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.
CATHOLIC CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR B
27th FEBRUARY – 1st MARCH 2015
A reading from the Book of Genesis 22:1-2, 10-13, 15-18
The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith.
God put Abraham to the
test. He called to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” he replied. Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of
Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I
will point out to you.” When they came to the place of which God had told
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. “Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger. “Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.” As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son. Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—all this because you obeyed my command.”
The Word of the Lord.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
1. I believed, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones. R.
2. O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD.R.
3. My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. R.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 8:31-34
God did not spare his own Son.
Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us, who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised— who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, listen to him. Alleluia, alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 9:2-10
This is my beloved Son.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.
The Gospel of the Lord.
CELEBRANT: God has not spared his own Son. We may be sure that after such a gift he will not refuse us anything he can give. With faith we pray to our Father, and say:
R/ Listen to your people, Lord.
For the community of the Church, that it may let the Spirit renew it all the time, reject the temptations of power and greed, and bring Good News of God's forgiveness to all, let us pray: R/
For trust that God is near to us also in our deepest loneliness and in all trials, let us pray: R/
For courage and constancy, that we may keep doing what is right and good even when it demands pain and effort, let us pray: R/
For open hearts and hands to help all those who suffer, let us pray: R/
For peace, which God alone can give and which drives away all fears, let us pray: R/
For solidarity and cooperation in our Christian communities and with all people of good will, let us pray: R/
For trusting faith that we are not lost in death but safe with Christ in the hands of God, let us pray: R/
CELEBRANT: Lord, if you are on our side, who can be against us? Your Son pleads for us. Hear us and hear him, now and forever.