a) To the Holy Mass
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, good morning!
Today, as we celebrate the 21st Sunday in the Ordinary Time, we listen to Our Lord Jesus encourage His disciples to enter the narrow gate so that they may have life.
It is really a big challenge for Christians in a time of crisis to live up to the demands of the Good News. People often choose the easy way to success in society. This may lead them to do the same when thinking of how to enter the Kingdom of God.
We pray to the Lord in this Holy Mass for the blessing of right discerning so as to properly respond to the Word of God for the sake of our true and lasting happiness.
Please all stand and sing the entrance hymn.
b) To the Readings
- First Reading (Is 66:18-21)
The Prophet Isaiah foresees a magnificent scene that there will be one day the solemn worship of the Lord God in the Holy Temple where all peoples and nations united in faith offer God praises and thanksgiving.
- Second Reading (Heb 12:5-7. 11-13)
Saint Paul gives the believers who are undergoing trials and sufferings the reason for being firm and persevering. This is because the Lord God, as a loving Father but also a serious educator, wants His children to be well trained through discipline.
B. Hymns for Holy Mass:
a) ES #295: “For the Beauty of the Earth”
b) EM page 207
c) Response to the Universal Prayer: “Lord, hear our prayer!”
d) ES #291: “The God of All Grace”
e) ES #214: “In Him Alone”
f) ES #293: “Companions on the Journey”