a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome to Saint Dominic’s Parish Church for the celebration of the 20th Sunday in the Ordinary Time.
Sacred Scripture teaches us that Jesus Christ, Our Lord, the Son of God, was sent as the Light of the world into human society in order to show people the true way leading to life eternal. Whoever receives Him has life in abundance. Whoever denies Him will perish.
Consequently, the world since the first coming of Christ seems to be divided into two. Either side should be responsible for their own free choice and decision in response to the truth of the Savior of the world.
In this Holy Mass we listen to Christ speaking to us on how to know the right way that brings us life. We pray to God for the grace of wisdom and courage to put into practice what we learn from this Sunday’s message.
Kindly all stand for the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading Jer 38:4-6.8-10
People say, “Truth hurts.” We like to know the truth, we want to hear the truth, but we fear the truth, too. People try to hide the truth—sometimes in a violent way—if they think the truth threatens their interest.
The Prophet Jeremiah was punished by the corrupt and wicked people for telling the truth about the latter’s wrongdoing.
- Second Reading Heb 12:1-4
Saint Paul admonishes Christians in their suffering for faith in God to look up to Christ, Who gave us a good example of perseverance in carrying out the Holy Will of God the Father.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass
a) ES #289: “Sing A New Song”
b) Response to the Universal Prayer: “Lord, hear our prayer!”
c) ES # 153: “Our Blessing Cup”
d) ES # 230: “O God, You Search Me”
e) ES #261: “Love Goes On”