Category Archives: Daily readings with reflections

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Lent & Blessed Angela Salawa, March 12,2015

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Lent & Blessed Angela Salawa, March 12,2015

Once Jesus had driven out demon, “the mute man spoke.” Cynical crowds conclude that Jesus “drives out demons” by “the prince of demons.” To test Jesus, they ask Jesus “for a sign.” Wouldn’t having a conversation with the once-mute man be sign enough? Not for them, for, in their contempt, “the Word itself is banished from their speech.” They need One stronger than “a strong man fully armed” to take away the armor” on which they rely. Come, Christ, take away my armor – the hardness of my evil heart. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent & St. John Ogilvie, March 11,2015

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent & St. John Ogilvie, March 11,2015

Whoever “glorifies the Lord” by teaching the commandments is the greatest in the kingdom. Why? “Every teaching of the divine commandments greatly emphasizes that honest love may overcome a perverse love, and that delight in justice may destroy the desire for sin” (St. Leo the Great). “Teach your children and your children’s children.”

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Reading 1 DT 4:1, 5-9

Moses spoke to the people and said:
“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land
which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees
as the LORD, my God, has commanded me,
that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.
Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today? read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Dominic Savio, March 10,2015

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Dominic Savio, March 10,2015

After a master forgives his servant a huge debt, that servant refuses similar clemency to a fellow indebted servant. The other servants become “deeply disturbed,” for to receive “great mercy” is in a certain sense to become great mercy. Mercy is our identity, for we are created out of the very mercy of God. We beg, “Help us remember your mercies, O Lord.”

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Opening Prayer

“Lord, you have been kind and forgiving towards me. May I be merciful as you are merciful. Free me from all bitterness and resentment that I may truly forgive from the heart those who have caused me injury or grief.” Lord give the grace to truly forgive that one person who I have looked up to as a friend and comrade but have stabbed me when my back was turned. In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen. read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Frances of Rome, March 9,2015

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Frances of Rome, March 9,2015

Naaman had to sacrifice his self-importance – “Are not the rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?” – in order to receive the purity he desired. For that is purity. Similar disgruntled sentiments held by the people of Nazareth turn them murderous toward Jesus: they want to throw him off a hill. We bring all our self-absorption, our sense of privilege and entitlement to the hill of Calvary to throw it off there. read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday of Lent B & St. John of God, March 8,2015

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Third Sunday of Lent B & St. John of God, March 8,2015

In today’s Gospel, after Jesus rebuked those who have turned their Temple into a marketplace he declared: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (Jn 2:19). They were puzzled but after His death on the cross and His resurrection, the disciples recalled and finally understood His words. Jesus himself was the Temple more sacred because He was the perfect high priest (Heb 3:1). From the death of Jesus flowed a fullness of life and lifted us out from the grave sin (Rom 4:25). This life brought new life in us in the waters of baptism (1 Pt 1:3) so that we become His body and He is the head of the body, the Church (1 Col 1:18). read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week of Lent & St. Perpetua and Felicity, March 7,2015

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week of Lent & St. Perpetua and Felicity, March 7,2015

Micah blesses God, “Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin; who delights in clemency and will again have compassion?” Could we face another day if we were deprived of this same assurance? The agony of the prodigal son’s sin makes him realize that only if he receives such compassion can he go on living. He finds it in a merciful father.

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Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week in Lent & St. Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes, March 6, 2015

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week in Lent & St. Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes, March 6, 2015

The brothers of Joseph murder him out of spite because their father “loved him best of all his sons.” Yet later, amidst a famine, this same beloved son would become their savior. The Father sends his Son to us. We can let our wretchedness rule our response to his presence… or we can embrace the truth that the love with which the Father loves his most beloved Son is what saves us. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Lent & St. John Joseph of the Cross, March 5,2015

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Lent & St. John Joseph of the Cross, March 5,2015

“More tortuous than all else is the human heart.” What the rich man was looking for in fine garments and sumptuous dining he was meant to find in the beggar on his doorstep. For every person that God puts on our path becomes the way to the fulfillment we seek. Jeremiah warns, “Cursed is the man whose heart turns away from the Lord” – that is, the one who refuse the unexpected ways God makes himself present in our life. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent & St. Casimir, March 4,2015

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent & St. Casimir, March 4,2015

The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem conspire against Jeremiah: “Let us carefully note his every word.” Christ’s words make plain today the impending events of Calvary: handed over, condemned, mocked, scourged, crucified, raised. The “indignation” that we so often share with the plotters against Jeremiah is quelled as we take to heart these words of Jesus: “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve… to give his life as a ransom.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent & St. Katharine Drexel, March 3,2015

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent & St. Katharine Drexel, March 3,2015

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to admit our sins. But if the Father had send his Son in order to save us from them, then our sins must in fact be “like scarlet, crimson red.” Humility means admitting our evil and, in that knowledge, acknowledging that we are made for God’s infinite greatness (and not for a Pharisaical exaltation of our own making). When we dare to humble ourselves in Confession, then the Lord shows us through his Precious Blood how his love has become like scarlet, crimson red. read more