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Readings for the Week – January 25, 2015

Monday: 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5; Ps 96:1-3, 7-8a, 10; Mk 3:22-30
Tuesday: Heb 10:1-10; Ps 40:2, 4ab, 7-8a, 10, 11; Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday: Heb 10:11-18; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 4:1-20
Thursday: Heb 10:19-25; Ps 24:1-6; Mk 4:21-25
Friday: Heb 10:32-39; Ps 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40; Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 1:69-75; Mk 4:35-41
Sunday: Dt 18:15-20; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk1:21-28

Readings for the Week – January 18, 2015

Monday: Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday: Heb 6:10-20; Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10c; Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 3:1-6
Thursday: Heb 7:25 — 8:6; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Mk 3:7-12, or any of a number of readings for the Day of Prayer
Friday: Heb 8:6-13; Ps 85:8, 10-14; Mk 3:13-19
Saturday: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Mk 3:20-21
Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20

Readings for the Week – January 11, 2015

Monday: Heb 1:1-6; Ps 97:1, 2b, 6, 7c, 9; Mk 1:14-20
Tuesday: Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab, 5, 6-9; Mk 1:21-28
Wednesday: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-4, 6-9; Mk 1:29-39
Thursday: Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95:6-11; Mk 1:40-45
Friday: Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78:3, 4bc, 6c-8; Mk 2:1-12
Saturday: Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 2:13-17
Sunday: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; Jn 1:35-42

January 25, 2015 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

I recently read the newly-published book “Ear to the Heart”, in which the former movie star Dolores Hart tells her fascinating story of her call to a Benedictine monastery of cloistered nuns. Despite the strong opposition of her mother, and the stunned surprise of fellow stars like Elvis Presley and Cary Grant, Dolores was undeterred in answering the gentle but urgent tug of God’s call. The book makes for good reading.

That power of God’s call is exemplified in the Scriptures for today as we read of Jonah’s call to conversion of a whole city, and then the more intimate invitation Jesus gives to two sets of brothers. There is a sweet magnetism that radiated from Jesus then, and still does now, to make a positive answer easier to give Him than that to any lesser attraction.

January 18, 2015 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

An unspoken question comes at us “24/7” these days, because advertisers never sleep. With the help of cable TV and the internet, they are always selling. Their pitches amount to slickly produced answers to a question asked outright centuries ago by no less a person than Jesus. That is “What are you looking for?” The ads promise eternal youth through cosmetics; perennial good health through pills, potions; and a figurative soft ride through life with wise investments or literally with expensive cars. No matter the pitch or the product, the unspoken question remains: “What are you looking for?”

Of course, when Jesus asked it of Andrew and his unnamed friend, He meant far more than an earthbound search. We could expound on His words as meaning what are you looking for in life? What motivates you to get up in the morning? What is your ultimate interest? What are your goals?

January 11, 2015 – The Baptism of the Lord

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

A wise older priest I served with many years ago would often reply “That’s a ‘why question.’” whenever I asked about some questionable human behavior. The implication was that my question could not be easily answered, if at all, because of the mystery latent within the behavior.

As we close out the Christmas season, and come today to our annual celebration of the Lord’s baptism, one of those persistent “why questions” arises, namely, “Why would Jesus Our Lord, the sinless Son of God, need baptism?

St. Mark is no help. He skillfully bypasses the question, and puts his focus mainly on Jesus’ identity. In his gospel, written later, St. Matthew knew that the question embarrassed the early Church, precisely because of the belief that baptism takes away sin.