Daily Readings and Interpretation Category

Monday, October 27, 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.

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"NO PROBLEM" OR "KNOW PROBLEM"? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 27, 2014

Ephesians 4:32—5:8 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 13:10-17

"There was a woman there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit which drained her strength." —Luke 13:11

The American church may be the woman in today's gospel: possessed, drained, and stooped for eighteen years. In the Catholic community, we have been drained of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, drained of almost a whole ... More

Novena of Mary, "The Mother of Forgiveness"

It is absolutely necessary for us to accept God's grace to forgive immediately after we have been sinned against. Because we can be sinned against 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22), we usually need to forgive very frequently. Therefore, any time is a good time to pray this novena.

Ten Commandments of Intercession

Intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God's plan of salvation. Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three years. And now He has been interceding for us for almost two thousand years. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.

Sunday, October 26, 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.

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LOVE LOVE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 26, 2014

30th Sunday Ordinary Time
Exodus 22:20-26 | 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 | Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 | Matthew 22:34-40

"I love You, O Lord." —Psalm 18:2

God is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16). Because He is Love, we are in the image of Love, for we were created in His image (Gn 1:27). Because He is Love, our sins against Him are very serious — so serious that the nature of all human beings was wounded due ... More

Saturday, October 25, 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.

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FRUITFULNESS OR DOOM - One Bread, One Body, Oct 25, 2014

Ephesians 4:7-16 | Psalm 122:1-5 | Luke 13:1-9

"Perhaps it will bear fruit. If not, it shall be cut down." —Luke 13:9

We must bear the fruit of evangelization and holiness. The alternative is to be cut down like an unfruitful tree (Lk 13:7, 9), and get thrown into the fire to be burnt (see Jn 15:5-6), possibly undergoing tragedies (see Lk 13:1-5) on this earth ... More

Friday, October 24, 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.

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MANY-SPLENDORED UNITY - One Bread, One Body, Oct 24, 2014

St. Anthony Mary Claret
Ephesians 4:1-6 | Psalm 24:1-6 | Luke 12:54-59

"Make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin." —Ephesians 4:3

To live lives worthy of our calling as Christians, we must become one as Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are One (see Jn 17:21). We are called to live in divine, Trinitarian, multi-faceted unity. There are seven major facets to our unity ... More

Thursday, October 23, 2014 Daily Mass Readings

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY - One Bread, One Body, Oct 23, 2014

St. John of Capistrano
Ephesians 3:14-21 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 | Luke 12:49-53

"I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name." —Ephesians 3:14-15

Jesus has "come to light a fire on the earth" (Lk 12:49). He begins this by dismantling families held together by factors not according to His will (see Lk 12:51ff). For example, many marriages and families stay together because of fears, ... More

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

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MORE - One Bread, One Body, Oct 22, 2014

Ephesians 3:2-12 | Isaiah 12:2-6 | Luke 12:39-48

"When much has been given a man, much will be required of him. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." —Luke 12:48

Jesus spoke the above words to St. Peter and the apostles. We might not be expected to perform the works of St. Peter, but none of us are off the hook when it comes to serving the Lord. As Catholics, we have received the sacraments of Baptism, ... More

Tuesday, October 21, 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.

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DRY WALL - One Bread, One Body, Oct 21, 2014

Ephesians 2:12-22 | Psalm 85:9-14 | Luke 12:35-38

"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is He Who is our Peace, and Who made the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart." —Ephesians 2:13-14

The phrase rendered "barrier of hostility" above is literally "the dividing wall of the barrier." We all experience the pain of being separated by a dividing wall. Some experience this in troubled marriages; it feels like the Great Wall of ... More

Monday, October 20, 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.

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CULTURE-WARS - One Bread, One Body, Oct 20, 2014

St. Paul of the Cross
Ephesians 2:1-10 | Psalm 100:1-5 | Luke 12:13-21

"That is the way it works with the man who grows rich for himself instead of growing rich in the sight of God." —Luke 12:21

The man in today's Gospel reading decided to save for the future. He said to himself: "You have blessings in reserve for years to come. Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself" (Lk 12:19). In today's culture, we would call him a wise ... More

Sunday, October 19, 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.

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MISSION-MINDED? - One Bread, One Body, Oct 19, 2014

29th Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 | Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 | Matthew 22:15-21

"...so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that there is none besides Me." —Isaiah 45:6

On this World Mission Sunday, the Church asks us as Christians what our relationship is to the nations of the world. We must give the nations what belongs to them (see Mt 22:21). Especially, we must give Jesus to the nations, for He belongs to ... More

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