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‘Gospel Truth’ for September 15, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus tells his disciples that there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Reflections for the XXIV Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings invite us to believe in a loving, patient, merciful, and forgiving God.

Pope to Discalced Augustinians: fidelity to roots and tradition ensures future

Pope Francis received some 200 members of the General Chapter of the Discalced Augustinians in an audience in the Vatican on 12 September.

Pope to newly ordained bishops: Be close to God and His people

Pope Francis meets with Bishops ordained in the last year and participating in a course organized by the Congregations for Bishops and for the Eastern Churches.

Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Col 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

R.(6) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD! Alleluia.
R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Alleluia 1 Jn 4:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If we love one another,
God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
"To you who hear I say, love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
offer the other one as well,
and from the person who takes your cloak,
do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you,
and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

"Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you."

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary, please go here.

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Pope calls for educational alliance to promote care for common home

Pope Francis launches the Global Educational Alliance initiative to shape the future of humanity by forming mature individuals who can overcome division and care for our common home.

Committee implementing goals in Document on Human Fraternity meet for first time

Pope Francis receives the members of the Higher Committee working to achieve the goals delineated in the Document on Human Fraternity who met for the first time on Wednesday.

Bahamas: Catholic Church trying to meet basic needs of hurricane survivors

Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau told Vatican News that his archdiocese is trying to meet the immediate needs of the evacuees as well as those who have remained behind in the affected islands after Hurricane Dorian.

Catholic media in Africa working to integrate communication in the life and mission of the Church

Catholic media professionals in Africa have pledged collaboration with the media reform of Pope Francis and say they look forward to new media services from Vatican.

Pope creates new ecclesiastical province in East Timor

Pope Francis on Wednesday created the new ecclesiastical province of Dili in East Timor, elevating the Diocese of Dili to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese.