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Suggested Songs for September 9, 2012 Mass

September 9, 2012
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Liturgical Color: Green


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1.   Pag-inambitay, swak sa First Reading
2.   Daygon ta ang Ginoo
3.     Diosnong Magtutudlo
4.     Buklod ng Pag-ibig (Pangilinan, Hontiveros) 
5.     Dinggin Mo (Esteban, Hontiveros)
6.     Halina at Lumapit (Habito) 
7.     Halina’t Umawit (Flores, Villaroman) 
8.     Pag-aalaala (Francisco) 
9.     Purihin ang Panginoon (Isidro, Ramirez) 
10.   Magpuri sa Panginoon (Hontiveros)
11.   All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
12.   Blest be the Lord (Schutte)
13.   City of God (Schutte)
14.   Come With Praise (Schutte)
15.   Praise the Lord My Soul (Foley)
16.   Throughout All Time (Haas)

First Reading                          Is 35:4-7a
Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.
Responsorial Psalm                     Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
Second Reading                        Jas 2:1-5
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, "Sit here, please, "
while you say to the poor one, "Stand there, " or "Sit at my feet, "
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?
Gospel                                 Mk 7:31-37
Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man's ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
"Ephphatha!"-- that is, "Be opened!" --
And immediately the man's ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to, 
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
"He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

Reflections of the Readings (September 9)
Welcome my friend to the House of Jesus! What happens when a doctor, a lawyer or a mechanic explains something to a five year old child while using terms that apply to their trade? The child does not have a clue as to what they are talking about! Why? Because the child does not have the faculty to understand.

It is the same when Christians speak of spiritual things to non- believers. Not having the faculty of a spiritual heart, they are blind to all Divine works that are manifested. Not having received the grace of God because they have hardened their heart, "they listen, but never understand, they look but never perceive." [Mt. 13:14]

But we Christians, our eyes are blessed. [Mt. 13:16] Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we have received our new creation [Gal. 6:15] (C.C.C. # 1265) that endows us with eyes that see and ears that hear. [Mt. 13:16] While our worldly nature resists what is spiritual, by the grace of God, if we want to, we can immediately switch to spiritual thinking so we can understand the richness of all spiritual things.

Having said this, I pray that today, before coming to Church, all of you have switched to your spiritual thinking so you may all be spiritually enriched by the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today's First Reading from the Book of Isaiah began by saying, "Say to those who are of a fearful heart, 'Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.'"

In the days of this great prophet, the chosen people of God continuously lived in fear of the Lord. They had just cause to fear Him for they all knew how their ancestors had endured the wrath of God when they had hardened their hearts and disobeyed His Commandments. At the same time, they also knew that as long as they obeyed the Lord God, they would receive all kinds of blessings.

Now Isaiah is telling everybody, "Hey, everyone, be strong, do not fear! The Lord is coming with a vengeance, to repay or reward. He is coming to save you." Place yourselves in their shoes and I can assure you that this was not good news to some of them. Many of those poor souls must have been shaking in fear of the Lord, especially the dishonest tax-collectors who were pocketing the money that they took from the poor. How will God judge everyone? Which one will be saved? Which one will be punished?

Thinking worldly, little did they realize that through the incarnation of God in Jesus, the Lord was coming to reclaim His Kingdom from the prince of darkness. The vengeance of the Lord was not against the people, but against spiritual forces, against Satan and his legions of fallen angels. [Lk. 21:22, 21:32; Rev. 12:10] The Lord Jesus was coming to deliver His people from their exile in the darkness as slaves of sin. He was coming to offer the new birth by water and Spirit. [Jn. 3:3, 5] Through Jesus, "the grace of God would appear, bringing salvation to all," [Tit. 2:11]

What sign did Isaiah give for one to know when the Messiah will be arriving? "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped: then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy."

Prior to the coming of Jesus, many prophets have come and gone. Though many of them, the grace of God was manifested and miraculous wonders were seen. But, one sign stood out, that particular one being reserved for Jesus. That sign was, "The blind shall see." This is why the New Testament emphasizes so much that Jesus healed the blind in fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament. This particular sign was expected of the Messiah. It was like a Divine Trademark.

When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" [Mt. 11:2-3] "Jesus answered them, 'Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed...'" [Mt. 11:4-5] Notice the first thing that Jesus made reference to, It was that the blind receive their sight! This was the expected sign of the arrival of the Messiah.

It should be noted that the words, "The blind shall see." had two meanings. In the first sense, its meaning was literal and worldly, the blind being able to see. In the second sense, it was a reference to the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the spiritual heart that is received through our new creation during the Sacrament of Baptism. Through the grace of God, the spiritual heart has the faculty to perceive what is spiritual. It perceives the mysteries of God that have been revealed through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah continued by saying, "For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert: the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water."

Four of the words that Isaiah used are symbolic of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. These words were: waters, streams, pool and springs. In other words, the Holy Spirit will be sent (shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert [Jn. 7:38]). Those who thirst for spiritual knowledge shall drink (the burning sand shall become a pool). And they shall go forth to share the Gospel of Jesus with others (thirsty ground springs of water [Jn. 4:14]).

Having received our new creations, we are called to act as spiritual beings, to be holy as the heavenly angels are holy. As St. James teaches us through the Second Reading, we are not to show favorism to anyone. We are not to judge with evil thoughts by elevating a person in fine clothes over and above a poor person in dirty clothes.

