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Readings for the Week – May 15, 2016

Monday: Jas 3:13-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 9:14-29
Tuesday: Jas 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-11a, 23; Mk 9:30-37
Wednesday: Jas 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-11; Mk 9:38-40
Thursday: Jas 5:1-6; Ps 49:14-20; Mk 9:41-50
Friday: Jas 5:9-12; Ps 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12; Mk 10:1-12
Saturday: Jas 5:13-20; Ps 141:1-3, 8; Mk 10:13-16
Sunday: Prv 8:22-31; Ps 8:4-9; Rom 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15

May 15, 2016 – Pentecost Sunday

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Whether it comes as a nightclub brawl, a drive by shooting, or an all out military battle, there is something upsetting about violence. It entered the human chronicle after Eden’s gates closed.  Then came mankind’s discovery of weaponry, which made him an aggressor.

How welcome is the wonder of peace when it finally comes! It is the soothing solution to his use of force as a solution to disputes.  Against that long history, how wonderful it is that the risen Lord Jesus’ first words to His faithful disciples were “Peace be with you.”

Readings for the Week – May 8, 2016

Monday: Acts 19:1-8; Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab; Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27; Ps 68:10-11, 20-21; Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:29-30, 33-36ab; Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11; Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab; Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113:1-8; Jn 15:9-17
Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5; Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30; Rom 8:22-27; Jn 7:37-39
Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17; Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26

May 8, 2016 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The crescendo of any great symphony is something the listener feels as well as hears.  Sitting in the concert hall, he/she knows that it has been building.  When it reaches its climax, all will know that they have not only heard a great piece.  They have experienced its power.

Ever since Easter, we have spent a month of Sundays reflecting on its meaning and power, like we do after hearing a masterpiece.  Like a symphony, the recollection of Christ’s several post-resurrection appearances, to individuals and to crowds, started us off in small “notes” and grew to the power of a full composition.  Yes, He is risen, and He dies no more!  Alleluia!

Readings for the Week – May 1, 2016

Monday: Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Jn 15:26-16:4a
Tuesday: 1 Cor 15:1-8; Ps 19:2-5; Jn 14:6-14
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Eph 1:17-23 or Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Lk 24:46-53 (for Ascension); otherwise Acts 18:1-8; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 16:16-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47:2-7; Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-10; Jn 16:23b-28
Sunday: Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1-2, 6-7, 9; Rv 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26 or (for Ascension) Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Eph 1:17-23 or Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Lk 24:46-53

May 1, 2016 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

There is a bittersweet taste to most dark chocolate.  Medical experts tell us that it is a small price to pay for enjoying its benefits as opposed to the sweeter taste of milk chocolate.  Perhaps there is a piece or two of dark chocolate still in your Easter basket.

I was thinking of bittersweet chocolate as an analogy with the departure of Jesus from the scene which He speaks of in today’s gospel.  He is speaking with His chosen men with a tender love that urges Him to warn them a about His pending departure.

Readings for the Week – April 24, 2016

Monday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14; Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17; Mk 16:15-20
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13ab, 21; Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3, 10; Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-10, 12; Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1b-3, 5; Jn 15:18-21
Sunday: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29

April 24, 2016 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

We tend to think of “Hallmark” as a brand name for greeting cards.  The company tells us that when we send their cards we have “cared enough to send the very best.”

That word “hallmark” comes from a certain mark used at Goldsmith’s Hall, and by the United Kingdom’s assay office to certify the standard of gold, silver, and platinum. From there the usage of the word has expanded to include “any distinctive feature, especially of excellence.” So it denotes a “stamping” of some kind.

Today, for the fifth of these seven Sundays of Easter, we learn from Jesus Himself what is to be our hallmark.  A distinctive feature of our lifestyle that sets us apart.  It is our love for God and for one another.