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Readings for the Week – November 27, 2016

Monday: Is 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-9; Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday: Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 4:18-22
Thursday: Is 26:1-6; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a; Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Mt 9:27-31
Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-6; Mt 9:35 — 10:1, 5a, 6-8
Sunday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12

November 27, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

One of the disturbing aspects of life in our time is widespread in driver inattention.  Because of it, vehicles weighing in the tons suddenly become more dangerous than guns.  They become killing machines all because of the people controlling them.  We’ve all heard the problems: drivers who really become non-drivers because they were intoxicated, or sleep-deprived, or using their cell phones.  You may have seen that news photo of a female driver caught on camera steering her car with her feet so that her hands could be free! Thus, everybody else on the road becomes a potential victim. And a road trip, even around the corner to the drugstore, becomes more hazardous than ever.

All this talk of inattentiveness parallels another type. It has the potential for wrecking our eternal future. It’s about paying attention and being prepared for what we hope will be our joy-filled lives in heaven. Last week I spoke about the lack of guarantees in many aspects of human living. There are two famous ones, however. You know them: death and taxes.

Readings for the Week – November 20, 2016

Monday: Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday: Rv 14:14-19; Ps 96:10-13; Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4; Ps 98:1-3ab, 7-9; Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 21:20-28
Thanksgiving Day: Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145:2-11; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Lk 17:11-19
Friday: Rv 20:1-4, 11 — 21:2; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a; Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rv 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-7ab; Lk 21:34-36
Sunday: Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44

November 20, 2016 – Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

“Good Housekeeping” magazine once had a unique “lock” on the idea of guarantees. But nowadays, there are many consumer watchdogs out there, in print or on the web, that offer guarantees that the products they endorse are worthy of our purchase.

How we wish there were such for all the other aspects of human life not found in shops and stores. Take friendship for example. What a mysterious reality! One we can’t live without. How they begin; how they develop; how they last, often for many years and perhaps a lifetime. All of it marvelous and life-giving, even though it can be tested and fail.

Readings for the Week – November 13, 2016

Monday: Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: Rv 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday: Rv 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-6; Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: Rv 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 19:41-44
Friday: Rv 10:8-11; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Lk 19:45-48 or (for the memorial of the Dedication) Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 14:22-33
Saturday: Rv 11:4-12; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 20:27-40
Sunday: 2 Sm 5:1-3; Ps 122:1-5; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43

November 13, 2016 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Fans of war stories can easily conjure up the images of onscreen destruction, and its effects on people.  Buildings topple, roads cave in, and bridges blow up amid roaring noise. The truth of war gets driven home and it is always ugly.

With ongoing wars in our present day, from those faraway to those on the streets of our own country which have become sadly repetitious, it is tempting to read such events into the Sacred Scriptures.  Not a healthy thing to do.

Readings for the Week – November 6, 2016

Monday: Ti 1:1-9; Ps 24:1b-4ab, 5-6; Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14; Ps 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29; Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17; Jn 2:13-22
Thursday: Phlm 7-20; Ps 146:7-10; Lk 17:20-25
Friday: 2 Jn 4-9; Ps 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18; Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: 3 Jn 5-8; Ps 112:1-6; Lk 18:1-8
Sunday: Mal 3:19-20a; Ps 98:5-9; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19

November 6, 2016 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

We love our Christmas movies.  Soon we will bring them out of storage once again for our seasonal enjoyment, perhaps mixing in some nostalgia for Christmases past.  One of the perennial favorites is Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.”  Critics have opined about the old 1951 black and white version as the best of the many filmed adaptations and I agree.

But whatever version you watch, there is a heavy presence of life after death in the tale. “Old Marley” makes his appearance from the hereafter early on to set the plot in motion. Then Scooge’s third visiting spirit is a scary guy who never speaks but points inevitably to Scrooge’s headstone in a possible future.

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