Archive for February, 2014


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 24, 2014


All our readings challenge us to be more like God.  They challenge us to live against the rules of conventional justice and equality, for our society says we get what we deserve. . . but this is not God’s way.

Our first reading says that we are to love our neighbor as our self.  Sure, we say it’s a nice idea, but who really does this?  This is the question and commentary of our second reading from Corinthians:  “for the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God.”

Lastly, we continue to hear from Matthew’s version of the sermon on the mount.   Jesus speaks against the popular notion of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  Rather, he says we are to turn the other cheek and be perfect as the Father is perfect.  But this does not mean what we think and so we must consider something even more difficult.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48).


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 16, 2014


Our readings invite us to consider some real, healthy, but difficult tensions of our humanity.  Rarely, does life present clear answers, but through sacred scripture, tradition and our own experience, we are capable of knowing the mind of God in all things.

For many reasons, the Psalm summarizes our readings today.  It is the longest of the Psalms and the Psalm from which the Basilians find their motto:  Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.

In our first reading, we hear about discipline:  our ability to choose good over evil.  In our second reading, we hear about knowledge:  what is true wisdom.  And in our Gospel, we hear about goodness as Jesus teaches us about the spirit that forms and supports the law.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37).


Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 9, 2014


This Sunday, we are once again reminded of our responsibility to the world. We are reminded that our faith is not simply for our own salvation, but actually only works if it assists the salvation of others.

Our first reading from Isaiah tells us that we are share, shelter, and clothe – and in doing so, we will heal our own wounds.

Of course, we often don’t do this very well for we can often succumb to our fear and weakness. This is precisely the admission that even the great St. Paul makes in our second reading to the Corinthians.

But we must never lose sight that the world depends on us in order to become what it is meant to be. Jesus tells us in our Gospel that we are to be salt and light and a city set on a hill. If we lose our potency, our brightness, then how will the world preserve what is most important and see what is worth seeing?

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16).


Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2014


According to the Mosaic law, a woman who gives birth to a boy is unable for forty days to touch anything sacred or to enter the temple area by reason of her legal impurity. At the end of this period she is required to offer a year-old lamb as a burnt offering and a turtledove or young pigeon as an expiation of sin. The woman who could not afford a lamb offered instead two turtledoves or two young pigeons, as Mary and Joseph do in today’s Gospel.

In the temple, our Gospel highlights four individuals who embrace the new life of Jesus: the elderly and faithful Simeon; the old, wise prophetess Anna, and the young couple, Mary and Joseph, who in faithful obedience offer their child to the Lord.  Luke writes that “when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, the old Simeon took the baby into his arms and blessed God”.

The liturgy has us repeat Simeon’s words daily at night prayer:  “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles and glory for your people Israel”.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Malachi 2:1-4; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40).