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Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Read the Bible at Mass

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

The Lord spoke to Nathan and said:

“Go, tell my servant David, ‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. It is he who shall build a house for my name. And I will make his royal throne firm forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

The promises of the Lord I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

R. The son of David will live for ever.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”

R. The son of David will live for ever.

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”

R. The son of David will live for ever.

Second Reading: Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters:

It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith. For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants, not to those who only adhere to the law but to those who follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us, as it is written,

I have made you father of many nations.

He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist. He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations, according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.

When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

or

Luke 2:41-51a

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.

 

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Read the Bible at Mass

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

The Lord spoke to Nathan and said:

“Go, tell my servant David, ‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. It is he who shall build a house for my name. And I will make his royal throne firm forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.

The promises of the Lord I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

R. The son of David will live for ever.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”

R. The son of David will live for ever.

“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”

R. The son of David will live for ever.

Second Reading: Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters:

It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith. For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants, not to those who only adhere to the law but to those who follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us, as it is written,

I have made you father of many nations.

He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist. He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations, according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.

When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

or

Luke 2:41-51a

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.

 

Justification: By Faith Alone or Not By Faith Alone?

Tomorrow is the first meeting of the, presently, two-man group formerly known as Theology Over A Bun. Armed with a new name (but same two dudes) we aim to discuss an old argument. Is justification/salvation by faith alone or not by faith alone?

Obviously this is one of the main dividing points that separate many Protestants and Catholics. Spimply put, many a Protestant state that salvation comes at the moment that one accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. This, of course, is an acceptance based soley on faith – this is how one is justified: sola fide.

The Church on the other hand, teaches that while faith is necessary but so are works. This is not because we humans can do anything to earn a trip to Heaven but rather because we are saved by the Grace of God alone. And that grace begins with the gift of faith (sometimes works) but also extends to what we do with that faith: faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). The parable of the Talents always comes to my mind as well.

Anybody care to chime in?

Justification: By Faith Alone or Not By Faith Alone?

Tomorrow is the first meeting of the, presently, two-man group formerly known as Theology Over A Bun. Armed with a new name (but same two dudes) we aim to discuss an old argument. Is justification/salvation by faith alone or not by faith alone?

Obviously this is one of the main dividing points that separate many Protestants and Catholics. Spimply put, many a Protestant state that salvation comes at the moment that one accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. This, of course, is an acceptance based soley on faith – this is how one is justified: sola fide.

The Church on the other hand, teaches that while faith is necessary but so are works. This is not because we humans can do anything to earn a trip to Heaven but rather because we are saved by the Grace of God alone. And that grace begins with the gift of faith (sometimes works) but also extends to what we do with that faith: faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). The parable of the Talents always comes to my mind as well.

Anybody care to chime in?

Conversion and The Eucharist

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Dancing With Angels

As I was going through my very long list of unread blog posts in Google Reader, I came across a post that certaily leaves any faithful Christian a bittersweet taste in their mouths; a Catholic Apologist whose blog I follow posted on his blog that he and his wife recently lost their 22-year-old daughter.

From what I read on his post, God seemingly put the following poem on his heart:

Of the Judgment His Holy Word says no man shall know the hour,
But that time has come for our Little Flower.
Her life endured through many trials,
But to all who knew her, she provided smiles.
She saw the world from within her chair,
Now she’s dancing with angels – without a care.
We were given her for a time according to His plan,
God still watches over our Julianne.

CathApol: Dancing With Angels.

The line that is in bold will be placed on her marker.

 

 

The video above was also  posted on his blog. Please view the video and pray the repose of Julianne’s soul and for those she left behind. In addition, let us take these moments to recall the passing of our own loved ones and to pray for their souls ans the souls of all the departed.

Liturgical Abuses: Mocking Christ on Calvary

This is by far one of the most infuriating and sad videos I have ever seen.

Part of what frustrates me is most certainly the fact that liturgical abuse is a shame and a crime. To mock what God did/does for us at Calvary is just mind boggling. But the worst part is that many continue to place the blame on the documents that came out of Vatican II.

If we, as faithful Catholics, profess and believe in the infallibility and unity of the Church then we must understand that what came out of the Vatican II was not bad – it was ruined. Men always have a tendency to screw things up thus the reason why God took flesh for our salvation. And this is the reason why a new translation is coming out in this new 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal. This is the proper response from Rome – correct the poor implementation in charity relying on God’s timing.
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