Saturday, 3 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of our Lady)

Luke 10 : 17-24

At that time, the seventy-two disciples returned to Jesus full of joy. They said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on Your Name.”

Then Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. You see, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the Enemy, so that nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the evil spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been Your gracious will. I have been given all things by My Father, so that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”

Then Jesus turned to His disciples and said to them privately, “Fortunate are you to see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings would have liked to see what you see, but did not see it; and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

Saturday, 3 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of our Lady)

Psalm 68 : 33-35, 36-37

Let the lowly witness this and be glad. You who seek God, may your hearts be revived. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise those in captivity. Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and whatever moves in them.

For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. His people shall dwell in the land and possess it; the children of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His Name will dwell in it.

Saturday, 3 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of our Lady)

Baruch 4 : 5-12, 27-29

Take courage, my people, you who preserve the memory of Israel. You have been sold to the nations but not for your destruction; because you had aroused the anger of God, you were delivered to your enemies.

For you displeased your Creator in sacrificing to demons and not to God. You have forgotten the Eternal God, the One who nourished you. You have filled Jerusalem with sadness, she who brought you up. For she saw the anger of God fall on you and she said, “Listen, you neighbouring cities of Zion, God has sent me a great sorrow. I have seen the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal One brought on them.”

“I had nurtured them in joy; with tears and sadness I saw them leave. Let no one rejoice on seeing me a widow and abandoned by all. Because of the sins of my children I am now alone, because they have turned away from the Law of God.”

Take courage, my children, cry out to God, for He who sent you into exile will remember you. Thus, as you distanced yourself from God, return to Him and seek Him ten times more earnestly. For He who caused these evils to fall on you will bring you salvation and eternal joy.

Friday, 2 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (Homily and Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : White

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we commemorate the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, namely the angels which God had commissioned to be alongside each and every one of us mankind, as our guide, our protector and our intercessor before the Lord, the one who protected us from the depredation and attacks by the devil and his fellow fallen angels, the tempters.

It is in the aim of the devil to see our downfall into the temptations of the world, of the pleasures of the world and sin, just as he first tempted our very first ancestors, Adam and Eve in the Gardens of Eden. By that temptation, our first ancestors chose to listen to the words and sweet lies of the devil rather than to obey the Lord our God, and thus they were cast out of Eden because of their disobedience.

And yet God who loves us all, as He is our Father, and we are His children, has decided to continue to love us and to watch over us in this world. God sent His angels to watch over us and protect us, to keep us safe from the attacks by the devil and his angels, as all of them continue daily to attack us and hoping to drag us with them into the eternal fire and suffering of hell.

And our guardian angels are there to protect us from their attacks, and they are there to remind us whenever we stumble, by their words silently resounding deep within our hearts, competing with the words of the tempters and the devil, fighting over our souls, influencing us either to follow the Lord, in the case of our Guardian Angel, or to follow the path of sin, for the case of Satan and his tempters.

If we read the Scriptures today, we certainly should be able to see and notice how much God cares for all those who keep their faith in Him, and how God will keep them away from stumbling by sending His angels to help them. Thus, it is the same if we are faithful and continue to devote ourselves to Him. God will preserve us, protect us and keep us safe from the assaults of the evil one.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, have we followed what our guardian angels had told us? Or did we rather prefer to listen to the devil and to his lies and untruths, as he had done the same to countless men and women who came before us? Shall we open wide the doors of our hearts, so that our guardian angel may come inside and reveal to us the love of God and the truth which He had conveyed through the angel?

Have we thanked our guardian angel for all that he had done for us? He never ceases to work hard in order to protect us from harm, just as our loving Father continuously show His concerns for us mankind, His children. Those who are righteous are surrounded by the angels of the Lord, who will keep us safe and protected from harm, and they guard our ways to keep us in the faith.

But even so, even if we have been faithful, we still have to be vigilant and be careful against the assaults of Satan and his allies, who constantly seeking our downfall and destruction. God does not want us to fall, and He helps us with His angels, but ultimately the choice rests on us, in our own free will to choose either to follow God or to follow the devil.

Let us therefore, on this feast day of the Holy Guardian Angels, strive to become ever better followers of our Lord, and be more faithful to Him in all actions, words and deeds. Let us not take the gift of our guardian angels for granted, but work closely together with the guardian angels, to keep our path straight and to keep us on the way to salvation.

May Almighty God who sent His angels to protect the weak and the downtrodden, to lift them out of harm’s way, keep us safe and protected from the wickedness of the evil one. May He bless us in all of our endeavours and dealings, that everything we say and do will continue to be worthy for the Lord and we may be gathered together in the most Holy Presence of our Lord. God bless us all. Amen.

Friday, 2 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Matthew 18 : 1-5, 10

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Then Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, “I assure you that, unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes lowly like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever receives such a child in My Name receives Me.”

“See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you : their angels in heaven continually see the face of My heavenly Father.”

Friday, 2 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : White

Psalm 90 : 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who rest in the shadow of the Almighty, say to the Lord, “My stronghold, my refuge, my God in Whom I trust!”

He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions and give you refuge under His wings.

You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrows that fly by day, nor the pestilence that stalks by night, and the plague that destroys at noonday.

No harm will come upon you, no disaster will draw near your home. For He will command His angels to guard you in all your ways.

Friday, 2 October 2015 : 26th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Exodus 23 : 20-23

YHVH said to Moses, “See, I am sending an Angel before you to keep you safe on the way and bring you to the place I have made ready. Be on your guard in His presence and listen to Him; do not resist Him for He will not pardon your wrongdoing, for My Name is in Him.”

“If you listen to Him and do what I say, I will be enemy to your enemies and the opponent of your opponents. My Angel will go before you and bring you to the land of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites; all these I will destroy.”