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Readings for the Week – June 26, 2016

Monday: Am 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50:16bc-23; Mt 8:18-22
Tuesday: Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12; Ps 5:4b-8; Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 19:2-5; Gal 1:11-20; Jn 21:15-19
Day: Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19
Thursday: Am 7:10-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Am 8:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131; Mt 9:9-13
Saturday: Am 9:11-15; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 9:14-17
Sunday: Is 66:10-14c; Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20; Gal 6:14-18; Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 [1-9]

June 26, 2016 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“I’ve got a ton of paperwork facing me back at the office.”  “He’s a zillionaire with no money worries.”  “It was hot as hell today at the ballpark.”  We know not to take statements like these literally. They, and a raft of others like them, are exaggerations meant to make a point in conversation.  All of us make them without a second thought in the belief that they will help us make our point more forcefully.  A message with punch in it.  Bear in mind that the language Jesus spoke in His earthly life had no superlative degree, as English does. So Jesus exaggerates as He lays out the main condition for being His disciple.

Just listen again to His responses.  “I have nowhere to rest My head.”  “Let the dead bury the dead.”  “Nobody using a plow should ever look back.”  Jesus would have had no disciples at all if people took those answers literally.

Readings for the Week – June 19, 2016

Monday: 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Ps 60:3-5, 12-13; Mt 7:1-5
Tuesday: 2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36; Ps 48:2-4, 10-11; Mt 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3; Ps 119:33-37, 40; Mt 7:15-20
Thursday: 2 Kgs 24:8-17; Ps 106:1b-5; Mt 7:21-29
Friday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10; Ps 71:1-6, 15, 17; 1 Pt 1:8-12; Lk 1:5-17
Day: Is 49:1-6; Ps 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80
Saturday: Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1b-7, 20-21; Mt 8:15-17
Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; Gal 5:1, 13-18; Lk 9:51-62

June 19, 2016 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Why ever would a person brought to a hospital emergency room by ambulance straight from a doctor’s office ever have to be asked to show identification?  I was that person some two months ago. While I was puzzled, I still dutifully produced my photo ID driver’s license.  But I wondered, would the doctor send a fraud to the hospital?  What kind of person would fake his/her identity?  Maybe a deranged radical Islamic terrorist would.  Who knows?

I simply believe that we are living in a society where one’s identity is so subject to theft that we are all under suspicion.  We are forced to guard our identity with ingenuity and clever electronics against a faceless thieving enemy.

Readings for the Week – June 12, 2016

Monday: 1 Kgs 21:1-16; Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-7; Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 21:17-29; Ps 51:3-6ab, 11, 16; Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14; Ps 31:20, 21, 24; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-7; Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Ps 132:11-14, 17-18; Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: 2 Chr 24:17-25; Ps 89:4-5, 29-34; Mt 6:24-34
Sunday: Zec 12:10-11; 13:1; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Gal 3:26-29; Lk 9:18-24

June 12, 2016 – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

There is a humorous but pointed definition of the word “assume” that even uses the spelling of the word to drive home the point.  It holds that to assume is “to make an ass out of you and me.”  If you doubt, consider that examples abound.  Maybe you have falsely assumed something about someone, and when you found out differently you were either embarrassed or ashamed or both.  Recall, for example, that just two months ago how odds makers in the world of college men’s basketball flatly assumed that the North Carolina would beat Villanova for the championship title!

On another level, we have learned that the terrorists among us rely on our assumptions that people who look like ordinary citizens actually are, with no malicious intentions.  Then we find out later that they were suicide bombers bent on destruction. 

Readings for the Week – June 5, 2016

Monday: 1 Kgs 17:1-6; Ps 121:1bc-8; Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 17:7-16; Ps 4:2-5, 7b-8; Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 18:20-39; Ps 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab, 8, 11; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: 1 Kgs 18:41-46; Ps 65:10-13; Mt 5:20-26
Friday: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16; Ps 27:7-9abc, 13-14; Mt 5:27-32
Saturday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3; Ps 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-10; Mt 5:33-37
Sunday: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Lk 7:36 — 8:3 [7:36-50]

June 5, 2016 – Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“The Pope of Mercy” may well be a line in the epitaph of Pope Francis when it comes to be composed.  For certainly in his young pontificate our present Holy Father has made it a point to remind us of people most in need of God’s mercy and our own, namely the poor and those categorized with the degrading label of “marginalized.”

Already some Catholics and people of other faiths have been discomforted by the pope’s focus on the economic systems that prolong this inequity.  The Church’s social teaching, clearly calling for a preferential option for the poor, is only reflecting the Founder’s mindset. We watch Jesus in the gospels always reaching out to such souls in ways meant to change their situation. As for the pope’s position, we are required to accept him as our chief pastor and teacher.