Deacon Steve

August 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?” (Matthew 18:21b)

August 15th, 2017 – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [Readings]
Focus: “The almighty has done great things for me.” (Luke 1:49)

August 14th, 2017 – Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [Readings]
Focus: “Blessed is the womb that carried you.” (Luke 11:27b)

August 8th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Dominic, Priest.
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)

August 3rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea.” (Matthew 13:47)

August 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop.
Out of joy he sells all that he has and buys it. (Matthew 13:44-46)

July 31st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed… It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.” (Matthew 13:31-32)

July 27th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “They look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” (Matthew 13:13b)

July 25th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saint James, Apostle.
“My chalice you will indeed drink…” (Matthew 20:23a)

July 13th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Henry, German King and Holy Roman Emperor.
“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (Matthew 10:8b)

July 11th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Benedict, Abbot.
“Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

July 6th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Maria Goretti.
“Your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)

July 4th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Independence Day – Conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom.
“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)

July 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Fortnight for Freedom (2017 Theme – “Freedom for Mission”)
“Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:38)
Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (Matthew 10:40)

June 29th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles.
“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church… I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)
“I (Paul) have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

June 28th, 2017 [Matthew 10:37-42 (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)]
Focus: Fortnight for Freedom (2017 Theme – “Freedom for Mission”)

June 27th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12a)

June 21st, 2017 [Matthew 10:26-33 (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time)]
Focus: Fortnight for Freedom (2017 Theme – “Freedom for Mission”)

June 20th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Jesus said, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44)

June 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass for Peter Anthony del’Aguila.
We who are baptized into Christ Jesus are indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too might live in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)

June 15th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:24b)

June 13th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church.
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a)
“You are the light of the World.” (Matthew 5:14a)

June 8th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31b)

June 6th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Optional Memorial of Saint Norbert, Bishop.
“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Mark 12:17)

June 1st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr.
Jesus said, “I pray… that they may all be one…” (John 17:20-21)

May 30th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17:4)

May 25th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
“You will weep and mourn.” (John 16:20a)
“Your grief will become joy.” (John 16:20c)

May 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.” (John 16:7b)

May 18th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “We ought to stop troubling the Gentiles who turn to God.” (Acts 15:19)
The Council of Jerusalem and how the modern Church hierarchy today resolves issues in matters of faith and morals similar to the way the first general council did.

May 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:1)
Mother’s Day.

May 11th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” (John 13:17)
“Whoever receives the one I send receives me.” (John 13:20a)

May 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)

May 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Athanasius.
“My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” (John 6:32)

April 27th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “God is trustworthy.” (John 3:33)
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” (John 3:36a)

April 25th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saint Mark.
“They went forth and preached everywhere.” (Mark 16:20)

April 18th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20:18)

April 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: By His death on the cross, Jesus has won pardon for us and freedom from the tyranny of sin and death.

April 11th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: One of you will betray me; the cock will not crow before you deny me three times. Will you lay down your life for me?

April 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: On this day (Palm Sunday) the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery.

April 6th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (John 8:51)
“Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day.” (John 8:56)
“Truly, Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

April 4th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever looks at the bronze serpent, shall live.” (Numbers 21:8)
“If you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM…” (John 8:28)

March 30th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I see how stiff-necked this people is.” (Exodus 32:9)
“You do not have the Father’s word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.” (John 5:38)

March 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6)

March 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:23)

March 21st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Unless we forgive our brother and sister, the Father will not forgive us.

March 16th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.” (Luke 16:25)

March 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, O Lord, my God.” (Esther C:14)
“Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.” (Psalm 138)
“Everyone who asks, receives;” (Matthew 7:8)

March 7th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “This is how you are to pray: Our Father….” (Matthew 6:9)

March 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:24)

February 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “We have given up everything and followed you.” (Mark 10:28)

February 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)

February 21st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him” (Mark 9:31).
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;” (Mark 9:37).

February 16th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29)

February 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Cyril and Methodius. “Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?” (Mark 8:18)

February 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)

February 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
“I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.” (Malachi 3:1)

January 31st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John Bosco, Priest (Memorial).
“…unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3b)

January 26th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops (Memorial).
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;” (Luke 10:2).

January 24th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
“Behold, I come to do your will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7a)
“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35)

January 19th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: A large number of people came to him. (Mark 3:8)
The unclean spirits shouted, “You are the Son of God,” but Jesus warned them sternly not to make him known.

January 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Anthony, Abbot.
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28)

January 12th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40).
“I do will it. (Mark 1:41)

January 10th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “He taught them as one having authority.” (Mark 1:22)

January 8th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

January 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John Neumann, Bishop.
“The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16)
“You will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)

January 3rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
“He is the Son of God.” (John 1:34)

Introduction to “Faith Seeking Understanding” (My Conversion Story)