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St. John of the Cross
Tuesday, 14 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. John of the Cross

Reading I:  Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34:2-3,19 and 23
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:28-32

Life of St. John of the Cross (The Mystica.COM)
St. John of the Cross, born John Yepes y Alvarez, a Spanish mystic, …

St. Lucy, Martyr
Monday, 13 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Lucy, Martyr

Reading I:  Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-27

A Short Biography (Richard McBrien, Lives of the Saints)
Lucy (c. 304) is the patron saint of those …

To Turn the Hearts of the Fathers
Saturday, 11 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
To Turn the Hearts of the Fathers

Reading I:  Sirach 48:1-4,9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

The Homage to Elijah
Sirach gives homage to Elijas as part of his review of the great men of Israel’s history. Those …

Heed My Command (Isaiah 48:17-19)
Friday, 10 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Heed My Command (Isaiah 48:17-19)

Isaiah 48:17-19 is found in a context where the prophet tells the exiles to leave Babylon and proceed to their homeland in a new exodus. The exiles have become contented with their new surroundings and they do not expect a new act of salvation from God. They have realized that their present condition is due to their disobedience as a people.

John is Elijah
Thursday, 9 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
John is Elijah

Reading I:  Isaiah 41:13-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:11-15

Consolation and Encouragement for the Downtrodden
The exiles were suffering from reduced self-esteem, probably comparing themselves to a worm. It is Deutero-Isaiah’s job …

Mary, the Woman of the Proto-Evangelium
Wednesday, 8 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Mary, the Woman of the Proto-Evangelium

On a literal level, the promise can be understood as the description of the kind of existence the serpent will have with the seed of the woman: he and his offsprings will be in constant war with all humankind. Human beings will try to exterminate them, while they will defend themselves by biting the heels of those who try to crush their heads.

St. Ambrose
Tuesday, 7 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Ambrose

Reading I:  Isaiah 40:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96:1-2,3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:12-14

Benedict XVI on St. Ambrose
Holy Bishop Ambrose … died in Milan in the night between 3 and 4 …

The Immaculate Conception
Monday, 6 Dec, 2010 – 9:25 | 2 Comments
The Immaculate Conception

Pope Benedict XVI on the Immaculate Conception
The 8th of December we celebrate one of the most beautiful feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Solemnity of her Immaculate Conception. But what does it mean that …

Forgiveness and Faith
Monday, 6 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Forgiveness and Faith

Reading I:  Isaiah 35:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

The New Exodus
Isaiah 35 is a hymn about Israel’s deliverance from exile. It is a hymn celebrating a new exodus. The prophet …

Abundance and Harvest
Saturday, 4 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Abundance and Harvest

Reading I:  Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8

Once more, Isaiah paints a picture of Jerusalem’s future with the Lord. He who "waits to show you favor, shall rise …

The Eyes of the Blind Will See…
Friday, 3 Dec, 2010 – 9:00 | No Comment
The Eyes of the Blind Will See…

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

God’s Mighty Act for Jerusalem
Here is another image of the Day of the Lord as it dawns over Jerusalem. It appears in a description of …

Build Your House on Rock
Thursday, 2 Dec, 2010 – 9:50 | One Comment
Build Your House on Rock

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

The Victory Song of the Remnant (Isaiah 26:1-6)
Isaiah 26:1-3 is a song of victory that is followed by a …

The Banquet of Life
Wednesday, 1 Dec, 2010 – 12:00 | No Comment
The Banquet of Life

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

On the Mountain of Life
In addition to the visions of Zion as the center of pilgrimage for the nations and place of instruction …