Daily Readings and Interpretation Category

Saturday, December 20, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

THE SCHOOL OF MARY - One Bread, One Body, Dec 20, 2014

Isaiah 7:10-14 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 1:26-38

"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." —Luke 1:35

Mary is a model disciple. She is worthy of being imitated.

  • Mary did God's will, no matter what it entailed as the servant of the Lord.
  • She welcomed and received the Holy Spirit. Then she ministered with the Spirit's power and ... More

Friday, December 19, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

ZECHARIAH'S "ADVENT" - One Bread, One Body, Dec 19, 2014

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 | Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17 | Luke 1:5-25

"I was sent to...bring you this good news." —Luke 1:19

"Each man speaks from his heart's abundance" (Lk 6:45). Zechariah's words to the angel give evidence that his heart did not trust God. He possibly felt that God turned a "deaf ear" to his decades-long prayers for a child. Thus, when the angel ... More

Thursday, December 18, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

ACCEPT FOR CHRISTMAS - One Bread, One Body, Dec 18, 2014

Jeremiah 23:5-8 | Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 | Matthew 1:18-25

"Joseph her husband, an upright man unwilling to expose her to the law, decided to divorce her quietly." —Matthew 1:19

Joseph planned to divorce Mary and, therefore, Jesus. This Christmas, we also may be tempted to divorce Jesus indirectly, and thereby miss out on Christmas. Throughout history, there have been more innkeepers and Herods at Christmas than wise ... More

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

I LOVE JESUS' GENES - One Bread, One Body, Dec 17, 2014

Genesis 49:2, 8-10 | Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17 | Matthew 1:1-17

"A family record of Jesus Christ…" —Matthew 1:1

I've often heard parishioners express discontent about having to listen to today's Gospel litany of name after name in the genealogy of Jesus. Church attendees often seem bored with the genealogy.

Genealogy, however, is riding a wave of ... More

I LOVE JESUS' GENES - One Bread, One Body, Dec 17, 2014

Genesis 49:2, 8-10 | Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17 | Matthew 1:1-17

"A family record of Jesus Christ…" —Matthew 1:1

I've often heard parishioners express discontent about having to listen to today's Gospel litany of name after name in the genealogy of Jesus. Church attendees often seem bored with the genealogy.

Genealogy, however, is riding a wave of ... More

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

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Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

INTO THE DUMPSTER - One Bread, One Body, Dec 16, 2014

Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 | Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23 | Matthew 21:28-32

"The lowly will hear me and be glad." —Psalm 34:3

Throughout much of our lives, many of us develop the illusion that we are naturally good-hearted, loving, and kind people. We pretend that about all we want out of life is to help people. Although various circumstances in our lives seem to ... More

Monday, December 15, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

QUESTION BOX - One Bread, One Body, Dec 15, 2014

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 | Psalm 25:4-9 | Matthew 21:23-27

"I too will ask a question." —Matthew 21:24

Sometimes we pray and talk to God, even questioning Him, but He doesn't seem to answer. We wonder if He's even listening. One reason for this is mentioned in today's Gospel reading. The chief priests and elders asked Jesus two questions (Mt ... More

My People, Vol. 27, Issue 12

Growing Threats To Peace In Middle East
Hunger Threatens Peace
Seek Unity, Don't Fear Diversity
"Every Single Christmas"
Martyrs Offer Great Witness
Learn From St. Teresa Of Avila
Light to the Nations
Edge To Edge
Pray The News

Sunday, December 14, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

"REJOICE SUNDAY" - One Bread, One Body, Dec 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 | Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 | John 1:6-8, 19-28

"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul." —Isaiah 61:10

"Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again. Rejoice!" (Phil 4:4) Today is "Gaudete Sunday," that is, "Rejoice Sunday." We are rejoicing because soon and very soon Christ will come in glory this Christmas.

We are able to "rejoice always" (1 ... More

Saturday, December 13, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

U R E. & J. - One Bread, One Body, Dec 13, 2014

St. Lucy
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 | Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 | Matthew 17:9-13

"Elijah is indeed coming, and he will restore everything." —Matthew 17:11

Jesus said that Elijah would restore everything. What a statement! Everything? How could someone restore everything? Jesus said that the restoration of everything was begun by John the Baptizer (Mt 17:13), who came "in the spirit and ... More

Friday, December 12, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

CHRIST WITHIN - One Bread, One Body, Dec 12, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zechariah 2:14-17 | Judith 13:18-19 | Luke 1:39-47

"Thereupon Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth." —Luke 1:39-40

When we think of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we think of her miraculous image on the tilma, the miracle of the roses, the great basilica, and especially the millions of conversions. The cause of all these wondrous works is symbolized by the black ... More

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