E-mail: email@jppc.net | Phone: 800.333.3166

Archive for August, 2014

Readings for the Week – September 28, 2014

Monday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
Tuesday: Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Ps 88:2-8; Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Jb 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-15; Lk 9:57-62
Thursday: Jb 19:21-27; Ps 27:7-9abc, 13-14; Mt 18:1-5, 10
Friday: Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14ab; Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130; Lk 10:17-24
Sunday: Is 5:1-7; Ps 80:9, 12-16, 19-20; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43

Readings for the Week – September 21, 2014

Monday: Prv 3:27-34; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday: Prv 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44; Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday: Prv 30:5-9; Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163; Lk 9:1-6
Thursday: Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17bc; Lk 9:7-9
Friday: Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1b, 2abc, 3-4; Lk 9:18-22
Saturday: Eccl 11:9 — 12:8; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17; Lk 9:43b-45
Sunday: Ez 18:25-28; Ps 25:4-9; Phil 2:1-11 [1-5]; Mt 21:28-32

Readings for the Week – September 14, 2014

Monday: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Ps 40:7-10, 17 or Ps 31:2-6, 15-16, 20; Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35
Tuesday: 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-5; Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: 1 Cor 12:31 — 13:13; Ps 33:2-5, 12, 22; Lk 7:31-35
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28; Lk 7:36-50
Friday: 1 Cor 15:12-20; Ps 17:1bcd, 6-8b, 15; Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Ps 56:10c-14; Lk 8:4-15
Sunday: Is 55:6-9; Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Mt 20:1-16a

Readings for the Week – September 7, 2014

Monday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:6; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 [18-23].
Tuesday: 1 Cor 6:1-11; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Ps 45:11-12, 14-17; Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13; Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 23-24; Lk 6:27-38
Friday: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Ps 84:3-6, 12; Lk 6:39-42
Saturday: 1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18; Lk 6:43-49
Sunday: Nm 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1-2, 34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17

September 28, 2014 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

I realized it was a new world some years ago when my freshly ordained young associate, who had no hesitation correcting his elders, expressed mild shock at my use of the word “oriental” to describe an acquaintance. The young reverend was chagrined at my failure to use the phrase “Asian American” in that instance. For a kid like me who happily grew up playing “Cowboys and Indians,” this was news. To learn so late in life that I had actually been playing “Cowboys and Native Americans” was a revelation of sorts. And, to be honest, an annoyance.

Of course we know now that there is a whole lexicon of politically correct terms for nouns and adjectives that were once usable but are now deemed offensive. Perhaps we need a new dictionary. Certainly I respect the feelings of the people who have been long suffering with certain biased labels applied to them. But many of the solutions are inelegant. Do we need to remember all of a sudden that our old friend “Shorty” is really “vertically challenged?”

September 21, 2014 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

I’m thinking about a box. It could be big enough for a refrigerator, or small enough for a ring. But in one case at least, the size of the box doesn’t matter. The “box” represents our preconceived ideas. We all have them. Images, insights and incidentals that we have held true for a long time and now constitute the norm.

“Thinking outside the box” is a good metaphor. But the problem is in the application. For the creative types among us, that is good. For everybody else, an unwelcome challenge.

The parable Jesus presents in today’s Gospel passage is a case in point. Most of us, with our modern understanding of labor laws just cannot understand why those hired last get the same pay as those hired first.

September 14, 2014 – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Robert Ripley, who died in 1949, was an American newspaper cartoonist whose penchant for collecting odd facts and artifacts from around the world led him to create a regular feature for syndication called “Believe It or Not.” There is even a quirky museum of his collection, aptly called “The Odditorium”, among the boardwalk attractions in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Taking a cue from Ripley’s tag line, I believe that had Christ come to earth closer to our time, He might have created a “believe it or not” situation for sure in one very obvious way. Believe it or not, our churches might now be decorated with electric chair reproductions of all kinds instead of crucifixes and crosses. Imagine! There would be no crucifixes inside churches, and no crosses atop church steeples. No gold crosses on necklaces. Instead we would most likely have depictions of an electric chair. Why? Because the electric chair we have now is the means of execution for criminals. Jesus died on the ancient means of capital punishment, namely crucifixion.

September 7, 2014 – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Human relationships can be as mysterious as those black holes in space, or as obvious as a tomato on your backyard vine. We suffer through the learning process on these during adolescence and hopefully with the onset of adulthood comes the wisdom to handle them. Of course, the glory of relationships comes when real love comes along. With that one special person, what begins with friendship ends with solid, lifelong marital love. Couples keep their old friends, but now there is a new “Numero uno.” My point here is to emphasize that a love even deeper than the spousal kind belongs to God above even my spouse. For single people that would mean above one’s best friend.