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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).

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 …

Readings from August 8-13, 2011
Sunday, 7 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Readings from August 8-13, 2011

This week’s lectio cursiva will be broken up by the celebration of the feast of St. Lawrence the Deacon. The Old Testament selections will be taken from the moment Moses makes the ark of …

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 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.

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 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 …

Using the NAB for Studying 1 Cor. 2:1-5
Monday, 30 Aug, 2010 – 6:25 | One Comment
Using the NAB for Studying 1 Cor. 2:1-5

The following article illustrates how the help apparatus of the New American Bible helps in understanding 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. The reader will however have to invest some time to reading the text with the use …

Simbang Gabi 2009
Monday, 14 Dec, 2009 – 20:44 | No Comment
Simbang Gabi 2009

For the Church in the Philippines, December 16-24 is a special period in Advent. During these days, we celebrate the Simbang Gabi, a. k. a. Misa del Gallo — a series of Masses that …

Hastening the Parousia
Sunday, 6 Dec, 2009 – 22:17 | No Comment
Hastening the Parousia

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, …

Romans 10:8-12 In Context
Monday, 30 Nov, 2009 – 21:58 | No Comment
Romans 10:8-12 In Context

 
In the Life Application Study Bible we read this about Romans 10:8-12
Have you ever been asked “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer:  Salvation is as close as …

What About Wealth?
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009 – 0:14 | No Comment
What About Wealth?

Reading I: Wisdom 7:7-11
Reading II: Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-30

 
The Question about Eternal Life
In the gospel story about the rich man, we are shown that the question about eternal life is synonimous to …

The Birthday of Mama Mary
Tuesday, 8 Sep, 2009 – 0:26 | 2 Comments
The Birthday of Mama Mary

Links to articles about the Birth of the Virgin Mary

Catholic Encyclopedia: The Nativity of Mary
The page contains information on the history of the Feast. The feast originated from the Eastern churches and became part …

Assumpta est Maria
Saturday, 15 Aug, 2009 – 0:19 | 3 Comments
Assumpta est Maria

The Assumption in the Catechism

966 “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, …

Living in the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-11)
Saturday, 16 May, 2009 – 23:21 | No Comment
Living in the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-11)

 
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit,if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.Whoever does not have the …

Our New Life in Christ
Sunday, 26 Apr, 2009 – 23:19 | No Comment
Our New Life in Christ

It is a bit late now, but this post is still relevant: it does not only give an overview of the readings for the rest of Easter, it also gives a hint as to how …

The Seven OT Readings of the Easter Vigil
Friday, 10 Apr, 2009 – 0:17 | No Comment
The Seven OT Readings of the Easter Vigil

The seven readings from the Old Testament that are proclaimed during the Easter Vigil are bits and pieces of a plan of salvation that is accomplished in Christ. In other words, the seven readings is …

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 …

Summary: Message of the Synod 2008
Monday, 27 Oct, 2008 – 11:00 | 2 Comments
Summary: Message of the Synod 2008

The Message of the Synod of Bishops 2008 on The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church is accompanied by the following synthesis, also prepared by Card. Gianfranco Ravasi and …

How To Read A Psalm?
Wednesday, 15 Oct, 2008 – 19:53 | No Comment
How To Read A Psalm?

 
"Parallelism and balance are two distinctive features of biblical poetry, " writes Laverdierre. These will be the topic of the present article. By using examples from the poetic sections of the Bible, I will …

Why Are The Psalms Numbered Differently?
Wednesday, 8 Oct, 2008 – 15:01 | No Comment
Why Are The Psalms Numbered Differently?

QuestionWhy is it that some psalms in the Jerusalem Bible have two sets of number: one that is normally printed and another that is in the margins? E.g., “Psalm 74″ in bold and then right …

Getting More Out Of Bible Study
Friday, 19 Sep, 2008 – 1:55 | No Comment
Getting More Out Of Bible Study

Below are articles from the Bible Workshop that illustrate how the average professional readers of the Scriptures can work around their disability to read the Bible in the original languages. The articles were written specifically …