FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (B)
Isaiah 50:4-7 | Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24. | Philippians 2:6-11 | Mark 14:1—15:47
Today we enter into the most solemn week in our liturgical year. The readings today present us with the opportunity to understand Jesus' journey to Resurrection through the Cross. We shall pray for the gifts of patient endurance, humility and discernment.
Fifth Sunday of Lent (B)
Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 | Hebrews 5:7-9 | John 12:20-33
The season of Lent is drawing to its conclusion. We are longing for the Alleluias of Easter. Our readings for this Fifth Sunday of Lent are filled with anticipation. "The days are coming," Jeremiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. "Suffering would be a part of our lives but has a purpose," the author of the Letter to the Hebrews teaches in our Second Reading. "The hour has come" — His Death, Resurrection, and Ascension to the Father’s right hand — Jesus says in the Gospel.
Fourth Sunday of Lent (B)
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 | Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 | Ephesians 2:4-10 | John 3:14-21
We’ve roughly reached the midpoint of Lent. On Laetare Sunday, we look with expectation to the great Solemnity of Easter for which we have been preparing ourselves as a Church during Lent. This Sunday of rejoicing is meant to give us hope and encouragement as we slowly progress towards the Paschal Feast.
Third Sunday of Lent (B)
Ex 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17 | Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 | 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 | John 2:13-25
Today’s readings teach us that Lent is the ideal time for seeing the Ten Commandments as invitation to build relationships, understanding the wisdom and power of the cross and cleaning out the Temple of our own hearts.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum