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August 31, 2014 – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The Infant in the Christmas crib is proof positive in winter time that divinity is often where you least expect to find it. I propose, on this late summer Sunday, that even the weather, at least in our mid-Atlantic region, is another locus of the divine in giving us a symbol of the pattern of Christian living.

Consider how we experience a few days, or even a week or more, of hot, sticky and generally unpleasant weather that makes outdoor activity a matter of sweat and strain. Then come violent thunderstorms that rattle our nests and our nerves for awhile, which then usher in a period of beautiful sunlit days free of humidity and full of gentle breezes.

August 24, 2014 – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The records of great people in history often include memorable speeches they gave. We recall these pivotal moments and they are etched in our memories. Just think of George Washington’s inaugural address, or Lincoln’s poignant words at Gettysburg. General George Patton’s speech to the troops as depicted in the movie or General Douglas McArthur’s farewell description of what happens to old soldiers. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream”. John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you.”

August 17, 2014 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“Stay within the margins” was a long ago instruction I remember hearing many years ago as a grade school essayist struggling to get my composition correctly presented to my English teacher. Nowadays, even with the electronic ease of the word processor, we who write remember that presentability to the reader requires us to “stay in the margins.”

Now as adults who remember those days, we know that in living life in America right now, there is something sinister about another kind of margin. It’s not on any paper. It feeds on prejudice and it is powerful enough to separate people from each another.

Readings for the Week – August 31, 2014

Monday: 1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97-102; Lk 4:16-30, or, for Labor Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Blessings of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911
Tuesday: 1 Cor 2:10b-16; Ps 145:8-14; Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: 1 Cor 3:1-9; Ps 33:12-15, 20-21; Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: 1 Cor 3:18-23; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 5:1-11
Friday: 1 Cor 4:1-5; Ps 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40; Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: 1 Cor 4:6b-15; Ps 145:17-21; Lk 6:1-5
Sunday: Ez 33:7-9; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20

Readings for the Week – August 24, 2014

Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12; Ps 96:1-5; Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10-13; Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18; Ps 124:1-2, 4-5; Mt 23:27-32
Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9; Ps 145:2-7; Mt 24:42-51
Friday: 1 Cor 1:17-25; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11; Mk 6:17-29
Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31; Ps 33:12-13, 18-21; Mt 25:14-30
Sunday: Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27

Readings for the Week – August 17, 2014

Monday: Ez 24:15-24; Dt 32:18-21; Mt 19:16-22
Tuesday: Ez 28:1-10; Dt 32:26-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ez 34:1-11; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Ez 36:23-28; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19; Mt 22:1-14
Friday: Ez 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-9; Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Ez 43:1-7a; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 23:1-12
Sunday: Is 22:19-23; Ps 138:1-3, 6, 8; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20

Readings for the Week – August 10, 2014

Monday: Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday: Ez 2:8 — 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday: Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22; Ps 113:1-6; Mt 18:15-20
Thursday: Ez 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-59, 61-62: Mt 18:21 — 19:1
Friday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2; Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14; 1 Cor 15:54b-57; Lk 11:27-28
Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10-12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
Saturday: Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19; Mt 19:13-15
Sunday: Is 56:1, 6-7; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28

August 10, 2014 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

For a variety of reasons, I never learned to swim. So I’ll join you on your sailboat only if you have good life preservers. With a mental log of white shark stories and the weatherman’s annual warnings about riptides, you won’t see me outside the shallow end of the sea or even a backyard pool.

Undoubtedly, swimming was quite natural for Peter the fisherman. But he knew quite well that nobody can walk on H2O even if he never knew that scientific term to describe water. When he saw Jesus doing exactly that in the dim light of the pre-dawn, his jaw must have dropped. But, at Jesus’ invitation, Peter became the second person in history to walk on water. But when Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he noticed the wind; got scared; and started to sink.

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