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(Sunday XXVIII OT — A) The Banquet of the Last Day
Saturday, 8 Oct, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVIII OT — A) The Banquet of the Last Day

The leit-motif of the kingdom-banquet theme is conveyed by the first reading and the gospel. The Isaianic oracle from Isaiah 25:6-10 is a vision of the eschatological banquet that God will host on His holy mountain. That day will see the end of the death (the shroud that covers the peoples … the web woven over all nations), and the age of mourning.

(Sunday XXVII OT — A) The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen
Saturday, 1 Oct, 2011 – 21:50 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVII OT — A) The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

The parable of the wicked husbandmen is the second of a series of judgment parables told by Jesus to groups of Jewish leaders who will have a hand in his death. The theme of judgment is already announced in Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree, the morning that he returns into Jerusalem to confront the elders, the chief priests and the scribes. In Matthew’s version of this episode,

(Sunday XXVI – OT A) Two Sons and Humility
Sunday, 25 Sep, 2011 – 0:36 | No Comment
(Sunday XXVI – OT A) Two Sons and Humility

The Two Sons
The parable of the two sons echoes many instances in the Old Testament that involve competition among siblings. We know of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and the sons of Leah. …

(Sunday XXV OT — A) The First will Be Last
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXV OT — A) The First will Be Last

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Isaiah 55:6-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Reading II: Philippians 1:20-24c. 27
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16a

The Rules Have Changed
With Jesus’ parable of the owner of the vineyard, we are told that with …

(Sunday XXIV OT – A) Forgiveness from the Heart
Saturday, 10 Sep, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXIV OT – A) Forgiveness from the Heart

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Sirach 27:30-28:7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103
Reading II: Romans 14:7-9
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

Sirach and Forgiveness
The Gospels did not grow out of the Old Testament, we know that. Between the …

(Sunday XXIII – OT A) Reconciliation and Restoring Justice
Saturday, 3 Sep, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXIII – OT A) Reconciliation and Restoring Justice

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Ezekiel 33:7-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95
Reading II: Romans 13:8-10
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:15-20

Process of Reconciliation
The Gospel selection from Matthew 18:15-20 is about the restoration of justice in a relationship …

The Following of Christ (XXII Sunday OT — A)
Saturday, 27 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
The Following of Christ (XXII Sunday OT — A)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Jeremiah 20:7-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 63
Reading II:  Romans 12:1-2
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:21-27

Jeremiah’s Plaint
The first reading from Jeremiah 20:7-9 is a plaint uttered during the prophet’s stay in lock-up. …

(Sunday XXI OT — A) The Keys of the Kingdom
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XXI OT — A) The Keys of the Kingdom

The choice of the Old Testament reading was dictated by Jesus’ statement in the gospel selection regarding the "keys of the kingdom" that he gives to Peter, the Rock. The OT background for this emblem is that of the keys of the mayordomo of the king’s palace.

(Sunday XX OT — A) What Great Faith You Have
Saturday, 13 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
(Sunday XX OT — A) What Great Faith You Have

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Isaiah 56:1.6-7
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 67
Reading II: Romans 11:13-15.29-32
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28

The story about the Canaanite woman can be taken in two ways.  In the Catechism it is …

Lord Save Me (XIX OT — A)
Saturday, 6 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Lord Save Me (XIX OT — A)

The Sunday Readings

Reading I:  1 Kings 19:9.11-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 85
Reading II: Romans 9:1-5
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33

The first reading from the Elijah cycle is about the prophet Elijah’s encounter with God …

The Feeding of the Multitude
Sunday, 31 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Feeding of the Multitude

Reading I:  Isaiah 55:1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
Reading II: Romans 8:35.37-39
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

There are a few notable things in today’s gospel reading: Jesus has just heard about the Baptist’s death …

Mary Visits Elizabeth
Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
Mary Visits Elizabeth

The fourth Sunday of Advent Year C gives us the picture of Mary visiting Elizabeth.  The Church is like Mary, bringing Christ to those who await Him.  Below is a mindmap that relates the …

Good Shepherd Sunday
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Good Shepherd Sunday

 
The focus of the liturgy is on the Good Shepherd, the one who by his death and resurrection has become “the Author of life. (Acts 3:15)”. The address of Peter, on the occassion of 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 …

To Wait for the Lord
Monday, 24 Nov, 2008 – 0:22 | No Comment
To Wait for the Lord

Advent Year B usually comes up with a gospel selection that summarizes the three or four last Sundays of the previous liturgical year which highlight the Church’s duty to wait for the Lord by …

Advance List For Four Sundays
Thursday, 18 Sep, 2008 – 22:21 | No Comment
Advance List For Four Sundays

Here is the list of the Sunday Gospel readings from the 25th to the 28th Sundays of Ordinary Time, discussed at the Bible Workshop.

In English

A Banquet and the Proper Dress Code (28th Sunday OT A)
The …

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s
Wednesday, 17 Sep, 2008 – 22:34 | No Comment
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s". Some people take this to mean a separation of powers. The new testament writers however and those who read their works for subsequent generations understood this as a subordination of powers since the Lord himself said to Pilate: "You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above (John 19:11)