FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Deuteronomy 6:2-6 | Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 | Hebrews 7:23-28 | Mark 12:28b-34
Every baptized Christian is called to be holy. This understanding is known as the universal call to holiness. Today is Hallowmas or All Hallows' Eve. Tomorrow's Solemnity of All Saints calls us to turn our gaze toward heaven and remember that we are all called to be saints. In doing this, we look at all the great saints of our faith for inspiration and guidance.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Jeremiah 31:7-9 | Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 | Hebrews 5:1-6 | Mark 10:46-52
There's something indescribably sweet about the readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Lord encourages us to be bearers of hope in the midst of loss and suffering, to fly to him, our high priest, in our time of need, and to not be paralyzed in fear and just be contented with our blindness.
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Isaiah 53:10-11 | Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 | Hebrews 4:14-16 | Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45
Do we want to imitate Jesus in what he does? The readings for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time remind us to find purpose beyond our pain, rest in the assurance that Jesus understands exactly what we’re going through, and serve God by serving others.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Wisdom 7:7-11 | Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 | Hebrews 4:12-13 | Mark 10:17-27
God certainly speaks to us through the Scripture readings of the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Seek wisdom over riches, hear the word of God and respond to it wholeheartedly and treasure nothing else in your heart like Jesus.
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ( B )
Genesis 2:18-24 | Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 | Hebrews 2:9-11 | Mark 10:2-12
There’s a lot of low-hanging fruits in our readings this Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, which of course are always the most tempting to grab. If we reach a little more deeply into our texts, we are being taught that we must live in communion with others, follow in the footsteps of our compassionate God and accompany families in difficulty.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum