Speak Lord: Loving God

Living Eucharist

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My soul rejoices in my God.

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

My soul rejoices in my God.

The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.

My soul rejoices in my God.

He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy.

My soul rejoices in my God.

Responsorial Psalm for the Third Sunday of Advent
Luke 1:46-50,53-54

The Psalm at Mass tomorrow comes from the New Testament, and would be better termed a Gospel Canticle. However it fulfils the same function in the Liturgy of the Word as does the more usual Psalm: it puts on the lips of the congregation a song which is…

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The Gospel according to Mark: chapter ten

Prayer from the Catholic Tradition

Mark Marseille 2

The teaching about discipleship continues in this chapter, and Mark alerts us to the various temptations against faithfulness which Jesus resists and which we are called to learn to resist.

Chapter 10

From The Jerusalem Bible © 1966 by Darton Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday and Company Ltd.

St Mark. Marseille Cathedral. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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Speak Lord: Holy One

Living Eucharist

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Be happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.

Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything – hold on to what is good and avoid every form of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.

Second reading for 3rd Sunday of Advent
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

The good life no longer just happens ‘naturally’. We live in an environment which in so may ways is not apt for it: there is pollution of selfishness, exploitation, acquisitiveness most everywhere in our society.

There are good qualities there too…

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Speak Lord: For whom we long

Living Eucharist

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A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.

This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord.’

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Taste and See: Steadfastness

Living Eucharist

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There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.

Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the…

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Taste and See: Hope

Living Eucharist

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Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace,
peace for his people.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

Responsorial Psalm for Second Sunday of Advent
Psalm 84(85):9-14

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The Gospel according to Mark: chapter seven

Prayer from the Catholic Tradition

Mark Marseille 2

The particular tension between Jesus and those who place their trust in observance of law and custom to fulfill the commandments of God. Jesus will always give priority to love of neighbour over the keeping of religious law and custom: and he in that love of neighbour Jesus finds the perfect response to the love of God.

Chapter 7

From The Jerusalem Bible © 1966 by Darton Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday and Company Ltd.

St Mark. Marseille Cathedral. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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The Gospel according to Mark: chapter six

Prayer from the Catholic Tradition

Mark Marseille 2

Shadows form around Jesus – the people of his home turn are doubtful of him; John the Baptist is murdered.

At the same time, miracles continue and people turn to the Lord and the Good News.

The disciples receive their first mission from him, and their mission proves fruitful. And yet we are told that their minds stayed closed!

The problematic of the story that Mark tells continues to perplex.

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From The Jerusalem Bible © 1966 by Darton Longman & Todd Ltd and Doubleday and Company Ltd.

St Mark. Marseille Cathedral. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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