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 (A)
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 | Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 | Romans 8:28-30 | Matthew 13:44-46
What is it that we are wishing for or chasing after? What are you spending your time, energy, and money to pursue? This Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our attention is drawn to re-focus on what matters most and lasts forever.
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 | Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 | Romans 8:26-27 | Matthew 13:24-30
Today’s readings describe an extremely patient God. The selections suggest that we give the persistence of evil a second look as a sign not of God’s indifference but rather of his mercy.
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Isaiah 55:10-11 | Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 | Romans 8:18-23 | Matthew 13:1-9
The readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time remind us that God's word holds great power, that the struggles we face now cannot be compared to the future glory that awaits us, and that it is important for us to truly hear and internalize God's word to experience its transformative impact in our lives.
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Zechariah 9:9-10 | Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 | Romans 8:9, 11-13 | Matthew 11:25-30
The readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time provide guidance on discovering and encountering God's peace within a troubled world.
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A | Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 | Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 | Matthew 10:37-42
Today marks the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The passages we will be exploring focus on accepting God's messenger, embracing a fresh existence in Christ, prioritizing Jesus in our lives, and engaging in simple acts of caring.
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Jeremiah 20:10-13 | Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 | Romans 5:12-15 | Matthew 10:26-33
On this day, we commemorate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is an opportunity for us to contemplate the significance of speaking the truth, encountering God's love and mercy in the midst of widespread sin, and displaying unwavering courage in upholding the truth even in dangerous circumstances.
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Exodus 19:2-6a | Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5 | Romans 5:6-11 | Matthew 9:36—10:8
Following the 50 days of Easter and the observance of two solemnities, we now mark the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today is also a special occasion as we celebrate Father's Day, a time to honor our fathers, grandfathers, and all those who have fulfilled a paternal role in our lives. During this Mass, our prayers will be directed towards invoking abundant blessings from God upon the living and seeking heavenly joy for those who have passed away.
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14B-16A | Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 | 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 | John 6:51-58
Today is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Our readings call us to consider the meaning of the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Church and in our own personal lives.
Solemnity of the most Holy Trinity (A)
Exodus 34:4B-6, 8-9 | Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 | 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 | John 3:16-18
Solemnity of Pentecost (A)
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 | Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 | 1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13 | John 20:19-23
Today we celebrate Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birthday of the church, and the end of the Easter season. Pentecost comes from a Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot. It represents the firstfruits gathered as the result of labor of those who completed the spring grain harvests. God chose the first Pentecost after Jesus Christ’s resurrection to demonstrate that God is harvesting the firstfruits who came into the Kingdom as a result of Peter's preaching that day.
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum