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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Return of the Exiles
Monday, 19 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Return of the Exiles

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Ezra 1:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:16-18

Back to Jerusalem!

The selection taken from the beginning of the book of Ezra is about the edict of Cyrus the Great regarding the return …

Until the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Until the Manifestation of the Lord Jesus

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 6:13-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:4-15

Timothy’s Charge
Paul closes his exhortations to Timothy with a solemn charge, recalling the example of Jesus’ "noble confession" before Pilate. Earlier, …

The Love of Money
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Love of Money

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 6:2-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 49
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:1-3

Psalm 49: Instruction About Wealth
Psalm 49, attributed to the Korahites (1) is a wisdom psalm that explores the problem regarding …

Our Lady of Sorrows
Thursday, 15 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Our Lady of Sorrows

The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
This feast dates back to the 12th century. It was especially promoted by the Cistercians and the Servites, so much so that in the 14th and 15th centuries it …

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Wednesday, 14 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

The Lifting Up of the Son of Man
The theme of today’s gospel is the lifting up of the Son of Man (John 3:13-17). In John, that phrase refers to the death, resurrection and ascension of …

Where Compassion Meets Grief
Tuesday, 13 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Where Compassion Meets Grief

Today’s Readings

Reading I: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 101
Gospel Reading: Luke 7:11-17

Jesus and the Widow of Nain
How do you respond when you meet misfortune? In a number of places the gospel records that Jesus …

Prayer and a Centurion’s Faith
Monday, 12 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Prayer and a Centurion’s Faith

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 2:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 28
Gospel Reading: Luke 7:1-10

Prayer for Kings
Paul asks Timothy to tell his constituents to pray for "kings and for all in authority" (v.1). This …

The Tree and its Fruit
Saturday, 10 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Tree and its Fruit

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Timothy 1:15-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:43-49

Warnings to Disciples (Luke 6:43-49)
We’ve seen how Luke uses certain sayings of the Lord which in Matthew would have been applicable …

Blindness and an Insecure Existence
Friday, 9 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Blindness and an Insecure Existence

This life is unstable, insecure — it is existence under the constant threat of the wicked, the enemies lurking in the dark, and Death. But to the devout, the Lord is a refuge, a shield. He is also the inheritance of the faithful, the allotted portion no one — not even Death — can take away.

The Nativity of Mary
Thursday, 8 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Nativity of Mary

Birthday of Mama Mary

More on the day’s feast here…
Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Micah 5:1-4a
Reading II:  Romans 8:28-30
Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 13
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:1-23 (passim)

Bethleham of Ephrathah

The verses have become …