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Readings for the Week – October 25, 2015

Monday: Rom 8:12-17; Ps 68:2, 4, 6-7ab, 20-21; Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Rom 8:18-25; Ps 126:1b-6; Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 6:12-16
Thursday: Rom 8:31b-39; Ps 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31; Lk 13:31-35
Friday: Rom 9:1-5; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; Lk 14:1-6
Saturday: Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18; Lk 14:1, 7-11
Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a

Readings for the Week – October 18, 2015

Monday: Rom 4:20-25; Lk 1:69-75; Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday: Rom 6:12-18; Ps 124:1b-8; Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Rom 6:19-23; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Rom 7:18-25a; Ps 119:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94; Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Rom 8:1-11; Ps 24:1b-4ab, 5-6; Lk 13:1-9
Sunday: Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-6; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52

Readings for the Week – October 11, 2015

Monday: Rom 1:1-7; Ps 98:1-4; Lk 11:29-32
Tuesday: Rom 1:16-25; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 11:37-41
Wednesday: Rom 2:1-11; Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 9; Lk 11:42-46
Thursday: Rom 3:21-30; Ps 130:1b-6ab; Lk 11:47-54
Friday: Rom 4:1-8; Ps 32:1b-2, 5, 11; Lk 12:1-7
Saturday: Rom 4:13, 16-18; Ps 105:6-9, 42-43; Lk 12:8-12
Sunday: Is 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45 [42-45]

Readings for the Week – October 4, 2015

Monday: Jon 1:1 — 2:2, 11; Jon 2:3-5, 8; Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Jon 3:1-10; Ps 130:1b-4ab, 7-8; Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Jon 4:1-11; Ps 86:3-6, 9-10; Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Mal 3:13-20b; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2; Ps 9:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9; Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Jl 4:12-21; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Lk 11:27-28
Sunday: Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90:12-17; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 [17-27]

October 25, 2015 – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The official designation of today as “World Priest Day” in the good ol’ USA prompts me to forgo the usual reflection on the gospel, rich as today’s gospel is for meditation. It is today’s Second Reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, that best fits the spirit of the “Day.” This beautiful section of the Letter induces us to celebrate the priesthood without the heavy overtones of Holy Thursday night. The fact is that the priesthood is both a gift and a necessity for the life of our Church.

The gift aspect stems from the fact that priests are truly “taken from among men.” That means, in less lofty language, that we priests are far from worthy of being chosen in the first place. Yours truly for one is truly “beset by weakness” and “must make sin offerings” for my sins. But I was chosen despite this.

October 18, 2015 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“Foot-in-Mouth” disease apparently has a long history, even though the ancient victims of it would have called it something else. For proof I offer the fact that at least three members of that original band of Jesus’ – Peter, James and John – fell victim to it.

Today we hear how it happened. The brothers Zebedee approached Jesus, the very Person who declared Himself “meek and humble of heart”, and they brashly ask Him for a prestigious post in His kingdom. Ironic if not slightly comical.

Notice Our Lord’s reaction. No anger. No scolding. No disgusted demeanor. All He does is ask a dangerous question of the two seekers. He’s done this before, remember, with a certain rich young man. This is it: “Can you drink the cup that I drink?” Here “cup” meant “Calvary.”

October 11, 2015 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

In some circles, Pope Francis is a square. By that I mean he personifies for some that proverbial square peg that never fits comfortably in the round hole. Why is that, I wondered, as this powerful gospel selection comes up for meditation this weekend?

Taking a step back from the mouthings of this good pope’s media critics, it occurred to me that some of those folks are wealthy. They have raised alarms to their audiences that the current man in white is a socialist, if not a Marxist. How clumsy of the Holy Spirit to choose him! These self-proclaimed “experts” would likely never concede that the pope’s mentor is no less than Jesus Christ, whose vicar on earth he is.

It is true that our current Holy Father has made a lot of otherwise comfortable Catholics a bit upset, especially when he speaks about poverty and wealth. They forget he speaks as a pastor, not as an economist. He who spent his days off as the cardinal archbishop working with priests serving in the poor ghettos of that storied city would inevitably question the systemic cause of the problems there. Despite his critics, this man has managed to get the so-called “First World” to be more aware than it has been for too long about the suffering in the “Third World.”

October 4, 2015 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Brand names have a certain evocative power. For example, if I were to say to you “Kellogg’s” you’d be thinking “cereal” or one of that company’s cereal products. The same holds for “Heinz” which makes you think “ketchup.” Or “car insurance” at the mere mention of “Geico.” (That last one claiming boldly that “everybody knows that.”) By dint of longevity, or quality, or just aggressive advertising, certain brand names trigger such automatic responses.

I remember some years ago that one of our national supermarket chains proudly labelled their in-store products as “Ideal.” It made no difference what the product was. That brand name was meant to entice you the consumer to believe that it was “perfect”; the epitome; the very model of a this, that, or the other thing.