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Readings for the Week – August 28, 2016

Monday: 1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97-102; Mk 6:17-29
Tuesday: 1 Cor 2:10b-16; Ps 145:8-14; Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: 1 Cor 3:1-9; Ps 33:12-15, 20-21; Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: 1 Cor 3:18-23; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 5:1-11
Friday: 1 Cor 4:1-5; Ps 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40; Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: 1 Cor 4:6b-15; Ps 145:17-21; Lk 6:1-5
Sunday: Wis 9:13-18b; Ps 90:3-6, 12-17; Phlm 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33

August 28, 2016 – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The shiny black limos pull up to the curb, where the spotlight focuses on the car while flashbulbs pop as the occupants emerge.  It could be Oscar night USA, or Tony night, Emmy evening, or the night of the NFL draft. The country and the world watch the goings on. Some viewers, I’m sure, insert themselves into the scene, as they dream of their possible futures as stars.

There were no big cars around, or spotlights shining down for the arrival of the Man of the Hour that long ago day when Jesus of Nazareth showed up for dinner.  He would have nixed any showy elements for the occasion anyway.  He was not like that at all.  Nevertheless, a crowd had arrived for the event, as crowds always do when a celebrity shows up.

Readings for the Week – August 21, 2016

Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12; Ps 96:1-5; Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10-13; Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: Rv 21:9b-14; Ps 145:10-13, 17-18; Jn 1:45-51
Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9; Ps 145:2-7; Mt 24:42-51
Friday: 1 Cor 1:17-25; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11; Mt 25:1-13
Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31; Ps 33:12-13, 18-21; Mt 25:14-30
Sunday: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-7, 10-11; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Lk 14:1, 7-14

August 21, 2016 – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

One fine day this past June, I spotted my neighbor energetically digging a narrow bow-shaped trench on her front lawn.  She and her husband later added a layer of good topsoil in the dig in preparation for planting a beautiful array of flowers. I complimented them on their new garden, and then the lady of the house volunteered that whenever her family visited some one of them always remarked: “Everything’s too green here.  You should add some color.”  Family members can sometimes be too outspoken to the point of being hurtful.

As I thought about this weekend’s Scripture Readings that incident came to mind.  I got to thinking about another place where we need color. I refer to skin color and the composition of our holy Church.   As James Joyce wrote in “Finnegan’s Wake”: “Catholic means here comes everybody.”

Readings for the Week – August 14, 2016

Monday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2; Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14; 1 Cor 15:54b-57; Lk 11:27-28
Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10-12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
Tuesday: Ez 28:1-10; Dt 32:26-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ez 34:1-11; Ps 23:1-6; Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Ez 36:23-28; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19;
Friday: Ez 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-9; Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Ez 43:1-7a; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 23:1-12
Sunday: Is 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2; Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Lk 13:22-30

August 14, 2016 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

With power greater than a herd of wild elephants and a roar louder than that of many lions, a certain beast devastates whatever land he touches and everything on it.  Not animate but certainly alive, I refer to a forest fire.  We fear it and we fight it and are emotionally wrecked when some of our best firefighters succumb to it.  Yet, when fire is confined or tamed to a taper, we delight in its warmth and are grateful for its glow across a dinner table.

All of this talk about the two sides of fire comes to us as we hear Our Lord speak so passionately about wanting to light a fire of enthusiasm for change. But that’s what He wants–and still does. He wants to “burn off” the crust of cynicism that often forms over our smoky ways of thinking.  Add to that His wish to eradicate sin that haunts our world and harms our hearts.  He wants to let the light in.

Readings for the Week – August 7, 2016

Monday: Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday: Ez 2:8 — 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9; Jn 12:24-26
Thursday: Ez 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-59, 61-62: Mt 18:21 — 19:1
Friday: Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Mt 19:3-12
Saturday: Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19; Mt 19:13-15
Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2-4, 18; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53

August 7, 2016 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“Your cart is empty.”  That’s a statement familiar to anyone who shops online these days. The website declaring it is only putting a thin veil over their real purpose, which is to get you and me to buy more. And how enticing is the way they present their wares to us!

The TV shopping channels pressure us even more when their salespeople tell us something like “We only have 52 of these left,” or “Better get this before the sale is over.”  They could be hawking anything from cars to cat food, but you have to admit that they know how to do their job.

Over against that pressure, however, is our will power.  If it’s strong, we can say “no.”  If it’s weak, well there goes our budget.  The difference between the two decisions is prompted by something else, namely “wisdom.” Spell the word in upper case, and Wisdom becomes a person, as it does in the Bible book of the same name.