IN AWE OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL….

Isaiah 29:17-24

17 Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.20 For the ruthless shall come to nought and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.
22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale.23 For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.24 And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction.”

MATTHEW 9:27-31
27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”
29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.”31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

MEDITATION

ISAIAH THE PROPHET foretell that Lebanon a city on the boundary of the promised land, shall become a fruitful place when the “word of the books;” the  gospel will be preached and the darkness of the mind and eyes shall see the light of Yahweh. The work of the accuser, Satan, will come to nought, because Israel will sanctify—worship, revere and make holy— the name of the Messiah. Moreover those who have made mistakes, vacillated and questioned the motives of Yahweh will accept His instructions.

St MATTHEW recount the story of two blind followers who unrelentingly appealed to Christ to heal them, to the extent that both men muscled their way into the house where Christ was to reside. Aware of the request of the two men our Lord interrogated the motives of credibility of the men, who responded with absolute certainty that Christ has the power to restore their sight! With this said our Lord healed and “sternly” charged them, to not publicize their miraculous healing!

These men kept the promise they made to the Lord in so far as they did not exult themselves, instead they pointed those whom they encountered to the house of God where Christ the Son on a daily basis perform miracles of mercy and deliverance! He must increase, but I must decease. Jn 3:30 When the Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated we are less aware of the celebrant priest, because we are awestruck by the miracle that takes place on the altar of deliverance where Christ takes center stage, desiring to enter and transform our lives. Moreover, we aught to spread the Good News and invite those outside the Church, to come taste and see the marvels of the Lord. 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 27:1,4,13-14

1 A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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FOUNDED ON THE ROCK…

Isaiah 26:1-6 
1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
4 Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting. For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”

Matthew 7:21,24-27

21 “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.24 “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

MEDITATION

THE PROPHET ISAIAH employ structural building terms to describe the ‘Qahal,’ the house of God; the ecclessia, assembly or the body of Christ, that is founded upon an “everlasting rock” wherein a righteous people enter to keep the faith.The inhabitants of this “lofty city,” aught not to only focus on their salvation and trample on or forget the needy, but to humble reach out and take care of them, in and out of season.

THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lord makes the point that when His followers “hears [His] words,” apply and or execute it in their daily lives, it is akin to a skilled artisan or craftsman who use his gifts and talents to build his house upon a rock. In other words “faith alone” is not a sufficient salvific principle if the believer could not care less about the poor, sick or needy.

Christ (v26) makes the point that we need to respond to His word which require some outreach or ‘doing’ on our part. If indeed our faith is premised on the novel fictitious “bible” or “faith alone” principle, it is akin to living in a house made of straw that is resting on sand! To shout, dance and bellow the words “Lord, Lord” is like blowing our prayers in the wind, meaning that it counts for little if we are not in the house that our Lord established upon Peter the Rock, where the Holy Eucharist is offered daily for our nourishment, hope, deliverance and rest! Mt 16:18 Don’t be foolish by living in a house made of straw, you are cordially invited to come home to the house that was founded upon Peter.

LET US PRAY:Psalms 118:1,8-9,19-21,25-27

1 we O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man.9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.21 I thank thee that thou hast answered me and hast become my salvation.25 Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
26 Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar!

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

THEY ARE SENT…

Romans 10:9-18 
9 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him.
13 For, “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

Matthew 4:18-22

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

MEDITATION

St PAUL describe a cognitive and spiritual development process that is transformative because the believer is endowed with virtuous spiritual gifts. Upon following and applying the moral law of God, the adult believers soul is cleansed from the stain of sin. 

This process begins when the neophyte (learner) receive—“hear”or learn–the Gospel from someone (an apostle) who was; called, ordained and “sent” by Christ. Paul makes the point that this messenger of Christ can trace his roots all the way back to the first century when Christ called twelve men to leave everything to become fishers of men.

St MATTHEW found it nessesary to document that moment in time when Christ began to respond to His call to evangelize the culture by firstly recruiting twelve men, calling them to leave their temporal occupation, be transformed to harvest the souls of men and women of all nations for God.

Most strikingly, the father of the Zebedee brothers do not question, neither does he stop Christ from recruiting his two son’s, because he similarly recognized that Christ was indeed the long awaited Messiah. It would be reasonable to argue that Mr Zebedee had catechised and prepared his son’s for the day of the Lord. Parents are reminded to catechised our children; raise them up in the Catholic Apostolic faith for that day when they may be called to leave everything including parents or wealth, to become celibate righteous priests or religious brothers or sisters who are sent into the world to preach the gospel.

LET US PRAY:Psalms 19:8-11

8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

NO ONE IS GOOD….

Sirach 44:1,10-15
1 Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations.10 And there are some who have no memorial, who have perished as though they had not lived; they have become as though they had not been born, and so have their children after them.
11 But these were men of mercy, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;
12 their prosperity will remain with their descendants, and their inheritance to their children’s children.13 Their descendants stand by the covenants; their children also, for their sake.14 Their posterity will continue for ever, and their glory will not be blotted out.15 Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations.

Mark 10:17-21 

17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'”
20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

MEDITATION

THE PROPHET SIRACH recall the forgotten righteous men of mercy—who sacrificed their lives for the sake of God’s kingdom. Sirac implore his generation to revere and pay homage to these saints whose work of love have paved the way for the current generation, who still benefit from the selfless giving of these fallen souls.

THE GOSPEL READING: A young man temporally interrupted our Lord as He was about to embark on a new mission, hoping to win Christs praise. Christ questioned the pandering motives of the young man who figured that his lavish accolade would endear him to Christ. 

Whilst it is not uncommon for believers to ‘raise the roof’ with praise and worship songs to supposedly affirm and give expression to our faith, it is for all tends and purposes not an expression that suppose we are; good, have pure hearts and being virtuous spiritual believers. When digging below the surface we are bound to discover that we are not what we purport to be, neither does it testify that we live and hold to the biblical commandments of Christ which include our need to rid ourselves from appeasing our temporal needs, whereas we are called to offer our lives in service of others unto death.

It’s worth reflecting upon the words of Saint Ignatius, a first century bishop, who was condemmened to the wild beasts for preaching the gospel. “On hearing the roar of the lions—in the Colosseum—he cried out:- “I am a kernel of wheat for Christ. I must be ground by the teeth of the beasts to be found bread (of Christ) wholy pure.”  

LET US PRAY:Psalms 24:1-6 

1 A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein;2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation.6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

I AM NOT WORTHY…

Isaiah 4:2-6 
2 In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel.3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, every one who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.
5 Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy and a pavilion.6 It will be for a shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Matthew 8:5-11

5 As he entered Caperna-um, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him
6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.”
7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.”8 But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,

MEDITATION

ISAIAH PROPHECY that the branch of the Lord, refering to the Son of God who was to be born in Jerusalem, shall experience a profound sense of satisfaction, because He shall heal, [wash away sin] bring forgiveness,  transforming those living in darkness to be a light unto others. 

THE GOSPEL READING: Upon entering  Caperna-um where Jesus began to practice His vocation as a Rabbi (teacher) in the synogogue, an army commander humbled himself when he approached Christ, indulging Him to heal one of his servants who was at deaths door. Being fully aware that Jesus is in high demand, the centurion turned down our Lords offer to accompany him to his barracks where his servant lied in wait. Instead, he asked Jesus to merely “say the word” which will suffice to bring about the healing of his servant! 

Our Lord was taken aback by the spiritual certitude of the faith of this army officer who was absolutely convinced that Christs words are transcendently powerful and efficacious. The faith of the centurion convinced Christ that people from every nation and tribe arround the world who approach Him with such faith, will join the company of the Hebrew torchbearers in heaven.

Whilst it is true that some believers may not be worthy to receive the flesh and blood of Christ because we are not in full communion with the Catholic Church, we are nevertheless invited to pray the centurions (v8) prayer of submission during the Communion Rite, hoping that Christ shall effect healing, restoration and peace in us and or in the lives of our distant loved ones. 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 122:1-9

1 A Song of Ascents. Of David.I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together,4 to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
5 There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David.6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they prosper who love you!7 Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers!”8 For my brethren and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!”9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

I AM COMING SOON…

Revelation 22:1-7 
1 Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him;4 they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads.5 And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.7 And behold, I am coming soon.” Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.

