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How to Live the Baptism?

3rd Sunday of Easter

“Lord, let your face shine on us.”Ps. 4

What does it mean to live the baptism?

“Through this baptism into his death, we were buried with Christ, and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father, so too we began a new life.”Romans 6:4

“Sin will no longer dominate you, for you are not under the Law but under grace. Tell me, does the fact that we are no longer under the Law but under grace authorize us to sin? Of course not.”Romans 6:14

He came to show us the way to the Father, to the Kingdom of God. What is that way? The first reading tells us:

“Repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out.”Acts 3:19

To receive the great gift of the Risen One, his forgiveness and love, we need to believe in Him and trust in Him, acknowledge sin, repent, and convert. That is, to strip off the old self and put on the new, represented in the white garment of baptism.

“Thus it was written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and in his name repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed.”Luke 24:48

He is the one who takes away the sin of the world, He came to teach us to have Life in the soul, to regain the life that sin robs us of, that of the Holy Spirit. It is the path of obedience, which Jesus himself lived and which he asks us to live in various ways, as in today’s second reading:

“By this we know that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. Whoever says, ‘I know Him’, but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.”1 John 2

Jesus teaches us to respond to his love and mercy with our love, manifested in deeds, in doing what pleases Him, in obedience. We must be convinced that His will is much better than ours, as revealed for centuries, both in the Bible and in human experience. In obedience to the good shepherd, we will enjoy green pastures and tranquil waters. Disobeying His voice and relying more on ourselves leads us away from the path of life and causes us much more suffering.

Let us trust in Him, for He deserves our absolute trust, following the example of Joseph and Mary, so that we may experience the new life in Christ that He came to give us. His will is our greatest good, it is our health and life. Through disobedience, sin and death entered, along with all evil.

“You are my friends if you do what I command you.”John 15:14

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments…”John 14:15, 28

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/Ps 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)/1 Jn 2:1-5a/Lk 24:35-48
Monday: Acts 6:8-15/Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30/Jn 6:22-29
Tuesday: Acts 7:51-8:1a/Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab/In 6:30-35
Wednesday: Acts 8:1b-8/Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a/Jn 6:35-40
Thursday: Acts 8:26-40/Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20/Jn 6:44-51
Friday: Acts 9:1-20/Ps 117:1bc, 2/Jn 6:52-59
Saturday: Acts 9:31-42/Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17/Jn 6:60-69
Next Sunday: Acts 4:8-12/Ps 118: 1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 (22)/Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Easter
Monday: Tax Day
Next Sunday: 4th Sunday of Easter; World Day of Prayer for Vocations

News for April

A Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse

On the weekend of April 28, 2024, join parishes across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in praying “A Prayer for Healing” for victims of abuse.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace and justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Spring Raffle

  • GRAND PRIZE: $7,000
  • 2nd Prize: 75″ HDTV
  • 3rd Prize: $500
  • 4th Prize: $250

Drawing: Sunday, April 21, 2024. Will be held after the 10am Mass.

DONATION $10

Seller of the winning Grand Prize Ticket will receive $250.
Winners need not be present to win.
Prizes must be claimed within 30 days following the drawing.

(818)834-8551
10390 Remick Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331

Did You Know?

The Archdiocese continues helping survivors of sexual abuse and their families

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and on behalf of Archbishop José H. Gomez, we affirm our continued commitment to report allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, support victim-survivors in their healing journey, and protect children and the vulnerable. The Archdiocese created a website, https://lacatholics.org/protect/ that serves as a comprehensive tool containing resources, programs and services for protecting children and reporting abuse. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of sexual misconduct by someone affiliated with our Church, please contact law enforcement and the Archdiocese’s Victims Assistance Coordinator at (213) 737-7650 or visit https://lacatholics.org/departments-ministries/reporting-child-abuse/ for help and support.

Live Resurrected with Christ

2nd Sunday of Easter

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.”Ps. 118

“If you have been resurrected with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”Col 3

Let us prioritize the Kingdom of God within us and in the world.

Baptism makes us resurrected with Christ. Our life is about learning to live out this baptismal vocation of being resurrected, children of God, and citizens of Heaven. Today’s readings give us very clear tips on what this means: to live united in the same faith, the same Spirit, in Christian love, like the first disciples.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”1 John 5

For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. And the victory that has overcome the world is our faith. So it is by faith that we live out baptism, resurrected with Christ, as children of God, in his love, that is, by keeping his commandments, which are summarized in the love of God, inseparable from love for our neighbor.

Without love, we lose that divine life. That’s why God says that even if we had great talents and performed great miracles, without love, I am nothing, because it means I would have lost the faith that opens me to the Holy Spirit; and with Him, you cannot help but love.

Whoever does not love does not know God, remains separated from Him, for that love is like blood in physical life, it is essential for health and vitality; therefore, it is the condition without which we do not have divine Life. For the Holy Spirit is the love of God poured into our hearts that will manifest in its various fruits. If there is no love, it is because I am not open to the Spirit by faith.

The Resurrected One makes us resurrected with Him by giving us his Holy Spirit, so that we may participate in his divine and eternal life:

“«Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.» After he said this, he breathed on them and said, «Receive the Holy Spirit.»”John 20,21

The Spirit is what makes possible the miracle of communion in his love, in the experience of the values of heaven, guided by Christ the head who makes us new creatures, children of God for eternal life.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Acts 4:32-35/Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)/1 Jn 5:1-6/ Jn 20:19-31
Monday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Ps 40:7-8a, 86-9, 10, 11/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Acts 4:32-37/Ps 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5/Jn 3:76-15
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26/Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday: Acts 5:27-33/Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20/Jn 3:31-36
Friday: Acts 5:34-42/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday: Acts 6:1-7/Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19/Jn 6:16-21
Next Sunday: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/Ps 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)/1 Jn 2:1-5a/Lk 24:35-48

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)
Monday: The Annunciation of the Lord
Thursday: St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr
Saturday: St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr
Next Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Easter

Called to Communion in the Resurrected Christ

Easter Sunday

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”Ps. 118

Christ came to give us his Kingdom, that is the good news (Gospel).

“The Kingdom of God is at hand…”Mark 1:15

“The Pharisees were asking Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” … And know that the Kingdom of God is among you.”Luke 17:20s

THE RESURRECTED CHRIST IS THE KINGDOM IN OUR HEARTS.

