First Sunday of Advent

Daily Lectio

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

STAY AWAKE! 
FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW THE DAY ON WHICH YOUR LORD WILL COME.

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 50 Those Working at a Distance or Traveling
Mass: Is 2:1-5; Resp Ps 122; Rm 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44

Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new year on the Church calendar. Happy New Year!

As is customary from last year, we begin with looking at the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year to provide the context from which we reflect on the readings at Mass and our day to day living. This is what we find in paragraph 39:

Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.

 

 

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 27 The Abbot's Concern for the Excommunicated
Mass: Wis 11:22-12:2; Resp Ps 145; Th 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10


With a first glance at the readings for this Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, I thought of the Prologue of the Holy Rule of St Benedict. My mind went to the Holy Rule with the words from the Book of Wisdom: "But you [Lord] have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people's sins that they may repent" (Wis 11:23). St Benedict writes this: "The Lord waits for us daily to translate into action, as we should, his holy teachings. Therefore our life span has been lengthened by way of truce, that we may amend our misdeeds. As the Apostle says:Do you not know that the patience of God is leading you to repent (Rm 2:4)? And indeed the Lord assures us in his love: I do not wish the death of a sinner, but that he turn back to me and live (Ezk 33:11). (Prol. 35-38).

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

Praise the Lord, my soul!

Buona domenica!

105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, instituted by Pope Pius X and first celebrated in 1914
In other years: Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:24-30
Mass: Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Resp Ps 146; 1 Tm 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31


Today's celebration is "not just about migrants", Pope Francis tells us, "it's about all of us, about the human family, called to build together a world more in accord with God's plan" (Twitter, September 29, 2019). In his homily this morning, the Holy Father elaborated: it's about "all those in existential peripheries, who together with migrants and refugees, are victims of the throwaway culture." What then is the Lord asking of us?

September 29, 2019 Read More

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Daily Lectio

O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
National Catechetical Sunday
In other years: Our Lady of Sorrows

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 2:33-40
Mass: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Resp Ps 51; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32


A word for today is mercy. Our readings are saturated with the mercy of God. We begin by using the words of St Paul as a lens for taking in it all in. Quite clearly, St Paul tells us: "Christ came into the world to save sinners" (1 Tm 1:15).

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Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio

Sing to God, chant praise to his name: whose name is the Lord.


In today's reading from the Book of Sirach, the author tells us front and center to conduct our affairs with humility. Furthermore, those that are greater by way of having more gifts, more opportunities, more privileges and the like should humble themselves all the more. In the Gospel, Jesus relates the parable of those invited to a wedding banquet. Jesus tells us to take the lowest place, not the place of honor, for "the one who humbles himself with be exalted."

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