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1. MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS THEN SAY"May the Word of the Lord be on my mind, on my lips, and in my heart."

2. COMPOSITION OF PLACE—

"VISIO DIVINA" OR SEEING WITH HEART'S EYES (Optional)

Use this image of Joseph The Carpenter with child Jesus by Georges de La Tour. The experience of beholding a La Tour is like looking at the sunset; your eyes are glued to the dimming sun. Sit down and quietly gaze and marvel at this masterpiece by someone who went through a similar crisis. Ten years after painting this in 1652, Georges and his family perished in an epidemic in LunĂ©ville France. GUIDED MEDITATION—1—Does it mirror or evoke any feeling of the darkness surrounding you these days? Focus on your breathing and feel your own heart beat; listen.—2—Move your attention towards the candle light. Feel in your eyes the warmth. Look at those dirty fingernails. Ask to be cleansed.—3—Notice too the straight flame unperturbed by Joseph's breath. Imagine the heart of God beating and aflame with divine love for you.—4—Join in! The light leads the way as you enter the scene. As you move closer towards Jesus' glowing face you likewise move away from the cast shadows. Look at that face with a bright smile. Thank him briefly.—5—Now, tell Jesus quietly your heart's desires. Imagine his gaze shifting on you. Jesus says "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD" (Ps 46:10). Use this image as a screen saver.

Readings at Mass - 20 Jul 2020

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Monday 20 July 2020

Monday of week 16 in Ordinary Time 
  or Saint Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr 

Liturgical Colour: Green.

Readings at Mass


First readingMicah 6:1-4,6-8

The Lord asks only this: to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly

Listen to what the Lord is saying:
Stand up and let the case begin in the hearing of the mountains
  and let the hills hear what you say.
Listen, you mountains, to the Lord’s accusation,
  give ear, you foundations of the earth,
for the Lord is accusing his people,
  pleading against Israel:
My people, what have I done to you,
  how have I been a burden to you? Answer me.
I brought you out of the land of Egypt,
  I rescued you from the house of slavery;
I sent Moses to lead you,
  with Aaron and Miriam.
– ‘With what gift shall I come into the Lord’s presence
  and bow down before God on high?
Shall I come with holocausts,
  with calves one year old?
Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand,
  with libations of oil in torrents?
Must I give my first-born for what I have done wrong,
  the fruit of my body for my own sin?’
– What is good has been explained to you, man;
  this is what the Lord asks of you:
only this, to act justly,
  to love tenderly
  and to walk humbly with your God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 49(50):5-6,8-9,16-17,21,23
I will show God’s salvation to the upright.
‘Summon before me my people
  who made covenant with me by sacrifice.’
The heavens proclaim his justice,
  for he, God, is the judge.
I will show God’s salvation to the upright.
‘I find no fault with your sacrifices,
  your offerings are always before me.
I do not ask more bullocks from your farms,
  nor goats from among your herds.
I will show God’s salvation to the upright.
‘But how can you recite my commandments
  and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
  and throw my words to the winds,
I will show God’s salvation to the upright.
‘You do this, and should I keep silence?
  Do you think that I am like you?
a sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
  and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.’
I will show God’s salvation to the upright.

Gospel Acclamationcf.2Tim1:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished death
and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.
Alleluia!
Or:Ps94:8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Harden not your hearts today,
but listen to the voice of the Lord.
Alleluia!

Gospel
Matthew 12:38-42

There is something greater than Solomon here

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. ‘Master,’ they said ‘we should like to see a sign from you.’ He replied, ‘It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.’
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Nota bene: Featured after 3:00 PM Philippine Time (PHT) +0800 UTC are the readings for tomorrow.
4. "FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING TO US TODAY THROUGH YOUR HOLY WORD."

†FINAL BLESSING

"MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS US, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN." The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties (CCC 2157). Wherever you are be mindful of your interior silence. "If we do not understand silence, we do not understand God."

Optional/Alternative Prayer Exercise

THE EXAMEN PRAYER at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality Philippines [www.cisphil.org]