God does not show favorism to anyone. For "the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy." [Jas. 3:17]

That is why God has chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?" Did Jesus not say, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." [Mt. 5:3; Lk. 6:20]

The poor in spirit, having a spiritual heart, embrace the spirit of poverty, being totally detached from the world. While they are in the world, they do not belong to the world. [Jn. 17:16]

They abide by the words of John, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world - the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches - comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desires are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever." [1 Jn. 2:15-7]

Did Jesus not say, "For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? (soul)" [Mt. 16:26] And did He not also say, "Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven." " ...It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God." [Mt. 19:23-4]

As a general rule, the worldly mind of the rich man is preoccupied with making money, investment, cutting corners to save, paying low wages to increase profits, giving to charities in return for public recognition, etc... All these things oppose the spiritual ways of God. In truth, his spirituality is dead. He does not have the spirit of poverty.

Today's Gospel Reading is a confirmation of the many prophecies that are found in the Old Testament, including those mentioned earlier during the First Reading. In the words of Jesus, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you - that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. [Lk. 24:44]

Jesus miraculously healed the man who was deaf and who had an impediment in his speech. Astounded beyond measure, those who were present said, "He has done everything well!" [Mk. 7:37] Indeed, Jesus has done everything well.

Not only has Jesus physically healed the man, but through His Blood, He has renewed mankind. He has created a new world, the Kingdom of God, through the Sacrament of Baptism. By the grace of God the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are new creations, a holy nation, a holy priesthood, holy children of God. The gift of our new heart is the proof of such. For while we can perceive spiritual things with our new heart through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, those who are not of God, they cannot perceive what we perceive. We are blessed!

"But there are many other things Jesus has done. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." [Jn. 21:25]

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this week, let us reflect on what Jesus has done for us. Let us reflect on the words of the crowd when they said, "He has done everything well." [Mk. 7:37] And may the grace of God always be with us so we will never forget the abundance of treasures that we have received through Jesus Christ and the power of His Spirit."

1.     Daygon Ikaw Ginoong Dios (Koro Viannista)
2.     Gasa sa Gugma
3.     O Dios Dawata
4.     Nagahalad Kami
5.     Mula sa ‘Yo (Francisco) 
6.     Narito Ako (San Andres) 
7.      Pag-aalay (Francisco)
8.     Unang Alay (Magnaye)
9.     All that I have (Hangad)
10.   Earthen Vesels (Foley)
11.   One Bread, One Body (Foley) 
12.   To be your bread (Haas) 

1.     Buta, swak sa first reading and gospel
2.     Ako ang Kahayag
3.     Kini Maong Akong Lawas
4.     Ang Dios Magbalantay, emphasize the chorus
5.     Ama Kong Mahal (Aquino) 
6.     Ang Kaluluwa Ko’y Nauuhaw (Isidro, Que) 
7.     Ang Paglingap ng Diyos (Hontiveros) 
8.     Awit ng Panghahangad (Cenzon) 
9.     Awit ng Paghilom (Aquino) Very good choice 
10.   Gabing Kulimlim (Arboleda, Francisco) 
11.   Halina, Lumapit sa Akin (Isidro, Que) 
12.   Hesus ng Aking Buhay (Aquino) 
13.   Huwag Kang Mangamba (Pagsanghan, Francisco)
14.   Manalig Ka (Perez)
15.   Manatili Ka (Francisco)
16.   O Hesus, Hilumin Mo (Francisco) Very Good Choice
17.   Pag-alabin Aming Puso (Francisco)
18.   Sa Diyos Lamang Mapapanatag (Isidro, Que)
19.   All I Ask of You (Norbet) 
20.  As Water to the Thirsty (Haas)
21.   Be Not Afraid (Dufford) 
22.  Come to Me (Francisco)
23.  Come to Me All Who are Weary (Schutte)
24.  Empty Space (Go, Francisco)
25.  Far Greater Love (Go, Francisco)
26.  God of Silence (Francisco)
27.  I Seek You for I Thirst (Valdellon)
28.  The Lord’s Steadfast Love (Hangad)
29.  Let me be your Stillness (Hangad)
30.  In Him Alone (Francisco)
31.   Lead Me Lord (De Pano)
32.  On Eagle’s Wings (Joncas)
33.  The Cry of the Poor (Foley)
34.  The Presence of Jesus (Haas)
35.  You Are Mine (Haas) Stanzas 2 and 3 ang priority. Very Good choice.

1.     Ang Tawag
2.     Kinsa?
3.     Tanda ng Kaharian ng Diyos (Morano, Francisco) 
4.     Ang Mabuhay sa Pag-ibig (Tabuena, Hontiveros)
5.     Humayo’t Ihayag (Francisco, Catalan & Go)
6.     Awit ng Pasasalamat (Hontiveros) Best choice
7.     Humayo Tayo (Panilinan, Hontiveros) 
8.     Magpasalamat Kayo sa Panginoon (Ramirez) 
9.     Mapapalad (Ramirez) 
10.   O Bayan ng Diyos (Aquino) 
11.   Before the Sun burned bright (Schutte)
12.   All My Days (Schutte, Murray) 
13.   Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte) 
14.   I Will Sing Forever (Francisco) 
15.   My Heart’s Thanksgiving (Aquino) 
16.   Praise God (Dufford, Foley)
17.   The Lord is My Light (Foley)

Have a blessed week Brothers and Sisters J

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