Luke 21:34-36

34 “But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare;35 for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth.36 But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.”

MEDITATION

St JOHN is shown a heavenly image of the City of God, a fruitful prosperous place occupied by the Father and the Son, where the elected servants—the redeemed—from every tribe and nation, shall find their peace and rest in the perfect light of the truine God. This image of heaven is given us so we do not delay nor rest on our laurels, but respond with haste to Christs message of salvation as taught and celebrated in all the Holy Sacraments that are ordered to our being saved, purified, fed and sanctified by the body of Christ.

THE GOSPEL READING: The message of Christ is self evident. We are called to speedily respond to Christs call by walking away from sin and worldliness; disordered attractions that shall ensnare us, causing our exclusion from heaven. Let us heed the word of God as we transition into the season of advent, because Christ is coming soon! We are called to live out the gospel of Christ so we may be ready and in a perfect state of grace to meet our Lord. 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 95:1-7 RSV-CE

1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.5 The sea is his, for he made it; for his hands formed the dry land.6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

THE FIG TREE…

REV 20:1-4,11-15; 21:1-2
1  I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain.
2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.
13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire;
15 and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;

Luke 21:29-33 

29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees;30 as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

MEDITATION

St John is appraised that after one thousand years the Devil shall be bound and thrown into a bottemless pit, whilst the souls of the saints will be raised to reign with God for one thousand years—a symbolic expression that depict a very long time—during which Satan will be reigned in and restricted, because the supernatural effects of the Holy Sacraments of the Church will dispel Satan and his allures. 

During this period the ressurection of the faithfull elect will come about, to reign in heaven after which Satan will be released and allowed to create havoc upon the earth, followed by the day of judgement when those who did not live the faith will be cast into the lake of fire.

THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lord prophecy that a day shall come when the fig tree which was a symbol of sin, shall blossom, implying that His people shall be consecrated to the Father whereby they would be— wonderfully surprised—“[to] find grapes in the desert” (Hosea 9:10), the first fruits of the figtree. These prophetic words of Christ suggest that His teachings shall not pass away because He will find a nesting place in the hearts of those who formerly doubted Him.Christ allude to Nathana-el (Jn 1:46-48) who was pleasantly surprised to meet, sit at his feet and be fed and journey with the long awaited King of Israel. 

Christ longeth to nest, dwell and be the King of our hearts and minds. In other words we must stop covering our sin with fig leaves (Gen 3:7), implying that we must approach the confessional and altar of sacrifice, whereby the words of Christ ennumerated “in personi christi” by the priest, shall transform the fruit of the Vine and bread into the blood and flesh of Christ, to bring forgiveness (Mt 26:28) transforming our dry barren state into His fruitful image and likeness! 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 84:3-6,8

3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.6 As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days

WHERE ARE THE NINE…

Sirach 50:22-24 
22 And now bless the God of all, who in every way does great things; who exalts our days from birth, and deals with us according to his mercy.23 May he give us gladness of heart, and grant that peace may be in our days in Israel, as in the days of old.24 May he entrust to us his mercy! And let him deliver us in our days!

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.4 I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,5 that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all knowledge–6 even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you–7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ;8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luke 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.
17 Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

MEDITATION

SIRACH THE PROPHET recall the day when Simon the high priest sought to save the people from ruin, which led him to assemble the congregation to seek a blessing of the Most High for restoring and fortifying the temple to save the people from ruin.On this occasion Simon the high priest again invoke a blessing upon the people, which is akin to the Penitential Act whereby they give thanks and sought the grace and mercy of God.

St PAUL inform the Corinth community that he “give thanks to God always,” implying that he faithfully offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so the people may receive every spiritual gift to enable them to be guiltless and in fellowship with Christ. To be sure, the Holy Eucharist can be offered up for the remission of sins of the departed and for those in distant places. 

St LUKE recall the story of ten lepers who reached out and shouted from a distance, indulging Christ to heal them from their lepros condition. Without approaching or touching the men Jesus ordered them to visit the temple priest who would do a medical inspection (Lev 14) to verify if they were healed, upon which the individuals were to present two living birds for the priest to offer a thanksgiving sacrifice. Lev 7:12 

The gospel reading illustrate that Christ had no intention to cancel the priestly order wherefore upon His triumphant exultation of the Holy Cross, He is made present to us “in personi christi” when the priest offer up our gifts in the Holy Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass. 

