Dear Brothers and sisters
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favours!”(Luke 2:13-14)
As we celebrate the birth day of the Babe of Bethlehem, I wish you “A joyous, peaceful and grace -filled Christmas and a hopeful, prosperous, and promising New Year-2015." I pen to express my greetings to you and your families. I think not only of those who live within our parish but also your family members, dear and near ones, on this special season of the year.
Christmas reminds us that our God is not a distant God but a God who is with us,-“Emmanuel.” May the Emanuel God find place in our hearts and homes. During this season, we Christians, remember and celebrate that sacred moment in human history when God entered in our world, becoming part of every one of us and the whole human race. Christmas brings us back to the source of our life and existence. God has come into the world, with His love, peace and hope that makes us joyful and rejoicing. His light has shone in our darkness and no darkness can overpower this light.
As a priest, for many years, in this parish of our lady of the Rosary, I feel privileged and so uplifted by the huge number of the dedicated parishioners who minister, in many ways, alongside us, the priests, with dedication and enthusiasm. In truth you are the heart of the parish. Working together we aim to have a parish that is inclusive where everyone is and feels welcome. This always gives a feeling of a “One Family” which Christ wants to create in us. On this special season, I wish to leave a note of gratitude for your participation, support and generosity in making this parish a 'Family'
I pray that the presence of the Christ-Child will grace your home during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year -2015. May God bless you.
With Prayers and Blessings
Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM, Cap.
FIRST READING Genesis 14: 18 - 20
Melchizedek brought out bread and wine
A reading from the book of Genesis.
In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words: "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
The Word of the Lord.
R. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek
The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
till I make your
enemies your footstool."; R.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion: "Rule in the midst of your enemies.” R.
"Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor; before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you. R.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent: "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." R.
SECOND READING 1 Cor 11: 23 - 26
For as often as you eat and drink, you proclaim the death of the Lord.
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
The Word of the Lord.
I am the living bread that came down from Heaven, says the Lord whoever eats this bread will live forever.
GOSPEL Luke 9: 11b – 17
They all ate and were satisfied
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people." Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty." They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.
The Gospel of the Lord
CELEBRANT: Let us pray with the fullest trust to God our Father, for he has chosen us as his partners in life set free by the blood of his Son. Let us say:
R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
1.For the pope, for bishops and priests, that they may give to their people not only the bread of the Eucharist and the word of God but also the bread of themselves, let us pray: R/
2. For all Christians Churches, that they may become one at the table of the Lord, let us pray: R/
3. For the nations who have more than others in food and human resources, that they may consider it a task of justice to share with others peoples that have less and help them forward on the road of human and economic development, let us pray: R/
4. For our Christian communities, that rich and poor, high and low, tenants and landlords, may share alike in the Eucharist and become responsible for one another covenant of justice, love and peace, let us pray: R/
5. For all of us, that the Eucharist may become more and more the source of our strength and unity and of our commitment to one another, let us pray: R/
CELEBRANT: Lord God. Be close to us. Keep nourishing us with the body and blood of your Son that we may grow in your everlasting life, now and forever. R/ Amen.