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Readings for the Week – January 4, 2015

Monday: 1 Jn 3:22 — 4:6; Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a; Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Ps 72:1-4, 7-8; Mk 6:34-44
Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13; Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19 — 5:4; Ps 72: 1-2, 14, 15bc, 17; Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; Lk 5:12-16
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Ps 149:1-6a, 9b; Jn 3:22-30
Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 55:1-11; Ps 29:1-4, 3, 9-10 or Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Acts 10:34-38 or 1 Jn 5:1-9; Mk 1:7-11

Readings for the Week – December 28, 2014

Monday: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-3, 5b-6; Lk 2:22-35
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-10; Lk 2:36-40
Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18
Thursday: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21
Friday: 1 Jn 2:22-28; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 1:19-28
Saturday: 1 Jn 2:29 — 3:6; Ps 98:1, 3cd-6; Jn 1:29-34
Sunday: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

Readings for the Week – December 21, 2014

Monday: 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lk 1:46-56
Tuesday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-34; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-10, 14; Lk 1:57-66
Wednesday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Lk 1:67-79
Thursday: Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt 1:1-25 (18-25)
Night: Is 9:1-6; Ps 96:1-3, 11-13; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20
Day: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 (1-5, 9-14)
Friday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Ps 31:3cd-4, 6, 8ab, 16bc, 17; Mt 10:17-22
Saturday: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3; Ps 128:1-5 or Ps 105:1-6, 8-9; Col 3:12-21 [12-17] or Hb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Lk 2:22-40 [22, 39-40]

January 4, 2015 – The Epiphany of the Lord

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

I have never heard of a youngster who complained about his/her visit to Disney World. Maybe there is that rare negative reaction out there among a few kids, but only the parents know for sure. And those parents might be the type that complain about the ticket prices to that world famous amusement park that centers on fulfilling dreams.

In the ancient world of Bible times, the oppressed Jewish people had a collective dream that awaited fulfillment, and they were practiced in patience because it never seemed to come true. It was a hope and desire to overthrow their oppressors. In the latest case, that was the hated Roman Empire. Their battle was to be led by a figure they called “the Messiah”, a glorious military-minded king who would come from among them blessed with genius and gallantry, hell bent on total victory. He would end his people’s captivity and restore their past glory.

December 28, 2014 – Feast of the Holy Family

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

People who live on either U.S. Coast know all about boardwalk fortune tellers. Other people may know them in a variety of other locales. These purveyors of dubious dollops of destiny claim to know your future, and for a fee they’ll tell you. I believe they profit from our naivete, or that wish we all have from time to time to know at least a little of what’s ahead for us.

None of that exists in the pure, God-centered hearts of Mary and Joseph, as they humbly obey the Hebrew law and present their son to the Lord at the Jerusalem temple. Indeed, they have both learned something of their futures from the only qualified Source, as the Lord spoke to them through his angelic messengers.

How startled they must have been when old Simeon gently took the Child in his aged arms and then praised God for letting him see the Savior. After praying his famous “Nun Dimittis” (“Now you may let me go.”) he goes on to make some powerful predictions about both the Child and His Mother. About Jesus: a sign to be contradicted. About Mary: a sword wound to be repeated.

December 21, 2014 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

There comes a time in life when visits to the doctor become if not imperative, then at least more important than ever. I know I’m “there.” This makes me recall a wisecrack my late Dad once made in which he declared that he “was glad he retired so that he could make all his doctor appointments!” Now it’s my turn to do what my parents once did for me: be my own advocate with the medical people, and ask as many pertinent questions as I can conjure.

St. Luke, who along with Matthew gives us the Christmas story, was a doctor. Born in Syria, and fluent in Greek, he gives us the beautiful account from Mary’s perspective, fueling speculation that he could have been Our Lady’s doctor.

We expect our doctors to be current and competent, caring and careful in their diagnosis, frank and fearless in their answers to our queries. We patients hang on their every word, and we often have to brace ourselves for what they’ll say.

Readings for the Week – December 14, 2014

Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc-9; Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23; Mt 21:28-32
Wednesday: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17
Thursday: Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:18-25
Friday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25
Saturday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 1:26-38
Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

December 14, 2014 – Third Sunday of Advent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

There is no Nobel Prize for humility. Yet this virtue, elusive as it may be to define at times, is the bedrock for all other virtues and the very bedrock of the spiritual life which ennobles all human accomplishments. If its practice were ever to equal that of lesser endeavors, the world would definitely change for the better. Quite simply, and with full accuracy, humility is truth.

Each Advent, as prelude to the Christmas story, we meet St. John the Baptist in the Liturgy. His life was hardly a soft one, and in his public ministry he is seen being questioned, or accused, or being consigned by the luminaries of his day to the ranks of a threat. They ignore his self-description as a lone voice or an unworthy sandal valet. Puffed up with their own importance, they refuse to take his message seriously, and will carry over that refusal to hear the One who comes after John.