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Fr. Matthias homework from weekend Mass, October 14 & 15, 2017

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL by Pope Francis  -




1 After this I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying:


Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God,

2 for true and just are his judgments.

He has condemned the great harlot

who corrupted the earth with her harlotry.

He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”a

3 They said a second time:

“Alleluia! Smoke will rise from her forever and ever.”b

4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen. Alleluia.”

The Victory Song.* 5 A voice coming from the throne said:

“Praise our God, all you his servants,

[and] you who revere him, small and great.”c

6 Then I heard something like the sound of a great multitude or the sound of rushing water or mighty peals of thunder, as they said:


The Lord has established his reign,

[our] God, the almighty.

7 Let us rejoice and be glad

and give him glory.

For the wedding day of the Lamb* has come,

his bride has made herself ready.d

8 She was allowed to wear

a bright, clean linen garment.”e

(The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones.)*

9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed* are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These words are true; they come from God.”f 10 I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t! I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brothers who bear witness to Jesus. Worship God.g Witness to Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”*

The King of Kings. 11* Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was [called] “Faithful and True.” He judges and wages war in righteousness.h 12 His eyes were [like] a fiery flame, and on his head were many diadems. He had a name* inscribed that no one knows except himself.i 13 He wore a cloak that had been dipped in* blood, and his name was called the Word of God.j 14 The armies of heaven followed him, mounted on white horses and wearing clean white linen.k 15 Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod, and he himself will tread out in the wine press* the wine of the fury and wrath of God the almighty.l 16 He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, “King of kings and Lord of lords.”m

17* Then I saw an angel standing on the sun. He cried out [in] a loud voice to all the birds flying high overhead, “Come here. Gather for God’s great feast, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of military officers, and the flesh of warriors, the flesh of horses and of their riders, and the flesh of all, free and slave, small and great.”n 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to fight against the one riding the horse and against his army. 20 The beast was caught and with it the false prophet* who had performed in its sight the signs by which he led astray those who had accepted the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped its image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery pool burning with sulfur.o 21 The rest were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

Fr. Matthias homework from weekend Mass, October 7 & 8, 2017

1 Corinthians, chapter 13 (

If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.a 2And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.b 3If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.c

4* Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,d 5it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,e 6it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.f

8* Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. 9For we know partially and we prophesy partially, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.g 13* So faith, hope, love remain, these three;h but the greatest of these is love.

Fr. Matthias homework for weekend Mass, Sept 30th & Oct 1st, 2017


The Covenant at Horeb. 1Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances which I proclaim in your hearing this day, that you may learn them and take care to observe them.a 2The LORD, our God, made a covenant with us at Horeb; 3not with our ancestors* did the LORD make this covenant, but with us, all of us who are alive here this day. 4b Face to face, the LORD spoke with you on the mountain from the midst of the fire,c 5while I was standing between the LORD and you at that time, to announce to you these words of the LORD, since you were afraid of the fire and would not go up the mountain:

The Decalogue. 6d I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,e out of the house of slavery. 7f You shall not have other gods beside me. 8You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; 9* you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous* God, bringing punishment for their parents’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation, 10but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11You shall not invoke the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.g For the LORD will not leave unpunished anyone who invokes his name in vain.

12h Observe the sabbath day—keep it holy, as the LORD, your God, commanded you. 13Six days you may labor and do all your work, 14but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God. You shall not do any work, either you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your ox or donkey or any work animal, or the resident alien within your gates, so that your male and female slave may rest as you do. 15Remember that you too were once slaves in the land of Egypt, and the LORD, your God, brought you out from there with a strong hand and outstretched arm. That is why the LORD, your God, has commanded you to observe the sabbath day.

16i Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD, your God, has commanded you, that you may have a long life and that you may prosper in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

17j You shall not kill.*

18k You shall not commit adultery.

19l You shall not steal.

20m You shall not bear dishonest witness against your neighbor.

21n You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

You shall not desire your neighbor’s house or field, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Moses as Mediator. 22These words the LORD spoke with a loud voice to your entire assembly on the mountain from the midst of the fire and the dense black cloud, and added no more. He inscribed them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.o 23But when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, you came near to me, all your tribal heads and elders, 24and said, “The LORD, our God, has indeed let us see his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice from the midst of the fire.p Today we have found out that God may speak to a mortal and that person may still live. 25Now, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD, our God, any more, we shall die.q 26For what mortal has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of fire, as we have, and lived? 27You go closer and listen to all that the LORD, our God, will say, and then tell us what the LORD, our God, tells you; we will listen and obey.”r

28The LORD heard your words as you were speaking to me and said to me, I have heard the words these people have spoken to you, which are all well said.s 29Would that they might always be of such a mind, to fear me and to keep all my commandments! Then they and their descendants would prosper forever. 30Go, tell them: Return to your tents. 31Then you stand here near me and I will give you all the commandments, the statutes and the ordinances; you must teach them, that they may observe them in the land I am giving them to possess.t

32Be careful, therefore, to do as the LORD, your God, has commanded you, not turning aside to the right or to the left, 33but following exactly the way that the LORD, your God, commanded you that you may live and prosper, and may have long life in the land which you are to possess.u

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Fr. Matthias Homework from Mass ~ weekend of September 23 & 24



1Then the LORD* answered Job out of the storm and said:

2Who is this who darkens counsel

with words of ignorance?

3Gird up your loins* now, like a man;

I will question you, and you tell me the answers!a

4Where were you when I founded the earth?

Tell me, if you have understanding.

5Who determined its size? Surely you know?

Who stretched out the measuring line for it?

