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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-26-17, Fourth Sunday of Lent [Laetare Sunday]

    03/25/2017 8:28:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13aThe LORD said to Samuel:"Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons." As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."But the LORD said to Samuel: "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him.Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance...
  • "A Real Eye-Opener" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on John 9:1-41)

    03/25/2017 4:53:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 26, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Real Eye-Opener” (John 9:1-41) Our text today is a real eye-opener. It’s the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, from John chapter 9. It’s an eye-opener in several senses. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the eyes of a man born blind--that in itself is an eye-opener, in the sense of it being something startling or surprising. As the guy who was healed says, “Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.” But then it’s a literal eye-opener for the man born blind. He receives...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-17, SOL, The Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2017 10:25:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2017 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means "God is with us!" Responsorial Psalm...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-17

    03/24/2017 8:06:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2017 Friday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10Thus says the LORD:Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;you have collapsed through your guilt.Take with you words,and return to the LORD;Say to him, "Forgive all iniquity,and receive what is good, that we may renderas offerings the bullocks from our stalls.Assyria will not save us,nor shall we have horses to mount;We shall say no more, 'Our god,'to the work of our hands;for in you the orphan finds compassion." I will heal their defection, says the LORD,I will love them freely;for my wrath is turned away...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-17, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2017 8:22:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2017 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-17

    03/21/2017 9:01:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2017 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9Moses spoke to the people and said:"Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich 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 decreesas 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 evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-17

    03/20/2017 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud: "For your name's sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,or make void your covenant.Do not take away your mercy from us,for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,To whom you promised to multiply their offspringlike the stars of heaven,or the sand on the shore of the sea.For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,brought low everywhere in the world this daybecause of our sins.We have in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-17, SOL, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/19/2017 9:07:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2017 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall stand...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-19-17, Third Sunday of Lent

    03/18/2017 6:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2017 Third Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ex 17:3-7In those days, in their thirst for water,the people grumbled against Moses,saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?"So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people?a little more and they will stone me!"The LORD answered Moses,"Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river.I will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-17, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2017 8:13:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2017 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-17, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2017 7:29:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2017 Friday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28aIsrael loved Joseph best of all his sons,for he was the child of his old age;and he had made him a long tunic.When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had goneto pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.Get ready; I will send you to them." So Joseph went after...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-17

    03/15/2017 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2017 Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of drought...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-15-17

    03/14/2017 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 15, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,"Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word." Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their behalf,to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-14-17

    03/13/2017 7:54:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 14, 2017 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the land;But...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-13-17

    03/12/2017 8:14:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 13, 2017 Monday of the Second Week in Lent Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10"Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-12-17, Second Sunday of Lent

    03/11/2017 7:52:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 12, 2017 Second Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 12:1-4aThe LORD said to Abram: "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolkand from your father's house to a land that I will show you. "I will make of you a great nation,and I will bless you;I will make your name great,so that you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless youand curse those who curse you.All the communities of the earthshall find blessing in you." Abram went as the LORD directed him. Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22.R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-11-17

    03/10/2017 9:15:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    March 11, 2017 Saturday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19Moses spoke to the people, saying:"This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-10-17

    03/09/2017 9:49:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 10, 2017 Friday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may live?...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-09-17, OM, St. Frances of Rome, Religious

    03/08/2017 9:53:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-09-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 9, 2017 Thursday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am alone...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-08-17, OM, St. John of God, Religious

    03/07/2017 9:58:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 8, 2017 Wednesday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:"Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD's bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them, great...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-07-17, OM, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs

    03/06/2017 9:55:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-07-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 7, 2017 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 55:10-11Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let us together...
  • The Power of Fasting, Alms-Giving, and Prayer

