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July 27, 2014 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Nobody likes a wiseguy. Good people in every society would agree to that. The very definition of the word tells us why. Namely, “a conceited and often insolent person; a smart aleck.”

That’s one reason why it is instructive for us to watch how Jesus handles such people. When a wise guy in the crowd asks Jesus whether or not it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, He avoids the trap beautifully with His famous answer. Or when the Pharisees accuse Him of not knowing “who and what kind of woman this is” who washed His feet. (Did you ever wonder how they knew she was a prostitute?)

July 20, 2014 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Once upon a time I assigned what I admit was a daunting if not unfairly burdensome task to my biblically challenged students. It was to compose their own parable about how God deals with us. There was to be no direct reference to any of Our Lord’s parables. (If you think that would be easy, try it sometime!)

What they handed back was just as I expected. Some were more clever than others, but all of their creations were modern settings of the parables of Jesus. These stories of Jesus, despite what may be our familiarity with them, are indeed masterful. I even see them as at least indirect proof of Our Lord’s divinity, because we see in them the divine mind working. Here Jesus presents to His largely illiterate audience powerful insights about God’s ways and means in settings and language they would readily understand. Their subject matter is “the kingdom of God”, not a geographical realm for sure, but a world of ideals set by our Creator that they might never tumble to on their own.

Readings for the Week – July 27, 2014

Monday: Jer 13:1-11; Dt 32:18-21; Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday: Jer 14:17-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Jer 15:10, 16-21; Ps 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18; Mt 13:44-46
Thursday: Jer 18:1-6; Ps 146:1b-6ab; Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Jer 26:1-9; Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14; Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Jer 26:11-16, 24; Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34; Mt 14:1-12
Sunday: Is 55:1-3; Ps 145:8-9, 15-18; Rom 8:35, 37-39; Mt 14:13-21

Readings for the Week – July 20, 2014

Monday: Mi 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-8; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Wednesday: Jer 1:1, 4-10; Ps 71:1-4a, 5-6ab, 15, 17; Mt 13:1-9
Thursday: Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 26:6-7ab, 8-11; Mt 13:10-17
Friday: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Saturday: Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:24-30
Sunday: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130; Rom 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-52 [44-46]

July 13, 2014 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Many years ago, long before the coming of the iPod, a representative of the Bose Company, noted makers of fine quality sound equipment, came to the high school where I taught to conduct an assembly for the students. Having set up a bank of speakers on the auditorium stage, he cleverly manipulated the sound of his voice, and a variety of other sounds, as well as music, which he made more exciting by using his firm’s top of the line speakers. I remember that it was fun even for the teachers.

July 6, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The tiny episodes of modern life can be conducive to reflection. Case in point: some banter of mine with the cashier at the New Jersey gardening store who politely subtotaled my bill as a few cents shy of twenty dollars on the little customer view-screen. But by the time I got to my wallet, she announced that my twenty dollar bill would not cover it. What happened? A pesky seventy cent sales tax emerged as the culprit. (Such a nuisance on big ticket items launches many a trip to neighboring Delaware!) As I joked with the pleasant lady cashier about “coins for the governor,” she made sure I knew it was not her fault, because, as she put it, “I’m only a little peon.”

Readings for the Week – July 13, 2014

Monday: Is 1:10-17; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 10:34 — 11:1
Tuesday: Is 7:1-9; Ps 48:2-8; Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16; Ps 94:5-10, 14-15; Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Ps 102:13-14ab, 15-21; Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Is 38:10-12abcd, 16; Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Mi 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-4, 7-8, 14; Mt 12:14-21
Sunday: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43 [24-30]

Readings for the Week – July 6, 2014

Monday: Hos 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22; Ps 145:2-9; Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Hos 8:4-7, 11-13; Ps 115:3-10; Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Ps 105:2-7; Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Hos 11:1-4, 8c-9; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16; Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17; Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Is 6:1-8; Ps 93:1-2, 5; Mt 10:24-33
Sunday: Is 55:10-11; Ps 65:10-14; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23 [1-9]