I'm a numbers guy. Not currency, just signs. It has to do with the fact that I'm an engineer. I was born at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 2nd, 1960 A.D. (Anno Domini which is Latin for the Year of Our Lord) and October 2nd, 5721 A.M. (Anno Mundi which is Latin for "in the year of the world) corresponding to dating the earth based on the Hebrew Masoretic Text and Old Testament genealogy. Basically, the Jews believe that earth was created 3,761 years before Christ and each year on Rosh Hashanah, Jews calculate the new year as 3,761 + Anno Domini. This week, Rosh Hashanah begins at 18:37 (sundown) on Sunday, October 2nd and the year will be 5777. Shabbat Shuvah refers to the Shabbat that occurs during the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Only one Shabbat can occur between these dates. This Shabbat is named after the first word of the Haftarah (Hosea 14:2-10) and literally means "Return!" Shabbat Shuva begins at 18:29 (sundown) on Fri, 07 October 2016.
I was born to a father named Raymond, who was a carpenter and to a beautiful mother named Virginia (nicknamed “Gina”, which was pronounced “Jenna”). The venue of this “Blessed Event” was in the maternity ward of a hospital named after The Patron Saint of the Universal Church, “Prudent Guardian of the Holy Family, and Protector of God’s Holy Church”, Saint Joseph.
I started going to the Catholic Church regularly on Christmas Eve, 2009 and I try to attend Mass every Sunday since moving to Brooklyn, either at a Parish that I've found near our home or via online streaming at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. My oldest son attends Mass with me. St. Patrick's is "America's Parish Church" and has 2 of the best homilists in America: Msgr. Robert T. Ritchie and Timothy Cardinal Dolan. I tune in every Sunday "to get a message" after the first two readings and the Gospel reading, and I think about that message all week until the following Sunday. It was for "the message" that I decided to buy a 1960 Roman Missal on-line. I even bought 2 just to make sure they were no discrepancies between. (Call me "Doubting Thomas").
I was truly moved.
In the case of these readings, there wasn't a Pauline Epistle, only the 1st (Old Testament) and Gospel but enough to get 2 sound messages which read as follows in the New American Bible:
Exodus 23:20-23 Reward of Fidelity. 20See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. 21Be attentive to him and obey him. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority is within him.* 22If you obey him and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. 23My angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites; and I will wipe them out.
*In this case, "My authority is within him": literally means, “My name is within him.”
The Gospel According to St. Matthew 18:1-10
The Greatest in the Kingdom. 1At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a child over, placed it in their midst, 3 and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Temptations to Sin. 6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 8 If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep. 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
Now watch this commercial and reread the Scripture above.
So now we come to next Sunday, October 2, 2016 A.D., 5777 A.M. The 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Rosh Hashanah begins. A new year. A "day [of] shouting/blasting", sometimes translated as the Feast of Trumpets. What will the message be? For Catholics, it will be based on the first two readings and the Gospel:
Reading 1 from the Prophetic Book of Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
Habakkuk’s First Complaint
1:2-3 2How long, O LORD, must I cry for help and you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” and you do not intervene? 3Why do you let me see iniquity? why do you simply gaze at evil? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and discord.
2:2-4 2Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision; Make it plain upon tablets, so that the one who reads it may run. 3For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. 4See, the rash have no integrity; but the just one who is righteous because of faith shall live.*
* [2:4] The just one who is righteous because of faith shall live: the faithful survive the impending doom because they trust in God’s justice and wait patiently for God to carry it out. Several New Testament passages cite these words (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; cf. Heb 10:38) to confirm the teaching that people receive justification and supernatural life through faith in Christ.
Reading 2 from St. Paul's 2nd Letter to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
The Gifts Timothy Has Received. 6For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. 8So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. 13Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard this rich trust with the help of the holy Spirit that dwells within us.
The Gospel According to St. Luke 17:5-10
Saying of Faith. 5And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Attitude of a Servant. 7“Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? 8Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? 9Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? 10So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”
Now watch this clip from FRONTLINE -the Night President Obama Took On Donald Trump | The Choice 2016 |, particularly Trump surrogate Omarosa Manigault saying; "Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”
2Thes.2:8-12 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord [Jesus] will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming, 9the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie, 10and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. 11Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, 12that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned.
And now ask yourself how will Donald Trump handle world leaders who criticize him?
Here are some of the things Donald Trump has said about nuclear weapons:
Trump said he might use nuclear weapons and questioned why we would make them if we wouldn’t use them.
Trump said he was open to nuking Europe because it’s a “big place”
Trump said that “you want to be unpredictable” with nuclear weapons
Trump reiterated that it was important to be “unpredictable” with nuclear weapons
Trump said he wasn’t that worried about more countries getting nukes since “it’s not like, gee whiz, nobody has them”
Trump had no idea what the “nuclear triad” was
Trump started talking about nuclear weapons in Pakistan and made no sense at all
Trump said he’d be OK with a nuclear arms race in Asia
The time he said it didn’t matter if Saudi Arabia acquired nuclear weapons because “it’s going to happen anyway”
Mr. Trump, you would be better served "bowing out" rather than waiting for any true Christian, Jew or Muslim to bow down before you. We're With the Almighty God and I'm Also With Her.
I'll be looking for a sign on Sunday. Hopefully from a Guardian Angel or 3.
Dan. 8:15-19 15While I, Daniel, sought the meaning of the vision I had seen, one who looked like a man stood before me, 16and on the Ulai I heard a human voice that cried out, “Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.” 17When he came near where I was standing, I fell prostrate in terror. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision refers to the end time.”* 18As he spoke to me, I fell forward unconscious; he touched me and made me stand up. 19“I will show you,” he said, “what is to happen in the last days of wrath; for it is for the appointed time of the end.
* [8:17] The end time: the time when God sits in judgment on the wicked (v. 19).
Tb. 5:10-11 Tobiah went out to summon him, saying, “Young man, my father is calling for you.” When Raphael** entered the house, Tobit greeted him first. He replied, “Joyful greetings to you!” Tobit answered, “What joy is left for me? Here I am, a blind man who cannot see the light of heaven, but must remain in darkness, like the dead who no longer see the light! Though alive, I am among the dead. I can hear people’s voices, but I do not see them.” The young man said, “Take courage! God’s healing is near; so take courage!” Tobit then said: “My son Tobiah wants to go to Media. Can you go with him to show him the way? I will pay you your wages, brother.” He answered: “Yes, I will go with him, and I know all the routes. I have often traveled to Media and crossed all its plains so I know well the mountains and all its roads.”
* [3:8] Asmodeus: in Persian aeshma daeva, “demon of wrath,” adopted into Aramaic with the sense of “the Destroyer.” It will be subdued (8:3) by Raphael (v. 17), whose name means “God has healed.”
* [12:12] Raphael is one of the seven Angels of the Presence, specially designated intercessors who present prayers to God. Angelology was developing in this period. The names of two other of these seven angels are given in the Bible: Gabriel (Dn 8:16; 9:21; Lk 1:19, 26) and Michael (Dn 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9; Rev 12:7). See 1 Enoch for the names of the rest.
Dan. 12:1 1“At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since the nation began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.*
* [10:21] The book of truth: a heavenly book in which future events are already recorded; cf. 7:10; 12:1.
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