In other years: Saint John Paul II (1920-2005)
Readings of the day: RB 18:1-6Mass: Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Resp. Psalm 96; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Luke 22:15-21
I tend to sit up straighter when I read, “Thus says the Lord.” Today, like all days, the words of the Lord are powerful—yet what God says to Cyrus, king of Persia, are awe-inspiring:
I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me!
The God who called Cyrus, giving him the title, “anointed;”the Go
Readings of the day: RB 13:1-11Mass: Romans 1:1-7; Resp. Psalm 98; Luke 11:29-32
For weeks we have been hearing about Jesus teaching, driving out demons, healing, and responding to those who test him and try to justify themselves. Nevertheless, the crowd still seeks a sign.
Jesus doesn’t mince words: “This generation is an evil generation.” It seems an age-old problem—we are always looking for something bigger and better, something a little bit more convincing. The
Ninevites took to Jonah. The
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 7:49-50Mass: Nehemiah 2:1-8; Resp. Psalm 137; Luke 9:57-62
Someone’s knocking at your door. Go ahead, answer it. It’s Jesus. He has two words for you. “Follow me.” What are you going to do?
No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind
is fit fo
Readings of the day: RB 7:10-18Mass: Ezra 9:5-9; Resp. Psalm (Tobit 13); Luke 9:1-6
It sounds so simple: Jesus summons the Twelve. He gives them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. Jesus then provides a rather straightforward job description: proclaim the
Kingdom of God; heal the sick; take nothing for the journey—no walking stick, sack, food, money, or a second tunic. When you enter a house, stay there and leave from there. If you aren’t welcomed
then shake the dust from you