It is Jesus himself in person, the Kingdom of God that comes to be sown, TO RESURRECT US WITH HIM and wants to spread throughout the earth, for our own good, because if through sin and disobedience, death and chaos entered, through obedience comes to us new life, order, paradise. God placed it within our reach, but it needs our collaboration. Living baptism is to be resurrected with Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”Revelation 3:20

He cannot enter unless we open to him, and we will only open if we hear speak of Him, for He is opened by faith, and faith comes from hearing.

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?…”Romans 10:14ss

Allowing Jesus into the soul is allowing in the way, the truth, and the life. Without that truth, there is no freedom, but slavery to sin; without his life, one is dead in the soul, and therefore it is the most lamentable situation a human being can be in, without Grace, unfortunate.

When one has this life, one has the love of God, which impels us to give it, we cannot stop giving it, as St. John Chrysostom said: it is easier for the sun to stop giving light than for a Christian to stop giving light. The Christian is light or is not Christian, is a missionary, or is not Christian, because by baptism we were anointed by the same Holy Spirit that Christ promised us, and he anoints us to be like Him, priests, kings, and prophets; therefore, called to holiness, communion, and mission.

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? What portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? We are the temple of the living God;…”2 Corinthians 6:13ss

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one…”John 17:20ss

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. It refers to the Holy Spirit that He gives us so that we may be one, for there can be no unity except in Him, with Him, and in Him.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:60-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7
Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41/Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10/Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9/Lk 24:13-35
Thursday: Acts 3:11-26/Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9/Lk 24:35-48
Friday: Acts 4:1-12/Ps 118:1-2, and 4, 22-24, 25-27a/Jn 21:1-14
Saturday: Acts 4:13-21/Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21/Mk 16:9-15
Next Sunday: Acts 4:32-35/Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)/1 Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31

Observances for the Week

Sunday: Easter Sunday
Monday: Monday within the Octave of Easter; April Fools’ Day
Tuesday: Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Wednesday: Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Thursday: Thursday within the Octave of Easter
Friday: Friday within the Octave of Easter
Saturday: Saturday within the Octave of Easter
Next Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

God is Mercy

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”Ps. 22

God is love, forgiveness, and kindness, that is why He is not an accomplice to evil and sin, and He came to free us from it, to show us the path of life as a journey of effort and commitment to pleasing Him and freeing ourselves from the sin that harms us, others, and God.

Because He is love, He does not want you to harm yourself by harming your brother, nor does He want you to harm your brother in any way, because He is also love. God is not an accomplice to evil, theft, murder, or any abuse, precisely because He is love; on the contrary, He is the best ally of your brothers for your good, for their physical and spiritual well-being, and your best ally for the good of your brothers.

He is love, He is just, and an inseparable friend of all goods and virtues. Like a good father who loves his children, He cannot be indifferent to the leprosy of our sin, and therefore He wants to heal us, give us growth, take us out of selfish disorder, ignorance, and darkness into which we tend to plunge. But what good would it do for someone to have all the neighbors as doctors if they do not go to any of them for consultation? Or if they do not open the door when they come to help in their illness? If one does not receive the love of the one who loves them the most, if one does not believe in Him, it does not benefit them, even if it is the greatest and most sincere love that can exist.

One only benefits from what one knows and believes; and what is not known or believed is not valued. That is why we need to open our hearts to that divine love that loves us infinitely, as He showed us in everything, from His incarnation to His death on the cross and resurrection; even though we do not deserve it, even though we are great sinners, but precisely because He loves us, He wants to free us from harmful addictions, vices, and sins that harm and destroy us, because He wants the best for us, true happiness and fulfillment, like any mother or father who loves their child.

He also wants us to be understanding, kind, and edifying with the clumsiness and sins of our neighbor. It is the new commandment, to love one another as I have loved you, as the code of the new Covenant, in the Last Supper sealed with His blood to give us His forgiveness. That is why He asks us:

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful… do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”Luke 6:36s

As He will also tell us after giving us the Our Father, emphasizing forgiveness, since the lack of forgiveness comes from daring pride:

“If you do not forgive others, neither will my Father forgive you.”Mt 6:14s

It is the first step to rebuild the person, but out of love, you do not want to leave them on the wrong path, that is why Jesus said to the sinner, as He says to you today: Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Mk 11:1-10 or Un 12:12-16/Is 50:4-7/Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)/Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39
Monday: Is 42:1-7/Ps 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14/Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday: Is 49:1-6/Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34/Mt 26:14-25
Thursday:
Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 80-9/Ps 89:21-22, 25 and 27/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 (see 1 Cor 10:16)/1 Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
Friday: Is 52:13-53:12/Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 (Lk 23:46)/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1—19:42
Saturday:
Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1-2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 (30) or Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20-22 (5b)/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 (1)/Ex 14:15—15:1/ Ex 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18 (1b)/Is 54:5-14/Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 (2a)/ls 55:1-11/ls 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 (3)/Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (Jn 6:68c)/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/Ps 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 (42:2)/Rom 6:3-11/Mk 16:1-7
Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7

Observances for the Week

Sunday: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Holy Week begins
Thursday: Holy Thursday
Friday: Good Friday
Saturday: Holy Saturday
Next Sunday: Easter Sunday

The Decline of Reason

Fifth Sunday of Lent

“With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.”Ps. 130

Since the 18th century, reason has been enthroned as the idol of “intellectuals,” and under this pretext, they left God and religious beliefs, as always, with false and misleading labels, considering the religious as medieval obscurantism, when it was a brilliant time in every sense, when art flourished at its best based on the Christian faith, poetry, painting, architecture, and civilization, creating universities, hospitals, and the best humanity has had in centuries.

Now we are witnessing the decline of rationality, which was what distinguished us from animals, but man, moving away from God, decided to identify himself with his temporal bodily and animal dimension, becoming subjected to the tyranny of his instincts, denying his spiritual dimension and his soul, ceasing to seek truth, the meaning of life, and transcendence, which are the only possible foundations of freedom and happiness, human dignity, peace, and indeed civilization. That is why we are facing a true catastrophe, as we can clearly see daily in the news. How can we perceive this decline of reason, of the soul, and of human dignity? There are countless manifestations of this, but let’s see some examples:

  • The doubt and questioning of whether the baby before birth is a living human being.
  • The assertion that there are more than 100 genders to choose from, and that they have nothing to do with genitals or what the doctor “assigns” at birth.
  • Believing that one can change sex, or race, or age… is a sick or demonic denial of reality and undeniable truth.
  • Believing that there can be effect without cause, fruit without root, creation without creator.
  • Thinking that everything we see in the universe and in the world can come from nothing, that everything came into existence by chance, without anyone wanting it.
  • And as a consequence of this, we can also see the irrationality of wars, the legalization and spread of all evils such as drugs, alcoholism, harmful medicines and beverages, addictions, evil movies that can only do harm, etc.
  • The fact that billions of dollars are spent in a day to watch an American football game while many have nothing to eat. That they prefer to have yachts, houses, or jewels, throw money in casinos and other addictions rather than helping needy brothers.
  • The denial of evidence of faith, such as clear miracles, healings, the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the shroud of Oviedo, and the Holy Shroud, even though they are inexplicable and manifest the truths of the Gospel, as the Gospel itself reports the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, like the testimony of the apostles who gave their lives to defend these truths.

These are examples of what the Gospel says; many did not receive it, they preferred darkness, even in the face of the miracles of Christ himself, many refused to believe, SO AS NOT TO HAVE TO OBEY AND FOLLOW HIM. Many will prefer to reject the truth. Christ learn through suffering to obey. Hebrews 5.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Jer 31:31-34/Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 (12a)/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33
Scrutiny: Ez 37:12-14/Ps 130: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (7)/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6/Jn 8:1-11
Tuesday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56/Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9/Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9/Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13/Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7/Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: Ez 37:21-28/Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13/Jn 11:45-56
Next Sunday: Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16/Is 50:4-7/Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 (2a)/Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 5th Sunday of Lent
Monday: St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Tuesday: St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday: St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop
Next Sunday: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Holy Week begins

God Is Your Best Ally

Fourth Sunday of Lent

“Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!”Ps. 137

God is Love, meaning there is no selfishness or personal interest in Him, which means that everything He wants for us is the best, the true good, because He loves us, wants us to be fulfilled, happy, and with Him for eternity.

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, lack of everything, dangers, or the sword?”Romans 8:35ff

Nothing can separate us from His love, only ourselves. SO THAT THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

So why do we suffer and why so many imperfections and limitations? All this is a consequence of sin, which made us lose paradise. Our rebellion against God, our disobedience to Him is a rupture with Him, and it is what brought us all misfortunes, illnesses, and death, and sin which is the root of all human sufferings, wars, hunger, etc.; if we listened to God, we would live in paradise; in this world in an imperfect way, but perfectly for eternity.

That’s why God teaches us the way of life. The commandments are like traffic signs that seek our good, they are the advice of a mother who loves her child and therefore takes him to the doctor or asks him to take the medicine, even though the child does not understand or want to take it because it tastes bad or because the injection hurts.

God is the one who loves us most in the universe, He is pure love and only wants our happiness, as He explicitly tells us many times:

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”John 15:11

He deserves our absolute trust.

So why this path of beatitudes? Why those commandments that seem like restrictions and limitations against our freedom? Trust in Him like Abraham, willing to obey God even without understanding, because He knows more than us in our fallen nature due to sin, we see little and distorted. We must trust Him blindly, like a three-year-old child must trust his mother, who asks or does things for his own good, because she loves him.

Even when we may not understand everything, we must trust God completely. Our ego has problems with what it doesn’t like, like the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes; blessed the persecuted, the rejected, and mistreated for my sake… But it’s understandable that this happens in this world, because there are many fools who prefer darkness to light, lies to truth. But it is in your interest to stay and remain on the side of light and truth, because in it is true happiness, despite the consequences it may bring in this world, as it is the path to eternal life.

Go to frequently to meet the lord in prayer; like in the mount Tabor He will show you his divinity and will strengthen you to remain faithful in his love for ever.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (6ab)/Eph 2:4-10/Jn 3:14-21
Scrutiny: 1 Sm 16:16, 6-7, 10-13a/Ps 23:1-3а, 30-4, 5, 6 (1)/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
Monday: Is 65:17-21/Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12/Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18/Jn 5:17-30
Thursday: Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23/Jn 5:31-47
Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday: Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12/Jn 7:40-53
Next Sunday: Jer 31:31-34/Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 (12a)/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33
Scrutiny: Ez 37:12-14/Ps 130: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (7)/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 4th Sunday of Lent
Next Sunday: 5th Sunday of Lent

News for March

Mary Mother Guardian of the Faith

Patricia Talbot visits us from Cuenca-Ecuador, to share her experience of faith and the desire of the heart of Mary Mother Guardian of the Faith to live a life of true conversion. She will talk about the threats to our faith and how to defend it with love.

Wednesday, April 3 after 6:30pm Mass

Spring Raffle

  • GRAND PRIZE: $7,000
  • 2nd Prize: 75″ HDTV
  • 3rd Prize: $500
  • 4th Prize: $250

Drawing: Sunday, April 21, 2024. Will be held after the 10am Mass.

DONATION $10

Seller of the winning Grand Prize Ticket will receive $250.
Winners need not be present to win.
Prizes must be claimed within 30 days following the drawing.

(818)834-8551
10390 Remick Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331

Reconciliation Night

March 19, 2024 at 6:30pm in the church

Holy Week Liturgy Schedule

  • 3-24-2024: Palm Sunday – Regular Mass Schedule
  • 3-28-2024: Holy Thursday – 6:30pm Bilingual Mass
  • 3-29-2024: Holy Friday – 4pm Stations of the Cross; 6pm Cross Celebration
  • 3-30-2024: Holy Saturday – 6pm Bilingual Mass with Blessing of the Fire; 8:30pm Mass in Spanish
  • 3-31-2024: Easter Sunday – Regular Mass Schedule

Be Imitators of Christ Report

Thank you for your pledges on commitment weekend. Here’s a report (as of 2/26/24):
Pledges: $18,516
Payments: $11,282
Help us reach our parish goal of $99,546.
Visit TIMGIVE.ORG/SAINTS or text SAINTS to 213-397-0682 and choose Mary Immaculate Parish – Pacoima (P369).

Did You Know?

Abuse may be hiding behind behavioral changes

Last week, we looked at negative behavioral changes that could be red flags for abuse. It is important for caregivers to remember that some seemingly positive changes could also be signs of abuse, such as when a child tries to “be perfect” so as to avoid a feared consequence or in some way “control” circumstances so as to avoid or minimize further exposure to a traumatic situation. To learn more, read the VIRTUS® article “Being Attentive to Children and Youth” at https://lacatholics.org/did-you-know/.

Deceptions of the World and the Evil One

Third Sunday of Lent

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”Ps. 95

The crumbling of faith is accompanied by many deceptions of the evil one, who ceaselessly sows his weeds and lies in this world, yet this does not absolve man of his responsibility, for it is he who, incautiously and irresponsibly, accepts these deceptions. From Genesis to the gospel, we see the father of lies deceiving men; Adam and Eve fell, whereas Jesus did not allow himself to be deceived, and he taught us the way to avoid deception: prayer, trusting more in the word of God than in our own senses or the logic of our human clumsiness.

The consequences of each case were evident; those who allow these lies to enter bring chaos into the world, division, sin, and death. Christ, by overcoming these deceptions, brings us freedom, salvation, and eternal life. In this, we clearly see a demonstration of the importance of what we believe or do not believe; it places us at one extreme or the other, more than from heaven to earth, from heaven to hell.

The world and the prince of this world continue to sow lies and deception abundantly, and many allow themselves to be poisoned by them. Let us examine some of the deceptions of the new age, atheistic culture, and the devil today:

  • You don’t need a god, you are one.
  • Salvation lies within you.
  • Always do what feels right to you, you are divine.
  • The most authentic is what arises from within you (ignoring that it is fallen nature).
  • Religion is not needed.
  • You can be spiritual without being religious.
  • You can open yourself to “god” without knowing anything about his revelation, his church, or any commitment, neither to God nor to anyone else (complete ambiguity).
  • It doesn’t matter what you believe in.
  • Any supernatural power is the same, whether you call it Jehovah, or Mohammed, or Jesus, or Buddha, or Allah,…
  • After death, life continues for everyone. There is light for everyone on the other side of the tunnel. There is never condemnation or anything that God reveals.
  • What you believe is truth for you, whatever it may be.
  • There is no absolute truth, everyone constructs their own truth.

These, among many others, are the lies invented by men, never based on the Bible or the church, which have led many away from it and have turned many away from God revealed in Christ, making them believe that God or Christ is not needed, that you can be fine without God and without the Church, that you can reach eternal life by yourself, that you do not need any savior to be saved. It is to oppose the light of Christ, his commandments, and his entire divine revelation, for which we should be indignant against these deceptions, as Christ was indignant when he expelled the sellers from the temple, for going against the will of God and trampling on the commandments.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Ex 20: 1-17 or 20: 1-3, 7-8, 12-17/Ps 19:8, 9, 10,11 (Jn 6: 68c)/1 Cor 1: 22-25/Jn 2: 1-25
Scrutiny: Ex 17: 3-7/Ps 95: 1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)/Rom 5: 1-2, 5-8/Jn 4: 5-42 or 4: 5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Monday: 2 Kgs 5: 1-15ab/Ps 42: 2, 3; 43: 3,41/Lk 4: 24-30
Tuesday: Dn 3: 25, 34-43/Ps 25: 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9/Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4: 1, 5-9/Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/Mt 5: 17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9/Lk 11: 14-23
Friday: Hos 14: 2-10/Ps 81: 6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Hos 6: 1-6/Ps 51: 3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab/Lk 18: 9-14
Next Sunday: 2 Chr 36: 14-16, 19-23/Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (6ab)/Eph 2: 4-10/Jn 3: 14-21
Scrutiny: 1 Sm 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Ps 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (1)/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9: 1-41 or 9: 1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Lent
Monday: St. Casimir
Thursday: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs
Friday: St. John of God, Religious
Saturday: St. Frances of Rome, Religious; St. Catherine of Bologna
Next Sunday: 4th Sunday of Lent, Daylight Saving Time Begins

The Goal is Heaven

Second Sunday of Lent

“I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.”Ps. 116

In the transfiguration, Jesus opens a window to heaven for us, to remind us that this earth is not the final destination, but the path to eternal life, to salvation. But curiously, we hardly ever talk about heaven or salvation, despite it being what Jesus talked about the most. We are in a time where people don’t want to hear anything about the afterlife because we are so focused on what we can touch and see, locked in the here and now, as the adage mentioned by Saint Paul says: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

But nothing in this life would make sense if it weren’t for eternal life, as Saint Paul also mentions: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” It is true that in this life we find reward for our faith, because living with faith leads us to be happier, to have hope, meaning to live, to fight and suffer, for the daily cross, it gives us love for everything we do, etc. But this is nothing compared to the greatest achievement of our faith, which is eternal life, without which nothing in this life would make sense, neither the good nor the bad.

The people who journeyed in the desert were moved by a dream, that of the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey. That’s what kept them moving forward, and it encouraged them not to settle in the comfort of a stable and peaceful life. We too must live as pilgrims in this world, not anchoring our tents here or putting our hearts here, for we are citizens of heaven, and we journey in this exile towards it.

If we only live locked in the here and now, only for this world, we would be blind an irrational, without a sense, without direction, like sheep without a shepherd, without anything to fight for, without a path ahead, without anything to overcome, without goals or anything to grow in, like being stuck in the mud of this blind world, where the only thing that matters is being physically well, without wanting to think about death, let alone what comes after death. They close the eyes of their minds to not look at that, and just focus on what pleases them today.

We need to open our eyes to reality and truth, especially to these truths that have been revealed to us by God Himself to give meaning to our lives, so that we may have abundant, eternal life. If we turn our backs and don’t want to listen, we are closing ourselves to the great gift of God, to the gift of Life.

It’s like if a millionaire comes to give you millions and you don’t want to open the door, you prefer to stay in your misery. That’s what humanity does in its foolishness and deceit, because without the light of Christ we are in darkness, and we cannot distinguish true values from false ones. LORD, GIVE US YOUR LIGHT, RESTORE OUR SIGHT, OUT OF MERCY.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 (116:9)/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10
Monday: Dn 9:4b-10/Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13/Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday: Is 1:10, 16-20/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23/Mt 23:1-12
Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20/Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16/Mt 20:17-28
Thursday: Jer 17:5-10/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6/Lk 16:19-31
Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Next Sunday: Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (Jn 6:68c)/1 Cor 1:22-25/In 2:13-25
Scrutiny: Ex 17:3-7/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/In 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Lent
Wednesday: St. Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
Next Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

1st Sunday of Lent

“Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.”Ps. 25

This is the call that God makes to us at the beginning of this TIME OF GRACE. Conversion is a change of mind and heart that only He makes possible, for this is why He came, to give us the freedom of Children of God, liberation from the bonds of sin that are deadly to the soul. What is and is not sin? Something does not become sin just because the Church or the priests say so. The term sin comes from the Greek, hamartia, which means to miss the mark; like getting off track or deviating from the right path.

The Holy Spirit and Jesus through his Church guide us in distinguishing what we should and should not do, what pleases and offends God. Sin, therefore, is rebellion and disobedience to God that separates us from Him; God loves us and does not want what harms us in any way, distancing us from the truth and from the ideal of holiness to which we are called.

To know if something is or is not sin, consider: Does it bring me closer to or farther from God? Does it please or displease Him? Obviously, some sins are more serious, mortal, both because they are a serious matter and because they go against an explicit will of God in His Word. Others are not open disobedience. They should never be confused with simple human errors or mistakes, even if they make us feel bad. For it to be a sin, it is always a way of disregarding the voice and the will of God, displeasing Him by not doing what He asks of us.

There is a great diversity of sins of thoughts, words, deeds, and omissions, our conscience tells us: “you failed”, we have a moral conscience that we must form in the light of the Word in order to grow in holiness and make a true judgment about what is good and what is bad.

Sin is actions that, in themselves, manifest as evil and harmful, as they go against the will of God; God does not want us to harm ourselves or others, and He wants to lead us to a free and full life, like good parents who want the best for their children. Sin is not having temptations or evil desires, for that is natural, sin is falling into them or being carried away by them.

Sin, whatever it may be, has harmful consequences and therefore God does not want it and we must seek to free ourselves from it. It is directly related to the truth; it does not depend on the opinion or subjective feeling of each one. If it is a sin, it will not be good for you, even if sometimes you do not understand why; if God does not want it for you, surely it is not convenient for you, and you would be happier in what God wants for you. Just as a child does not understand why they must undergo surgeries or treatments, nor do they want them, but the mother knows that they will understand and appreciate it later.

We cannot free ourselves from sin by ourselves, which is why God came in Christ and gives us His Holy Spirit, to give us wisdom and strength, love and self-control. Only with His grace can we overcome temptation as Jesus did in the desert, enlightened by the Word of God and strengthened by prayer. Watch and pray so as not to fall into temptation because the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. There is much we can do that brings us happiness within the will of God. Jesus came to save man, not to condemn him; He shows us the path of light and truth that leads to the Father and invites us to move away from darkness.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Gn 9:8-15/Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (see 10)/1 Pt 3:18-22/Mk 1:12-15
Monday: Lv 19:1-2, 11-18/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15/Mt 25:31-46
Tuesday: Is 55:10-11/Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19/Mt 6:7-15
Wednesday: Jon 3:1-10/Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19/Lk 11:29-32
Thursday: 1 Pt 5:1-4/Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6/Mt 16:13-19
Friday: Ez 18:21-28/Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8/Mt 5:20-26
Saturday: Dt 26:16-19/Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8/Mt 5:43-48
Next Sunday: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 (116:9)/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 1st Sunday of Lent
Monday: Presidents’ Day
Wednesday: St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Thursday: The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
Friday: St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
Next Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Understanding “sexting”

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Spiritual Leprosy

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.”Ps. 32

Leprosy causes insensitivity, they don’t feel the temperature. We can also apply this to the insensitivity of the soul, when it feels no love or compassion for others, when it doesn’t matter to be a burden to others, when it’s so bad that they no longer feel the warmth and love of others, and don’t care what they think or feel.

But there is another equally peculiar feature, the lepers were isolated so as not to infect. They were removed from the community. This is also the case for many sick souls without the Holy Spirit: they isolate themselves, they do not want to approach anyone, they take refuge in their caves or bedrooms, and more in our generation of mass media, they let themselves be caught by the nets and cut off real contact with others.

Today it makes more sense than ever the phrase of “leaving their nets, they followed him”. Today we would also have to leave the social networks that paradoxically isolate us, lock us up, take us away from others, getting entangled like a fly in a spider net. They take us away from the people around us, we deprive them of us, we give time to others, who we don’t even know who they are.

One loses that sensitivity to want to be a blessing and love, to love and give, to feel sorry for each other, when one is in the blindness of selfish disorder, he lives in the flesh and not in the Spirit. He does not want to be cured of his blindness or leprosy, he loves his sin, he does not want to leave it.

The ego does not want changes, it is in its comfort zone, in its routines, it does not want to be uninstalled or strive to change, even if it is to grow. As the saying goes: better known bad than good not yet known. And he stays with what is known, even if it is bad, because learning and changing costs, and since the great result is unknown, then it is not valued nor wants to strive for it.

“But the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolish to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are things that are discerned spiritually.”1 Corinthians 2.14

Thus, the man who lives in the flesh does not want to leave the leprosy of his sin, he is attached to it; like the man of bound hands, to which they convinced that this was better, for he could not do the bad things of those who had hands free. He doesn’t want to leave his attachments, like the junkie or the alcoholic; nor can he, for he needs outside help, as we could not leave sin for ourselves, we need God’s help. Only He gives us back our sight to see, and IF WE EXPERIENCE HIS HEALING ACTION, we will need to love others out of gratitude to Him, as he wants as to have.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46/Ps 32: 1-2, 5, 11 (7)/1 Cor 10:31—11:1/Mk 1:40-45
Monday: Jas 1:1-11/Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76/Mk 8:11-13
Tuesday: Jas 1:12-18/Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19/Mk 8:14-21
Wednesday: J1 2:12-18/2 Cor 5:20-6:2/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Dt 30:15-20/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6/Lk 9:22-25
Friday: Is 58:1-9a/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19/Mt 9:14-15
Saturday: Is 58:9b-14/Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Lk 5:27-32
Next Sunday: Gn 9:8-15/Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (see 10)/1 Pt 3:18-22/Mk 1:12-15

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, World Marriage Day
Wednesday: Ash Wednesday; Valentine’s Day
Saturday: The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order
Next Sunday: 1st Sunday of Lent

We Are Sowers, Not Harvesters

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.”Ps. 147

It is about sowing the good seed, not demanding or expecting good fruits from others. Worry and occupy yourself only with what comes from you, not with what comes from others. Try to be a good influence for everyone and focus on what God asks of you. This can be said to be part of the healthy penance or daily cross that we all must bear in this world, a consequence of sin.

It is very easy to demand that others bear good fruit, but we must be careful not to fall into the same trap as the Pharisees whom Jesus criticized for this very thing. They put heavy burdens on the shoulders of others, but they themselves do not lift a finger. Do what they say, but not what they do, because they say it but do not do it. It is very easy to fall into this, as we can know very well what needs to be done and ask others to do it, but not have made the effort to live it ourselves.

“The life of man on earth is a struggle and a warfare”Job 7

We all need to make both theoretical and practical learning, to preach not only with words but also by example. I can excel in my theoretical medical exams, but if I do not practice it, maybe I still do not know how to do it. Who would let their heart be opened by someone who scored the highest grade in exams but has never performed a surgery in practice?

In this life, we cannot demand fruits from others, even if we give them ourselves, because we do not know at what stage each person is, at what spiritual level, whether in kindergarten or elementary or high school. We do not know everything they carry, what is influencing them, nor do we know how many talents they have received, and therefore, we do not know how much we can ask of them. We often ask for pears from an elm tree, that is, we demand from others what they cannot give us, or do not know, or do not want.

We can propose, but not impose. We must be like water and respect the limits of life, and even more so, the limits of people, not demanding or forcing. Always with Christian charity to evangelize, teach, advise, correct, and practice all works of mercy with our neighbor, but knowing that we cannot impose anything on them or demand fruits, because we do not know if they can or cannot bear those fruits, and we do not know the time each one requires to bear them.

Our task is to limit ourselves to sow the good seed of the kingdom and wait for the Holy Spirit to make each one sprout and bear fruit according to their own capacities and charisms.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Woe to me if I do not evangelize! It is a duty entrusted to me.”Galatians 6:7

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (see 3а)/1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39
Monday: 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13/Ps 132:6-7, 8-10/Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30/Ps 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11/Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 10:1-10/Ps 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40/Mk 7:14-23
Thursday: 1 Kgs 11:4-13/Ps 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40/Mk 7:24-30
Friday: 1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19/Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15/Mk 7:31-37
Saturday: 1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34/Ps 106: 6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22/Mk 8:1-10
Next Sunday: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46/Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 (7)/1 Cor 10:31-11:1/Mk 1:40-45

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
Tuesday: St. Paul Miki and Companions,Martyrs
Thursday: St. Jerome Emiliani; St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin
Saturday: St. Scholastica, Virgin
Next Sunday: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, World Marriage Day

Trust In The Lord

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”Ps. 95

It is the great problem of human beings, distrust. Especially in this last minute of history, influenced by the media that constantly speak to us of all the evils, the shows and movies that only show sin and wickedness have made people more distrustful and suspicious. This has negative consequences, as it is the cause of many separations and family ruptures due to the tendency to think poorly, even without evidence, due to a lack of love for the truth. People decide to distrust.

The same phenomenon can also occur regarding God himself. We have countless proofs of his existence and love; the entire creation proclaims the greatness and beauty of the creator, existence and life itself, divine revelation through centuries of prophets and the Son of God made man, his miracles and words, his resurrection witnessed by the apostles, etc. However, many, without reasonable reasons, decide to discard all of this and prefer to make the decision to distrust and not believe in God.

This erroneous decision is always instigated by the devil, the ruler of this world and the father of lies, and by the world, which along with selfish disorder, are the enemies of the soul. Indeed, the media by indoctrination have greatly influenced people by presenting a world without God; they believe that it is normal to live without God, as seen on TV or in movies. The ego itself prefers not to believe, to continue being self-deified, with no one to tell it what is good or bad, as it wants to decide for itself and continue doing whatever it pleases, driven by its tendency to the seven deadly sins.

It is comparable to a 5-year-old child or a teenager who believes they know more than their parents, who does not want to do what their mother tells them, even though they are told it is for their own good. When asked to go to the doctor, undergo treatment, or make an effort to go to school and study, the child believes they know better than their parents and does not want to be told anything, as they want to do their will alone, without thinking about the negative consequences.

Like a wild horse that serves no purpose because it cannot be ridden, unlike a well-tamed horse trained for bullfighting, races, or dances that are exhibited for everyone’s admiration. It is the difference between the wise person who listens to God and trusts in Him, and the fool who only wants to do what is easy and comfortable, led by their own selfish disorder that de- stroys their life on the wrong paths they take.

Whether to do or not do His will is the difference between receiving God and His salvation or not receiving it, between wisdom/divine life, and foolishness that leads to destruction. And this depends on trust in Him. The one who trusts in God does His will because he knows it is always the best choice. The one who does not do it is because he relies more on his own selfish disorder and narrow-mindedness than on God, like the teenager who thinks he knows more than his parents and does not obey them. LET US ALLOW JESUS TO LIBERATE AND ENRICH US. HIS WORD HAS AUTHORITY OVER UNCLEAN SPIRITS.”

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Dt 18:15-20/Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 (8)/1 Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28
Monday: 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7/Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday: 2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30-19:3/Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17/Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 71/Mk 6:1-6
Thursday: 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12/1 Chr 29:10, 1lab, 11d-12a, 12bcd/Mk 6:7-13
Friday: Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32
Saturday: 1 Kgs 3:4-13/Ps 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14/Mk 6:30-34
Next Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (see 3a)/1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
Wednesday: St. John Bosco, Priest
Friday: The Presentation of the Lord, World Day for Consecrated Life
Saturday: St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr; St. Ansgar, Bishop
Next Sunday: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

God Loves Us All

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”Ps. 40

Of course, God loves everyone, of any race and language, of any clumsiness and culture, and all sinners; He is love; He loves us even when we don’t deserve it, and that’s why He came to show us the path to eternal salvation. Despite us being sinners, Christ sacrificed Himself for all of us. He loved us to the extreme by giving His life to save us from death and take us with Him for all eternity. That’s why He comes and calls us to follow Him, despite our sin. He doesn’t call the capable; He empowers and gives His grace to those He calls.

He assumed our humanity to make us partakers of His divinity. He became the Son of Man to make us children of God. He elevated our dignity to a divine level that we neither understand nor fully value because it surpasses our knowledge and capacity. God loves us all, and that’s why He came to show us the way that leads to the Father, the path to regaining paradise; we lost it due to disobedience, and we regain it through obedience. We lost it due to sin, and we regain it by following the example of Mary and Jesus, following their values and teachings, seeking to do the will of God, as we say in the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus wants to liberate all of us from sin because, even if people don’t want to acknowledge it and lose the sense of sin, God knows that it’s like a leprosy that separates us from Him and divine life. It robs us of spiritual health and life, preventing us from enjoying the fruits of His Spirit and true happiness. That’s why Jesus, in His immense love, invites us not to sin again, just as He forgave the sinful woman when everyone else condemned her.

As brothers and sisters in faith, we love all sinners. Christ told us that He didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners. We all need His mercy, and by receiving it, we become merciful like Him, capable of seeing our brothers and sisters with God’s love. God equips us to love and help our siblings, starting by accepting them as they are and where they are.

We have brothers at different levels of spiritual growth and therefore, different levels of sin. Some are still in kindergarten, just starting to learn about God, so we can’t expect much from them yet; it’s natural that they might be full of sin as they haven’t fully known Christ’s light and His healing love. Others might be in high school or even surpass us by far. We should all strive to help them grow and ascend another step on their respective spiritual journeys.

We don’t condemn anyone; only God sees the hearts. We love everyone, and that’s why we want to help them break free from sin and open themselves to divine grace, to the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies and can make us holy, thus healing our souls from sin. We never condemn sinners; on the contrary, we love them, and that’s why we want to bring them to Jesus, as only He removes the sin of the world; only He can give us the grace, strength, and motivation to want to follow Him and leave behind the life of sin that cannot make us happy. Only He can give us the true happiness that our souls need.

Readings for the Week

Sunday: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19/Ps 40:2, 4 7-8, 8-9,10 (8a, 9a)/ 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20/Jn 1:35-42
Monday: 1 Sm 15:16-23/Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23/Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday: 1 Sm 16:1-13/Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28/Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10/Mk 3:1-6
Thursday: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Ps 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13/Mk 3:7-12
Friday: 1 Sm 24:3-21/Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11/Mk 3:13-19
Saturday: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27/Ps 80:2-3, 5-7/Mk 3:20-21
Next Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10/Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (4a)/1 Cor 7:29-31/Mk 1:14-20

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: Martin Luther King Day
Wednesday: St. Anthony, Abbot
Thursday: January 18-25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Saturday: St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr; St. Sebastian, Martyr
Next Sunday: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus Reveals His Divinity To Us

The Epiphany of the Lord

“Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”Ps. 72

Epiphany means manifestation, what comes to light. Why is this feast called that, where we celebrate the visit of the three wise men from the East who arrived with offerings at the manger in Bethlehem? The honorable visitors who came from afar seeking the King who was to be born and guided by the stars represent the pagan peoples, the non-Jews. Hence, the tradition of the Church sees in this episode the first showing of the Son of God to all peoples, to the non-Jews. Jesus would later send his apostles and disciples to proclaim so that the whole world would come to know him, be baptized, and become disciples.

But tradition acknowledges two other epiphanies of the Lord. The other was his manifestation to the Jewish people as the Messiah they awaited when he was baptized by John in the River Jordan, and the Spirit manifested itself coming upon Him, as well as the voice of the Father from heaven testifying: ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ Indeed, it was the Jews who came to the Jordan to be baptized by John, moved by his preaching to conversion and transformation. There, they received for the first time the manifestation of Christ as the Anointed One by the Spirit of whom the prophets had spoken.

The other epiphany would be Jesus’ manifestation to his 12 apostles. This happened when they were invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee, where they witnessed the first of his signs, the transformation of water into wine, and the text concludes: ‘…thus he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in Him!’ Christ manifested his divinity.

And you, has the Lord manifested Himself to you? Has He been able to reveal His glory and divinity to you? Have you ever experienced the greatness of His love and power in your life? If you haven’t had that experience yet, I recommend that you ask for it, seek it, for He does not hide from those who seck Him with a sincere heart, and He easily allows Himself to be found by those who search for Him, giving more time to listen to Him, in the church, on social media, retreats, etc.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”Matthew 7:7

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”Deuteronomy 4:29

Normally, it is during spiritual retreats or congresses that the Lord grants us a strong experience of His divine, transformative love, in which we receive a new heart, a new life, just as it happened to the Magi, who returned by a different path; a sign of the conversion and change that He is capable of gifting us, always for our good.

Lord, allow us to experience Your immense love so that we may be transformed and live grateful to You forever. May Your love fill our hearts, so that You can continue to love and manifest Yourself to many through us.

Readings for the Week

Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (see 11)/Eph 3:2-За, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12
Monday: Is 55:1-11/Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 (3)/1 Jn 5:1-9/Mk 1:7-11
Tuesday: 1 Sm 1:9-20/1 Sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd/ Mk 1:21-28
Wednesday: 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20/Ps 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10/Mk 1:29-39
Thursday: 1 Sm 4:1-11/Ps 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25/Mk 1:40-45
Friday: 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a/Ps 89:16-17, 18-19/Mk 2:1-12
Saturday: 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a/Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7/Mk 2:13-17
Next Sunday: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19/Ps 40:2, 4 7-8, 8-9, 10 (8a, 9a)/1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20/Jn 1:35-42

Observances for the Week

Sunday: The Epiphany of the Lord
Monday: The Baptism of the Lord
Saturday: St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; BVM
Next Sunday: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

News for January

Office Closed

Office will be closed Monday, January 15, 2024.

Epiphany of the Lord

Everyday stewardship – Recognize God in your ordinary moments
Wise Men See God in the Simple Things

If you’re on social media, you have probably seen a meme going around that features this quote: “God has a plan for your life. The enemy has a plan for your life. Be ready for both. Just be wise enough to know which one to battle and which one to embrace.” There were certainly two competing plans for the Magi: God’s and Herod’s. And, wise as they supposedly were, it wasn’t entirely easy for the Magi to discern which was which.

After all, Herod posed as a friend. He offered the Magi hospitality and kindness. Though the Gospel doesn’t say so, he probably flattered them and appealed to every moral weakness he could observe in them. In his palace, they must have felt great physical comfort – rest and tables of plenty on what was an otherwise long and treacherous journey.

But if the Magi were honest with themselves, I’ll bet they would have admitted that, regardless of Herod’s charm, they felt a gnawing sense of doubt while in his presence. When they looked upon the Christ Child, born in a stable without any of the comforts of the world or protections of wealth, they probably felt the opposite. They probably felt safe.

The Magi were lucky enough to have the right plan spelled out for them in a dream, but for the rest of member noise God’s plan is often the one that leads us to places of great simplicity, great humility and great love. Let’s have the wisdom to view power with suspicion, and innocence with admiration.
-Tracy ari Weiliver, MTS@LPi

Mass Schedule of New Years

January 1st, 2024

  • 10:00 a.m. Mass English
  • 12:00 p.m. Mass Spanish
  • 6:00 p.m. Mass Spanish

Have a blessed New Year

Office Closed

Sunday, December 31st and Monday, January 1st.

