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Archive for February, 2017

Readings for the Week – March 26, 2017

Monday: Is 65:17-21; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13b; Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18; Jn 5:17-30
Thursday: Ex 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 5:31-47
Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-21, 23; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday: Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-12; Jn 7:40-53
Sunday: Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 (3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45)

March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Being retired, I have been sometimes called upon to cover a parish for a time when some pastor friends are in need.  The current priest shortage makes me and others like me “valuable commodities”, if you don’t mind my using an economic comparison.

At those times, it can be fun meeting new people and working as a temporary pastor without the burden of administration that goes with that title. Being a help for a brother priest is also personally satisfying. 

However (and in this life there always seems to be a “however”) there are negatives that sometimes come along with those times, as when parishioners voice their complaints about their pastor. Or when an alarm system acts up in the middle of the night and the passcode doesn’t stop it.

Readings for the Week – March 19, 2017

Monday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc, 8-9; Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20; Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Lk 11:14-23
Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17; Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Is 7:10-14, 8:10; Ps 40:7-11; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38
Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41(1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38)

March 19, 2017 – Third Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Do not ever doubt that we are social creatures.  Even the shyest of us eventually need to interact with our fellow human beings.  Talk shows on TV and Facebook online are modern examples of how and where we do so even if only virtually or secondarily.  We listen, we argue, we sympathize and speculate, laugh and lambaste, and certainly render our opinions all the time.

In Jesus’ day, meeting at the town well was like meeting at the mall or the coffee shop today.  However, the law stipulated that the sexes are not to mingle at the well.  Nor was there much business there after the morning for the women of the town, for they had their multiple household chores.  Finally, Jews and Samaritans never intermingled because religious differences between the two were strong and deep.

Readings for the Week – March 12, 2017

Monday: Dn 9:4b-10; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday: Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 23:1-12
Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31:5-6, 14-16; Mt 20:17-28
Thursday: Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 16:19-31
Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a; 17b-28a; Ps 105:16-21; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Sunday: Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42 (5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42)

March 12, 2017 – Second Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Consider the aurora borealis.  Scientists tell us that these strange and beautifully colored lights in the sky over the Artic as well as Antarctica are the result of electrons colliding with the upper reaches of earth’s atmosphere. (Please don’t ask me to explain further!)  When I see pictures of the auroras, they inspire me to call them “God’s technicolor signature”

All of this leads me to see a resemblance between this sky-bound event and the transfiguration of Jesus, when a bit of heaven shines on three humble fishermen.  The Church consistently asks for this story to be read on the second Sunday of Lent.  I find it a marvelous and hope-filled one for all of us.

Readings for the Week – March 5, 2017

Monday: Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mt 25:31-46
Tuesday: Is 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-7, 16-19; Mt 6:7-15
Wednesday: Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Lk 11:29-32
Thursday: Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Ps 138:1-3, 7c-8; Mt 7:7-12
Friday: Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8; Mt 5:20-26
Saturday: Dt 26:16-19; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Mt 5:43-48
Sunday: Gn 12:1-4a; Ps 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; 2 Tm 1:8b-10; Mt 17:1-9

March 5, 2017 – First Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

In the sport of fishing, a great deal of attention is paid to the lure, a type of artificial fishing bait designed to attract the fish’s attention.  The lure uses four things: movement, vibration, flash, and color to do the job.  Many of them are equipped with one or more hooks to catch fish when they strike the lure.  Most manufactured lures are made to look like dying, injured, or fast moving fish.  They are engineered to appeal to the fishes’ sense of territory, curiosity or aggression.

You probably see where I as a preacher am headed with all this talk of lures.  You and I are not much better than fish at times by our being lured into committing sin by all sorts of attractive temptations.  These lures are made by the devil to look like the best thing going for us.  By reason of his superior intelligence Satan knows what appeals to us.  Not what’s best for us.  So often, like the poor fish, we take the bait and are hooked.  And just like that we fail in our attempts to live as Christ would have us live.  Spiritually speaking, we soon die.  Our duty to be “fishers of men” is lost with everything else.