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Readings for the Week – August 2, 2015

Monday: Nm 11:4b-15; Ps 81:12-17; Mt 14:13-21
Tuesday: Nm 12:1-13; Ps 51:3-7, 12-13; Mt 14:22-36 or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday: Nm 13:1-2, 25 — 14:1, 26-29a, 34-35; Ps 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-23; Mt 15:21-28
Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mk 9:2-10
Friday: Dt 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-16, 21; Mt 16:24-28
Saturday: Dt 6:4-13; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; Mt 17:14-20
Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Ps 34:2-9; Eph 4:30 — 5:2; Jn 6:41-51

Readings for the Week – July 26, 2015

Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-23; Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-13; Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35; Ps 99:5-7, 9; Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-6, 10-11ab; Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8; Mt 14:1-12
Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35

Readings for the Week – July 19, 2015

Monday: Ex 14:5-18; Ex 15:1bc-6; Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: Ex 14:21 — 15:1; Ex 15:8-10, 12, 17; Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-28; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Thursday: Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b; Dn 3:52-56; Mt 13:10-17
Friday: Ex 20:1-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 13:18-23
Saturday: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11, 15-18; Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15

August 2, 2015 – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Whenever those distressing pictures of famine victims come into my comfortable space, I suddenly become uncomfortable. Why exactly I don’t know. After all, I didn’t cause the problem. I didn’t foster the civil strife or the climate factors that might have triggered it. Yet I feel this strong tug of guilt as if I did. I think it stems from my belief that no one who lives on this green earth of ours, especially the children, should have to face starvation.

On the other hand, I also experience a touch of healthy pride when I see quite different pictures of our military distributing planeloads of American grown food to such victims. Aid workers from our own and many other countries who also chip in to help underscores the truth we really are united with one another just by being human. As in other aspects of life, the good often balances out the bad.

July 26, 2015 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Do you have a problem with paparazzi? No, it has nothing to do with a malfunctioning bodily organ, or an unpleasant reaction to certain food. “Paparazzi” are the freelance photographers that search out and often interfere with the privacy of celebrities in the hope of taking a photo they can sell to a publisher. They’ll hide up trees or behind bushes with their high-powered cameras to catch a movie star eating lunch by a window, or a political headliner taking a swim. An altogether unusual way to earn a living!

Minus the cameras, one could say that Jesus had a “paparazzi problem.” Only His followers were quite out in the open about their avid fascination with Him, especially after His miraculous healings. So they had no hesitation with barging in on His privacy or ending His chosen time for rest.

Never failing at compassion, and never stooping to complaint about this sort of thing, Jesus noticed that the crowd that tailed Him was tired and hungry. Their numbers were perhaps swollen by the approaching Passover feast. It was natural for Jesus to ask Philip where the nearest bakery or supermarket was (my translation). Philip, incidentally, failed the “faith test” Jesus gave him with that question. He was supposed to answer that Jesus would handle the situation perfectly. All Philip thought of was the cost of the food! Have you ever missed the point of God’s given action in your life?

July 19, 2015 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

In the good ol’ summertime, the local bookstore is apt to coax us to buy either “Books for the Season” or “Books for the Beach” with attractive displays right near the store entrance. The books are light reading to be sure, meant to accompany a cold lemonade or a limoncello. Just enough to hold our attention along with a coating of sunscreen firmly in place. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to read on the beach, your enjoyment can be at least doubled.

May I humbly suggest that if your summertime vacation brings you near a large body of water, you don’t need a printed or electronic book at all. You can read God’s open book of Nature, and even gain a perfect backdrop for prayer. Nobody will know what you’re doing, because you’ll be silent. The ocean offers its own invitation to go deep inside yourself where serious thought resides. As we gaze, there is the fascination of its vast expanse; the ever-changing water colors; the constancy of its crashing waves; the ebb and flow of its tides. It is all free for the taking.

In our youth, all of that is usually lost to activities like swimming and body surfing as uses for the ocean. But with the onset of the years, we benefit from the wisdom of a second look at what is right in front of us at the beach, and we see new things. Especially if we are blest with a Christian outlook on life.

Readings for the Week – July 12, 2015

Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22; Ps 124:1b-8; Mt 10:34 — 11:1
Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a; Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34; Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12; Ps 103:1b-4, 6-7; Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Ex 3:13-20; Ps 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27; Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Ex 11:10-12:14; Ps 116:12-13, 15, 16bc, 17-18; Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Ex 12:37-42; Ps 136:1, 23-24, 10-15; Mt 12:14-21
Sunday: Jer 23:1-6; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18; Mk 6:30-34

July 12, 2015 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Here we are at Midsummer with a “night’s dream” of vacation, and- let’s face it- in the daytime too. What to pack is always a question if our dream plans include travel. There is a little pressure added to the mix if we have to fly to get to our chosen spot, for the airlines compel us to travel light or else pay hefty luggage fees. One can argue that the airlines compel us to face our materialistic mindset that needs so much to make ourselves comfortable.

At any rate, Our Lord Jesus makes it abundantly clear to His first chosen two-man teams of missionaries that they are to travel light. He’ll allow them a walking stick and sandals to trek over the rough roads of the day. But no “Coach” leather bags full of stuff, thank you very much! He does this to focus their minds on the mission and not themselves. Even when they accept a stranger’s hospitality they are not to overstay their welcome but move on to new territory.

We need to recall the complete absence in those ancient days of mass media ready to spread the Good News of Christ, much less the social media of Facebook and Twitter. Face to face meetings with people was the order of the day back then. With the Holy Spirit’s assistance, the process worked, and met with great success, as the Acts of the Apostles testifies. One wonders, in a time when people prefer to text and tweet rather than talk to one another, how the Holy Spirit would handle the matter of launching the Church today!