FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Second Sunday of Lent (B)
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 | Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 | Romans 8:31b-34 | Mark 9:2-10
The main purpose of the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent is to challenge us to put our faith in the loving promises of a merciful God who sent His Son to die for us and to transform our lives and radiate the glory and grace of the transfigured Lord around us by our Spirit-filled lives.
First Sunday of Lent (B)
Genesis 9:8-15 | Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 | 1 Peter 3:18-22 | Mark 1:12-15
The readings for the First Sunday of Lent (Year B) get us thinking of the story of God's covenantal relationship with us. He is going to shape you through trials and fulfill his promises about your future.
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.
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 | Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 | 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1 | Mark 1:40-45
Human made boundaries are often enslaving and oppressive. One way or another, all of us, in some way, shape or form, are alienated. On this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, let us reflect on how Jesus breaks down all kinds of barriers to reconcile us to the Father and reunite us to the Church.
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Job 7:1-4, 6-7 | Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 | 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 | Mark 1:29-39
Once I was sitting in a hospital room in Dasmariñas City having a conversation with my friend whose devout mother got brain cancer. She was deeply upset and agitated. She dried her eyes and told me, “I struggle believing this is all part of God’s wonderful plan. Why does mom have to suffer? She devoted most of her life serving God." "Why not?" I replied. "People like her are the only ones who can take it." The real question is not "Where does suffering come from?" but "What shall I do with suffering?"
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum