Sunday, September 27, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Monday, September 28, 2020 - Your Virtual Church



Monday of the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 455

Reading 1
JB 1:6-22
One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,
Satan also came among them.
And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”
Then Satan answered the LORD and said,
“From roaming the earth and patrolling it.”
And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job,
and that there is no one on earth like him,
blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”
But Satan answered the LORD and said,
“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?
Have you not surrounded him and his family
and all that he has with your protection?
You have blessed the work of his hands,
and his livestock are spread over the land.
But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has,
and surely he will blaspheme you to your face.”
And the LORD said to Satan,
“Behold, all that he has is in your power;
only do not lay a hand upon his person.”
So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And so one day, while his sons and his daughters
were eating and drinking wine
in the house of their eldest brother,
a messenger came to Job and said,
“The oxen were ploughing and the asses grazing beside them,
and the Sabeans carried them off in a raid.
They put the herdsmen to the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, another came and said,
“Lightning has fallen from heaven
and struck the sheep and their shepherds and consumed them;
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, another messenger came and said,
“The Chaldeans formed three columns,
seized the camels, carried them off,
and put those tending them to the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
While he was yet speaking, another came and said,
“Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine
in the house of their eldest brother,
when suddenly a great wind came across the desert
and smote the four corners of the house.
It fell upon the young people and they are dead;
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Then Job began to tear his cloak and cut off his hair.
He cast himself prostrate upon the ground, and said,

“Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb,
and naked shall I go back again.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!”

In all this Job did not sin,
nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 17:1BCD, 2-3, 6-7
R. (6) Incline your ear to me and hear my word.
Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
attend to my outcry;
hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.
R. Incline your ear to me and hear my word.
From you let my judgment come;
your eyes behold what is right.
Though you test my heart, searching it in the night,
though you try me with fire, you shall find no malice in me.
R. Incline your ear to me and hear my word.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my word.
Show your wondrous mercies,
O savior of those who flee
from their foes to refuge at your right hand.
R. Incline your ear to me and hear my word.




Alleluia
MK 10:45
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
LK 9:46-50
An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
 because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint September 28 : St. Wenceslaus a Duke and Martyr


(Also Vaclav, Vaceslav.) Duke, martyr, and patron of Bohemia, born probably 903; died at Alt-Bunzlau, 28 September, 935. His parents were Duke Wratislaw, a Christian, and Dragomir, a heathen. He received a good Christian education from his grandmother (St. Ludmilla) and at Budweis. After the death of Wratislaw, Dragomir, acting as regent, opposed Christianity, and Wenceslaus, being urged by the people, took the reins of government. He placed his duchy under the protection of Germany, introduced German priests, and favoured the Latin rite instead of the old Slavic, which had gone into disuse in many places for want of priests. Wenceslaus had taken the vow of virginity and was known for his virtues. The Emperor Otto I conferred on him the regal dignity and title. For religious and national motives, and at the instigation of Dragomir, Wenceslaus was murdered by his brother Boleslaw. The body, hacked to pieces, was buried at the place of murder, but three years later Boleslaw, having repented of his deed, ordered its translation to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague. The gathering of his relics is noted in the calendars on 27 June, their translation on 4 March; his feast is celebrated on 28 September. Text from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Wow over 50000 People at Prayer March in Washington, DC with Vice-President Mike Pence and Franklin Graham - Full Video


On Saturday, September 26, 2020 over 50,000 people gathered  to for Franklin Graham’s Prayer March. The people came together in the  capitol  to pray for the nation. (Numbers Revised in this Post with New Statistics from Video Analysis)

Franklin Graham, son of the American evangelist preacher Billy Graham, announced the Prayer March on Aug. 8, on Twitter for a nation “in trouble.”

“The only hope for this country is God. It’s not Republicans or Democrats,” Graham said. “Only hope is God and if we as Christians don’t pray for God’s help, he may just let this country fail.”


According to the Website tens of thousands of Christians gathered for prayer and reflected, and were led in part by Vice President Mike Pence.

VP Mike Pence said, “In these challenging times we do well as you do today to remember that in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving that we are to present our requests to God.”  “And we can claim the promise that the Peace of God that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus as His grace has through the generations of this nation.”


In 1952, Billy Graham called for a national day of prayer from the steps of the U.S. Capitol. On Saturday, thousands again filled the Capitol lawn, this time praying in unison. “None of us would be out here if we didn’t believe God answers prayer.” —Victor Santos
 Anne Graham Lotz’s voice came over the crowd: “You have poured out your blessing on us, but God, we have not been faithful to you,” she prayed. “Would you hear? Would you forgive? Would you heal?”
 Karen Brown  called it “empowering” to see so many unafraid to express their reliance on God—especially at a time Christians may feel like they’re standing alone in their faith. “I feel like there’s been an active effort to present division in our country,” she said. Meanwhile, she added, freedom of speech is getting “trampled on.”
When the Prayer March ended, thousands lingered at the Capitol, in no rush to get back to their homes, cars and hotels. Some clung to each other in prayer, just as millions around the country are clinging to God’s promise to heal, if only we will humble ourselves before Him.
 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14
 The Prayer March paused at seven stops for focused prayer, led by various speakers. It began at the Lincoln Memorial, then moved to the WWII Memorial, Washington Monument, White House and National Museum of African American History and Culture, before heading to the National Archives and finishing at the U.S. Capitol.
Edited from : https://billygraham.org/story/tens-of-thousands-cry-out-to-god-at-prayer-march-2020/

Vandals in California Deface Catholic Cathedral and Church with Graffiti of BLM and Swastikas


