This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination.
Candida Eittreim, a Facebook Friend ,wrote the following piece which sums up a mother’s perspective on the pain and suffering Mary had to endure that Good Friday 2000 odd years ago. I think it takes a mother to really understand the pain Mary suffered.
The concerns and sentiments expressed by Pope Francis in this homily, should also serve as a source of motivation to those of us involved in the Ordinariate to do more in the way of reaching to those on the “outskirts”, the marginalized within our society, whether they be the poor, the sick, the prisoners, the elderly, those suffering from addictions etc.
Today, the Monday of Holy Week, Father Steve Grunow shares his sermon about Isaiah, Christ, and the many complexities to a story that ultimately serve to simplify, redeem and illuminate. Our first reading for today is an excerpt from the Old Testament Book of the Prophet Isaiah
The first reading comes from Isaiah 43:16-21 (God has freed us in the past and will do it again), the responsory is Psalm 126 (“The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy,”) the second reading is Philippians 3:8-14 (knowing Jesus is worth more than anything else), and the Gospel is John 8:1-11 (Jesus rescues the woman caught in adultery from a mob.)The full text of the readings is available on the USCCB website, and you can read them by clicking here.The freedom God granted Israel when He led them out of Egypt (via Moses) as a freedom first of all from earthly slavery. As they prepared last Sunday to finally enter the promised land, it seemed to point to a further liberation- God had also managed to free their hearts and souls from slavery to fear, sin, and perhaps some of the pagan gods of Egypt
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Today’s reading from the Office of Readings is about the Golden Calf and God’s rage at the people of Israel, Moses placates it but himself destroys and burns the Golden Calf and grinds it to dust, scatters the dust on the waters and makes the people drink it. It is just one of the times when the God presented to us in the OT is filled with anger against his people
Third Sunday in Lent (Year “C”) March 3, 2013 GOD SAID TO MOSES, “I AM WHO I AM…” [Texts: Exodus 3.1-8a, 13-15 [Psalm 103]; 1 Corinthians 10.1-6, 10-12; Luke 13.1-9] The Exodus reading describes God’s self-revelation in the burning bush, Moses’ called and commission and how God made known His mysterious Name. It shows how God far transcends our world and yet can be made present on earth.We see how weak, unworthy human beings can become involved with God’s saving plans to rescue those in physical bondage or in physical and spiritual servitude—all who are caught in sin or sinful social structures.
Photo Credit: Celso Flores/Creative CommonsFor our first Sunday of Lent this year, the first reading is from Deuteronomy 26:4-10 (Moses speaking to Israel in the desert, reminding them of where they had come from – slavery – and where they were headed – the Promised Land), the responsory is Psalm 91 (“Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble”), the second reading is from Romans 10:8-13 (that confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart leads one to salvation), and the Gospel is Luke 4:1-13 (the temptation of Christ in the desert).The full text of the readings is available on the USCCB website, and you can read them by clicking here.Jesus’ journey through the desert as presented in this Sunday’s Gospel mirrors two important moments in the Old Testament. The first moment is one of the first moments explained in Scripture – the temptation and subsequent fall of Adam and Eve
Papal resignation: What happens next?In an unexpected move, Pope Benedict XVI — born Joseph Ratzinger — has announced that he is to resign.
First Reading: Jeremiah Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 4 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:5 Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee.
2013-01-30 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel has held another round of talks as part of negotiations for the Fundamental Agreement between both parties.
The children of Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, the Hebrew scriptures tell us, and during this time they lost faith, built nutty statues out of their own stuff, complained bitterly about everything, and failed to notice that hand of God looking after them the entire time. I often think about these years and imagine all the people who died and were also born during this period of confusion
Below is the full text of the homily delivered by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at the Mass of Thanksgiving for St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St.
Septima die infra Octavam EpiphaniaSermon by Pope Leo the Great This meet and right, dearly beloved brethren, yea, it is our bounden duty and godly service, to rejoice with full hearts upon those days which more especially set forth before us the workings of God’s mercy; and to have in honourable memory those things that were done for our salvation.