a. To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the celebration of the 23rd Sunday in the Ordinary Time, Year A.
This Sunday’s Gospel teaches us Christians how to practice charity in everyday and real life. True love does not allow us to ignore the demand of justice, otherwise it becomes blinded love. Justice worthy of its name should not be deprived of love if people do not want inhuman justice.
We pray hard in this Holy Mass to God for people in all over the world so that they may live together in peace and love, and settle their problems also in peace and love, being firmly convinced that only the power of God’s love can bring true and lasting peace.
Please all stand for the entrance hymn.
b. To the Readings
- First Reading Ez 33:7-9
Charity urges a person to bring back to God’s saving love his or her friend who did something morally wrong. He or she will be responsible for not doing so if the sinner dies in sin. When he or she has done their best to help the sinner, yet the latter refuses to repent, they are not held guilty for the loss of their friend.
- Second Reading Rom 13:8-10
Charity is so meaningful and important for Christians that Saint Paul seems to be delighted that they become one another’s debtors in terms of love.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) Entrance: We gather Together (ES #147)
b) Responsorial Psalm: EM Pages 191-192
c) Offertory: The God of All Grace (ES #291)
d) Communion: Where Love Is Found (ES #336)
e) Recessional: Companions on The Journey (ES #293)