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May 31, 2015 – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

This past March I had the honor of baptizing my second great nephew, one Benjamin Anthony. One of the great thrills we priests have is to do such things in and for our families. In a happy coincidence, the parents are now members of the parish from which I retired as pastor. So it was memories galore surrounding the event. But as I poured the water on that tiny forehead the present moment was the supreme one. As I did so, I repeated the words of Our Lord recorded in today’s Gospel. They comprise what has since become known as “the Great Commission.”

Those familiar words we all say as we make the sign of the cross were originally Our Lord’s parting words to the Eleven Apostles, and constituted His marching orders, so to speak. What deep mystery is wrapped in Jesus’ use of the singular word “name” applied to three Persons with different names!

Whatever temptation enters a preacher’s mind to explain the Trinity is risky, because it is inexplicable. Analogies have been made, such as St. Patrick’s shamrock, and the modern use of H2O, which remains in the liquid, ice and vapor form. We remain incapable of grasping the inner nature of our Creator, so far beyond our experience as creatures.

May 24, 2015 – Pentecost Sunday

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

For car aficionados “of a certain age” like me, a former custom of the auto companies is fondly remembered and missed. In those bygone days, the various companies would debut their new models for the year each September. In the weeks prior, “teaser” ads would appear in magazines, newspapers and showroom windows featuring the gleaming parts of the cars to come, while the bulk of the car would be draped until a pre-chosen date. Only then could we “Ooh” and “Ahh” the whole car, usually the top-of-the-line edition, as the company hoped for a rush to their dealerships for a buying frenzy. Nowadays, new models come out at any time, and despite the usual fanfare, that once-a-year excitement is long gone.

I thought of those memories as I contemplated the once a year celebration of the awesome coming of the Holy Spirit that first Pentecost. An “unveiling” of sorts with sound and fury with tongues of fire. With all of that came those wonderful gifts of the Spirit given to that early community, and now to us, the present day community of the Church. Those gifts are readily available with no cost to us but gratitude. Each of us is gifted in some way. Just like those various car models of old, our gifts differ one from the other. Together they make the Church better than it would be without them.

Readings for the Week – May 31, 2015

Monday: Tb 1:3; 2:1b-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3b-6; Mk 12:1-12
Tuesday: Tb 2:9-14; Ps 112:1-2, 7-9; Mk 12:13-17
Wednesday: Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a; Ps 25:2-5ab, 6-7bc, 8-9;Mk 12:18-27
Thursday: Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a; Ps 128:1-5; Mk 12:28-34
Friday: Tb 11:5-17; Ps 146:1b-2, 6c-10; Mk 12:35-37
Saturday: Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20; Tb 13:2, 6efgh-8; Mk 12:38-44
Sunday: Ex 24:3-8; Ps 116:12-13, 15-18; Heb 9:11-15; Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

Readings for the Week – May 24, 2015

Monday: Sir 17:20-24; Ps 32:1-2, 5-7; Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday: Sir 35:1-12; Ps 50:5-8, 14, 23; Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday: Sir 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13;Mk 10:32-45
Thursday: Sir 42:15-25; Ps 33:2-9; Mk 10:46-52
Friday: Sir 44:1, 9-13; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Mk 11:11-26
Saturday: Sir 51:12cd-20; Ps 19:8-11; Mk 11:27-33
Sunday: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40; Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20

Readings for the Week – May 17, 2015

Monday: Acts 19:1-8; Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab; Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27; Ps 68:10-11, 20-21; Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:29-30, 33-36ab; Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11; Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab; Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11:4, 5, 7; Jn 21:20-25
Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5; Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30; Rom 8:22-27; Jn 7:37-39
Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15

May 17, 2015 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“The Magnetic Christian” is the intriguing title of a little book by Gus Lloyd, a popular Catholic evangelist and radio host. His show is broadcast weekday mornings on the Catholic channel of Sirius XM. When I got my new car last September, it came with a trial subscription to satellite radio. I fully intended to cancel when the grace period ended, but the Catholic channel is the one reason I kept it. I listen to it on my trips down and back to the parish every time I’m on the schedule.

I’m not in the business of selling either the book or the channel, but I bought the book because I believe deeply in the truth that personal contact is the best way to attract people to our faith and the Church, and that only a so described “magnetic” Christian can do the trick.

In his little book, Gus describes eleven characteristics that qualify a person as “magnetic.” Here I will concentrate on the first quality he lists, which he calls “positivity.” I believe negativity is one of the chief tools used by that “evil one” Jesus prays about today, trusting the Father to keep the devil away from His Apostles, especially as they go about their missionary work.

Readings for the Week – May 10, 2015

Monday: Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Jn 15:26 — 16:4a
Tuesday: Acts 16:22-34; Ps 138:1-3, 7c-8; Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22 — 18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 [1-7, 11-13]; Mk 16:15-20 (for Ascension); otherwise Acts 1:15-27, 20-26; Ps 113:1-8;  Jn 15:9-17
Friday: Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47:2-7; Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-10; Jn 16:23b-28
Sunday: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20; 1 Jn 4:11-16; Jn 17:11b-19; or,for Ascension, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Eph 1:17- 23 or Eph 4:1-13 [1-7, 11-13]; Mk 16:15-20

Readings for the Week – May 3, 2015

Monday: Acts 14:5-18; Ps 115:1-4, 15-16; Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13ab, 21; Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3, 10; Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-10, 12; Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1b-3, 5; Jn 15:18-21
Sunday: Acts 10:25-36, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98:1-4; 1 Jn 4:7-10 or 1 Jn 4:11-16; Jn 15:9-17 or Jn 17:11b-19