    03/06/2017 1:03:09 PM PST · by pgyanke · 4 replies
    Yanke Academy ^ | 3/2/2017 | pgyanke
    In the Jewish tradition, there are three ways in which we are all tempted to sin: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. We see this understanding reflected in 1 John 2:16. The lust of the flesh represents the desires of our appetites (ie: gluttony and sexual pleasure). The lust of the eyes represents our desire for all we want (ie: greed and envy). The pride of life is our disordered desire to be greater than we are (ie: pride and vainglory). These are the temptations the world throws at all of us. Where...
  • The Truer Purpose of Fasting

    03/06/2017 7:59:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    The Truer Purpose of Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope • March 5, 2017 • There is an interesting passage in Isaiah, in which God turns the tables on us and reminds us of the truer purpose of fasting. The key verses come in Isaiah 58, but in order to see them in context, let’s first consider the whole passage.Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-17

    03/05/2017 8:55:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-06-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 6, 2017 Monday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. "You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front of...
  • Triumph in Temptation – A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

    03/05/2017 7:23:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Archdiocese of Washington Triumph in Temptation – A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 4, 2017 • The Gospel today says that Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. Hebrews 4:15 also affirms, For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.How exactly a divine person, with a sinless human nature, experiences temptation is somewhat mysterious, and yet the text affirms that He does. A Lenten antiphon from the Breviary teaches that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-05-17, First Sunday of Lent

    03/04/2017 8:19:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-05-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 5, 2017 First Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being. Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and placed there the man whom he had formed.Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and...
  • "When the Tempter Comes Calling" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Matthew 4:1-11)

    03/04/2017 4:34:56 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 5, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When the Tempter Comes Calling” (Matthew 4:1-11) What are you going to do when the tempter comes calling? Oh, be assured, he will come. The tempter came for Adam and Eve. The tempter came for ancient Israel. He even came for Jesus. So what are you going to do “When the Tempter Comes Calling”? Who is this tempter? It is the devil, of course. Satan, the accuser, the adversary, the evil one, the enemy of our souls. His goal is to destroy you, to do you evil, to tear you away from your faith in God, to doubt God’s word...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-04-17, OM, St. Casimir

    03/03/2017 9:36:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-04-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 4, 2017 Saturday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;"Repairer of...
  • Fish Suppers for the Soul: the Culinary Joys of Lent

    03/03/2017 11:45:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Liz Balmaseda
    The Lenten season and the concept of sacrifice are perennially linked. The big question leading up to Ash Wednesday, which arrived March 1 this year, is usually, “What should I give up?” But deep, spiritual decisions aside, perhaps the 40 days of Lent is a good time to contemplate its culinary rewards – particularly its fish-centric Friday tradition. Christendom’s abstinence of eating the meat of warm-blooded animals offers home cooks and seafood lovers a noble reason to consume fish in any number of preparations. Well beyond the Friday cafeteria fish sticks of my Catholic school youth, I have found soul-warming...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-03-17, OM, St. Katherine Drexel, Virgin

    03/02/2017 8:01:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-03-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 3, 2017 Friday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:1-9aThus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast day you...
  • Choices Have Consequences

    03/02/2017 8:01:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 154 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Choices Have Consequences Msgr. Charles Pope • March 1, 2017 • The themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and subsequently face judgment. Hence we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.The reading for Thursday after Ash Wednesday features Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make:Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have...
  • "The Catechism in Six Parts: The Ten Commandments" (Lenten sermon series, for Ash Wednesday)

    03/01/2017 10:12:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Catechism in Six Parts: The Ten Commandments” Tonight we start a Lenten series on “The Catechism in Six Parts.” We’ll be following the six chief parts as Luther lays them out in the Small Catechism: The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. We begin tonight with the Ten Commandments. It’s fitting that today, on Ash Wednesday, we hear the Ten Commandments. For on this solemn and somber day of repentance, the Ten Commandments, God’s Law, will show us our sins and our need for God’s forgiveness,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-17

    03/01/2017 7:17:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-02-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2017 Thursday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20Moses said to the people:"Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will not...
  • Are Your Ashes Real Ashes or Just Ritual Ones?

    03/01/2017 8:04:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-28-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Are Your Ashes Real Ashes or Just Ritual Ones? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 28, 2017 • As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I’ll admit I still don’t like it too much, I behave myself and don’t rub them off!I pray that this doesn’t seem impious, but I’m still amazed by how many people pack into the church to get ashes. Sadly,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-01-17, Ash Wednesday

    02/28/2017 9:06:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-01-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2017 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the altarlet...
  • ASH WEDNESDAY

    02/26/2017 4:33:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | 1996 | James Akin
    ASH WEDNESDAY James Akin Q: What is Ash Wednesday? A: Ash Wednesday is the day Lent begins. It occurs forty days before Good Friday.Q: Is Ash Wednesday based on a pagan festival?A: Heck, no. Ash Wednesday originated in the A.D. 900s, long after Europe had been Christianized and the pagan cults stamped out.Q: Why is it called Ash Wednesday?A: Actually, Ash Wednesday is its colloquial name. Its official name is the Day of Ashes. It is called Ash <Wednesday> because, being forty days before Good Friday, it always falls on a Wednesday and it is called <Ash> Wednesday because on...
  • "Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken" (Sermon for Good Friday, on John 19:31-37)

    03/25/2016 4:32:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 25, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (John 19:31-37) It’s Friday, and darkness falls over the land. On a cross, a man who has been nailed there is dying a shameful and agonizing death. Yet this is no criminal. This is the most righteous and innocent man who has ever walked the earth. Indeed, this is the very Son of God, come in the flesh. Why is this happening? Why is God allowing this to happen? And couldn’t this man Jesus, who displayed such amazing power on other occasions--couldn’t he have stopped this? So was this one gigantic screw-up...
  • "Love One Another, as I Have Loved You" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/24/2016 11:26:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 24, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to his disciples on the night when he was betrayed. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So says Jesus to his disciples here on this night, as we are gathered in his name and he is here with us. Thus our theme for tonight, Jesus’ commandment to his disciples both then and now: “Love...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-16, Chrism Mass

    03/23/2016 7:47:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2016, Chrism Mass Holy Thursday - Chrism Mass Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-16, Wednesday of Holy Week

    03/22/2016 7:39:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2016 Wednesday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-16, Tuesday of Holy Week

    03/21/2016 9:19:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2016 Tuesday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-16, Monday of Holy Week

    03/20/2016 9:08:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2016 Monday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • See What the End Shall Be – Palm Sunday

    03/20/2016 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be – Palm Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • March 19, 2016 • The Passion, which we read in today’s liturgy, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here.It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd shouting, “Crucify him!”) are unambiguously wicked and display their sinfulness openly. But there are others involved whose struggles and neglectfulness are more subtle, yet no less real....
  • "He Humbled Himself" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Philippians 2:5-11)

    03/20/2016 12:28:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 20, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “He Humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:5-11) Have you ever been humbled? Yes, humbled, brought low. Maybe you were humbled when you got beat really badly in a game of Scrabble. Maybe you won that game of Scrabble, and you got the big head, so God had to humble you in some other way. Or think about the March Madness that’s going on right now. Sometimes there is an occasional upset, but usually, when a #16 seed has to face a #1 seed in the opening round, it can be pretty humbling. To be humbled is not a pleasant experience. Often when...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-20-16, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

    03/19/2016 7:33:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2016 Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – At the Procession with Palms – Gospel Lk 19:28-40 Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples.He said, “Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.And if anyone should ask you,‘Why are you untying it?’ you will answer,‘The Master has need of it.’”So those who had been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-16, SOL, St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2016 9:27:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2016 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David,‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-16, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2016 10:31:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2016 Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-16, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2016 9:32:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-16

    03/15/2016 9:16:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2016 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar said:“Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,that you will not serve my god,or worship the golden statue that I set up?Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,and all the other musical instruments;otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?”Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,“There is no need for us...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-15-16

    03/14/2016 8:45:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 15, 2016 Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned...