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Archive for October, 2014

November 30, 2014 – First Sunday of Advent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

This short season of Advent conjures up for me the image of a toddler trying to get somebody’s attention in a roomful of blaring music and loudly taking adults. No easy task.

The din I refer to is all the shopping, decorating, cooking and partying associated with this pre-Christmas season in the world. Not all of that is bad and I don’t intend a blanket condemnation. Some of it brightens our dark early winter world with the smiles of family and friends. But none of that is in keeping with Advent theme of watchful waiting, and pondering Christ’s second coming.

So, we have to make a decision and mentally pull away from some of that “red and green”, and think “purple” in our Masses and prayers. Honestly, all those other things are just tinsel, destined for a short attention span.

November 23, 2014 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Without belittling other technology companies, I must salute the Apple organization for their ingenuity in making the use of complicated technology simple enough for the likes of me. As one who was once cowed in fear by my first cell phone, insanely hoping all the while that it wouldn’t ring, I can appreciate the confidence I have now because of the ease that came with my iPhone. Simplicity always trumps the complicated, does it not?

How true that is in the realm of faith practice for Christians! Jesus always made it simple. We His followers have had this knack all through our history of making the matter complicated. Usually that comes about whenever we try to accommodate ourselves to the world. Of course, that hinders Christ’s plan. But He humbly respects our free will, and wants no forced love from us.

Readings for the Week – November 23, 2014

Monday: Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday: Rv 14:14-19; Ps 96:10-13; Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4; Ps 98:1-3ab, 7-9; Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 21:20-28 – Thanksgiving Day (suggested): Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145:2-11; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Lk 17:11-19
Friday: Rv 20:1-4, 11 — 21:2; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a; Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rv 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-7ab; Lk 21:34-36
Sunday: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37


November 16, 2014 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The ratings prove that TV viewers like watching shows like “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent.” For me and others “of a certain age” who can recall TV’s pioneer days, there was once a weekly program that could count as great grandfather to these modern offerings. It was known as “Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour.” I smile as I recall the avuncular host Ted Mack interviewing the guest talents as if it were yesterday. One person came on the show and announced to Mr. Mack that he played the handsaw. “Really?” asked the host. Then we would all watch and listen as the man used a violin bow to produce a pleasant if not haunting sound from his saw. That early TV show not only showcased people’s talents, but exemplifies the innocence of a bygone era in entertainment that I wish we could bring back.

Returning to this matter of talent, we have to remember and celebrate the fact that God in His love has given each and every one of us an ability or aptitude that no one else has. Jesus reminds us today that God expects us to use that special something to benefit others. All of us are traveling on this relatively little blue ball floating in the universe amid the stars enroute to a heaven beyond our powers of imagination. Each individual is charged with making the journey better for the rest of us.

Readings for the Week – November 16, 2014

Monday: Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: Rv 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 19:1-10, or, (for the memorial of the Dedication) Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 14:22-33
Wednesday: Rv 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-6; Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: Rv 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 19:41-44
Friday: Rv 10:8-11; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Lk 19:45-48
Saturday: Rv 11:4-12; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 20:27-40
Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-3, 5-6; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46

Readings for the Week – November 9, 2014

Monday: Ti 1:1-9; Ps 24:1b-4ab, 5-6; Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14; Ps 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29; Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Ti 3:1-7; Ps 23:1b-6; Lk 17:11-19
Thursday: Phlm 7-20; Ps 146:7-10; Lk 17:20-25
Friday: 2 Jn 4-9; Ps 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18; Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: 3 Jn 5-8; Ps 112:1-6; Lk 18:1-8
Sunday: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-5; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30 [14-15, 19-21]

November 9, 2014 – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The calendar has done it again. Just as with last weekend, the 2014 calendar brings to a Sunday a feast usually lost to most hard-working Christians by occurring on a weekday. It is called the “Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.” So, in modern parlance, “What’s the deal here?”

If you were to go to the Eternal City you could visit this church, one of the four so-called “major basilicas” of Rome, and not know its significance. Some background is necessary. The basilica sits on land donated to the infant Church by the wealthy Lateran family way back in the fourth century. Such a donation was only recently possible, as the Church had just been relieved of official state persecution only a few years by decree of the newly-converted emperor Constantine, who issued his edict in 313 AD. Eleven years later, on November 9, 324 A.D., Pope St. Sylvester I dedicated the brand new building. Ever since, this Church has been honored as the locale of the pope’s official “seat” (cathedral) as the Bishop of Rome. (It is a mistake to think this of St. Peter’s basilica.)

Readings for the Week – November 2, 2014

Monday: Phil 2:1-4; Ps 131:1bcde-3; Lk 14:12-14
Tuesday: Phil 2:5-11; Ps 22:26b-32; Lk 14:15-24
Wednesday: Phil 2:12-18; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Lk 14:25-33
Thursday: Phil 3:3-8a; Ps 105:2-7; Lk 15:1-10
Friday: Phil 3:17 — 4:1; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 16:1-8
Saturday: Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a, 9; Lk 16:9-15
Sunday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17; Jn 2:13-22