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Readings for the Week – January 17, 2016

Monday: 1 Sm 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday: 1 Sm 16:1-13; Ps 89:20-22, 27-28; Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Mk 3:1-6
Thursday: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7; Ps 56:2-3, 9-13; Mk 3:7-12
Friday: 1 Sm 24:3-21; Ps 57:2-4, 6, 11; Mk 3:13-19, or any of a number of readings for the Day of Prayer
Saturday: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 5-7; Mk 3:20-21
Sunday: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-30 [12-14, 27]; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Readings for the Week – January 10, 2016

Monday: 1 Sm 1:1-8; Ps 116:12-19; Mk 1:1420
Tuesday: 1 Sm 1:9-20; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Mk 1:2128
Wednesday: 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20; Ps 40:2, 5, 7-10; Mk 1:2939
Thursday: 1 Sm 4:1-11; Ps 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25; Mk 1:4045
Friday: 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a; Ps 89:16-19; Mk 2:112
Saturday: 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a; Ps 21:2-7; Mk 2:1317
Sunday: Is 62:1-5; Ps 96:1-3, 7-10; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11

January 17, 2016 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

There are words that are worth a thousand pictures. Consider the resonance that the words “Mom” and “Dad” have. Consider other words in your ever-changing vocabulary. We have come to loathe those misguided people called “terrorists.” Today at Mass St. John’s gospel gives us a special word for a special place: “Cana.” Just hearing it brings to my mind an imaginary “album” of memorable pictures.

I see a happy wedding reception and can almost hear danceable music playing. Tables overflowing with colorful flowers and tasty food. The happy family, some heads thrown back in hearty laughter. Then the special look on the faces of the bride and groom. Then a sudden anxiety on their faces as they learn that the wine has run out. Mary’s concern as she is seen talking to her Son. His questioning expression. Then the chief steward’s doubt. The heavy jugs of water being dragged out. The commanding gesture of Jesus. The shock on the steward’s face. The puzzlement and relief of the newlyweds. The wonderment in the eyes of Jesus’ new disciples as they are caught staring at Him. This is my “Cana album.” Does it resemble yours?

January 10, 2016 – The Baptism of the Lord

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Endorsements. The airwaves have already been replete with them through political ads for this year’s presidential candidates. Depending on the perceived quality of the endorser, the candidates tout the fact.

Another kind of endorsement is exhibited in today’s gospel selection from Luke, and superlatives abound when we take notice. Here on the occasion of Our Lord’s baptism no less than the other two Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity make their presence known and their opinions expressed. The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus, described by Luke as coming “in bodily form like a dove.” The dove among Jews of that time symbolized the hopes of men and women for love, life, and union with God. Then God the Father speaks with an intimate and unparalleled embrace: “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.” Linking both of those we could describe it as a “Wow moment.”

Readings for the Week – January 3, 2016

Monday: 1 Jn 3:22 — 4:6; Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a; Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10; Ps 72:1-4, 7-8; Mk 6:34-44
Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13; Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19 — 5:4; Ps 72:1-2, 14, 15bc, 17; Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; Lk 5:12-16
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Ps 149:1-6a, 9b; Jn 3:22-30
Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 29:1-4, 3, 9-10 or Ps 104:1b-4, 24-25, 27-30; Acts 10:34-38 or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

January 3, 2016 – Feast of the Epiphany

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The picture of St Peter’s Successor, Pope Francis, at the UN headquarters in New York addressing the representatives from nearly every country in the world is replete with meaning. For one such, it takes only a short leap of imagination to see St. Peter himself standing in that same great hall fulfilling the original mandate given him by Christ to preach to all nations.

Akin to this is the central meaning of today’s feast, which commemorates the manifestation of Christ to representatives of the Gentile world. While He could not yet literally speak to the magi, their presence certainly spoke to the original gospel hearers.

This constituted a quiet revolution coming into the world, one without drums and cymbals, announcing a change of heart for all the world to experience. It was a new way of thinking about God. An invitation to believe that the Creator so loves His creatures that He would leave His heaven and walk the earth as one of us. His mission would be to teach us how to live according to God’s original design and to redeem us from the bad choice our first parents were duped into making.