FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
2 Kings 4:42-44 | Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18 | Ephesians 4:1-6 | John 6:1-15
The themes on this Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to reflect on caring for one another, living our calling to unity and bringing what we have to God.
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Jeremiah 23:1-6 | Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 | Ephesians 2:13-18 | Mark 6:30-34
The underlying themes of 3Ps – piloting, peace and prayer – flow though the Scripture readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
This reflection is dedicated to the Carmelite Missionaries of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Community,
Mater Carmeli School, D. Tuazon, Quezon City Philippines
Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
1 Kings 18:42b-25a | Psalm 14:1, 2-3, 4 | Galatians 4:4-7 | John 19:25-27
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Patroness of the Carmelite Order. In 1251, the Holy Mother appeared to Saint Simon Stock and gave him the brown scapular, telling him to promote devotion to it. The scapular is a modified version of Mary’s own garment. It symbolizes her special protection and calls the wearers to consecrate themselves to her in a special way. The scapular reminds us of the gospel call to prayer and penance—a call that Mary models in a splendid way.
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Amos 7:12-15 | Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 | Ephesians 1:3-10 | Mark 6:7-13
Holy Mother Church teaches that every person who is baptized and confirmed receives directly from Christ a mandate to share in the Lord’s prophetic mission. The readings for this weekend remind us to be faithful to our calling, to recognize our giftedness and use it to engage in good works, and finally, to free ourselves of excess baggage in carrying out our mission.
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Ezekiel 2:2-5 | Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4 | 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 | Mark 6:1-6
Today’s readings assure us that neither rejection nor personal limitation need inhibit the power of God working in our lives.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum