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Readings for the Week – April 16, 2017

Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105:1-4, 6-9; Lk 24:13-35
Thursday: Acts 3:11-26; Ps 8:2, 5-9; Lk 24:35-48
Friday: Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2, 4, 22-27; Jn 21:1-14
Saturday: Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1, 14-21; Mk 16:9-15
Sunday: Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

On this happy day, the Mass for Easter has two very noticeable additions. First comes “Alleluia”, a word we have not heard for over 40 days since Ash Wednesday.  The word is derived from the Hebrew “Hallelu Jah”, which means “Praise ye, Ya.”  “Ya” is a shortened form of “Yahweh.” one of the oldest names for God.  The Alleluia is back today announcing the Gospel, and it has added significance as we praise the risen Lord and sing of His triumph.

The second addition is the annual renewal of our baptismal vows. Instead of the vicarious way they were made for most of us by our godparents at our baptism as infants, the Church invites us today to make them ourselves. Last night all the new members of our Church made them at the great Easter Vigil. The promises form a “Q and A” version of our creed. If we pay attention, we also hear ourselves making an implied resolution.  One more significant by far than any we might make at New Year’s.

Readings for the Week – April 9, 2017

Monday: Is 42:1-7; Ps 27:1-3, 13-14; Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday: Is 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-6, 15, 17; Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34; Mt 26:14-25
Thursday: Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3ab, 6a, 8b-9; Ps 89:21-22, 25, 27; Rv 1:5-8; Lk 4:16-21
Lord’s Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15
Friday: Is 52:13 — 53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1 — 19:42
Saturday: a) Gn 1:1 — 2:2 [1:1, 26-31a]; Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35; or Ps 33:4-7, 12-13, 20-22;
b) Gn 22:1-18 [1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18]; Ps 16: 5, 8-11;
c) Ex 14:15 — 15:1; Ex 15:1-6, 17-18;
d) Is 54:5-14; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13;
e) Is 55:1-11; Is 12:2-6;
f) Bar 3:9-15, 32 — 4:4; Ps 19:8-11;
g) Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28; Ps 42:3, 5; 43:3-4 or Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 or Ps 51:12-15, 18-19;
h) Rom 6:3-11; i) Mt 28:1-10
Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10 or (at an afternoon or evening Mass) Lk 24:13-35

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

This calendar year finds me celebrating 50 years as a priest. Along with my simple amazement that I have reached this point in life comes a wealth of experience and memories – along with the hope that the good Lord lets my mind stay alert to recall them!

One of my lesser recalls fits today’s liturgical scene.  It involves what choices priests have made regarding a homily after the proclamation of the Passion Account at Palm Sunday Mass.  Lay readers have to keep in mind the none too subtle pressure that a crammed parking lot puts on the preacher.  It springs from an unspoken imperative that this precious space must be cleared in time for the arrivals at the following Mass. 

Readings for the Week – April 2, 2017

Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 [41c-62]; Ps 23:1-6; Jn 8:1-11
Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-21; Jn 8:21-30
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52-56; Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9: Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31:10, 11-13; Jn 11:45-56
Sunday: Mt 21:1-11 (procession); Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14 — 27:66 (27:11-54)

April 2, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

     “When you wish upon a star
      Makes no difference who you are.
     Anything your heart desires
     Will come to you.”

That is the first verse of the song written in 1940 by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney’s classic film “Pinocchio.”  Only after some online research did I learn that the AFI (American Film Institute) ranked it number 7 in its list of the “greatest songs in film history.”  Even more significant, the Library of Congress decided to preserve the song in its “National Recording Registry” in 2009!