe, rex piissime,
tibi Patrique gloria
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
whose advent sets Thy people free,
whom, with the Father, we adore,
and Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.

Latin from the Liturgia Horarum. Translation by J. M. Neale (1818-1866).


Pope Francis to Catholic Cinema "We Christians are called to manifest that communion that marks our identity as believers.. under the impulse of God's love we can communicate..."


GREETING OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF ACEC-SDC ON THE OCCASION OF THE 70 YEARS OF THE COMMUNITY

Sala Clementina
Saturday, 7 December 2019


Dear brothers and sisters,

I welcome you and thank the Secretary General of the CEI for his kind words. I am happy to share this moment of celebration for your anniversary together with the other organizations that deal with cinema and entertainment in the Italian Church. This anniversary is not a stop in itself, but an opportunity to renew the commitments made seventy years ago. For this, I would like to briefly entrust you with three tasks that I draw from the context in which you work.

The first: communion. As we know, cinema is a great tool for aggregation. Especially in the post-war period he contributed in an exceptional way to rebuild the social fabric with many aggregative moments. How many squares, how many halls, how many oratories, animated by people who, in the vision of the film, transferred hopes and expectations. And from there they resumed, with a sigh of relief, in daily anxieties and difficulties. An educational and training moment too, to reconnect relationships consumed with experienced tragedies. How can we forget the great productions that told those years? I like to quote - because I feel very familiar with this meeting - the film "Children look at us". It is a beautiful and meaningful work. But all the post-war cinema, those great ... All post-war cinema is a school of humanism. You Italians have done this, with your grown-ups, don't forget about this. And I don't speak by hearsay. When we were children, the parents took us to see those films, and they formed our hearts. These must be taken up again. I mentioned the one for the family, but there are many, many ... You are heirs of this great school of humanism, of humanity which is the cinema of the post-war period.

Even your associative realities are evaluated on the ability to aggregate or, better, to build communion: "We Christians are called to manifest that communion that marks our identity as believers. Faith itself, in fact, is a relationship, a meeting; and under the impulse of God's love we can communicate, welcome and understand the gift of the other and correspond to it "(Message for the 53rd World Communications Day, 24 January 2019). The invitation, then, is to build communion between you, but also communion between associations and organizations that deal with cinema in the Catholic world, to convey the beauty of being together in the events of which you are promoters. Without communion, the soul is missing from the aggregation.

The second: creativity. Film art, like any artistic expression, is the fruit of creativity, which reveals the uniqueness of the human being, his interiority and intentionality. When a craftsman models his work, he does it by integrating head, heart and hands according to a clear and defined design. I encourage you to give space to creativity, imagining and building new paths. Creativity is fundamental: we know very well how the new digital platforms represent a challenge for traditional media.

Even the cinema is questioned by the developments offered by modern technologies. Your associations and organizations, if they do not want to become "museums", must take these questions actively and creatively. The audacity, as happened with the founders, once again calls for being at the forefront, but not in an isolated or scattered order, but all together. What can you say before the change? We certainly need an integral conversion, which calls into question the richness and depth of each one. Audacity and creativity to move forward and not remain on the margins of innovation.
The third: vision. The vision of a cinematographic work can open up several glimmers in the human soul. It all depends on the emotional charge that is given to the vision. There can be evasion, emotion, laughter, anger, fear, interest ... Everything is connected to intentionality in the vision, which is not a simple ocular exercise, but something more. It is the look set on reality. Indeed, the gaze reveals the most diversified orientation of interiority, because it is capable of seeing things and seeing things inside. The look also causes the consciences to a careful examination. Let us question ourselves: how is our gaze? Is it a careful and close look, not asleep? Is it an overall look and unity? In particular, to you who deal with cinema: is it a look that arouses emotions? Is it a look that communicates communion and creativity? The answers are not obvious and require a great deal of inner work. The eye communicates and does not betray, engages in lifestyles and coordinated actions for a greater good than mere interest. The gaze is the foundation of community building. And you know very well how important it is to overcome the barriers of the past to project yourself into the paths of the future. All of you have an ecclesial feeling in your DNA. I urge you to live your passion and your competence with ecclesial meaning and style: it is the best medicine to avoid falling into self-centredness, which always kills.

