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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,

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew
Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus’ contemporaries were …

(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 Parable of the Talents
Saturday, 27 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Parable of the Talents

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the talents can be found in Matthew alone. It is so popular that even the word for "talent" …

Stay Awake
Thursday, 25 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Stay Awake

The gospel selection is something that we Catholics are familiar with; we often read it during the time of Advent. When we read it in Ordinary Time, we are reminded that being awake is one of the characteristics of Christian life. We stay awake because we are not children of the darkness. We stay awake because the moment of our salvation is nearer now to us than before.

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.

Readings for August 22-27 2011
Sunday, 21 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Readings for August 22-27 2011

For this week the 21st Week of Ordinary Time Year 1, our lectio cursiva will continue with Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. The Gospel readings from Matthew begins with Jesus’ denunciation of the scribes and Pharisees (Monday and Tuesday), the parable of the wise and faithful steward (Thursday), the parable of the ten virgins (Friday) and the parable of the talents (Saturday).

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 …

Readings for August 15-20, 2011
Sunday, 14 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Readings for August 15-20, 2011

Except for the celebration of the solemnity of the Assumption which falls this year on Monday, we have a more or less continuous reading of the lectionary of Ordinary Time. During the week, we …

(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 …

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 …

St. Claire of Assisi
Thursday, 11 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Claire of Assisi

The Old Testament reading shows the Israelites crossing the Jordan River led by the Ark of the Covenant and its designated bearers, the Levites. Joshua, the servant of Moses, now becomes the leader of the Israelites as they begin the conquest of the Promised Land.

Lawrence the Deacon
Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Lawrence the Deacon

Today is the Memorial of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. The readings for this day are the same from year to year. Read this article from 2009 about the readings of the day.
If the feast …

Like Little Children
Tuesday, 9 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
Like Little Children

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Deuteronomy 31:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 18:1-5.10.12-14

In the first reading, Moses begins to bid farewell to the Israelites.  He reiterates the duty to put all the nations …

Readings from August 8-13, 2011
Sunday, 7 Aug, 2011 – 22:00 | No Comment
Readings from August 8-13, 2011

This week’s lectio cursiva will be broken up by the celebration of the feast of St. Lawrence the Deacon. The Old Testament selections will be taken from the moment Moses makes the ark of …

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 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 …

Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori
Monday, 1 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori

Today is the memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), the founder of the Redemptorists. Benedict XVI gave a catechism on him. About Alphonsus Liguori being a Doctor of the Church, the Pope says:
This title was …

Readings from August 1-6, 2011
Sunday, 31 Jul, 2011 – 19:00 | One Comment
Readings from August 1-6, 2011

There is an adjustment in the Gospel readings for this week. Because the account of Jesus feeding the multitudes is read on the XVIII Sunday, the Monday and Tuesday following have alternative Gospel readings. Since the XVIII Monday normally has the account of the feeding of the multitudes, this year, the alternative is recommended: Jesus walking on the waters (Mt. 14:22-36).

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 …

The Anti-God Family
Saturday, 30 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Anti-God Family

Reading I:  Leviticus 25:1,8-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:1-12

From the Compendium of Social Doctrines, 25
The precepts of the sabbatical and jubilee years constitute a kind of social doctrine in miniature[Cf. …

Feast of St. Martha
Friday, 29 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Feast of St. Martha

Reading I:  Leviticus 23:1,34b-37
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 81
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:54-58

St. Martha on the Web

WikiPedia: St. Martha
Biography of St. Martha
Catholic Saints: St. Martha
Glossary of Christianity: St. Martha, Sister of …

The Fishes in the Net
Thursday, 28 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Fishes in the Net

At this point, however, in order to avoid that men should depend solely in the preaching of the gospel and believe that faith is enough for salvation, the Lord adds another parable that is horrific. Which parable? The parable of the net.

The Treasure and the Pearl
Wednesday, 27 Jul, 2011 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Treasure and the Pearl

Reading I:  Exodus 34:29-35
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 99
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:44-46

Irenaeus on the Treasure in the Field
He, Christ, is the treasure hidden in the field, that is, in the world, since the field is the world …