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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Blessings and Woes (Luke 6:20-26)
Wednesday, 7 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Blessings and Woes (Luke 6:20-26)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 3:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:20-26

Our Life Hidden in Christ
For the Catholic, what is hoped for is already a reality present in the baptized in germine, …

Jesus Heals Everyone
Tuesday, 6 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Jesus Heals Everyone

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 2:6-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:12-19

Christ is Everything
Christ alone should be the life of the Colossians. In Him God dwells and therefore the Colossians need no longer to join others …

Doing Good on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-6)
Monday, 5 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Doing Good on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-6)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 1:24-2:3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 62
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:6-11

Christ is Our All
I think those who already participate in the work of the apostles in the work of sustaining and building-up …

Greater Than David
Saturday, 3 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Greater Than David

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 1:21-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 54
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:1-5

Before and After
For an article on Colossians 1:21-23, go here.
A Greater than David
The controversy regarding the disciples’ picking grain on the …

The Old and the New
Friday, 2 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Old and the New

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 1:15-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:33-39

Hymn to Christ Glorified
See this article on Colossians 1:15-20
The Groom and the Banquet
The Pharisees and the scribes saw that Jesus was …

That you may walk worthy of the Lord
Thursday, 1 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
That you may walk worthy of the Lord

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Colossians 1:9-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:1-11

Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians

We continue reading from Paul’s thanksgiving for the Colossians. He writes that from the day he heard …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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 …

Build Your House on Rock
Thursday, 2 Dec, 2010 – 9:50 | One Comment
Build Your House on Rock

Reading I:  Isaiah 26:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a
Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21,24-27

The Victory Song of the Remnant (Isaiah 26:1-6)
Isaiah 26:1-3 is a song of victory that is followed by a …

The Banquet of Life
Wednesday, 1 Dec, 2010 – 12:00 | No Comment
The Banquet of Life

Reading I:  Isaiah 25:6-10a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:29-37

On the Mountain of Life
In addition to the visions of Zion as the center of pilgrimage for the nations and place of instruction …

Andrew the Apostle
Tuesday, 30 Nov, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Andrew the Apostle

Reading I:  Romans 10:9-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8,11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:18-22

Confessing Jesus with the Lips
Have you ever been asked “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer: Salvation is as close …

The Fall of Babylon
Thursday, 25 Nov, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Fall of Babylon

Reading I:  Revelation 18:1-2,21-23; 19:1-3,9a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:2-3,10-11
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:20-28

What was already announced by an angel in 14:8 is now enacted as a dirge in 18:1-24 with responses from heaven …

The Harvest
Tuesday, 23 Nov, 2010 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Harvest

Reading I:  Revelation 14:14-19
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96:10,13
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:5-11

The Son of Man and the Harvest
Revelation 14:14-19 is a transition scene that prepares for the judgment scene that follows in Rev. 15-16 which prepares for …

The Widow’s Mite
Monday, 22 Nov, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Widow’s Mite

Reading I:  Revelation 14:1-3,4b-5
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:1-4

The Widow’s Mite
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus weighs all the contributions given to the Temple and declares that it was the widow’s mite, which …

The Resurrection
Saturday, 20 Nov, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Resurrection

Reading I:  Revelation 11:4-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 144:1,9-10
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-40

The Debate on the Resurrection
The Sadducees did not believe in the Resurrection of the Dead and they use an argument intended …