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A Meditation on the Birth of the Lord
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 – 0:21 | One Comment
A Meditation on the Birth of the Lord

The liturgy of the Catholic Church sets aside December 17-24 as special days of preparation immediately preceding December 25, the solemn feast of the birth day of the Lord. As such these days have …

This Category Momentarily Closed
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
This Category Momentarily Closed

I take a bye from Daily Readings from December 16 until Christmas. I have written short commentaries on both the gospel and old testament readings for those days here. The only day I left out …

The Prophecy of Balaam
Monday, 15 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Prophecy of Balaam

Reading I: Numbers 24:2-7,15-17
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5,8-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-27

Balaam was called in to pronounce a curse over Israel as it lay encamped in the desert.  But instead of a curse, he uttered a …

Simbang Gabi (Misa del Gallo)
Saturday, 13 Dec, 2008 – 21:59 | 3 Comments
Simbang Gabi (Misa del Gallo)

From December 16 until the 24th, Advent masses in the Philippines take on a different twist. We will be celebrating the Christmas novena masses which will begin at 4 AM. This year, December 21 …

Elijah and the Day of the Lord
Saturday, 13 Dec, 2008 – 20:35 | No Comment
Elijah and the Day of the Lord

Reading I:  Sirach 48:1-4.9-11
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 80:2,18-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:9.10-13

The present selection from Sirach is found in the tribute to the Fathers.  The text is fundamental especially to the understanding of the figure of …

Strong Like the Eagle
Wednesday, 10 Dec, 2008 – 20:49 | No Comment
Strong Like the Eagle

Reading I: Isaiah 40:25-31
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 103:1-2,8.10
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

Deutero-Isaiah had the unenviable task of convincing Israelites who have grown accustomed to live in exile to go back to a Judah that is still …

The Immaculata
Monday, 8 Dec, 2008 – 3:40 | No Comment
The Immaculata

Reading I: Gn 3:9-15, 20
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 98:1,2-3ab, 3cd-4
Reading II:  Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12
Gospel Reading:  Luke 1:26-38


Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception thus:
The Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first …

Wait for the Lord
Friday, 5 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Wait for the Lord

Reading I: Isaiah 29:17-24
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 27:1,13-14
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 9:27-31

Psalm 27 is said to be "Of David" and perhaps was one of the psalms he used to sing for King Saul …

A Strong City Have We
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
A Strong City Have We

Reading I: Isaiah 26:1-6
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21,24-27

A city in ruins especially when it has recently fallen is not an edifying site.  The selection from Isaiah …

The Banquet of the Lord
Wednesday, 3 Dec, 2008 – 14:06 | No Comment
The Banquet of the Lord

Reading I: Isaiah 25:6-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Gospel Reading:Matthew 15:29-37

The Messianic banquet is a banquet of life.  Isaiah’s vision of the banquet of the Lord served on the mountain, …

And a Child shall lead them…
Tuesday, 2 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | One Comment
And a Child shall lead them…

Reading I: Isaiah 11:1-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 72:1-2,17
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:21-24

The vision probably should be dated during the exile or at its beginning.  One of the last things the kingdom of Judah saw before being …

Walk in the Light
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 18:47 | No Comment
Walk in the Light

Reading I: Isaiah 2:1-5
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 122:1-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11

Isaiah’s vision of Yahweh’s mountain becoming the center of the world was probably triggered by a natural scene like the one above:  the sunrise hitting …