May the Lord help you to walk in communion, with creativity and with an attentive look. I bless you, I pray for you; and you, please, pray for me. Thanks!
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Pope Francis explains "..competence and moral integrity .. are values which are necessary in the practice of every person’s professional activity...


Audience with members of the National Notarial Fund, 06.12.2019




This morning, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the members of the National Notarial Fund on the occasion of the centenary of its foundation.
We publish below the speech that the Holy Father addressed to those present at the audience:

Address of the Holy Father
Distinguished representatives of the National Notarial Fund,
I am pleased to welcome you at the end of the centenary year of the foundation of this pension fund. I cordially greet you, beginning with the president, whom I thank for his words. Your pension plan has a twofold purpose: to provide an additional cheque for every notary in business whose fees do not reach a certain threshold; and to provide assistance to retired notaries and their families who are in a situation of particular need.
Both aspects are inspired by the principle of solidarity, fostering a sense of community within the category. In addition to these two main aims of your institution, there are other activities of assistance in favour of the training of notaries in their first role, who find themselves in conditions of hardship, as well as the granting of study grants to the children of notaries in precarious economic conditions. I encourage you to maintain these lines of mutual support, which relate to your identity as well as to your history. They are characteristic elements that make your business more credible and inspire appreciation for you.
In a social context increasingly marked by the desire to compete on the “highway” of profit, which obliges you always to move in the fast lane, you are called to exercise your role in a spirit of authentic service. Your presence in the dialectic of bargaining is the seal not only of legality, of which you are the guardians, but of balance and thoughtfulness and therefore, in the final analysis, of justice. In the challenges before you, you help society to become more human by listening and bringing your knowledge closer to everyone. It is a matter of mediating between the law and socio-economic needs with the rigour that is proper to the notary, providing a proper application of the rules, but also through the careful care of people's expectations and their need for certainty and protection. In the context of his activity the notary, in order to be consistent with his profession, will strive to nurture a sincere sensitivity to the dignity and rights of the people who turn to him; he will not fail to defend as indispensable principles all that is right and all that is true, without forgetting charity, the principal virtue necessary in interpersonal relationships.
As Vatican Council II recalls, " we are witnesses of the birth of a new humanism, one in which man is defined first of all by this responsibility to his brothers and to history” (Gaudium et spes, 55). This affirmation induces the operators of the different sectors of public life to be protagonists of an effective and fraternally just service, in order to collaborate in the realization of a social order that responds more faithfully to the law of God and to the ethical norms that derive from it.
The delicate profession of notary occupies an important place in the structure of every society. Technical competence and moral integrity are a guarantee for the proper exercise of this important service to the community. These are values which are necessary in the practice of every person’s professional activity, but which become indispensable in you, as intermediaries between the individual or the social group which makes use of your function and the established juridical order of which you are called to be faithful interpreters and performers. All this must drive you towards an ever deeper knowledge of the legal system, with your gaze turned at all times to the greater good of the human being and of society itself, that is, to the common good.
I encourage you to continue to act with solicitude towards all those who turn to you, and always to inspire your Mutual Assistance Fund with fundamental values. I invoke the Lord’s blessing on you, on each of you, on your families, that the Lord may bless you all; and also on all those you represent here. And I ask you please to pray for me. Thank you.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : #1stSaturday, December 7, 2019 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 180
Reading 1IS 30:19-21, 23-26
Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
"This is the way; walk in it,"
when you would turn to the right or to the left.

He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.

Responsorial PsalmPS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R.(see Isaiah 30:18d) Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers.
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
Great is our LORD and mighty in power:
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.

AlleluiaIS 33:22

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The LORD is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King;
he it is who will save us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest."

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.

Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus,
"Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: 'The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give."