Faith is the realization


Reading 1 HEB 11:1-2, 8-19

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.


Daily Reading

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 4:12-16

The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession
.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Mark
Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,

many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”


Sabbath Day (Spanish Sábado) Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary ●

[Yoroba] Olúwa, wá ràn wá ló̩wó̩.

Olúwa, yára láti ràn wá ló̩wó̩.

Ògo ni fún Baba àti fún O̩mo̩

àti fún È̩mí Mímó̩.

Bí ó ti wà látètèkó̩s̩e,

o ń be̩ nísinsìnyí,

bé̩è̩ ni ó sì máa rí nígbà gbogbo

ayé àìnípè̩kun. Àmín. Alelúyà.

God, come to my assistance.

Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

________

Hymn

It were my soul’s desire

To see the face of God;

It were my soul’s desire

To rest in his abode.

Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire,

Deep waves of cleansing sighs,

Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire,

From earthly cares to rise.

It were my soul’s desire

To imitate my King,

It were my soul’s desire

His endless praise to sing.

It were my soul’s desire,

When heaven’s gate is won,

To find my soul’s desire,

Clear shining like the sun.

This still my soul’s desire,

Whatever life afford,

To gain my soul’s desire

And see thy face, O Lord.

Hymn

It were my soul’s desire

To see the face of God;

It were my soul’s desire

To rest in his abode.

Grant, Lord, my soul’s desire,

Deep waves of cleansing sighs,

Clear shining like the sun.

This still my soul’s desire,

Whatever life afford,

To gain my soul’s desire

And see thy face, O Lord.

Psalm 118 (119): 145-152
S̩ís̩e àsàrò lórí àwo̩n ò̩rò̩ O̩ló̩run nínú òfin

“Bí e̩niké̩ni ba pa àwo̩n àso̩té̩lè̩ mó̩, ìfé̩ O̩ló̩run yóò di pípé nínú rè̩” (1 John 2:5)
My eyes watch for you before dawn.
Mo fi gbogbo o̩kàn mi pè Ó̩,
Olúwa, gbó̩ mi.
Mo ké pè Ó̩, kó mi yo̩,
èmi yóò s̩e ìfé̩ Re̩.
Mo jí kí ojú tó mó̩
láti ké fún ìrànló̩wó̩ ò̩ Re̩,
Mo gbé̩kè̩lé ò̩rò̩ Re̩.
Ojú mi s̩àìsùn òru,
láti ronú sí ìlérí Re̩.
Gbó̩ ohùn mi nínú ìfé̩ Re̩, Olúwa,
Fi às̩e̩ Re̩ fún mi ní ìyè.
Àwo̩n tó ń lépa mi láìnídìí súnmó̩ ìtòsì,
wó̩n jìnnà sí òfin Re̩.
S̩ùgbó̩n Ìwo̩ wà nítòsí, Olúwa,
otító̩ ni gbogbo ìlànà Re̩.
Ó pé̩ tí mo ti mo̩ è̩rí Re̩,
tí O ti fi lélè̩ láéláé.
Ògo ni fún Baba àti fún O̩mo̩
àti fún È̩mí Mímó̩.
Bí ó ti wà látètèkó̩s̩e,
o ń be̩ nísinsìnyí,
bé̩è̩ ni ó sì máa rí nígbà gbogbo
ayé àìnípè̩kun. Àmín. Alelúyà.
Meditating the word of the Lord in the Law
“When anyone obeys what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him” (1 John 2:5)
Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, my God.
I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me,

Daily Reading

Newly discovered ruins of the Sanhedrin at Tiberias

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 4: 1-6

Let us be on our guard
while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.
But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened.
For we who believed enter into that rest,
just as he has said:

As I swore in my wrath,    
“They shall not enter into my rest,”

and yet his works were accomplished
at the foundation of the world
.
For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner,
And God rested on the seventh day from all his works;
and again, in the previously mentioned place,
They shall not enter into my rest.

Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest,
so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Mark
Mk 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,
“Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what
they were thinking to themselves,
so he said
, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know
that The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth
–he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

Capernaum
Village At Lake Tiberias In The North Of Historical Judea, Associated With Christ:
Capernaum / Romanized: Kfar Naḥum, Lit. \’Nahum\’s Village. As a Fishing Village Established During The Time Of The Hasmoneans, Located On The Northern Shore Of The Sea Of Galilee. Archaeological Excavations Have Revealed Two Ancient Synagogues Built One Over The Other. A House Turned Into A Church By The Byzantines —-Is Believed To Have Been The Home Of Saint Peter.

