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Readings from August 1-6, 2011
Sunday, 31 Jul, 2011 – 19:00 | One Comment
Readings from August 1-6, 2011

There is an adjustment in the Gospel readings for this week. Because the account of Jesus feeding the multitudes is read on the XVIII Sunday, the Monday and Tuesday following have alternative Gospel readings. Since the XVIII Monday normally has the account of the feeding of the multitudes, this year, the alternative is recommended: Jesus walking on the waters (Mt. 14:22-36).

The Feeding of the Multitude
Sunday, 31 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Feeding of the Multitude

Reading I:  Isaiah 55:1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Reading II: Romans 8:35.37-39
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

There are a few notable things in today’s gospel reading: Jesus has just heard about the Baptist’s death …

The Anti-God Family
Saturday, 30 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Anti-God Family

Reading I:  Leviticus 25:1,8-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:1-12

From the Compendium of Social Doctrines, 25
The precepts of the sabbatical and jubilee years constitute a kind of social doctrine in miniature[Cf. …

Feast of St. Martha
Friday, 29 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Feast of St. Martha

Reading I:  Leviticus 23:1,34b-37
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 81
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:54-58

St. Martha on the Web

WikiPedia: St. Martha
Biography of St. Martha
Catholic Saints: St. Martha
Glossary of Christianity: St. Martha, Sister of …

The Fishes in the Net
Thursday, 28 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Fishes in the Net

At this point, however, in order to avoid that men should depend solely in the preaching of the gospel and believe that faith is enough for salvation, the Lord adds another parable that is horrific. Which parable? The parable of the net.

The Treasure and the Pearl
Wednesday, 27 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Treasure and the Pearl

Reading I:  Exodus 34:29-35
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 99
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:44-46

Irenaeus on the Treasure in the Field
He, Christ, is the treasure hidden in the field, that is, in the world, since the field is the world …

Sts. Joachim and Anne
Tuesday, 26 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Sts. Joachim and Anne

oday we celebrate the Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, the mother of the Savior. Much of what we presently know about them comes to us from the so-called "Protoevangelium of St. James", a document that might as well be a work that included threads of traditions much much earlier to it. It is dated at 125 AD. The work includes details about the betrothal of Mary and Joseph and an account of the Virgin Birth.

The Bibliya Tagala Podcasts
Monday, 25 Jul, 2011 – 23:24 | No Comment
The Bibliya Tagala Podcasts

The Biblista Podcasts (biblista.podbean.com) is a project I started on December 2010 and have maintained since then. Currently there are more than 30 podcasts of varying lengths (the longest is 16 minutes) dealing on the Gospel readings. The latest is on Matthew’s account of the Canaanite woman which will be read for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A).

St. James the Greater
Monday, 25 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. James the Greater

Reading I:  2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 126
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:20-28

St. James the Greater is one of the Zebedee sons. He is called "the Greater" to distinguish him from James, "the …

The Readings for July 25-30
Sunday, 24 Jul, 2011 – 8:00 | No Comment
The Readings for July 25-30

This week’s Gospel readings is a lectio cursiva of Matthew 13-14, continuing the parable of the wheat and the tares until the account of the Baptist’s death. There are however two feasts that break the continuous reading. Monday is the feast of St. James the Greater, one of the Zebedee brothers. The memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Mother of the Lord, do not disturb the selected readings for Ordinary Time for Tuesday.

Weeds among the Wheat
Saturday, 23 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Weeds among the Wheat

And the Church — the new Israel — realizes that in her sins and failings she is worse than the old Israel because of the better Covenant and Mediator that she has. But she also knows that she can approach the altar of mercy with confidence because of her High Priest.

The spirit of the responsorial psalm is carried over to the Gospel reading. While still on pilgrimage, the Church — the seed and initial historical realization of the Kingdom — will be a mixture of saints and sinners. Only on the Day of Judgment will the Church become truly holy, devoid of the darnel in her midst. The zizzania ("the bearded darnel")

The Memorial of the Magdalene
Friday, 22 Jul, 2011 – 8:01 | No Comment
The Memorial of the Magdalene

Today is the Memorial of the Magdalene. The reading from Exodus 20:1-7 is about the Ten Words given to the people of Israel in the context of a Covenant struck at Sinai with Moses as Mediator. Later, Jesus will say that He came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. He will demand from his disciples a righteousness that is higher than that of the Pharisees.

Jesus’ Parables
Thursday, 21 Jul, 2011 – 11:45 | No Comment
Jesus’ Parables

The Day’s Readings
Matthew 13:10-17 is a conversation between Jesus and his disciples regarding the former’s teaching methodology. Matthew himself will later on associate a prophecy of David to Jesus’ manner of teaching.

All these things Jesus …

Escape from Egypt and the Parables of Jesus
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 – 2:18 | No Comment
Escape from Egypt and the Parables of Jesus

For this week, the Old Testament selections narrate the escape of the Israelites through the Red Sea, their feeding of manna in the desert and their arrival at Sinai where God makes a covenant with …

The Seeds Sown in the Field
Tuesday, 19 Jul, 2011 – 20:21 | One Comment
The Seeds Sown in the Field

The Parable of the Sower and the Seed is probably one of the more well-known parables of Jesus. The selection from Matthew 13:1-9 allows us to consider the parable in itself, apart from the context in which Matthew has placed it.

The Family of Jesus
Tuesday, 19 Jul, 2011 – 18:20 | No Comment
The Family of Jesus

In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus tells everyone who his family is: those who do the will of His Father in Heaven. His statement does not mean that his Mother Mary is unimportant. Before there were any disciples, she was the one who accepted and did the Father’s will by pronouncing her “Fiat” to the Angel’s announcement that she was to be the Mother of the Son of the Most High. Wasn’t she the one who stood beneath the cross and was given to a disciple to be this one’s mother? In John’s gospel, Jesus gives the Beloved Disciple a mother, just as He does even today.

The Sign of Jonah
Monday, 18 Jul, 2011 – 20:05 | No Comment
The Sign of Jonah

The Day’s Readings

In Exodus 14:5-8 we find that Pharaoh’s heart had been so hardened that he continues to resist Yahweh to the point that he sends his army after the Israelites whom he has …