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

Archive for September, 2014

October 26, 2014 – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

If you have ever lived in or visited a large city, you probably have had the chance to watch a skyscraper under construction. For the first six months or so of the project, all the workmen do is make a great hole in the ground. To build a tall building by starting far below the surface level seems absurd, even crazy. But, as you would suspect, there is a good reason for the large hole. To build a mammoth building like the Freedom Tower in New York City, it is first necessary to dig down until a strong foundation can be built, one that is capable of supporting the skyscraper.

A dog house needs no foundation, and an ordinary house can be built on little more than a concrete slab. But a skyscraper, that’s different. It requires a deep and solid foundation.

Readings for the Week – October 26, 2014

Monday: Eph 4:32 — 5:8; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 6:12-16
Wednesday: Eph 6:1-9; Ps 145:10-14; Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Eph 6:10-20; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 13:31-35
Friday: Phil 1:1-11; Ps 111:1-6; Lk 14:1-6
Saturday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a
Sunday: Wis 3:1-9; Ps 23:1-6; Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40, or any readings from no. 668 or from Masses for the Dead, nos. 1011-1016


Readings for the Week – October 19, 2014

Monday: Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: Eph 2:12-22; Ps 85:9ab-14; Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Eph 3:14-21; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Eph 4:1-6; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Eph 4:7-16; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 13:1-9
Sunday: Ex 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; 1 Thes 1:5c-10; Mt 22:34-40

October 19, 2014 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

A comedian to his audience: “I joined a health club last year and spent about four hundred bucks. I haven’t lost a pound. Apparently, you have to go there.”

Talk about missing the point! Yet that failure is the dominant fault of the Pharisees throughout St. Matthew’s gospel. Writing as he did for Jewish converts to Christianity, Matthew wanted not only to illustrate that mistake of their former teachers, but also how Christ Jesus is the answer to all their questions.

Many Catholics today are also missing the point in the way they make their moral decisions and they are passing on their error to their children. Here is a segment from the book Still the Best Hope by Dennis Prager, in which he quotes from a column by David Brooks of the New York Times:

Readings for the Week – October 12, 2014

Monday: Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 — 5:1; Ps 113:1b-5a, 6-7; Lk 11:29-32
Tuesday: Gal 5:1-6; Ps 119:41, 43-45, 47-48; Lk 11:37-41
Wednesday: Gal 5:18-25; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 11:42-46
Thursday: Eph 1:1-10; Ps 98:1-6; Lk 11:47-54
Friday: Eph 1:11-14; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13; Lk 12:1-7
Saturday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b; Ps 145:10-13, 17-18; Lk 10:1-9
Sunday: Is 45:1, 4-6; Ps 96:1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thes 1:1-5b; Mt 22:15-21

Readings for the Week – October 5, 2014

Monday: Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-9, 10c; Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1b-3, 13-15; Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Gal 3:1-5; Lk 1:69-75; Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-6; Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Gal 3:22-29; Ps 105:2-7; Lk 11:27-28
Sunday: Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-6; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14 [1-10]

October 12, 2014 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“RSVP.” Four little letters found at the bottom of most invitations, capturing the ever polite words of the French “Repondez s’il vous plait”, or “Please reply”. Most of us are graciously inclined to do just that, aware as we are that our host needs our response to prepare properly for the event. Not to reply is more than a breach of etiquette. It is actually uncharitable toward the host, who thought enough of you to include you.

Such courtesies like an invitation reply are fading from the scene. And if the behavior of at least some (underline “some”) among the younger generation is to be reckoned, we are becoming a rude people. Witness how a beachside music concert open to young people last August was ruined by youngsters overdosing on drugs and trashing the venue. This prompted the mayor of the town to declare afterward “Never again!”

October 5, 2014 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Opportunity is famous for only knocking once. The optimist in us dreams of answering the door. That’s why we buy our lottery and raffle tickets, hoping for the best. Then we fashion our dreams of what we’ll do with our winnings. Of course, the pessimists among us will just keep complaining about the noise when opportunity knocks. Are they the real “losers?” Yes, in at least two senses of that word.

Those poor “chief priests and elders of the people”, ever displaying their stubborn ways, which Jesus addresses today with another parable, wind up being the perennial “losers” in multiple senses of that word. Jesus personifies golden opportunity for them, repeatedly knocking at their doors. Opportunity to change their ways; to be open to new ideas; ultimately to believe in Him. But they don’t even hear the knocking much less have any desire to answer the door.