​​​​Monday (24 July); Monday, 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Lit colour: Green; OR White; St Sharbel Makhluf, Priest; memorial; Reflections (1);  

  • 1st Reading: Ex 14:5-18; Responsorial Psalm Ex 15:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6; Gospel: Mt 12:38-42
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!

"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’"

John 20:1-2(Gospel, St. Mary Magdalene, Feast)

​​​Mass Readings

[Ref. Daily Readings: Universalis.com; Bible Quotes: New Revised Standard Version;  Reflections (1): CatholicCulture.org ; (2): Archbishop's Spiritual Reflection; (3): Novena Church contributors]

​​​​Sunday (23 July); 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A, Lit colour: Green; Reflections (1);  

  • 1st Reading: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:5-6, 9-10, 15-16a; Gospel: Mt 13:24-43 (or 13:24-30);
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: O Lord, you are good and forgiving;
  • Sunday Reflection: "Like Nothing We Would Expect".

Mass Readings for the week:

​​Saturday (22 July); St. Mary MagdaleneFeast, Lit colour:White; Reflections (1);  

  • 1st Reading: Song 3:1-4a or 2 Cor 5:14-17; Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2abc, 2d-4, 5-6, 8-9; Gospel: jn 20:1-2, 11-18;
  • Response to Responsorial Psalm: For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.;
  • Listen to song "Alive" dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

​​Friday (21 July): Friday of 15th Week, Ordinary Time, Lit colour:Green; OR Red, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest & Doctor, memorial; Reflections (1);  

  • 1st Reading: Ex 11:10-12, 14; Responsorial Psalm Ps 115:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18; Gospel: Mt 12:1-8;
    Response to Responsorial Psalm: The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the
    Lord’s name.

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Ordinary Time: Ordinary Time refers to all of those parts of the Catholic Church's liturgical year that are not included in the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Ordinary Time thus encompasses two different periods in the Church's calendar: the first period of Ordinary Time runs from after the Christmas season till commencement of Lent (for 2017: 10 Jan - 28 Feb), and the second period runs from after the Easter Season until commencement of Advent (5 Jun - 2 Dec 2017), when the liturgical year (for 2017/2018, it's Year B) begins again. The Time is called Ordinary because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church. Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There's nothing "ordinary" about that! 

(Ref. "ThoughtCo").

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