1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7. 10-13a; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38. In the first reading, the Lord sends Samuel to Jesse of Bethlehem because the Lord has chosen the new king from among Jesse’s sons. Samuel goes, and anoints David in the presence of his brothers. In Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, he exhorts them to live as children of light. In the Gospel, Jesus encounters a man blind from birth. After Jesus gives the man sight, the Pharisees become divided over the account. The man defends Jesus, explaining that he must be from God.

Domenica 4A Di Quaresima

 In un mondo in cui violenza, conflitto, rivalità e menzogna sembrano avere il sopravvento, la presenza dei cristiani pone una forza di segno contrario. La bontà è vita di amore, accoglienza, disponibilità, perdono; la giustizia è onestà, apertura alla volontà del Signore; la verità è adesione al Vangelo e ai suoi criteri. La famiglia e la comunità cristiana sono luoghi in cui si manifesta la luce, in cui si educa alla fede e ai suoi valori.

封齋期第四主日(四旬期第四主日)

今天的福音記述耶穌治好胎生瞎子。聖史若望用了好長的一段,描寫瞎子被法利塞人反覆盤問,以至問到他的父母,目的無非是想低貶耶穌,想盡方法去說服其他人,祂不是默西亞。他們不肯相信那失明的人先前是瞎子,後來經耶穌醫治後看見了,最後他們說耶穌是罪人,不守安息日,在安息日治病。這一切無非都是極力想否認耶穌的能力。但敵不過瞎子極力證明,終於祇好把瞎子趕出會堂。

瞎子單純的信德和法利塞人的不信造成強烈的對比。他和耶穌的對話令人佩服:耶穌問:「你信人子麼?」回答:「主,他是誰?好使我去信他。」他原本以為耶穌是先知,但從耶穌所行的奇跡,他相信耶穌的話可靠,耶穌說:「你已看見他了,和你講話的就是!」瞎子聽了就信,他說:「主,我信。」並立即俯伏朝拜了耶穌。多麼單純的信德!

我們對耶穌的態度是怎樣?像法利塞人的多疑不信嗎?還是像瞎子那樣單純地信?

 

Fr. Gael: We have all heard the saying, “Appearances deceive.;” and “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” It boils down to this: “Things are often not what they might appear to be. The seven older handsome sons of Jesse are all brought before the prophet Samuel for his confirmation that one of them is to be the King of Israel. Yet Samuel cannot validate any of them. Then Samuel is told there is one more, the youngest, and he is brought in from tending the animals, smelling of sheep. It is this ruddy lad who is chosen to be king. God’s criteria are not our criteria. We should not forget that in our sometimes facile judgments of people.

In the gospel again appearances deceive. Evidently the gospel is about the cure of the blind man, or so we think. Yet as the gospel progresses, we being to ponder about who the really blind ones are. The blind man sees and those who are not blind cannot see. Now let’s put it all together and SEE what we have. God works in ways beyond our limited capacity to understand and in ways which puzzle and question our understanding. God is a master of paradox. Things are not always what they seem. Where does that leave us? Trust beyond clear understanding is what is required knowing that in relation to us, God always acts out of love. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                  March 22, 2020

7:30        Prna Shllku +
8:45        Luigi Marciano +
10:15     For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45     Ernesto Bacino & Carla Ferrando + – Lucia Montalvo +
1:00        Carlos Manuel Martinez +
5:00        Aldino Devincenzi +

 Monday                                March 23, 2020

7:00        To Mary Help of Christians for a Quck Cure for the Coronavirus
9:00        100th Anniversary of the Birth of Edith Davis +

Tuesday                                March 24, 2020

7:00        Sam Carini +
9:00        Mary Lavin & Joseph Lavin +

Wednesday                         March 25, 2020

7:00        Healing Valerie Meehan
9:00        Soul of Eleanor Sabini +

Thursday                              March 26, 2020

7:00        Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00        Anna Cipollina +

Friday                                     March 27, 2020

7:00        Vincenzo & Brigida Ruggiero +
9:00        Lee Friedman +

Saturday                               March 28, 2020

7:30        For an Increase in Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life, and Ministry                                 in the Church
9:00        Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
5:00        Jeffrey Burns +

 

Particular Items

Mass Attendance and the Coronavirus:

We are so sad that public Masses are not allowed during the epidemic. Please be assured that your Salesian priests are praying for YOU, the people of Saints Peter and Paul in addition to the scheduled intentions at every Mass!

Our Salesians are of course available for the anointing of the sick and for any funerals.

Office Hours: Office hours are uncertain.

Online Catholic Resources during the epidemic:

Magnificat: All Daily Prayers/ Mass Readings/ and Reflections

Parents! Living Faith for Kids! (loads slowly be patient!)

Streaming Masses and Daily Prayer (follow the links):

St. Dominic’s

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Star of the Sea

Saints Peter and Paul does not have that capability yet, but we are working on it.

IMPORTANT: If you are elderly and need help/errands/ etc. let us know by email   or call 415-421-0809 and leave a message. We have a group of young people able and eager to help. Also, check on your elderly neighbors personally and see if they need help. A lot of them are not online.

Donations Needed! With no Masses our cash flow has been badly impacted, as you might imagine. You can still support your Church online here.

Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

The Annunciation of the Lord: On Wednesday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation! Come join us!

Mass Attendance and the Coronavirus:

We are so sad that public Masses are not allowed during the epidemic. Please be assured that your Salesian priests are praying for YOU, the people of Saints Peter and Paul in addition to the scheduled intentions at every Mass!

Our Salesians are of course available for the anointing of the sick and for any funerals.

Office Hours: Office hours are uncertain.

Fr. Armand Oliveri Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: Want to make Fr. Armand’s 100th Birthday extra special? Contribute to the New Fr. Armand Oliveri Saints Peter and Paul Scholarship endowment! The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee.—but with SF’s insane cost of living many families need help! Feel free to call Fr. Gael at 421-0809 or Dr. Harris at 415-421-5219 for more info.

Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School Accepting Applications: Our K-8 Salesian school is accepting applications for this year and next. Call the school at 415-421-5219 for more information, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more about the school.

Vocations: Could God be Calling Me? YES! God calls each of us to life, to wholeness, and to service. The task of the young adult is to discern what path God wants him or her to follow.

The Lord calls most people to marriage and family. For the Christian young adult this is a very important decision. Choosing to marry is not just a romantic response, but also a very specific process that includes prayer, investigation, involvement, and experience.

God calls some people to religious life as a Sister, Brother, or Priest. A religious vocation follows the same process. We call this the discernment process. Want to learn more about the Salesian Vocation? Email Fr. John Roche, SDB at jrochesdb@gmail.com

 

Prayer in time of Pestilence

O Blessed San Rocco
Patron of the sick,

Have pity on those
Who lie upon a bed of suffering.

Your power was so great
When you were in this world,

That by the sign of the Cross,
Many were healed of their diseases.

Now that you are in heaven,
Your power is not less.

Offer, then, to God
Our sighs and tears
And obtain for us that health we seek
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

(Repeat the following 3 times)

Saint Rocco, pray for us,
That we may be preserved

From all diseases of body and soul.

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                  22           Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
Monday                23           Turibus of Mogrovejo; Bishop
Tuesday                24           Oscar Romero; Bishop, Martyr
Wednesday           25           The Annunciation of the Lord
Thursday               26           Lenten Weekday
Friday                    27           Lenten Weekday
Saturday               28           Lenten Weekday
Sunday                   29           The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week will be published as soon as possible.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

 

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *