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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Note: Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I had been compiled for you after the Mass Readings below. Happy Reading!

Liturgical Colour: Green.

 

Mass Readings from ETWN.

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-313. 8-)

First Reading: Exodus 17:8-13,

Responsorial: Psalm 121:1-8,

2nd Reading:  2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 &

Gospel: Luke 18:1-8, CCTNtv, Gospel Video.

 

Alternative Mass Readings for Mission Sunday, 20 October 2019:

1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5,

Responsorial: Psalm 97:1-6,

2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-12,

Gospel Acclamation: Mark 16:15 &

Gospel Reading: Mark 16:15-20.

 

Others:

Luke Chapter 18 (video)  

Luke 18 - NIV Dramatized Audio Bible

He Will Come and Save You

I Stand In Awe Of You

Through Heaven's Eyes (HD) with Lyrics

 

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2. See Singapore Police Officers harassing elderly innocent Cancer Survivor here.

Please spread the News to help the innocent victims who commit no crime. Many Thanks.

 

Homilies, Angelus / Regina Caeli

 

A. Pope Saint John Paul II   

 

Homily, 18 October 1998

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-313. 8-)

 

Angelus, 18 October 1998

1. Today we are celebrating World Mission Sunday. We did the same 20 years ago at the beginning of my Petrine ministry. It seems a significant coincidence, when I think of the missionary spirit that motivates my apostolic efforts and is particularly expressed in the many journeys I have been able to  make, in order to cry out to all, in every corner of the world: “Open the doors to Christ!”. Today my thoughts turn in particular to the missionaries “ad gentes”, who bring this message so lovingly to mission countries, often in conditions of hardship, sometimes at the cost of their life. We thank them! May they feel, and not just today, the loving support and prayers of the whole Church.

 

 2. The missionary spirit also pervades the Encyclical  Fides et ratio, published last Thursday, which I intend to discuss later. In this Encyclical, as you know, I address the problem of the relationship between philosophy and theology, stressing that faith and reason are like “two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth” (n. 1). Woe to humanity should it lose the meaning of truth, the courage to seek it, the confidence of finding it. Not only would faith be compromised, but the meaning of life itself. 

 

 I entrust the reception of this Encyclical to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, “Seat of Wisdom”. May we also be aided by St Thérèse of Lisieux, whom I declared a “doctor of the Church” exactly one year ago, and Edith Stein, the holy “philosopher”, whom I had the joy of canonizing last Sunday.

Pope Saint John Paul II (Angelus, 18 October 1998)

 

Homily, 21 October 2001

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-314. 8-)

 

Angelus, 21 October 2001

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-315. 8-)

 

Homily, 17 October 2004

1. "I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Matthew 28: 20).

In contemplation before the Eucharist, at this moment we experience with special vividness the truth of Christ's promise: He is with us!

 

2. The television link-up between St Peter's Basilica, the heart of Christianity, and Guadalajara, the venue of the Congress, is like a bridge that spans the continents and makes our prayer meeting an ideal "Statio Orbis", in which the believers of the whole world converge. The meeting point is Jesus himself, truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist with the mystery of his death and Resurrection in which heaven and earth are united and peoples and different cultures meet. Christ is "our peace, who has made us both one people" (Ephesians 2: 14).

 

3. "The Eucharist, Light and Life of the New Millennium". The theme of the Congress invites us to consider the Eucharistic Mystery not only in itself, but also in relation to the problems of our time.

Mystery of light! The human heart, burdened with sin, often bewildered, weary and tried by suffering of all kinds, has need of light. The world needs light in the difficult quest for a peace that seems remote, at the beginning of a millennium overwhelmed and humiliated by violence, terrorism and war.

 

The Eucharist is light! In the Word of God constantly proclaimed, in the bread and wine that have become the Body and Blood of Christ, it is precisely he, the risen Lord, who opens minds and hearts and makes us recognize him, as he made the two disciples at Emmaus recognize him, in the "breaking of the bread" (cf. Luke 24: 35). In this convivial gesture we relive the sacrifice of the Cross, we experience God's infinite love, we feel called to spread Christ's light among the men and women of our time.

 

4. Mystery of life! What greater aspiration is there in life? Yet threatening shadows are hanging over this universal human hope: the shadow of a culture that denies respect for life in all its stages; the shadow of an indifference that relegates countless people to a destiny of hunger and underdevelopment; the shadow of scientific research that is sometimes used to serve the selfishness of the strongest.

 

Dear brothers and sisters, the needs of our many brothers and sisters call us into question. We cannot close our hearts to their pleas for help. Nor can we forget that "one does not live by bread alone" (cf. Matthew 4: 4). We are in need of the "living bread which came down from heaven" (John 6: 51). Jesus is this bread. Nourishing ourselves on him means welcoming God's life itself (cf. John 10: 10) and opening ourselves to the logic of love and sharing.

 

5. I desired this Year to be dedicated especially to the Eucharist. In fact, every day, particularly Sunday, the day of Christ's Resurrection, the Church lives this mystery. But, in this Year of the Eucharist, the Christian community is invited to become more aware of it through a more deeply felt celebration, prolonged and fervent adoration and a greater commitment to brotherhood and the service of the least. The Eucharist is the source and manifestation of communion. It is the principle and plan of mission (cf. Mane Nobiscum Domine, chapters III and IV).

 

Therefore, in the footsteps of Mary, "woman of the Eucharist" (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, chapter VI), the Christian community lives this mystery! Strengthened by the "bread of eternal life", it becomes a presence of light and life, a leaven of evangelization and solidarity.

 

6. Mane nobiscum, Domine! Like the two disciples in the Gospel, we implore you, Lord Jesus, stay with us! 

Divine Wayfarer, expert in our ways and reader of our hearts, do not leave us prisoners to the evening shadows.

 

Sustain us in our weariness, forgive our sins and direct our steps on the path of goodness.

Bless the children, the young people, the elderly, families and the sick in particular. Bless the priests and consecrated persons. Bless all humanity.

In the Eucharist, you made yourself the "medicine of immortality": give us the taste for a full life that will help us journey on as trusting and joyful pilgrims on this earth, our gaze fixed on the goal of life without end.

Stay with us, Lord! Stay with us! Amen.

Pope Saint John Paul II (Homily, 17 October 2004)

 

Angelus, 17 October 2004

1. The International Eucharistic Congress closes today in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. For eight days the Eucharist has been celebrated and adored as the "light and life of the new millennium". "Light", because the presence of Christ, the Light of the world, shines forth in the Eucharistic mystery; "life", because in the Eucharist Jesus gave us himself, the Bread of life.

 

This afternoon I will preside at a Eucharistic celebration in St Peter's Basilica in spiritual union with the great gathering in Guadalajara. In this way, I will solemnly open the Year of the Eucharist that will last until October 2005.

 

2. In the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Year of the Eucharist is to be a strong time for meeting Christ, who is present in the sacrament of his Body and his Blood. In this mystery, he sacramentally actualizes his Paschal sacrifice which redeemed humanity from the slavery of sin and inaugurated the divine Kingdom of love, justice and peace.

 

The Church was born from Christ's Pasch which is why she "draws her life from the Eucharist", as I recall in the Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (n. 1).

 

3. Let us together invoke the Virgin Mary, so that she will help all Christians to live this Year of the Eucharist as a time of deep conversion to Christ and intense commitment to spreading his message of salvation.

Pope Saint John Paul II (Angelus, 17 October 2004)

 

B. Pope Benedict XVI  

 

Homily, 21 October 2007

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-315. 8-)

 

Angelus, 21 October 2007

 

Homily, 17 October 2010

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-315. 8-)

 

Angelus, 17 October 2010

 

C. Pope Francis I  

 

Angelus, 20 October 2013

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-319. 8-)

 

Homily, 16 October 2016

At the start of today’s celebration, we addressed this prayer to the Lord: “Create in us a generous and steadfast heart, so that we may always serve you with fidelity and purity of spirit” (Collect).

 

By our own efforts, we cannot give ourselves such a heart.  Only God can do this, and so in the prayer we ask him to give it to us as his “creation”.  In this way, we come to the theme of prayer, which is central to this Sunday’s scriptural readings and challenges all of us who are gathered here for the canonization of new Saints.  The Saints attained the goal.  Thanks to prayer, they had a generous and steadfast heart.  They prayed mightily; they fought and they were victorious.

 

So pray!  Like Moses, who was above all a man of God, a man of prayer.  We see him today in the battle against Amalek, standing atop the hill with his arms raised.  From time to time, however, his arms would grow weary and fall, and then the tide would turn against the people.  So Aaron and Hur made Moses sit on a stone and they held up his arms, until the final victory was won.

 

This is the kind of spiritual life the Church asks of us: not to win by war, but to win with peace!

 

There is an important message in this story of Moses: commitment to prayer demands that we support one another.  Weariness is inevitable.  Sometimes we simply cannot go on, yet, with the support of our brothers and sisters, our prayer can persevere until the Lord completes his work.

 

Saint Paul writes to Timothy, his disciple and co-worker, and urges him to hold fast to what he has learned and believed (cf. 2 Tim 3:14).  But Timothy could not do this by his own efforts: the “battle” of perseverance cannot be won without prayer.  Not sporadic or hesitant prayer, but prayer offered as Jesus tells us in the Gospel:  “Pray always, without ever losing heart” (Luke 18:1).  This is the Christian way of life: remaining  steadfast in prayer, in order to remain steadfast in faith and testimony.  Here once again we may hear a voice within us, saying: “But Lord, how can we not grow weary?  We are human… even Moses grew weary...!”  True, each of us grows weary.  Yet we are not alone; we are part of a Body!  We are members of the Body of Christ, the Church, whose arms are raised day and night to heaven, thanks to the presence of the Risen Christ and his Holy Spirit.  Only in the Church, and thanks to the Church’s prayer, are we able to remain steadfast in faith and witness. 

 

We have heard the promise Jesus makes in the Gospel: “God will grant justice to his chosen ones, who cry to him day and night” (cf. Luke 18:7).  This is the mystery of prayer: to keep crying out, not to lose heart, and if we should grow tired, asking help to keep our hands raised.  This is the prayer that Jesus has revealed to us and given us in the Holy Spirit.  To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm.  On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us.  For the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray.  He guides us in prayer and he enables us to pray as sons and daughters.

 

The saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer.  Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy Spirit pray and struggle in them.  They struggle to the very end, with all their strength, and they triumph, but not by their own efforts: the Lord triumphs in them and with them.  The seven witnesses who were canonized today also fought the good fight of faith and love by their prayers.  That is why  they remained firm in faith, with a generous and steadfast heart.  Through their example and their intercession, may God also enable us to be men and women of prayer.  May we cry out day and night to God, without losing heart.  May we let the Holy Spirit pray in us, and may we support one another in prayer, in order to keep our arms raised, until Divine Mercy wins the victory.

Pope Francis I (Homily, 16 October 2016)

 

Angelus, 16 October 2016

 

Homilies 2019 

 

Angelus, Regina Caeli 2019

 

Audiences 2019

 

Daily Blessings to You from Emmanuel Goh & Friends new!

 

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Compiled on 13 October 2019

Updated on 20 October 2019

 

 

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