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March 13, 2016 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

This very Sunday marks the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ election in 2013. How appropriate that amid the Year of Mercy our Holy Father has proclaimed, today’s Lenten gospel should tell us of an unforgettable act of Jesus’ mercy on a terrified unnamed woman.

It certainly is obvious that mercy is one of those qualities in a person that is best shown by action rather than by words. Do you remember Eliza Doolittle’s demand in the musical hit “My Fair Lady” when she sings to her boyfriend after hundreds of speech lessons: “Don’t talk of love: show me!?” That’s what we all look for, from other people and even from God.

Readings for the Week – March 6, 2016

Monday: Is 65:17-21; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13b; Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18; Jn 5:17-30
Thursday: Ex 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 5:31-47
Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-21, 23; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday: Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-12; Jn 7:40-53
Sunday: Is 43:16-21; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11

March 6, 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Back in 1949, the writer Fulton Oursler gave the world his “take” on the Gospels and titled his book “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” An apt description for sure about a story that never grows old.

But I daresay that this parable that we hear at today’s Mass taken from Luke’s gospel could well be named: “The Second Greatest Story Ever Told.” Why? Because if there ever were an answer to the whole problem of human weakness, this well-known parable is it. It is a story bound to console those of us who fail the Lord from time to time. It also is a transparent picture of two opposing reactions to God’s mercy, as found in the character of the two sons’ father.

Our own holy father, Pope Francis, has designated the current year as a Jubilee Year of Mercy. He inaugurated it last December 8 with the solemn opening of the “Holy Door” at St. Peter’s basilica in Rome, and shortly after there were openings of the Holy Doors of cathedrals around the world. The opened doors symbolize the openness of God’s mercy, allowing us to “enter” into His forgiveness of our sins.

Readings for the Week – February 28, 2016

Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab; Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4; Lk 4:24-30
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc, 8-9; Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Lk 11:14-23
Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17; Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-21ab; Lk 18:9-14
Sunday: Jos 5:9a, 10-12; Ps 34:2-7; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Alternate readings (Year A): 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41 (1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38)

February 28, 2016 – Third Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

This year of the presidential campaigns is obviously a banner one for campaign managers. How they manage may impact their next career step for better or for worse depending on the election outcome. Who are these people? Well, we may not know their names. Unless we pay attention to the pundits. Or perhaps when that manager later becomes a Cabinet member of the new president. Meanwhile campaign rallies, “attack ads,” banners and brochures are ultimately all the campaign manager’s doing.

Jesus Our Lord, while He was on earth and even now when He is in heaven, is still is engaged in a “campaign” to win our hearts. There is a great difference between His strategy and that of earthbound campaigns because His “manager” is the Holy Spirit.