Christ is visible dissapointed with the nine men for their ingratitude behavior by not presenting and giving thanks to Him for the miracle healing they received. Those of us who received healing and blessings of any kind whilst being absent from Holy Mass, are called to present ourselves to make thanksgiving to God for His healing love, grace and mercy! 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 138:1-3,5

1 A Psalm of David.
I give thee thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing thy praise;2 I bow down toward thy holy temple and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness; for thou hast exalted above everything thy name and thy word.3 On the day I called, thou didst answer me, my strength of soul thou didst increase.5 and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days

ENDURANCE…

Revelation 15:1-4 
1 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and wonderful, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.
3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wonderful are thy deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are thy ways, O King of the ages!4 Who shall not fear and glorify thy name, O Lord? For thou alone art holy. All nations shall come and worship thee, for thy judgments have been revealed.”

Luke 21:12-19 

12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.
13 This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;17 you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.18 But not a hair of your head will perish.19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

MEDITATION

St JOHN describe the seven angels and the final seven plagues ending the wrath of God, calling His people to a “sea of glass,” alluding to heaven, the place God has prepared for His people who are in a perfect state of grace. Those who have conquered the earth—beat the odds without compromising the faith, shall sing, worship and glorify the Lord in His kingdom. 

THE GOSPEL READING: Christ prepare the apostles for their inevitable final encounter with evil, when they shall be apprehended, imprisoned and brought before secular dictators who shall interrogate them; some will be handed over by family members and be put to death. Christ comfort the twelve that despite the trauma and pain they may be exposed to, they shall prevail and endure whatever crisis they encounter, moreover they will not loose their lives for He will be at their side!

On the face of it, pain, suffering and persecution are not welcomed by all of us, however our human experience inform us that we cannot avoid undergoing these adverse situations or conditions.Heaven is certainly not a place for the fainthearted milquetoast who forever grumble about our situation, it is however for those who tolerate, endure and withstand all manner of pain and suffering for the sake of the conversion of our enemies. We are called to remain steadfast in our faith; have a healthy joyous tolerance and endurance for pain, forgiving those who hate us to the extent that we continue to love and pray for our enemies. As for defending the gospel truth, the Holy Spirit shall speak on our behalf.

LET US PRAY:Psalms 98:1-3, 7-9 1 A Psalm.
O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together9 before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days

THE WRATH OF GOD…

Revelation 14:14-19 
14 Then I looked, and lo, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”
16 So he who sat upon the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.17 And another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.18 Then another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has power over fire, and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”19 So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and threw it into the great wine press of the wrath of God;

Luke 21:5-11 

5 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said,6 “As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?”
8 And he said, “Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them.9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”
10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

MEDITATION

St JOHN record angels advising Christ the King that the harvest is ready to be reaped. Two other angels join this harvest festival, one who emerged from the altar whilst calling upon the One sitting on the throne to also harvest the grapes. This is a call from God reaching out to the apostles who are enduring persecution by the Romans, calling them to gather the sheep to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the bread and wine, fruits of the harvest. 

Herein we adduce Christs mystical relationship with His suffering Church, whereby He together with the angels gather in worship with us in the Eucharist feast, when the substances of bread and wine are transformed into His body and blood to strenghten us when terrors and pestilence seem to overwhelm us. 

THE GOSPEL READING: Christ foretell the distruction of the temple made from stone followed by uprisings and the immergence of false prophets. Our Lord warn His disciples to not follow nor fear those whose intentions are of an evil nature, who purport to speak on His behalf. Moreover, He shall give His people signs from heaven—the Holy Ghost— to discern between good and evil. 

History remind us that the Holy ark was not present in the second temple wherefore the Father’s house had become a house of trade.Jn 2:16 It was thus nessesary for Christ to “destroy”  the old temple in order to establish a new covenant (Lk 22:20), whereby Christ claimed back His place in the Tabernacle. The wrath of God does not translate or imply evil, moreover it produced; love, compassion, mercy and forgivenes for you and me, whenever we receive Christs body and blood in a state of grace in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 96:10-13

10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
13 before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.