Reflections

Tuesday of 25th Week of the Year, September 20, 2022

>>> Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions – Pray for Us!
THE NEW FAMILY OF JESUS
Introduction
Much of the earlier history of Christianity in Korea is marked with persecution. A group of lay people brought Christianity to Korea in the 17th century. Those persecuted unto death for their faith in the 19th century were mostly lay persons, though among these men and women we have also bishops and priests. We honour the saints of today, Andrew Kim of Taegon, priest and a lay apostle, Paul Chong of Hasang and companions.
 
Opening Prayer
Our Lord and God,
the Church of Korea was much marked
with the saving cross of Jesus
and today, we honour her martyrs,
Andrew Kim, Paul Chong and their many companions.
May the saving cross of Jesus and of his martyrs
liberate us from our selfishness
and from fear and sin and death.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen!
 
1 Reading – PROVERBS 21:1-6, 10-13
Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD; wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit, but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty. Whoever makes a fortune by a lying tongue is chasing a bubble over deadly snares. The soul of the wicked man desires evil; his neighbor finds no pity in his eyes. When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser; when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. The just man appraises the house of the wicked: there is one who brings down the wicked to ruin. He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard.
 
Responsorial PSALM 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44
R. (35) Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
 
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD. R.
 
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds. R.
 
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me. R.
 
Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart. R.
 
Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight. R.
 
And I will keep your law continually,
forever and ever. R.
 
Alleluia LUKE 11:28
Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
and observe it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
 
Gospel LUKE 8:19-21
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
 
Commentary
Mothering the Word
Jesus’ words in today’s gospel – would they have offended Mary who was waiting outside to meet him? Hardly! Those words of Jesus were great compliment to her, actually. For, among human beings, who has listened to the word of God and surrendered to it better than Mary? Who else has so treasured the word of God in heart that it became flesh, other than Mary? The words of Jesus were an affirmation of Mary as truly his mother in flesh and spirit, as well as an invitation for us to imitate her in listening to the word and doing it. It is such listening and doing that makes us members of his family, across space and time – as is evidenced in the martyrdom of Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and companions whose memory we honour today: So far away from the historical Jesus’ space and time, they became members of his family.
 
Intercessions
– That we may be close to Jesus by seeking with him and his mother the will of the Father in everything, we pray:
– That priests and religious may keep trusting in the Lord who has called them notwithstanding their human weakness and that with Christ they may care for people to bring them close to God, we pray:
– That by keeping our baptismal promises we may be faithful to God who remains always faithful to us, we pray:
 
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God,
we bring these humble gifts before you.
In these signs of bread and wine,
Jesus, your Son, will give himself to us.
May we give us the strength
to go with courage on our journey through life,
also when it becomes a way of the cross,
that we may follow him all the way
to you, our loving God for ever. Amen!
 
Prayer after Communion
Our dear and loving God,
we have been with Jesus at his table.
May we be united with him also
on his way to you and to people.
May we follow him wherever he leads us
in dark days as well as in days of joy
and send us wherever people need us
to bring them your liberating word
and your helping hand,
also when it costs us pain and effort.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen!
 
Blessing
We should be people of the Word: people who belong to Christ, the living Word of God; people who keep their word; people who live according to the word they believe in; people, like Mary, who are completely open to the word of God. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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