FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 | Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13 | 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 | Mark 5:21-24, 35b-43
The readings for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time reflects on God's desire to heal us and give us life and his intentions to share his own eternal life with humanity.
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Job 38:1, 8-11 | Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 | 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 | Mark 4:35-41
The readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time are given to us to make us think about God and about the role of God in our personal life and in the life of the world. Today we also celebrate Father’s Day, honoring our fathers, grandfathers and all those who have acted as fathers in our life. In this Mass, we shall pray for God’s plentiful blessings for those who are alive and for joys of heaven for those who have died.
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Ezekiel 17:22-24 | Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 | 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 | Mark 4:26-34
We return to Ordinary Time in the Church’s year this Sunday with images of growth.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ( B )
Exodus 24:3-8 | Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18 | Hebrews 9:11-15 | Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
Today we celebrate the solemnity of the most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. A little story can help us enter into the historical aspects of this feast and to see why it was instituted. In 1263, German priest Hochwürden Peer von Praga stopped at the Basilica di Santa Cristina in Bolsena, Italy while on a pilgrimage to Rome. He celebrated Holy Mass above the tomb of 3rd century martyr Christina of Bolsena. Although a duly ordained clergyman, he was plagued by doubts on the Real Presence. When he started saying the words of institution, the bread took to the form of human flesh and blood began to seep from it and run over his hands onto the altar and corporal. So powerful was this blood gush that it even marked the marble altar steps and floor. To this day, the Eucharistic flesh remains preserved as does the stained marble floor where the drops of the blood of Christ fell. After thorough investigation, Pope Urban IV instituted the feast of Corpus Christi a year later to recognize and to promote the great gift of the Blessed Sacrament.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum