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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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

A New Situation and a New Presence (Deuteronomy 10)
Monday, 8 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
A New Situation and a New Presence (Deuteronomy 10)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 17:22-27

On Deuteronomy 10
Moses is instructed to build an ark of acacia wood and place there all the reminders of the Covenant …

Love and the Cross of Christ
Friday, 5 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Love and the Cross of Christ

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 77
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:24-28

Deuteronomy and God’s Love. "For the love of your fathers," Moses declares, explaining the main reason why God brought Israel out of …

The Meribah Incident (Numbers 20)
Thursday, 4 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Meribah Incident (Numbers 20)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Numbers 20:1-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-23

The Meribah incident echoes the one in Exodus 17:1-7 where the people were made to drink from the waters that came …