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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

tenth sunday in ordinary time

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

solemnity of the most holy body and blood of christ

Lectionary: 168

Reading I

When Moses came to the people
and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,
they all answered with one voice,
“We will do everything that the LORD has told us.”
Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,
rising early the next day,
he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites
to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls
as peace offerings to the LORD,
Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
“This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his.”

Responsorial Psalm

R. (13)    I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

Reading II

Heb 9:11-15

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came as high priest
of the good things that have come to be,
passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle
not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,
he entered once for all into the sanctuary,
not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled
so that their flesh is cleansed,
how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from dead works
to worship the living God.

For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place for deliverance
from transgressions under the first covenant,
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

"Blood of the Covenant: Scott Hahn Reflects on Corpus Christi" from Letters From Home by Dr. Scott Hahn. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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God

Big Bang Theory

Question or Common Objection:

Doesn’t the Big Bang theory explain how the world came about, apart from God?

Catholic Answer:

The Big Bang theory is just that – a scientific theory which attempts to explain the origin of the universe.  As most scientists point to the Big Bang theory as true, it still points to the need for a creator to get it started.

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.”

Psalm 19:1-2

Despite what some people think, there is no real conflict between the Catholic faith and science – provided that each is understood correctly.  Science searches for the truth of things.  God is the source of all truth.  He is the One who put all things into creation.  Science need not compete with, nor does it contradict or conflict the truth of, God, because God does not contradict or conflict the truth of Himself.

Did you know the father of the Big Bang theory was a Belgian Catholic priest, who was also a scientist?  A man by the name of Georges LeMaitre (1894-1966),was a friend and colleague to many of the leading scientists of his time, including Albert Einstein.  He is credited in the scientific community as the father of the theory we call the Big Bang today.

Religion and science are not incompatible.  Don’t fall into the trap of believing what some purport the Catholic Church to be: “anti-science.”  That’s a fallacy purported by people who are anti-Catholic Church.  The Church seeks for everyone to know God, who, as the Creator of all which exists, is the author of truth Himself.  This search for truth is compatible with all areas of science like mathematics, physics, and other physical sciences.

If you’re a parent (or you’re just generally interested in learning more about the compatibility of the Catholic Church’s beliefs with science) consider this great book: Brilliant!:25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People by David Michael Warren.  It’s well-done and is a wonderful way to help (you or your children) understand that Catholicism and science are anything but in competition with one another.

The Catholic Church defends the truth of God’s creation.  Science seeks the truth of things.  Think about it.

Other References:  Gn 1:1; Mk 10:6; Rom 1:20

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additional bible study

"Day 157: Following Jesus" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family,
we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united
in a love that is lasting, faithful,
and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, 
to forgive one another from our hearts,
and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,
diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family,
truly become a domestic church
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!


An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.
 

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope
 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
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