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No One Is Righteous
Wednesday, 12 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
No One Is Righteous

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Romans 2:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 62
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:42-46

Do Not Judge
Before Paul turns to the subject of Jews and the Law, he turns to all righteous-feeling-men who think that the pagans will surely …

No One Can Justify Himself
Tuesday, 11 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
No One Can Justify Himself

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Romans 1:16-25
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:37-41

No One is Justified in God’s Eyes
Romans 1,16-3,20 is the presentation of man’s utter helplessness before God’s Judgment. Whether Gentile (1,18-32) or …

Paul to the Romans
Monday, 10 Oct, 2011 – 16:52 | No Comment
Paul to the Romans

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Romans 1:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:29-32

The Letter to the Romans
We will be reading the letter to the Romans until November 5, 2011. Today’s selection is taken from …

(Sunday XXVIII OT — A) The Banquet of the Last Day
Saturday, 8 Oct, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVIII OT — A) The Banquet of the Last Day

The leit-motif of the kingdom-banquet theme is conveyed by the first reading and the gospel. The Isaianic oracle from Isaiah 25:6-10 is a vision of the eschatological banquet that God will host on His holy mountain. That day will see the end of the death (the shroud that covers the peoples … the web woven over all nations), and the age of mourning.

Decisive Decision
Saturday, 8 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Decisive Decision

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Joel 4:12-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:27-28

The Judgment of the Nations and the Vindication of Israel
Images of the spreading locusts somehow overlap with images of judgment and harvest. We have seen …

Our Lady of the Rosary
Friday, 7 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Our Lady of the Rosary

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in …

Locusts and Demons
Friday, 7 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Locusts and Demons

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Joel 1:13-2:1 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 9
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:15-26

The Book of Joel
The Book of Joel is dated to about the 4th century BC, and the prophet’s ministry, to some …

Like A Tree Planted by the Waters
Thursday, 6 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Like A Tree Planted by the Waters

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Malachi 3:13-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:5-13

The Wicked Rich and the Miserable Just
The problem of the rich and the poor can also be formulated as "why is it …

Merciful and Gracious God
Wednesday, 5 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Merciful and Gracious God

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Jonah 4:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 86
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-4

I Knew That Your Were A Gracious and Merciful God
Jonah resented the fact that Nineveh should be spared. It was a future …

The Word Received
Tuesday, 4 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Word Received

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Jonah 3:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 130
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42

Today is the Memorial of St. Francis of Assissi.
At Jonah’s Preaching Nineveh Repented
Prophets proclaim the Word of God. What sets Jonah …

The Reluctant Prophet
Monday, 3 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Reluctant Prophet

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Jonah 1:1-2:11 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Jonah 2
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Jonah the Prophet
Our lectio divina for Monday to Wednesday will cover the book of Jonah.

The book of "Jonah" is a …

(Sunday XXVII OT — A) The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen
Saturday, 1 Oct, 2011 – 21:50 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVII OT — A) The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

The parable of the wicked husbandmen is the second of a series of judgment parables told by Jesus to groups of Jewish leaders who will have a hand in his death. The theme of judgment is already announced in Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree, the morning that he returns into Jerusalem to confront the elders, the chief priests and the scribes. In Matthew’s version of this episode,

Fear Not
Saturday, 1 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Fear Not

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Baruch 4:5-29 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:17-24

Today is also the Memorial of St. Therese of LisieuxLink to the Saint of the Day
Personified Jerusalem Consoles Her Sons in Exile
The …

We Have Sinned
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
We Have Sinned

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Baruch 1:15-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 79
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:13-16

A National Confession of Guilt
Baruch 1:15-22 is part of a national confession of guilt meant to be read to the assembly …

St. Jerome
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Jerome

Oxford Dictionary of Saints: St. Jerome
Jerome (Hieronymus) (c.341–420), monk and Doctor of the Church. Born at Strido, near Aquileia, in Dalmatia, Jerome was well educated, first by his father, then by the grammarian Donatus at …

The Word of the Lord Is Perfect
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Word of the Lord Is Perfect

If today was not the feast of the Archangels, we would be reading from the Thursday of 26th Week.

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Nehemiah 8:1-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 18
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-10

The Liturgy of …

Michael, Gabriel and Rafael
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Michael, Gabriel and Rafael

Today is the feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Rafael.  For the day’s readings, go here.  The Jews know seven archangels.  The Catholic Church gives cultic recognition to the three who are revealed in …

Nehemiah and the Wall of Jerusalem
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Nehemiah and the Wall of Jerusalem

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Nehemiah 2:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 137
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:57-62

Nehemiah
The Book of Nehemiah is usually read together with the Book of Ezra as one long book. Nehemiah 8–10 is considered part …

Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (1600-1637)
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (1600-1637)

Lorenzo Ruiz and Anti-Christianity in Japan in the 1600s

The followers of Christ, arriving unexpectedly in Japan, not only came here carrying their goods, but also, without any permission, have spread and propagated their wicked …

Jerusalem, City of God
Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Jerusalem, City of God

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Zechariah 8:20-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 87
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-56

We Have Heard that God is With You
The reading from Zechariah continues the one from yesterday. God will restore Jerusalem and fill …

St. Vincent de Paul
Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Vincent de Paul

Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acq. He began divinity studies …

The Jealous God (Zech. 8:1-8)
Monday, 26 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Jealous God (Zech. 8:1-8)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Zechariah 8:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 102
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:46-50

I am Jealous for Zion
Jealousy is used in the Scriptures in both a positive and a negative sense. When jealousyis used …

(Sunday XXVI – OT A) Two Sons and Humility
Sunday, 25 Sep, 2011 – 0:36 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVI – OT A) Two Sons and Humility

The Two Sons
The parable of the two sons echoes many instances in the Old Testament that involve competition among siblings. We know of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and the sons of Leah. …

God Restores His People
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
God Restores His People

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Zechariah 2:5-15 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Jeremiah 31
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:43-45

The Restoration of God’s People
Zechariah’s oracle reports a vision, the third in a series. In the vision of the workmen, Zechariah …

I Will Fill This House with Glory
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
I Will Fill This House with Glory

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Haggai 2:1-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 43
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:18-22

The Glory of the Future Temple
In Haggai 2:1-9, the prophet answers those who are saying that the completed Temple looks dismal and …

Padre Pio da Pietrelcina
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Padre Pio da Pietrelcina

This worthy follower of Saint Francis of Assisi was born on 25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina in the Archdiocese of Benevento, the son of Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa De Nunzio. He was baptized the …

Consider your ways!
Thursday, 22 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Consider your ways!

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Haggai 1:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:7-9

Haggai and the Temple
Haggai is mentioned together with Zechariah in Ezra 5 as those prophets who protested against the discontinuation of the …

We have remained in our guilt
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
We have remained in our guilt

Today is the feast of St. Matthew. If it were not, Wednesday of the 25th Week OT — A will have the following readings:
Ezra’s Confession of Guilt
Once more we jump a few chapters and …

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew
Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus’ contemporaries were …

King Darius and the Temple
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
King Darius and the Temple

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Ezra 6:7-20 (passim)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 122
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:19-21

Darius I and the Temple
After yesterday’s reading about the return of the exiles, we jump several some chapters to read about the decree of …