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The Letter to the Colossians
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Letter to the Colossians

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 1:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 52
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:38-44

The Letter to the Colossians

Today we begin the lectio cursiva of the letter to the Colossians. The selection from Colossians 1:1-8 …

Like A Thief in the Night
Tuesday, 30 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Like A Thief in the Night

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6.9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:31-37

The Lord’s Coming
The reading from 1 Thessalonians 5 is on the topic of the Lord’s coming. The Thessalonians already heard the …

The Beheading of the Baptist
Monday, 29 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Beheading of the Baptist

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:17-29

Today is the feast of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist, and the gospel reading, taken from Mark, gives us the …

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist
Monday, 29 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:17-29

Martyrdom of the Baptist

Saint of the Day: Martyrdom of John the Baptist
Manila Bulletin: Martyrdom of John the Baptist
WikiPedia: …

The Following of Christ (XXII Sunday OT — A)
Saturday, 27 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
The Following of Christ (XXII Sunday OT — A)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Jeremiah 20:7-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 63
Reading II:  Romans 12:1-2
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:21-27

Jeremiah’s Plaint
The first reading from Jeremiah 20:7-9 is a plaint uttered during the prophet’s stay in lock-up. …

St. Monica, Housewife, Mother
Saturday, 27 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Monica, Housewife, Mother

We know her generally as the mother who suffered on account of her son. But that is only a part of the picture. She also had to bear being the wife of a husband who …

The Parable of the Talents
Saturday, 27 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Parable of the Talents

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the talents can be found in Matthew alone. It is so popular that even the word for "talent" …

Keeping Your Lamps Alight
Friday, 26 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Keeping Your Lamps Alight

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 25:1-13

Parable of the Ten Virgins
The parable of the ten virgins is precisely that: a parable. A parable is a literary device …

The Martyrs of Gafsa
Friday, 26 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Martyrs of Gafsa

Augustine had founded several monasteries in northern Africa, where numerous followers of the Augustinian ideals of monastic community life lived.
Only 34 years after the death of Augustine, in 484, King Hunmeric issued a …

Stay Awake
Thursday, 25 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Stay Awake

The gospel selection is something that we Catholics are familiar with; we often read it during the time of Advent. When we read it in Ordinary Time, we are reminded that being awake is one of the characteristics of Christian life. We stay awake because we are not children of the darkness. We stay awake because the moment of our salvation is nearer now to us than before.

Whitewashed Tombs (Week XXI, Wednesday, OT I)
Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Whitewashed Tombs (Week XXI, Wednesday, OT I)

In 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Paul reminds the Thessalonians how he worked among them, treating them as a "father" deals with his children. He also points to the Thessalonians’ faith as one of the things he is grateful for, since they received "his word not as words of men but what it truly is, the Word of God.

St. Bartholomew a.k.a Nathanael
Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Bartholomew a.k.a Nathanael

Benedict XVI on St. Bartholomew

On October 4, 2006, Benedict XVI delivered his catechism on St. Bartholomew. The section we present here is a veritable commentary on the Gospel reading for the day.

Of Gnats and Camels
Tuesday, 23 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Of Gnats and Camels

The denunciation of the Pharisees continue with the 3rd and 4th woes. The "weightier matters of the Law" are the essentials of Mosaic observance. Jesus names them: "judgment", "mercy" and "faith". "Judgment" here is the Greek krisis not krima. The latter is related to the judge and his authority; the other is the product of his action: the restoration or imposition of justice.

St. Rose of Lima
Tuesday, 23 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Rose of Lima

Isabel Flores de Oliva was born in Lima, Peru on April 20 1586. Her parents were of Spanish descent and enjoyed a high standing among the newly formed hierarchy of Lima. Their social status, however, was not matched by any great wealth. Isabel, one of eleven children, began her transformation with a change of name, albeit one completely beyond her control. Her mother, along with several other family members and acquaintances, saw a rose bloom upon the face of the infant as she slept, from which day forward she was known as Rosa (Rose)…

Regina Coeli
Monday, 22 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Regina Coeli

The feast of the Queenship of Mary was instituted through the encyclical of Pius XII entitled "Ad coeli reginam" of October 1954, four years after he defined the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady.

Readings for August 22-27 2011
Sunday, 21 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Readings for August 22-27 2011

For this week the 21st Week of Ordinary Time Year 1, our lectio cursiva will continue with Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. The Gospel readings from Matthew begins with Jesus’ denunciation of the scribes and Pharisees (Monday and Tuesday), the parable of the wise and faithful steward (Thursday), the parable of the ten virgins (Friday) and the parable of the talents (Saturday).

St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Saturday, 20 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Born to the French nobility; brother of Saint Humbeline. At age 22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined the abbey of …

The Redeemer
Saturday, 20 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Redeemer

The selection skips over some details: (a) the instructions that Naomi gives to Ruth about the the role of Boaz as their family’s "Redeemer"; (b) the meeting of Ruth and Boaz in his threshingfloow where Ruth practically asks Boaz to marry her; and (c) Boaz transacting for the right of redemption. This last is interesting because it gives us an idea of how rights are transferred in ancient Israel. Here, the sandal becomes a guarantee — some sort of certificate — that the right of being Naomi’s Goel (Redeemer) has been transferred to Boaz.

(Sunday XXI OT — A) The Keys of the Kingdom
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXI OT — A) The Keys of the Kingdom

The choice of the Old Testament reading was dictated by Jesus’ statement in the gospel selection regarding the "keys of the kingdom" that he gives to Peter, the Rock. The OT background for this emblem is that of the keys of the mayordomo of the king’s palace.

St. Ezekiel Moreno
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Ezekiel Moreno

Ezekiel Moreno was born in the city of Alfaro, Spain, on 9 April 1848, of poor but committed Christian parents. His early years were seemingly ordinary and uneventful ones in which Ezekiel came to be remembered as an obedient son, a loving brother, a good companion to his friends, and a diligent student. Following the example of an older brother, he entered the Recollect Congregation of the Augustinian Order in Monteagudo in 1864.

Ruth and Hesed
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Ruth and Hesed

We read the book of Ruth today and tomorrow. The book became important because of the final genealogy which connects the son of Ruth and Boaz, Obed, to King David. But apart from that it is also the story of how a Moabitess becomes part of the family of Israel. Matthew remembers Ruth and Boaz in his genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

The Judge Who Wanted Acceptance
Thursday, 18 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Judge Who Wanted Acceptance

The selection from Judges takes us to the tragic story of Jephta’s daughter. Jephta was an illegitimate son and was forced to live away from home by his brothers who didn’t want him around. He lived in exile so to speak working as a kind of mercenary. Israel was then at war with the Ammonites and the Israelites wanted someone to lead them. They negotiated with Jephta who accepted. It was after all an opportunity to vindicate himself against his own family.

The Power-Grabbing Judge
Wednesday, 17 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Power-Grabbing Judge

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Judges 9:6-15
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 21
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 20:1-16

Jotham’s Denunciation of the Abimelech-Affair
Today’s selection is from the parable of Jotham the youngest of the seventy sons of Gideon, the …

Gideon’s Story
Tuesday, 16 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Gideon’s Story

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Judges 6:11-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85
Gospel Reading: Matthew 19:23-30

The Call of Gideon

Gideon, also called Jerubaal, is the sixth judge. He is the son of Joash, the Abiezrite, and his …

Mary Assumed into Heaven
Monday, 15 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Mary Assumed into Heaven

The young man, after hearing that he needs to sell everything he has, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow Jesus, he went away sad. Eternal life is Jesus himself. To have him in one’s heart, one must take out all other things that are already there to give him an exclusive place in it.

Readings for August 15-20, 2011
Sunday, 14 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Readings for August 15-20, 2011

Except for the celebration of the solemnity of the Assumption which falls this year on Monday, we have a more or less continuous reading of the lectionary of Ordinary Time. During the week, we …

(Sunday XX OT — A) What Great Faith You Have
Saturday, 13 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XX OT — A) What Great Faith You Have

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Isaiah 56:1.6-7
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 67
Reading II: Romans 11:13-15.29-32
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28

The story about the Canaanite woman can be taken in two ways.  In the Catechism it is …

NABRE Online
Saturday, 13 Aug, 2011 – 19:44 | No Comment
NABRE Online

The New American Bible Revised Edition is now available online. One can find it here. As I said before, the NAB edition that we use in our English Masses is still the liturgically approved version. And so there is no real pressure for us to purchase this new edition. Besides, only the Old Testament and the Psalms received a make-over, not the New Testament. However, for academic and research purposes, it would be good to have a copy of the NABRE. The Preface to this edition says why:

The Kingdom is for Children
Saturday, 13 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Kingdom is for Children

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Joshua 24:14-28
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 16
Gospel Reading: Matthew 19:13-15

The Covenantal Vows of Israel
Joshua 24:14-28 which follows the recital of saving events can be divided into two parts: (a) the response …

A History of God’s Love
Friday, 12 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
A History of God’s Love

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Joshua 24:1-13
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 136
Gospel Reading: Matthew 19:3-12

The outline of Joshua 24

the gathering at Sichem (1)
Joshua’s recital of saving events

Call of Abraham; the birth of Isaac(2-3)
Isaac and …