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Archive for May, 2014

Readings for the Week – June 29, 2014

Monday: Am 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50:16bc-23; Mt 8:18-22
Tuesday: Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12; Ps 5:4b-8; Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday: Am 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:8-13, 16bc-17; Mt 8:28-34
Thursday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Jn 20:24-29
Friday: Am 8:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119: 10, 20, 30, 40, 131; Mt 9:9-13 or, for Independence Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Country,” nos. 882-886, or “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891
Saturday: Am 9:11-15; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 9:14-17
Sunday: Zec 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30

Readings for the Week – June 22, 2014

Monday: 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Ps 60:3-5, 12-13; Mt 7:1-5
Tuesday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10; Ps 71:1-6, 15, 17; 1 Pt 1:8-12; Lk 1:5-17.  Day: Is 49:1-6; Ps 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3; Ps 119:33-37, 40; Mt 7:15-20
Thursday: 2 Kgs 24:8-17; Ps 79:1b-5, 8-9; Mt 7:21-29
Friday: Dt 7:6-11; Ps 103:1-4, 6-8, 10; 1 Jn 4:7-16; Mt 11:25-30
Saturday: Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1b-7, 20-21; Mt 8:15-17 or, for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart, Is 61:9-11; Lk 2:41-51
Sunday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 19:2-5; Gal 1:11-20; Jn 21:15-19.  Day: Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19

Readings for the Week – June 15, 2014

Monday: 1 Kgs 21:1-16; Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-7; Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 21:17-29; Ps 51:3-6ab, 11, 16; Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14; Ps 31:20, 21, 24; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-7; Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Ps 132:11-14, 17-18; Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: 2 Chr 24:17-25; Ps 89:4-5, 29-34; Mt 6:24-34
Sunday: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58

Readings for the Week – June 8, 2014

Monday: 1 Kgs 17:1-6; Ps 121:1bc-8; Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 17:7-16; Ps 4:2-5, 7b-8; Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: 1 Kgs 18:41-46; Ps 65:10-13; Mt 5:20-26
Friday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16; Ps 27:7-9abc, 13-14; Mt 5:27-32
Saturday: 1 Kgs 19:19-21; Ps 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-10; Mt 5:33-37
Sunday: Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9; Dn 3:52-55; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18

June 29, 2014 – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Polls and their result percentages are a fact of twenty-first century life, especially when it comes to presidential election campaigns. The 24/7 news cycle presents their results as if they are a matter of importance to us.

Yours truly has never been polled by a politico, but I have dutifully filled out a few of those online surveys if requested to do so by a helpful employee at one store or another.

June 22, 2014 – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Most American cities and towns have at least one, although cities usually have more. I refer to war memorials. Their purpose to honor people who gave the utmost for our country. As we read their names etched in granite or marble we are inspired. Their beauty and dignity recall the best among us.

But for all their sculpted beauty, these memorials remain cold stone, devoid of living tissue. Sadly, the passage of time erases the personal, emotional connection of the people so honored with the succeeding generations that read their names.

June 15, 2014 – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Most readers of mystery stories would agree that the best of them take unexpected twists and turns as the story unfolds. Just when we think we know “whodunit”, a sudden event happens that surprises us, and off we readers go to a new target among the possible suspects.

When the author wraps up the case, and the killer either heads to jail or suffers a worse fate, we are usually satisfied and close the book cover. (Or we tap the exit button on our e-reader.)
The dogma of the Most Blessed Trinity is not that kind of mystery, for sure. Nor is it presented to us in Sacred Scripture by the Church to imply that our task is to try and solve it.

June 8, 2014 – Pentecost Sunday

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Some sad conversation starters, too frequently heard, include lines such as: “They found a spot on my X-ray.” “The MRI showed a tumor on the side of his brain.” “There was a malignant lump on her breast.” Sadly, we recognize the cause: cancer. It is that much-dreaded invader of the body that often marks its demise, even among the very young.

Yet, for our spiritual reflection, we have to acknowledge a more insidious cancer – one of the soul – that we call “sin.” Sin mars our complexion as we face the Lord our just Judge. It also can ruin our hope, if we let it.

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