Category Archives: Daily readings with reflections

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 22,2014

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 22,2014

St. John Paul II reminded us that in commemorating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the Church “does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world.” We rejoice in this post-Easter expression of our Eucharistic affection in order to deepen our attachment to the unique and unending Event that transforms our lives. As the Sequence for Corpus Christi begs: “Jesus, of your love befriend us, You refresh us, you defend u, Your eternal goodness send us In the land of life to see.”

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Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Aloysius Gonzaga June 21,2014

Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Aloysius Gonzaga  June 21,2014

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, free me from needless worries and help me to put my trust in you. Make my first concern your kingdom and your righteousness. Help me to live each day with trust and gratitude for your providential care for me”. Amen.

Reading 1
2 Chr 24:17-25

After the death of Jehoiada,
the princes of Judah came and paid homage to King Joash,
and the king then listened to them.
They forsook the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers,
and began to serve the sacred poles and the idols;
and because of this crime of theirs,
wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem.
Although prophets were sent to them to convert them to the LORD,
the people would not listen to their warnings.
Then the Spirit of God possessed Zechariah,
son of Jehoiada the priest.
He took his stand above the people and said to them:
“God says, ‘Why are you transgressing the LORD’s commands,
so that you cannot prosper?
Because you have abandoned the LORD, he has abandoned you.’”
But they conspired against him,
and at the king’s order they stoned him to death
in the court of the LORD’s temple.
Thus King Joash was unmindful of the devotion shown him
by Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, and slew his son.
And as Zechariah was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge.”

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Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Paulinus of Nola June 20,2014

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Paulinus of Nola June 20,2014

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Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, give us the grace to always realize that life is all about pleasing our Heavenly Father God so that we will be able to be with Him for all eternity. Give us the faith and the strength to rely on Him as the source of our security. Lord, we just want to have a genuine and sincere relation with our Father in heaven Who knows us, accepts us, and gives meaning to our lives. With power of your Spirit, we are totally committed to seeking out His kingdom, confident that He will provide us with what we truly need. In your mighty Name, we pray. Amen.

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Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Romuald June 19,2014

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Romuald June 19,2014

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Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, Thank you for graciously showing us how to pray in the most effective way. Thank you for teaching us that prayer is expressing our thoughts, our aspirations and our love for God combined by quieting ourselves and listening to Him. Lord may we be able to give our dear Father a chance to convey not only His love for us but His mighty plan for all of us. In your Name, we pray. Amen.

Reading I

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Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & Venerable Matt Talbot June 18,2014

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & Venerable Matt Talbot June 18,2014

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Reading 1
2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14

When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind,
he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here;
the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.”
“As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live,
I will not leave you,” Elisha replied.
And so the two went on together.
Fifty of the guild prophets followed and
when the two stopped at the Jordan,
they stood facing them at a distance.
Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up
and struck the water, which divided,
and both crossed over on dry ground.

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Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Joseph Cafasso June 17,2014

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Joseph Cafasso June 17,2014

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart ablaze with your love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone.” In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Reading 1
1 Kgs 21:17-29

After the death of Naboth the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite:
“Start down to meet Ahab, king of Israel,
who rules in Samaria.
He will be in the vineyard of Naboth,
of which he has come to take possession.
This is what you shall tell him,
‘The LORD says: After murdering, do you also take possession?
For this, the LORD says:
In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth,
the dogs shall lick up your blood, too.’”
Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me out, my enemy?”
“Yes,” he answered.
“Because you have given yourself up to doing evil in the LORD’s sight,
I am bringing evil upon you: I will destroy you
and will cut off every male in Ahab’s line,
whether slave or freeman, in Israel.
I will make your house like that of Jeroboam, son of Nebat,
and like that of Baasha, son of Ahijah,
because of how you have provoked me by leading Israel into sin.”
(Against Jezebel, too, the LORD declared,
“The dogs shall devour Jezebel in the district of Jezreel.”)
“When one of Ahab’s line dies in the city,
dogs will devour him;
when one of them dies in the field,
the birds of the sky will devour him.”
Indeed, no one gave himself up to the doing of evil
in the sight of the LORD as did Ahab,
urged on by his wife Jezebel.
He became completely abominable by following idols,
just as the Amorites had done,
whom the LORD drove out before the children of Israel.

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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. John Francis Regis June 16,2014

Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. John Francis Regis  June 16,2014

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Reading 1
1Kgs 21:1-16

Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel
next to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.
Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it is close by, next to my house.
I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,
if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.”
Naboth answered him, “The LORD forbid
that I should give you my ancestral heritage.”
Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answer
Naboth the Jezreelite had made to him:
“I will not give you my ancestral heritage.”
Lying down on his bed, he turned away from food and would not eat.

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Trinity Sunday: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity June 15,2014

Trinity Sunday: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity June 15,2014

The Catechism teaches that “by sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange” (CCC:221). “The complete Trinity dwells in us” (R.P. Philippon). By worshiping the Trinity we realize the full truth of ourselves. “In the communion of grace with the Trinity, man’s ‘living area’ is broadened and raised up to the supernatural level of divine life. Man lives in God and by God” (St. John Paul II).

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