Sunday, November 5, 2017


Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 151

Reading 1 MAL 1:14B-2:2B, 8-10

A great King am I, says the LORD of hosts,
and my name will be feared among the nations.
And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:
If you do not listen,
if you do not lay it to heart,
to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts,
I will send a curse upon you
and of your blessing I will make a curse.
You have turned aside from the way,
and have caused many to falter by your instruction;
you have made void the covenant of Levi,
says the LORD of hosts.
I, therefore, have made you contemptible
and base before all the people,
since you do not keep my ways,
but show partiality in your decisions.
Have we not all the one father?
Has not the one God created us?
Why then do we break faith with one another,
violating the covenant of our fathers?

Many readers have also referenced yesterday's Gospel, copied here:

Gospel MT 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
"The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people's shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation 'Rabbi.'
As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.'
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called 'Master';
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."


  1. This Sunday's gospel was right on point also, eerily describing Apuron and his henchmen. Amazing how apropos the gospel today is to the such members of the clergy here in Guam who followed in Apuron's example and became aloof of their mission to save souls..

  2. Speaking of Apurun - it’s been two months since the tribunal announced that they have reached a verdict. All they needed to do is get those five lousy signatures.

    So what is the delay? Will the Church do the right thing and be transparent? Or will they just hide and hope people forget?

  3. OH HELL NO. The people of Guam will not forget the ruin Bro Tony brought upon our Church. If Rome thinks they can ignore the problem they are very very wrong. Until our people hear the outcome of the trial, we will not have faith restored in our new leadership. The first call every morning for Abp Byrnes should be to the tribunal to see if they are ready to publicize their findings. Until that happens our Church will remain broken!

  4. Anon 11/6 at 7:14 am, the corrupt CDF is delaying everything, making sure that Vatican pedophiles are safe from possible exposure by vengeful Apuron.

    If they're not, it's back to the drawing board and the deceived laity will never know what's going on. There's no canonical precedent for prosecuting archbishops, so they can do whatever they please.

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the tribunal's verdict.

  5. Easy to say they can do what they please, but the Pope has come out strong that sex abuse will not be tolerated, period. Zero tolerance doesn't leave much wiggle room.
    So, if the Pope is serious it may take the people of Guam to push this forward on put Apurun on a perpetual black list.

  6. Remember also "You have but one teacher, and you all are brothers." What are the consequences of us all being brothers to both victims and perpetrators?

    1. Perhaps dear Timothy, you should attend a Parish with solid theologians. I would suggest the Cathedral Basilica, where you have three good practitioners of the Homily.
      Archbishop Byrnes, Father Mc Grath and Father Paul.
      Actually at the 11.30 pm yesterday Fr Paul covered all these issues in a clear and easy to understand manner, going over among other things the issue you bring forth. Achbishop Byrnes did not do the homily yesterday, but Fr Eric did, since it was a special occasion for the sisters of Mercy.
      Sometimes you do not need to go far to find answers. Often they are right under you nose.

    2. My question stands. If Fr. Paul has answered this question, and you heard the sermon answering this question, could you give a synopsis of it here on this blog? I would appreciate it very much.