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Readings for the Week – July 5, 2015

Monday: Gn 28:10-22a; Ps 91:1-4, 14-15ab; Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Gn 32:23-33; Ps 17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b, 15; Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a; Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19; Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5; Ps 105:16-21; Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Gn 46:1-7, 28-30; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40; Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a; Ps 105:1-4, 6-7; Mt 10:24-33
Sunday: Am 7:12-15; Ps 85:9-14; Eph 1:3-14 [1:3-10]; Mk 6:7-13

Readings for the Week – June 28, 2015

Monday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 19:2-5; Gal 1:11-20; Jn 21:15-19
Day: Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19
Tuesday: Gn 19:15-29; Ps 26:2-3, 9-12; Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday: Gn 21:5, 8-20a; Ps 34:7-8, 10-13; Mt 8:28-34
Thursday: Gn 22:1b-19; Ps 115:1-6, 8-9; Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 117:1bc-2; Jn 20:24-29
Saturday: Gn 27:1-5, 15-29; Ps 135:1b-6; Mt 9:14-17; or, for Independence Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Country or a City,” nos. 882-886, or “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891
Sunday: Ez 2:2-5; Ps 123:1-4; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6a

Readings for the Week – June 21, 2015

Monday: Gn 12:1-9; Ps 33:12-13, 18-20, 22; Mt 7:1-5
Tuesday: Gn 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-4ab, 5; Mt 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10; Ps 71:1-6ab, 15ab, 17; 1 Pt 1:8-12; Lk 1:5-17
Day: Is 49:1-6; Ps 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80
Thursday: Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 [6b-12, 15-16]; Ps 106:1b-5; Mt 7:21-29
Friday: Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22; Ps 128:1-5; Mt 8:1-4
Saturday: Gn 18:1-15; Lk 1:46-50, 53-55; Mt 8:5-17
Sunday: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mk 5:21-43 [5:21-24, 35b-43]

July 5, 2015 – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Historians tell us that the first Fourth of July almost didn’t happen. That is, as the date of our nation’s declaration of independence from England. As much as we like Prince William and Kate, and many of us are enthralled by their children, I don’t believe we’d prefer to sing “God save the Queen” over our national anthem at a ball game. That unhappy possibility was very real in 1776. Disagreements among the members of Congress often became as heated as the Philadelphia summer weather. Some members walked out of meetings. The famous Declaration underwent some serious rewriting. But finally John Hancock penned his famous signature on it, as did the other representatives. Suddenly thirteen colonies became a nation that remains the greatest.

The stories of great events often show the end coming out of rough or improbable beginnings. Here at Mass we celebrate the climax of the greatest story ever told, but today’s gospel records one of the several obstacles to its ever unfolding. The difference between our national story and the New Testament is the direct involvement of the divine. But at the time of this story of a certain Saturday Sabbath in ancient Nazareth, divinity chose to be anonymous as the God-Man visits His hometown synagogue.

Jesus meets the petty side of human nature in the attitude of the crowd. In such a small town, they knew His roots and His boyhood ways. How dare He claim celebrity and speak of His place among the greats?

June 28, 2015 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Remember “abracadabra”? For those who don’t, it’s not a person or a place, but, as the dictionary puts it: “a supposedly magic word used by conjurors in performing a trick.” So says the magician, as he whisks the drapery off the lady on the gurney where a few minutes earlier she had been sawed in two. With his “Abracadabra” the lady stands up whole and smiling.

I thought of this business as my research yielded the fact that some Scripture commentators opine that the words Our Lord said over the young girl in today’s gospel scene were a kind of magical formula. Of course, we know that Jesus never resorted to magic. He is, rather, the Divine Physician who can cure whatever ails us. Over the years, I have often wished I had His powers, even momentarily, as I stood helpless at the bedside of a severely sick person.

But upon reflection I realized those times were the very ones I needed to teach me how dependent we are on God, for all things big and small. The section of the Book of Wisdom that forms our First Reading today declares outright that “God formed man to be imperishable; the image of His own nature; but by the envy of the devil, death entered the world.” (my emphasis) Here, the word “death” refers to spiritual death, not physical, which can be the worse of the two. God has power over both.

June 21, 2015 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Name any book or movie about tales from the sea, and you’re bound to meet up with a scary storm. Often enough, great tragedies follow. Those occurrences of migrants trying to escape from wars in Africa in overcrowded boats, capsizing and then drowning by the hundreds in the turbulent Mediterranean reminds us that the sea can be treacherous. The wind howls, and waves tower over the bow as they must have that day when Jesus took a nap in the stern of the Apostles’ fishing boat.

You could say that a storm at sea represents mankind’s vulnerability amid any seemingly overpowering chaos. That is why sailors may cry out to God. In today’s famous gospel passage, you can almost hear them. “Master! Don’t you care that we are doomed?” Asleep as He was, could Jesus even hear them? Does God hear our cries? He seems oblivious in this scene and at times in our own lives.

Yes, life brings “squalls” that come up, sometimes quite suddenly, tossing the little boats of our lives every which way. We gripe and ask “Are you sleeping, God? Are you so calm and secure in your heaven above as to forget me in this hellish situation?” But never fear. What, after all, do we pray, with the benefit of a history the apostles did not have that day when we say “The Lord hears the cry of the poor”? We’re all poor to some extent.

Readings for the Week – June 14, 2015

Monday: 2 Cor 6:1-10; Ps 98:1, 2b, 3-4; Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 2 Cor 8:1-9; Ps 146:2, 5-9a; Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-11; Ps 112:1bc-4, 9; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: 2 Cor 11:1-11; Ps 111:1b-4, 7-8; Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Cor 11:18, 21-30; Ps 34:2-7; Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: 2 Cor 12:1-10; Ps 34:8-13; Mt 6:24-34
Sunday: Jb 38:1, 8-11; Ps 107:23-26, 28-31; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Mk 4:35-41

Readings for the Week – June 7, 2015

Monday: 2 Cor 1:1-7; Ps 34:2-9; Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: 2 Cor 1:18-22; Ps 119:129-133, 135; Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: 2 Cor 3:4-11; Ps 99:5-9; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 5:20-26
Friday: Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Is 12:2-6; Eph 3:8-12, 14-19; Jn 19:31-37
Saturday: 2 Cor 5:14-21; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12; Mt 5:33-37 or, for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart, Is 61:9-11; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lk 2:41-51
Sunday: Ez 17:22-24; Ps 92:2-3, 13-16; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mk 4:26-34