Category: Word of God

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave birth to the Church

NOTE: In those places where the observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord has been transferred to this day, the Mass and readings of the Ascension are used. MAY 24, 2020 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER FOCUS:    The outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave birth to the Church and sustains her, and us, still…

Let us nourish the world with spiritual fruits

MAY 17, 2020 SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Reading 1 ACTS 8:5-8, 14-17 Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philipwhen they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,came out…

Hear and heed the voice of our Shepherd

MAY 3, 2020 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER FOCUS: Sheep left unattended or corralled will wander off and get into trouble every single time. That is why the shepherd goes to such lengths to keep an eye on them. When left to our own devices, we, too, have this uncanny tendency to wander off and get…

We need God, and the Mass gives us what we need

APRIL 26, 2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER FOCUS: The Gospel tells us today, While he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Immediately, the despair of the two disciples turned to joy; their despondency…

Christ became obedient unto death that we might have life

APRIL 5, 2020 PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD (Lec. 37)   Procession with the Palms                                                        1) Matthew 21:1-11 (Lec. 38) Mass Readings 1) Isaiah 50:4-7 2) Philippians 2:6-11 3) Matthew 26:14–27:66 or 27:11-54 FOCUS: Today is one of those unique days in the Church calendar when we hear two Gospel passages very different in tone and sentiment,…

The Lord has given us the eyes of faith to declare, I do believe, Lord

MARCH 22, 2020 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (Lec. 31)      1)         1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a 2)         Ephesians 5:8-14 3)         John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38 Gospel related: CCC 575, 588, 595, 596, 1151, 1504, 2173, 2827 FOCUS: In the first reading, we are given a glimpse into the ways of God. The least of all…

God’s mercy flows like living water

MARCH 15, 2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (Lec. 28)  1)         Exodus 17:3-7 2)         Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 3)         John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42 Gospel related: CCC 439, 528, 544, 586, 606, 694, 728, 1137, 1179, 1999, 2557, 2560, 2561, 2611, 2652, 2824 FOCUS:  What does Paul mean when he writes: Since we have been justified…

The Lord gives us strength for all things

MARCH 8, 2020  SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (Lec. 25)      1)         Genesis 12:1-4a 2)         2 Timothy 1:8b-10 3)         Matthew 17:1-9 Gospel related: CCC 444, 554 FOCUS: Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. These words from Saint Paul to Timothy in today’s reading are a wonderfully encouraging summary of the…

May this journey of Lent help us to put God first in our lives and hearts

YEAR A – MARCH 1, 2020  FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (Lec. 22)     1)         Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 2)         Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19 3)         Matthew 4:1-11 Gospel related: CCC 333, 394, 2083, 2135, 2835, 2849 CSDC 175, 379 FOCUS:   May this journey of Lent help us to return to God and put him first in our lives…

Be holy, for I the Lord, your God, am holy

FEBRUARY 23, 2020 SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Lec. 79)  1)         Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 2)         1 Corinthians 3:16-23 3)         Matthew 5:38-48 Gospel related: CCC 443, 1693, 1825, 1933, 1968, 2013, 2054, 2262, 2303, 2443, 2608, 2828, 2842, 2844 CSDC 40 FOCUS:  The word holy means “to set apart; to be consecrated to God; to be dedicated to…