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Readings for the Week – September 18, 2016

Monday: Prv 3:27-34; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday: Prv 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44; Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Ps 19:2-5; Mt 9:9-13
Thursday: Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17bc; Lk 9:7-9
Friday: Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1b, 2abc, 3-4; Lk 9:18-22
Saturday: Eccl 11:9 — 12:8; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17; Lk 9:43b-45
Sunday: Am 6:1a, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Tm 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31

September 18, 2016 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“Good fences make good neighbors.”  The American poet Robert Frost penned that line in his early work entitled “Mending Wall.”  As contradictory to neighborliness as it first seems, the statement offers a sensible guideline for anyone who has lived next to a pest.

In Frost’s poem, two neighbors walk the length of their dividing wall each spring to mend whatever stones have fallen off over the winter.  The speaker questions the purpose of the old barrier. After his neighbor quotes the famous phrase, the speaker realizes that this ritual of repair will perdure, despite his belief that mending a wall is a waste of time.

Readings for the Week – September 11, 2016

Monday: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-5; Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: Nm 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28; Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 7:36-50
Friday: 1 Cor 15:12-20; Ps 17:1bcd, 6-8b, 15; Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Ps 56:10c-14; Lk 8:4-15
Sunday: Am 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13 [10-13]

September 11, 2016 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Three to one.  That could be a recipe direction calling for cups of flour and another ingredient.  Or the odds for a racetrack bet.  But here I suggest it is the trio of stories Jesus tells to illustrate one point: namely the superabundant nature of God’s mercy.  In this Church’s Year of Mercy, this section of Luke’s Gospel is most appropriate.  With typical mastery, Jesus teaches a beautiful and consoling truth to sinners.

Regular Mass-goers and faithful bible readers both know the three stories by their given titles:  “The Lost Sheep”; “The Lost Coin”, and (in the longer version available today) the misnamed “Prodigal Son.”  The first two make their point with typical Hebrew humorous exaggeration.  But the last one about the father and his two boys, stands out for both its drama and poignancy. It should be known as “The Merciful Father,” for that man is the real hero, representing God the Father and His love for sinners.

Readings for the Week – September 4, 2016

Monday: 1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-7, 12; Lk 6:6-11, or, for Labor Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Blessings of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911
Tuesday: 1 Cor 6:1-11; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Ps 45:11-12, 14-17; Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:6; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 (18-23)
Friday: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Ps 84:3-6, 12; Lk 6:39-42
Saturday: 1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18; Lk 6:43-49
Sunday: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tm 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32 [1-10]

September 4, 2016 – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

The bottom line.  You not only know what that is but where that is.  Coming from the world of financial accounting, it’s the conclusion of all the calculation that went on before it, and now printed above it.  There it is in the final paragraph of a long contract.  Or usually in the lower right hand corner of a new car window sticker.  Or it can be the computer-generated price of any item on a shopping website that saves a buyer having to read pages of legal gobbledygook.

Nowadays you find the term “bottom line” used outside the world of numbers to mean the short-hand conclusion of any long, complicated or even contentious discussion.  We find one in the gospel for this weekend. We find Our Lord repeating for the “great crowds who were traveling with Him” His main instruction of “hating” their families as opposed to Himself.  It is such a demand that it becomes at least an indirect proof that Jesus is God. Having commanded that, He is either God or a madman.  Of course, Jesus did not mean “hating” literally.  In the language he used, exaggeration was a way of driving home an important point.