Sunday, October 18, 2015:  (TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME)  Readings for today:  Isaiah 53:10-11  /  Hebrews 4:14-16  /  Mark 10:35-45:

 

Readings from:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101815.cfm   (Pics from elsewhere on the internet)

Reading 1 - A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 53:10-11):

The LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness
of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.

 

Responsorial Psalm - (Psalm 33 "Let your mercy be on us, oh God" by Marty Haugen):

From:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K41iDwL_NvM

 

Lyrics from: http://www.theinterpretersfriend.org/songs/lt-yr-mrcy-b-on-us.html

Re: Let your mercy be on us, O God, as we place our trust in you.

1. Your words, O God, are truth indeed, and all your works are ever faithful; You love justice and right, your compassion fills all creation.

Re: Let your mercy be on us, O God, as we place our trust in you.

2. See how the eye of God is watching, ever guarding all who wait in hope to deliver them from death and sustain them in time of famine.

Re: Let your mercy be on us, O God, as we place our trust in you.

3. Exult, you just, and rejoice! for praise is the song of the righteous! How happy your people, O God, the one whom you have chosen.

Re: Let your mercy be on us, O God, as we place our trust in you.

4. Our soul is waiting for God, for God is our help and our shield; May your kindness and love be on us who place our hope in you.

Re: Let your mercy be on us, O God, as we place our trust in you.

 

 

Reading 2 - A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews (Hebrews 4:14-16):

Brothers and sisters:

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.

 

Alleluia: (Mark 10:45)

From:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAyd5JyyoEs

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.

R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

Gospel - A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark (Mark 10:35-45):

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."
He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?"
They answered him, "Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left."
Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"
They said to him, "We can."
Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared."
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

 

 

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10/18/2015:  St. Luke the Evangelist - Feast Day: October 18 - (Patron Saint of: Artists, Brewers, Butchers, Doctors, Notaries, Painters, Physicians, and Surgeons): 

From: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1172&calendar=1

(Feast Day: October 18)

St. Luke the Evangelist

Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and that of the Church. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel writers. Tradition holds him to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls him "our beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). His Gospel was probably written between A.D. 70 and 85.
 

Luke appears in Acts during Paulís second journey, remains at Philippi for several years until Paul returns from his third journey, accompanies Paul to Jerusalem and remains near him when he is imprisoned in Caesarea. During these two years, Luke had time to seek information and interview persons who had known Jesus. He accompanied Paul on the dangerous journey to Rome where he was a faithful companion. "Only Luke is with me," Paul writes (2 Timothy 4:11).



Comment:

Luke wrote as a Gentile for Gentile Christians. This Gospel reveals Luke's expertise in classic Greek style as well as his knowledge of Jewish sources.
The character of Luke may best be seen by the emphases of his Gospel, which has been given a number of subtitles: 1) The Gospel of Mercy: Luke emphasizes Jesus' compassion and patience with the sinners and the suffering. He has a broadminded openness to all, showing concern for Samaritans, lepers, publicans, soldiers, public sinners, unlettered shepherds, the poor. Luke alone records the stories of the sinful woman, the lost sheep and coin, the prodigal son, the good thief. 2) The Gospel of Universal Salvation: Jesus died for all. He is the son of Adam, not just of David, and Gentiles are his friends too. 3) The Gospel of the Poor: "Little people" are prominentóZechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, shepherds, Simeon, and the elderly widow Anna. He is also concerned with what we now call "evangelical poverty." 4) The Gospel of Absolute Renunciation: He stresses the need for total dedication to Christ. 5) The Gospel of Prayer and the Holy Spirit: He shows Jesus at prayer before every important step of his ministry. The Spirit is bringing the Church to its final perfection. 6) The Gospel of Joy: Luke succeeds in portraying the joy of salvation that permeated the primitive Church.



Quote:

"Then [Jesus] led them [out] as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God" (Luke 24:50-53).

 

Patron Saint of:

Artists
Brewers
Butchers
Doctors
Notaries
Painters
Physicians
Surgeons