Daily Readings and Interpretation Category

FAITH-HEARING - One Bread, One Body, Mar 19, 2014

St. Joseph
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16 | Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 | Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 | Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 | or Luke 2:41-51

"All depends on faith, everything is grace." —Romans 4:16

In our highly secularized society and churches, our faith is weak. Many Christians doubt the truth of the Bible, Jesus' institution the Church, Jesus' "real presence" in the Eucharist, and even the objectivity of moral standards. In this ... More

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 06:00
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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GUILT TRIPS - One Bread, One Body, Mar 18, 2014

St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 | Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Matthew 23:1-12

"Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool." —Isaiah 1:18

In yesterday's readings, Daniel twice confessed: "We are shamefaced" (Dn 9:7, 8). In today's first reading, the Lord promises to forgive sins that are "like scarlet" or "crimson red." These scarlet sins are those of which we are most ashamed. ... More

Monday, March 17, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 06:00
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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MORE OR LESS? - One Bread, One Body, Mar 17, 2014

St. Patrick
Daniel 9:4-10 | Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 | Luke 6:36-38

"Give, and it shall be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will they pour into the fold of your garment. For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you." —Luke 6:38

In Jesus' time, most people worked the land as farmers. Modern farm mechanization didn't exist. Recall that people wore ankle-length robes at the time. The method of sowing seeds in Jesus' time was for each person to go to the seedpile, grab ... More

Sunday, March 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.

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CONVERSATION PEACE - One Bread, One Body, Mar 16, 2014

Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 12:1-4 | 2 Timothy 1:8-10 | Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 | Matthew 17:1-9

"Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them conversing with Him." —Matthew 17:3

It is extremely important that we hear the Lord and converse with Him. The most important conversation we will ever have with the Lord will be on the subject of His death and resurrection. However, this is the most difficult subject of ... More

Saturday, March 15, 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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RAIN LOVE ON YOUR ENEMIES - One Bread, One Body, Mar 15, 2014

Deuteronomy 26:16-19 | Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 | Matthew 5:43-48

"My command to you is: love your enemies." —Matthew 5:44

Jesus commands us to love our enemies. This proves we are God's children (Mt 5:45), because only those who have a share in God's nature (2 Pt 1:4) have the power to love their enemies.

When we realize we can't love our enemies by our own ... More

Friday, March 14, 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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WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY? - One Bread, One Body, Mar 14, 2014

Ezekiel 18:21-28 | Psalm 130:1-8 | Matthew 5:20-26

"Is it My way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?" —Ezekiel 18:25

Some Christians assume that Christianity is like taking a course in school. There are several tests in this course, and they think their final grade is the average of all their tests. However, the Lord doesn't average our lives. If we are not ... More

Thursday, March 13, 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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YOU ASKED FOR IT - One Bread, One Body, Mar 13, 2014

Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 | Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 | Matthew 7:7-12

"Ask, and you will receive." —Matthew 7:7

The Lord commands us to ask Him, but for what? Jesus taught us to ask God for His name to be hallowed, His kingdom to come, His will to be done (Mt 6:9-10). The Lord is not commanding us to ask for our wants, but for His wants. This presents a ... More

Wednesday, March 12, 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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FORTY DAYS FOR THREE DAYS - One Bread, One Body, Mar 12, 2014

Jonah 3:1-10 | Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 | Luke 11:29-32

"Forty days more..." —Jonah 3:4

In about forty days, we will celebrate the Triduum, which is the three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. During these three days, we remember and observe Jesus' Passion, death, and Resurrection; in these three days, Jesus ... More

Jesus, Poverty and Lent - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

"OUR PATH OF CONVERSION"
As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul; "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9). More

The Joy of the Gospel - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

"SET FREE"
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. (1) More

Tuesday, March 11, 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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THIS LENT - One Bread, One Body, Mar 11, 2014

Isaiah 55:10-11 | Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19 | Matthew 6:7-15

"When the just cry out, the Lord hears them, and from all their distress He rescues them. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit He saves." —Psalm 34:18-19

Lent is seven days old. Have you fasted and prayed in imitation of Jesus these seven days? Have you forgiven all who have hurt you — even all your enemies? (see Mt 6:12) Are you emptying yourself (see Phil 2:7) so as to be filled with "the ... More

Monday, March 10, 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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