January 23 St. Ildephonsus

Entrance Antiphon : Ps 65: 4

O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.

Collect

Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading : 2 Samuel 6:12-15,17-19

David went and brought the ark of God up from Obed-edom’s house to the Citadel of David with great rejoicing. When the bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fat sheep. And David danced, whirling round before the Lord with all his might, wearing a linen loincloth round him. Thus David and all the House of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with acclaim and the sound of the horn. They brought the ark of the Lord in and put it in position inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered holocausts before the Lord, and communion sacrifices. And when David had finished offering holocausts and communion sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts. He then distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israelites, men and women, a roll of bread to each, a portion of dates, and a raisin cake. Then they all went away, each to his own house.

Psalm: Psalm 23:7-10

R/Who is the king of glory? He, the Lord, he is the king of glory.

  1. O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory!
  2. Who is the king of glory? The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, the Lord, the valiant in war.
  3. O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory!
  4. Who is he, the king of glory? He, the Lord of armies,he is the king of glory.

Gospel Acclamation: Ps118:135

Alleluia, alleluia! Let your face shine on your servant, and teach me your decrees. Alleluia!

Gospel : Mark 3:31-35

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

Prayer over the Offerings

Accept our offerings, O Lord, we pray, and in sanctifying them, grant that they may profit us for salvation. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Cf. Ps 33: 6

Look toward the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.

Prayer after Communion

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Through Christ our Lord.

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ mother and some relatives come looking for him while he is speaking to a crowd of people. Mary becomes the mother of Jesus when she conceives him in her womb, is his mother when she looks after him, feeds and protects him just as every mother does. She is his mother according to the flesh, and she is also the first among all who listen to God’s word and meditate on it. But Jesus has now come to establish a great family of the children of God, those who listen to his work and act on it. Every member of the faithful who listens to Christ’s word and puts it into practice is a mother, a father, a brother or a sister of the Lord. One of the consequences of Christian vocation is belonging to God ‘s own family, being united to him by strong ties that come from carrying out his will in all things. The holiness we aspire to must identify us with Christ. Lord, strengthen our faith and open our ears to your word, that we may hear it and put it into practice. 

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