6Into what were its pedestals sunk,

and who laid its cornerstone,

7While the morning stars sang together

and all the sons of God* shouted for joy?

8Who shut within doors the sea,

when it burst forth from the womb,b

9When I made the clouds its garment

and thick darkness its swaddling bands?

10When I set limits for it

and fastened the bar of its door,

11And said: Thus far shall you come but no farther,

and here shall your proud waves stop?

12Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning

and shown the dawn its place

13For taking hold of the ends of the earth,

till the wicked are shaken from it?

14The earth is changed as clay by the seal,

and dyed like a garment;

15But from the wicked their light is withheld,

and the arm of pride is shattered.

16Have you entered into the sources of the sea,

or walked about on the bottom of the deep?

17Have the gates of death been shown to you,

or have you seen the gates of darkness?

18Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?

Tell me, if you know it all.

19What is the way to the dwelling of light,

and darkness—where is its place?

20That you may take it to its territory

and know the paths to its home?

21You know, because you were born then,

and the number of your days is great!*

22Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,

and seen the storehouses of the hail

23Which I have reserved for times of distress,

for a day of war and battle?c

24What is the way to the parting of the winds,

where the east wind spreads over the earth?

25Who has laid out a channel for the downpour

and a path for the thunderstorm

26To bring rain to uninhabited land,

the unpeopled wilderness;

27To drench the desolate wasteland

till the desert blooms with verdure?

28Has the rain a father?

Who has begotten the drops of dew?

29Out of whose womb comes the ice,

and who gives the hoarfrost its birth in the skies,

30When the waters lie covered as though with stone

that holds captive the surface of the deep?

31Have you tied cords to the Pleiades,*

or loosened the bonds of Orion?

32Can you bring forth the Mazzaroth in their season,

or guide the Bear with her children?

33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens;

can you put into effect their plan on the earth?

34Can you raise your voice to the clouds,

for them to cover you with a deluge of waters?

35Can you send forth the lightnings on their way,

so that they say to you, “Here we are”?

36Who gives wisdom to the ibis,

and gives the rooster* understanding?

37Who counts the clouds with wisdom?

Who tilts the water jars of heaven

38So that the dust of earth is fused into a mass

and its clods stick together?

39Do you hunt the prey for the lion

or appease the hunger of young lions,

40While they crouch in their dens,

or lie in ambush in the thicket?

41Who provides nourishment for the raven

when its young cry out to God,d

wandering about without food?

Fr. Matthias Homework from Mass ~ weekend of September 16 & 17

BOOK OF SIRACH - Chapter 28 (

1The vengeful will face the Lord’s vengeance;

indeed he remembers their sins in detail.a

2Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you;

then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.b

3Does anyone nourish anger against another

and expect healing from the LORD?c

4Can one refuse mercy to a sinner like oneself,

yet seek pardon for one’s own sins?

5If a mere mortal cherishes wrath,

who will forgive his sins?

6Remember your last days and set enmity aside;

remember death and decay, and cease from sin!d

7Remember the commandments and do not be angry with your neighbor;

remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook faults.

8Avoid strife and your sins will be fewer,

for the hot-tempered kindle strife;

9The sinner disrupts friendships

and sows discord among those who are at peace.e

10The more the wood, the greater the fire,f

the more the cruelty, the fiercer the strife;

The greater the strength, the sterner the anger,

the greater the wealth, the greater the wrath.

11Pitch and resin make fire flare up,

and a hasty quarrel provokes bloodshed.

The Evil Tongue*

12If you blow on a spark, it turns into flame,

if you spit on it, it dies out;

yet both you do with your mouth!

13Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued,

for they destroy the peace of many.g

14A meddlesome tongue subverts many,

and makes them refugees among peoples.

It destroys strong cities,

and overthrows the houses of the great.

15A meddlesome tongue drives virtuous women from their homes,

and robs them of the fruit of their toil.

16Whoever heed it will find no rest,

nor will they dwell in peace.

17A blow from a whip raises a welt,

but a blow from the tongue will break bones.

18Many have fallen by the edge of the sword,

but not as many as by the tongue.h

19Happy the one who is sheltered from it,

and has not endured its wrath;

Who has not borne its yoke

nor been bound with its chains.

20For its yoke is a yoke of iron,

and its chains are chains of bronze;

21The death it inflicts is an evil death,

even Sheol is preferable to it.

22It will have no power over the godly,

nor will they be burned in its flame.

23But those who forsake the Lord will fall victim to it,

as it burns among them unquenchably;

It will hurl itself against them like a lion,

and like a leopard, it will tear them to pieces.

24As you fence in your property with thorns,

so make a door and a bolt for your mouth.i

25As you lock up your silver and gold,

so make balances and scales for your words.

26Take care not to slip by your tongue

and fall victim to one lying in ambush.

* [28:1226] Further treatment of sins of the tongue and the havoc that results; cf. 5:96:1; 19:517; 20:1826; 23:715. Gossips and the double-tongued destroy domestic peace (vv. 1216). The whip, the sword, chains, even Sheol, are not so cruel as the suffering inflicted by an evil tongue (vv. 1721). Not the godly but those who forsake the Lord are victims of their evil tongues (vv. 2223). Therefore, guard your mouth and tongue as you would guard treasure against an enemy (vv. 2426).

a. [28:1] Dt 32:35; Rom 12:19.

b. [28:2] Mt 6:14.

c. [28:3] Mt 18:2335.

d. [28:6] Sir 7:36; 38:20.

e. [28:9] Prv 15:18.

f. [28:1011] Prv 26:2021.

g. [28:13] Sir 5:136:1.

h. [28:18] Jas 3:512.

i. [28:24] Sir 22:27; Ps 141:3.

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