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Archive for September, 2016

Readings for the Week – October 16, 2016

Monday: Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b; Ps 145:10-13, 17-18; Lk 10:1-9
Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Eph 3:14-21; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Eph 4:1-6; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Eph 4:7-16; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 13:1-9
Sunday: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34:2-3, 17-19, 23; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14

October 16, 2016 – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Do you remember Sisyphus?  I realize the name sounds like something from Disney, but the character belongs to Greek mythology.  He was the king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth) who was punished for his sly behavior and self-serving deceitfulness. (In street lingo “a crafty dude.”)  He was forced by the gods to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down repeating the action for all eternity.

Do you ever feel like life is like that?  A kind of unending struggle against all odds with no relief in sight?  Experience tells me that we all are tempted to think this way from time to time.  For people who don’t know Jesus, much less trust in Him, there must be a hellish frustration they endure.

October 9, 2016 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Gilbert Keith Chesterton said it: “The best kind of giving is thanksgiving.”  In that statement I find logic and truth combined, but also a spiritual dimension, namely our obligation to God of thanksgiving.

Today’s gospel is one of the obvious options to be read as the gospel for Masses celebrated on Thanksgiving Day.  The familiar story saddens, maybe even angers us a bit when we think about it.  Only one cured man came back, after being released from the most dreaded disease of the time!  Only one out of ten remembered to be grateful to Jesus. St. Luke doesn’t tell us how Jesus felt, but I will list that as another of Jesus’ sufferings.  Jesus’ question haunts us when we apply it to our sometimes ungrateful selves “Where are the other nine?”  Where indeed?

Readings for the Week – October 9, 2016

Monday: Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 — 5:1; Ps 113:1b-5a, 6-7; Lk 11:29-32
Tuesday: Gal 5:1-6; Ps 119:41, 43-45, 47-48; Lk 11:37-41
Wednesday: Gal 5:18-25; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 11:42-46
Thursday: Eph 1:1-10; Ps 98:1-6; Lk 11:47-54
Friday: Eph 1:11-14; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13; Lk 12:1-7
Saturday: Eph 1:15-23; Ps 8:2-3ab, 4-7; Lk 12:8-12
Sunday: Ex 17:8-13; Ps 121:1-8; 2 Tm 3:14 — 4:2; Lk 18:1-8

Readings for the Week – October 2, 2016

Monday: Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-9, 10c; Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1b-3, 13-15; Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Gal 3:1-5; Lk 1:69-75; Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-6; Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Gal 3:22-29; Ps 105:2-7; Lk 11:27-28
Sunday: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; Ps 98:1-4; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19

October 2, 2016 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Every month they come like clockwork.  In the mailbox or online. They are the bills for this, that, and the other thing that form our obligations.  If your three-year-old son, grandson or nephew happens to ask you why the bills come, how would you answer?  Surely you could try itemizing the sources.  Or you could say something like “We pay the electric company for the power that makes the lamps light up, or the TV to work.”  Or, “We have to pay the people that give us our water, heat, etc.” Certainly you would not compound the confusion in your little tyke’s mind by talking about “obligations.”  He’ll have plenty of time ahead of him to learn about them.

That is not to say that such obligations are not a real and necessary part of civilized living in our technologically advanced society.  But on a higher level, we have to consider from time to time what all human beings in any society inherently realize.  We have obligations to God.

Readings for the Week – September 25, 2016

Monday: Jb 1:6-22; Ps 17:1bcd-3, 6-7; Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday: Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Ps 88:2-8; Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Jb 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-15; Lk 9:57-62
Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
Friday: Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14ab; Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130; Lk 10:17-24
Sunday: Hb 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10

September 25, 2016 – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Ah, their faces!  How well they reflect the surprise, the wonder, and the near disbelief of people who hold that winning lottery ticket!  You’ve undoubtedly seen them over the years on TV and felt a twinge of envy.  As you watched, didn’t your imagine kick in to give you images of yourself?  Haven’t you thought about what you would do with your winnings?  Surely there would be some “big ticket” items on your list like a new home, a fancy car, or a dream vacation.  Or something I have not named.

What disappoints me so often is the fact that these winners rarely mention that they are going to donate to their church or a worthy cause.  I know that sounds self-serving coming from me, as a Churchman.  But I am thinking there are so many needy churches; so many agencies that help the poor, the disabled and the homeless that always seem short of funds. Or a good student prospect whose parents cannot take on the cost of his/her education.