Saint Peter\’s Byzantine Church (Capernaum)
By the Editors of the Madain Project
An octagonal Byzantine martyrium structure was built in first century CE is on the purported site of Saint Peter\’s house. According to the excavators, the central hall of this church was originally built as part of a residential structure about the beginning of the Early Roman period, around 63 BCE. Although it is not mentioned specifically where in Capernaum Isa (Jesus) stayed, the fair inference seems to be that he lived at Peter’s house which was fairly close to the Capernaum Synagogue.🔗See more history and information on this subject link-

🔗What is Abrahamic History?
Abrahamic History
is the study of history and archaeology with respect to the three Abrahamic Faiths without considering the religious and theological aspects. The goal of Abrahamic History is to understand how and why the religious doctrines and behaviours have evlovled and changed over

🔗Newly discovered ruins of the Sanhedrin at Tiberias

Daily Reading

READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the First Letter of John
1 Jn 3:11-21

Beloved:
This is the message you have heard from the beginning:
we should love one another,
unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil One
and slaughtered his brother.
Why did he slaughter him?
Because his own works were evil,
and those of his brother righteous.
Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.
Whoever does not love remains in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.
The way we came to know love
was that he laid down his life for us;
so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.

Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn, for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to John
Jn 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, \”Follow me.\”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found The One about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.\”
But Nathanael said to him,
\”Can anything good come from Nazareth?\”
Philip said to him, \”Come and see.\”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
\”Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.\”
Nathanael said to him, \”How do you know me?\” Jesus answered and said to him,
\”Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.\”
Nathanael answered him,
\”Rabbi, (Teacher) you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.\”
Jesus answered and said to him,
\”Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.\” And he said to him, \”Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.\”

Daily Reading

May your 2023 be a year of growth and spiritual transformation.

Thanks be to God.🎉

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READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the First Letter of John
1 Jn 2:18-21

Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to John
Jn 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

He became flesh and never turned back. He did not put on our humanity like a garment that can be put on and taken off. No, he never detached himself from our flesh. And he will never be separated from it: now and forever he is in heaven with his body made of human flesh. He has united himself forever to our humanity; we might say that he “espoused” himself to it. I like to think that when the Lord prays to the Father for us, he does not merely speak: he shows him the wounds of the flesh, he shows him the wounds he suffered for us. This is Jesus: with his flesh he is the intercessor, he wanted to bear even the signs of suffering. Jesus, with his flesh, is before the Father. Indeed, the Gospel says that He came to dwell among us. He did not come to visit us, and then leave; He came to dwell with us, to stay with us. (Angelus, 3 January 2021)

Daily Reading

Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the Book of Sirach
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.

Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children, and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
—a house raised in justice to you.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Matthew
Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

When the magi had departed, behold,

the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled:

Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod had died, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
He rose, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
He shall be called a Nazorean.

WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Mary, Joseph, Jesus: the Holy Family of Nazareth which represents a response to the will of the Father: the three members of this family help each other reciprocally to discover God’s plan. They prayed, worked, communicated. And I ask myself: you, in your family, do you know how to communicate or are you like those kids at the table, each one with their mobile phone, while they are chatting? We must resume dialogue in the family: fathers, parents, sons, grandparents and siblings must communicate with one another … This is today’s homework, right on the day of the Holy Family. May the Holy Family be a model for our families, so that parents and children may support each other mutually in adherence to the Gospel, the basis of the holiness of the family. (Angelus, 29 December 2019)—-source: 🔗https://www.vaticannews.va/en/word-of-the-day.html

READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the Book of the prophet Malachi
Mal 3:1-4, 23-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:

Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?

And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Lo, I will send you
Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes,
the great and terrible day
,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
the land with doom.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Luke
Lk 1:57-66

Story of Saint John the Baptist

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”

WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

The entire event of the birth of John the Baptist is surrounded by a joyous sense of wonder, surprise and gratitude. Wonder, surprise, gratitude. The people are filled with a holy fear of God “and all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea” (v. 65). Brothers and sisters, the faithful people sense that something great has occurred, even though it is humble and hidden, and they ask themselves: “What then will this child be?” (v. 66). The faithful People of God are able to live the faith with joy, with a sense of wonder, of surprise and of gratitude. (…) And looking at this, let us ask ourselves: how is my faith? Is it a joyous faith or is it a faith that is always the same, a ‘dull’ faith? Do I feel a sense of wonder when I see the Lord’s works, when I hear about evangelization or the life of a saint, or when I see many good people do I feel the grace within, or does nothing move in my heart? (Angelus, 24 June 2018)

🔗Source: vaticannews.va