FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Ash Wednesday (A)
Joel 2:12-18 | Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17 | 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
After the Gospel we will again be walking around wearing dirty black smudges. Palm ashes will be blessed, mixed with either holy oil or water, and marked with the sign of the cross on the forehead or sprinkled on the head. The minister, while imposing the ashes says, "Remember,
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Sirach 15:15–20 | Psalm 119:1–2,4–5, 17–18,33–34 | 1 Corinthians 2:6–10 | Matthew 5:17–37
The readings on this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time speak about the interior life of the committed follower of Jesus Christ. Every baptized Christian is called to be holy. This understanding is known as the universal call to holiness. What does it mean to be holy? How can one live a holy life?
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Isaiah 58:7-10 | Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 | 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 | Matthew 5:13-16
My dear Sisters and Brothers, we take salt and light for granted in our society nowadays, but these commodities were more precious in ancient cultures. Jesus’ call to be salt for the earth and light for the world powerfully states our mission as Church and as Christians.
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (A)
Malachi 3:1-4 | Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10 | Hebrews 2:14-18 | Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32
Today, February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, or Candlemas, is celebrated in the Western Church, exactly 40 days after Christmas. Mary and Joseph brings the infant Jesus to the temple in order to fulfill their obligations under the law of Moses. In the Eastern Church, this feast is called Hypapánte or Feast of the Encounter
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum