FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Isaiah 22:19-23 | Psalm 138: 1-2, 2-3, 6, 8 | Romans 11: 33-36 | Matthew 16: 13-20
The readings for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, teaches us that the truly faithful would receive their reward from God, that theologizing should ultimately lead us to worship God and that we are continually transformed by Jesus' love, forgiveness and patience.
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7 | Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8 | Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32 | Matthew 15: 21-28
Our readings for this Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time tell us that the gift of life and salvation is for everyone, especially to those who go beyond boundaries and dividing lines and demonstrate great faith in Jesus.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABC)
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6.10 | Psalm 45:10-12,16 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 | Luke 1:39-56
Jesus was standing over the woman caught in adultery and challenged the crowd that “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Suddenly, a stone propelled into the air and hits the back of his head. Jesus turns and exclaims, “Mom, please mind your own business!”
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A | Psalm 85: 9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 | Romans 9: 1-5 | Matthew 14:22-33
On this Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time let us together be quiet and hear the heartbeat of God within us; accompany others in discovering truth and goodness; and completely trust God no matter what goes on around us.
The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (A)
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 | 2 Peter 1:16-19 | Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 | Matthew 17:1-9
Before refrigerators, people stored ice in caves and pits to preserve their food. In winter, when lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the Morris Ice Company in Philadelphia, and covered with sawdust. One man lost a valuable watch while working in an ice house. He searched for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn’t find it. Others also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the ice house during the noon hour and soon emerged with the missing time piece. Amazed, the men asked him how he found it. “I closed the door,” the boy replied, “lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.”
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum