a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As we celebrate the 16th Sunday today we listen to the Lord blessing the old man Abraham with the gift of a son for his hospitality. It is obviously a great honor and privilege to serve the Lord. However, hearing the Word of God and putting it into practice will make Christian discipleship perfect.
Kindly all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading: Gn 18:1-10a
For his wholehearted hospitality, the patriarch Abraham was granted by Yahweh God what he and his family had longed for: a child and heir, born of old parents. God always has a solution to whatever problem which humans think is unsolvable.
- Second Reading: Col 1:24-28
Saint Paul believes that his suffering, hence that of Christians, can fill up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the salvation of the human family. This Christian view on the correlation between Christ’s redemptive work and human suffering brings not only encouragement to those who suffer from all forms of pain but also enlightenment into the darkness of human life.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: Priestly People | Song Book | #136
b) Offertory: Gifts of Bread and Wine | Song Book | #149
c) Communion: Worthy Is the Lamb | English Missal | #90
d) Recessional: A Grateful Heart | Song Book | #224