Readings of the day: RB 9Mass: Malachi 3:13-20b; Resp. Psalm 1; Luke 11:5-13 Today’s commentary brought to you by Cardinal Basil Hume (1923-1999).
“How often have we prayed for something, and our prayer has been ignored, or so it would seem. And how irritating this is when we have been told quite clearly: ‘Ask, and it will be given to you;
search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you’ (Mt 7:7/Luke 11:9-10). Is there such a thing as unanswered prayer?
Readings of the day: RB 8Mass: Jonah 4:1-11; Resp. Psalm 86; Luke 11:1-4
Jesus taught the disciples many things, sometimes using words, other times not. As far as I know the disciples only asked Jesus once to teach them anything at all. Today they ask the Lord to
teach them to pray. It seems a reasonable request considering they, with us, don’t know how to pray as we ought (Romans 8:26). Jesus doesn’t waste time, stating clearly, When you pray, say: Father, hallowed by your nam
Readings of the day: RB 7:62-70Mass: Jonah 3:1-10; Resp. Psalm 130; Luke 10:38-42 Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.(Gospel Acclamation, Mass)
It seems dear Jonah has had a change of heart, not without God in hot pursuit. Today Jonah heeds the Lord’s bidding and sets off for Nineveh. That said, there is more to come.
We are also presented with Martha and Mary, friends of the Lord. Martha was busy asking Jesus questions and telling him what to do. Mary
Readings of the day: RB 7:59Mass: Isaiah 5:1-7; Resp. Psalm 80; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43
Saint Paul offers sound advice, namely, “Do not be anxious at all,” while encouraging us,” Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.”
With his words in mind, herewith Sun
First Saturday of the Month Readings of the day: RB 7:56-58Mass: Baruch 4:5-12,27-29; Resp. Psalm 69; Luke 10:17-24
It may be a good day to reflect on what Jesus means when he speaks of “the childlike.” I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.