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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 - 22 Sep 2020

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Tuesday 22 September 2020

Tuesday of week 25 in Ordinary Time 

Liturgical Colour: Green.

Readings at Mass


First reading
Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13

On wickedness and virtue

Like flowing water is the heart of the king in the hand of the Lord,
  who turns it where he pleases.
A man’s conduct may strike him as upright,
  the Lord, however, weighs the heart.
To act virtuously and with justice
  is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifice.
Haughty eye, proud heart,
  lamp of the wicked, nothing but sin.
The hardworking man is thoughtful, and all is gain;
  too much haste, and all that comes of it is want.
To make a fortune with the help of a lying tongue,
  such the idle fantasy of those who look for death.
The wicked man’s soul is intent on evil,
  he looks on his neighbour with dislike.
When a mocker is punished, the ignorant man grows wiser,
  when a wise man is instructed he acquires more knowledge.
The Just One watches the house of the wicked:
  he hurls the wicked to destruction.
He who shuts his ear to the poor man’s cry
  shall himself plead and not be heard.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118(119):1,27,30,34-35,44
Guide me, Lord, in the path of your commands.
They are happy whose life is blameless,
  who follow God’s law!
Make me grasp the way of your precepts
  and I will muse on your wonders.
Guide me, Lord, in the path of your commands.
I have chosen the way of truth
  with your decrees before me.
Train me to observe your law,
  to keep it with my heart.
Guide me, Lord, in the path of your commands.
Guide me in the path of your commands;
  for there is my delight.
I shall always keep your law
  for ever and ever.
Guide me, Lord, in the path of your commands.

Gospel Acclamationcf.Ps129:5
Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
Alleluia!
Or:Lk11:28
Alleluia, alleluia!
Happy are those
who hear the word of God
and keep it.
Alleluia!

GospelLuke 8:19-21

'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God'

The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.’ But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’
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3. 'TODAY, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS'—EVER IN SCRIPTURE, IT IS THE HEART THAT PRAYS. In today's featured Gospel reading, what word or phrase from God speaks to me?—PONDER—LISTEN—THANK—SURRENDER. I contemplate God's word and then end with the OUR FATHER...

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]