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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Heed My Command (Isaiah 48:17-19)
Friday, 10 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Heed My Command (Isaiah 48:17-19)

Isaiah 48:17-19 is found in a context where the prophet tells the exiles to leave Babylon and proceed to their homeland in a new exodus. The exiles have become contented with their new surroundings and they do not expect a new act of salvation from God. They have realized that their present condition is due to their disobedience as a people.

John is Elijah
Thursday, 9 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
John is Elijah

Reading I:  Isaiah 41:13-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:11-15

Consolation and Encouragement for the Downtrodden
The exiles were suffering from reduced self-esteem, probably comparing themselves to a worm. It is Deutero-Isaiah’s job …

Forgiveness and Faith
Monday, 6 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Forgiveness and Faith

Reading I:  Isaiah 35:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

The New Exodus
Isaiah 35 is a hymn about Israel’s deliverance from exile. It is a hymn celebrating a new exodus. The prophet …

Abundance and Harvest
Saturday, 4 Dec, 2010 – 0:00 | No Comment
Abundance and Harvest

Reading I:  Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8

Once more, Isaiah paints a picture of Jerusalem’s future with the Lord. He who "waits to show you favor, shall rise …

The Eyes of the Blind Will See…
Friday, 3 Dec, 2010 – 9:00 | No Comment
The Eyes of the Blind Will See…

Reading I:  Isaiah 29:17-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27:1,13-14
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:27-31

God’s Mighty Act for Jerusalem
Here is another image of the Day of the Lord as it dawns over Jerusalem. It appears in a description of …

Taxes and Fishes
Monday, 9 Aug, 2010 – 17:35 | 2 Comments
Taxes and Fishes

Readings:

Reading 1:  Ezekiel 1:2-5.24-28c
Resp. Ps.:  Psalm 148:1-2.11-12,13,14
Gospel   :  Matthew 17:22-27

 

The exchange between Peter and Jesus may probably have come from a moment in history when the Matthaean community was beginning to …

Be Perfect As Your Heavenly Father is Perfect (Mt. 5:43-48)
Tuesday, 15 Jun, 2010 – 3:13 | No Comment
Be Perfect As Your Heavenly Father is Perfect (Mt. 5:43-48)

Reading I: 1 Kings 21:17-29
Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 51
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:43-48

1 Kings 21:17-29 is the second part of the Naboth incident. Here, Elijah is sent to confront Ahab of his sin …

The Vineyard of Naboth (1 Kgs. 21:1-16)
Monday, 14 Jun, 2010 – 16:29 | No Comment
The Vineyard of Naboth (1 Kgs. 21:1-16)

Reading I: 1 Kings 21:1-16
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 5
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:38-42

The story is found in a section of 1 Kings about the reign of Ahab1) interspersed with the Elijah cycle of stories (1 Kgs. …

The New Exodus
Monday, 7 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
The New Exodus

Reading I: Isaiah 35:1-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9-10.11-12.13-14
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

 
Isaiah 35:1-10 is an oracle about the New Exodus.  First the desert in jubilation is presented bedecked with trees and flowers. The amazing sight however …

Good Friday: The Servant of Yahweh
Friday, 10 Apr, 2009 – 0:57 | No Comment
Good Friday: The Servant of Yahweh

 
Isaiah 52:13-53:121 is the last of the Servant Songs. In Isaiah 42:1-4, Yahweh presents him as "my servant… my chosen" who will bring justice to the nations. In Isaiah 49:1-6, the servant introduces himself …

The Servant of Yahweh for the Holy Week
Monday, 6 Apr, 2009 – 1:29 | No Comment
The Servant of Yahweh for the Holy Week

The Lenten liturgy for Holy Week proposes for meditation the figure of the Servant of Yahweh, an OT character that appears in Isaiah’s Book of Consolation (Isaiah 40-55).  The relevant passages as defined by …

Wait for the Lord
Friday, 5 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Wait for the Lord

Reading I: Isaiah 29:17-24
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 27:1,13-14
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 9:27-31

Psalm 27 is said to be "Of David" and perhaps was one of the psalms he used to sing for King Saul …

A Strong City Have We
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
A Strong City Have We

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

A city in ruins especially when it has recently fallen is not an edifying site.  The selection from Isaiah …

The Banquet of the Lord
Wednesday, 3 Dec, 2008 – 14:06 | No Comment
The Banquet of the Lord

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

The Messianic banquet is a banquet of life.  Isaiah’s vision of the banquet of the Lord served on the mountain, …

And a Child shall lead them…
Tuesday, 2 Dec, 2008 – 0:00 | One Comment
And a Child shall lead them…

Reading I: Isaiah 11:1-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 72:1-2,17
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:21-24

The vision probably should be dated during the exile or at its beginning.  One of the last things the kingdom of Judah saw before being …

Walk in the Light
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 18:47 | No Comment
Walk in the Light

Reading I: Isaiah 2:1-5
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 122:1-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11

Isaiah’s vision of Yahweh’s mountain becoming the center of the world was probably triggered by a natural scene like the one above:  the sunrise hitting …

Draw From The Waters of Salvation
Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Draw From The Waters of Salvation

Reading I: Ephesians 3:2-12
Resp. Psalm:  Isaiah 12:2-3,4.5-6
Gospel Reading:  Luke 12:39-48

Isaiah 12 is the cry of thanksgiving for the day of the Messiah prophesied in Isaiah 11.  The root of Jesse whose growth will usher …