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Readings for the Week – July 17, 2016

Monday: Mi 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-8; Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Jer 1:1, 4-10; Ps 71:1-4a, 5-6ab, 15, 17; Mt 13:1-9
Thursday: Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 26:6-7ab, 8-11; Mt 13:10-17
Friday: Jer 3:14-17; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Saturday: Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:24-30
Sunday: Gen 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3, 6-8; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13

July 17, 2016 – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

On a summer morning many years ago, my wonderful hostess named Geraldine, the mother of a priest friend, came home from her weekday morning Mass a bit upset. The gospel had been the same one we hear this weekend.  Evidently the celebrant had not preached a homily that day, so my hostess had to turn to her son and me for help with understanding why Mary had chosen “the better part.”  I was glad to yield to her priest son to explain, because he certainly knew of his mom’s expertise as a “Martha.”

We have to remember that Jesus did not say that Martha was wrong, but that there was a higher priority in listening to Him.  Mary had chosen that one. Hosting a guest is both practical charity and a way of honoring God’s presence in other people. 

Readings for the Week – July 10, 2016

Monday: Is 1:10-17; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 10:34 — 11:1
Tuesday: Is 7:1-9; Ps 48:2-8; Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16; Ps 94:5-10, 14-15; Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Ps 102:13-14ab, 15-21; Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Is 38:10-12abcd, 16; Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Mi 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-4, 7-8, 14; Mt 12:14-21
Sunday: Gen 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42

July 10, 2016 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

There are so many derogatory stories and jaundiced jokes about lawyers that one wonders why anyone would aspire to be one.  That is sad when one ponders all the good that an upright lawyer can do for people and the smooth running of a civilized society.

The unnamed legal scholar in this weekend’s Gospel gives Jesus the correct answer for how one secures eternal life according to the Law he knows. But it seems the man may have been troubled by his observance, because he “wanted to justify himself.” Most likely he had what we might call “a people problem.” He may have been prejudiced, or knew he had an inflated opinion of himself.  Whatever it was, Jesus was quick to spot it, and goes on to tell the man what we know as “the parable of the Good Samaritan.”  We note the lawyer’s problem in being unable even to say “the Samaritan” in his answer to Jesus’ question about the authentic neighbor.

Readings for the Week – July 3, 2016

Monday: Hos 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22; Ps 145:2-9; Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Hos 8:4-7, 11-13; Ps 115:3-10; Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Ps 105:2-7; Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Hos 11:1-4, 8c-9; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16; Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17; Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Is 6:1-8; Ps 93:1-2, 5; Mt 10:24-33
Sunday: Dt 30:10-14; Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37; or Ps 19:8-11; Col 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37

July 3, 2016 – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Every people’s organization has one, so why not God’s?  I refer to God’s “honor roll” of the saints in heaven–the canonized and the non-canonized persons “up there” with Our Lord. Earthbound honor rolls often hang on a wall at a company’s headquarters; or they comprise a monument in marble. Wherever we enshrine the memories of our best fellow human beings becomes a sacred place.

Tomorrow, on our national Independence Day, we inevitably honor those first Americans whose special bravery led them to sign a document making us into an entirely new nation.  Declaring us independent of England, they set the course for the world’s most successful democracy.  It is natural for us to honor these national heroes of ours.

It is interesting to note that the Person who deserves the most honor from us, is memorialized in a unique way:  in a living sacrament of His Body and Blood.  Obviously God wanted it done this way, lest we think of Jesus as dead and not living among us.