Did You Know?

How to actively listen to abuse disclosures

Disclosing abuse is one of the hardest — and most important — steps for a victim to take. If a child chooses to tell you about abuse, make sure you are actively listening. Give the child all of your attention and listen calmly, without making judgements or assumptions. Listen patiently without filling in the blanks or making suggestions. The best thing is for the child to tell his or her own story. Ask limited questions, and only for information needed to report abuse. For more information on actively listening, read the VIRTUS® article “Responding to Youth Disclosures or Concerns of Abuse” at https://lacatholics.org/did-you-know/.

Families are the Cells of Society

The Holy Family

“Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.”Ps. 128

Society will be the result of what families are. As we know, currently it is the most attacked institution, as the Virgin of Fatima prophesied: the enemy’s final battle would be against the family. This could not be understood at the time it was said because there were no traces of such a thing, but today we can understand it because we see it daily.

Divorce has been promoted and facilitated, minimizing its importance, and thus dividing families with the negative effects it always has on all its members. The egocentric, hedonistic, and individualistic culture propagated by the mass media makes coexistence and family unity very difficult, facilitating the breakup of couples and families.

Added to this is the negative effect of cell phones with internet access, which isolates many for hours in their social networks, much more time than in family relationships that are being relegated to the background as less attractive. Consequently, parents lose much of their ability to educate and transmit values to their children. Even worse is the effect of the pagan culture that people are absorbing through these means: atheist ideologies, anti-values, hedonism, relativism, promiscuity, etc.

That is why it is urgent for Catholics who are open to the Holy Spirit to awaken in order to live and transmit faith in their families. If the salt loses its flavor, what good is it? We cannot neglect the treasure of our vocation to be light and salt, a ferment that raises the dough. Therefore, we cannot become the dough ourselves, nor live and think like pagans, for we would cease to be ferment, light, and salt.

Even if a family is very deteriorated, if one of its members wants to bring Christ into it and perseveres in this effort, they will transform it by the grace of God because we form one body in Christ. That family member knows that only united to Christ can achieve everything. To become another Christ, they open themselves to the sanctifying Spirit through personal prayer and the sacraments.

The Holy Family is the model that God Himself presents to us. Jesus is the center because He is the Child-God. The house of Nazareth is a haven of peace, joy, love, and other fruits of the Holy Spirit, which we also receive through faith. Jesus illuminates life: He comes to be our light and guide on this path. Mary also assists us with her maternal love.

A family that prays together stays together because they unite with Christ That’s why prayer is convenient, dialogue with God, speaking to Him and listening to Him. It can be done by reading a Gospel, ideally as a family, or listening to a Gospel and homily. If desired, someone can add a comment afterward, and then an Ave Maria and goodnight prayer can be said.

With creativity, the family prayer can take different forms every day, and it’s the best education in faith. They can also choose a virtue to practice each day and share how it went in the evening. It can be suggested that each person give thanks or ask for something before going to sleep… and of course, the Rosary or a decade, blessing the table, images, sacramentals, and sacraments.

Readings for the Week

Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3/Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40
Monday: Nm 6:22-27/Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 (2a)/ Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:22-28/Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4/Jn 1:19-28
Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:29-3:6/Ps 98:1, 3cd-4, 5-6/Jn 1:29-34
Thursday: 1 Jn 3:7-10/Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9/Jn 1:35-42
Friday: 1 Jn 3:11-21/Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5/Jn 1:43-51
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:5-13/Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20/Mk 1:7-11 or Lk 3:23-38 or 3:23, 31-34, 36, 38
Next Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (see 11)/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

Observances for the Week

Sunday: The Holy Family; New Year’s Eve
Monday: Mary, The Holy Mother of God, New Year’s Day, World Day of Peace
Tuesday: Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church
Wednesday: The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Thursday: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
Friday: St. John Neumann, Bishop
Saturday: St. André Bessette, Religious
Next Sunday: The Epiphany of the Lord

Let Him Be Born In Your Heart

4th Sunday of Advent

“For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”Ps. 89

Jesus continues to seek shelter in the hearts of people of this century, and just as in times past, He still cannot find a place. This is a verse from a song that holds true. He continues to knock on the door of our hearts, but we need to listen to that voice, full of love, pleading for us to open to enrich and bless us; He comes so that we may have life abundantly.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.”Revelation 3:20

The first step is what He often tells us, even before stating the commandments: LISTEN ISRAEL. If we don’t heed His call, we cannot respond or open our hearts to Him. He cannot enter by force; He cannot enter if we don’t open by faith, and for that, we need to hear His word, His preaching, which He continues to offer us today through His ministers in the Church. FAITH COMES FROM HEARING, through listening to His word (Romans 10:17).

The tragedy is that many turned a deaf ear, preferred darkness, rejected His light and His word, thus they did not receive Him:

“He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:11ss

But many did not receive Him through faith, and therefore did not accept becoming children of God. They chose to live in darkness, as creatures of this world, depriving themselves of the gifts and blessings that God wanted to give them.

Let this not be our case. Let us be well-prepared in faith to receive Him in our souls so that we may have His divine life and thus become emissaries of His good news, radiating His light wherever we go.

He comes with so much love; He only wants to spare us much suffering, giving meaning to our humanity, which He assumes out of love for us, despite the suffering it entails, to give meaning to our crosses and sufferings and to show us that He is the way that leads us to the Father, teaching us to accept our cross and death and to live as children of God.

He consoles us in our adversities, makes our cross smoother and lighter because He gives us hope that we are only on the way to the fullness of life in the resurrection. LET US RECEIVE HIM WITH JOY AND LIVE AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT.

Readings for the Week

Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 86-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38
Monday: Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
Night: Is 9:1-6/Ps 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
Dawn: Is 62:11-12/Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-10/Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
Tuesday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17/Mt 10:17-22
Wednesday: 1 Jn 1:1-4/Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12/Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Thursday: 1 Jn 1:5—2:2/Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8/Mt 2:13-18
Friday: 1 Jn 2:3-11/Ps 96:1-2a, 20-3, 5b-6/Lk 2:22-35
Saturday: 1 Jn 2:12-17/Ps 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10/Lk 2:36-40
Next Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3/Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9/Col 3:12-21or 3:12-17 or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 4th Sunday of Advent; Christmas Eve
Monday: The Nativity of the Lord
Tuesday: St. Stephen, First Martyr
Wednesday: St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
Thursday: The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
Friday: St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr
Next Sunday: The Holy Family; New Year’s Eve

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