According to several news outlets vandals attacked two Catholic Churches in El Cajon, California with graffiti on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Father Daniel Shaba of the St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral said, "It's very devastating, "We fled persecution in Iraq, and here we are facing it again, in a place where we thought we wouldn't." (10News.com) Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, also received similar graffiti with swastikas, white power, pentagrams, the Black Lives Matter acronym BLM, and "Biden 2020." "
Father Shaba found the graffiti Saturday morning at St. Peter's. He posted a video of it on twitter. Parishioners with power washers and paintbrushes helped Father Shaba clean upthe Cathedral. Everything was covered up or washed away. Father Shaba explained, "We had an enormous amount of people come and see how they could help us in any way, shape, or form. But to also hold tight to Jesus." Police are investigating both instances. In a statement, they said there is "no tolerance for these crimes occurring in our communities." Father Shaba says surveillance cameras caught footage of the vandals. He also has a message for the vandals. "To the people who did this, we will pray for you.
Source: Facebook Page of St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral  and 10news.com 

Pope Francis says "Conversion is a grace that we must always ask for: “Lord, give me the grace to improve." FULL TEXT




ANGELUS
St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 27 September 2020


Dear brothers and sisters ,
in my land they say: “In bad weather, good face”. With this "good face" I say to you: good morning!
With his preaching on the Kingdom of God, Jesus opposes a religiosity that does not involve human life, that does not challenge the conscience and its responsibility in the face of good and evil. He also demonstrates this with the parable of the two sons, which is proposed in the Gospel of Matthew (cf. 21: 28-32). At the father's invitation to go to work in the vineyard, the first son impulsively replies “no, I'm not going”, but then he repents and goes there; instead the second son, who immediately replies "yes, yes dad", in reality does not, does not go. Obedience does not consist in saying "yes" or "no", but always in acting, in cultivating the vine, in realizing the Kingdom of God, in doing good. With this simple example, Jesus wants to overcome a religion understood only as an external and habitual practice, which does not affect people's lives and attitudes,
The exponents of this "facade" religiosity, which Jesus disapproves, were at that time "the chief priests and the elders of the people" ( Mt21:23) who, according to the Lord's admonition, in the Kingdom of God will be overtaken by tax collectors and prostitutes (cf. v. 31). Jesus tells them: "It will be the tax collectors, that is, sinners, and prostitutes to precede you into the Kingdom of heaven". This affirmation should not lead us to think that those who do not follow God's commandments, those who do not follow morality, and say: "Anyway, those who go to Church are worse than us!" No, this is not the teaching of Jesus. Jesus does not point to tax collectors and prostitutes as models of life, but as "privileged of Grace". And I would like to emphasize this word "grace", grace, because conversion is always a grace. A grace that God offers to anyone who opens up and converts to Him. In fact, these people, listening to his preaching, repented and changed their lives.
In today's Gospel, the one who makes the best impression is the first brother, not because he said "no" to his father, but because after the "no" he converted to "yes", he repented. God is patient with each one of us: he does not get tired, he does not give up after our "no"; it also leaves us free to turn away from him and make mistakes. Thinking about God's patience is wonderful! As the Lord always awaits us; always beside us to help us; but respect our freedom. And he eagerly awaits our "yes", to welcome us again into his paternal arms and fill us with his limitless mercy. Faith in God asks us to renew every day the choice of good over evil, the choice of truth over lies, the choice of love of neighbor over selfishness. Whoever converts to this choice, after having experienced sin,Lk 15.7).
But conversion, to change the heart, is a process, a process that purifies us from moral encrustations. And sometimes it is a painful process, because there is no path to holiness without some renunciation and without spiritual combat. To fight for the good, to fight not to fall into temptation, to do what we can on our part, to come to live in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes. Today's Gospel calls into question the way of living the Christian life, which is not made up of dreams and beautiful aspirations, but of concrete commitments, in order to always open ourselves to the will of God and to love for our brothers. But this, even the smallest concrete commitment, cannot be done without grace. Conversion is a grace that we must always ask for: “Lord, give me the grace to improve. Give me the grace to be a good Christian ”.
Mary Most Holy help us to be docile to the action of the Holy Spirit. He is the One who melts the hardness of hearts and disposes them to repentance, to obtain the life and salvation promised by Jesus.


After the Angelus
Dear brothers and sisters!
There have been worrying reports of clashes in the Caucasus area. I pray for peace in the Caucasus and I ask the parties to the conflict to make concrete gestures of goodwill and brotherhood, which can lead to solving problems not with the use of force and weapons, but through dialogue and negotiation. Let us pray together, in silence, for peace in the Caucasus.
Yesterday, in Naples, Maria Luigia of the Blessed Sacrament was proclaimed, born Maria Velotti, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Adorers of the Holy Cross. We thank God for this new Blessed, an example of contemplation of the mystery of Calvary and tireless in the exercise of charity.
Today the Church celebrates World Day of Migrants and Refugees . I greet the refugees and migrants present in the square around the monument entitled “Angels without knowing it” (cf. Heb 13 : 2), which I blessed a year ago. This year I wanted to dedicate my message to the internally displaced people, who are forced to flee, as happened to Jesus and his family. "Like Jesus forced to flee," so do the displaced, the migrants. Our remembrance and our prayers go to them, in a particular way, and to those who assist them. 
Today is also World Tourism Day. The pandemic has hit this sector hard, which is so important to so many countries. I address my encouragement to all those who work in tourism, especially small family businesses and young people. I hope that everyone will soon be able to recover from the current difficulties.
And now I greet you, dear Roman faithful and pilgrims from various parts of Italy and the world. There are so many different flags! A special thought for women and all people involved in the fight against breast cancer. May the Lord support your commitment! And I greet the pilgrims from Siena who have come on foot to Rome.

And to all of you I wish you a happy Sunday, a Sunday in peace. Please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.