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  • "Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken" (Sermon for Good Friday, on John 19:31-37)

    03/25/2016 4:32:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 25, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (John 19:31-37) It’s Friday, and darkness falls over the land. On a cross, a man who has been nailed there is dying a shameful and agonizing death. Yet this is no criminal. This is the most righteous and innocent man who has ever walked the earth. Indeed, this is the very Son of God, come in the flesh. Why is this happening? Why is God allowing this to happen? And couldn’t this man Jesus, who displayed such amazing power on other occasions--couldn’t he have stopped this? So was this one gigantic screw-up...
  • "Love One Another, as I Have Loved You" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/24/2016 11:26:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 24, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to his disciples on the night when he was betrayed. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So says Jesus to his disciples here on this night, as we are gathered in his name and he is here with us. Thus our theme for tonight, Jesus’ commandment to his disciples both then and now: “Love...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-16, Chrism Mass

    03/23/2016 7:47:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2016, Chrism Mass Holy Thursday - Chrism Mass Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-16, Wednesday of Holy Week

    03/22/2016 7:39:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2016 Wednesday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-16, Tuesday of Holy Week

    03/21/2016 9:19:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2016 Tuesday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-16, Monday of Holy Week

    03/20/2016 9:08:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2016 Monday of Holy Week Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • See What the End Shall Be – Palm Sunday

    03/20/2016 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be – Palm Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • March 19, 2016 • The Passion, which we read in today’s liturgy, is too long to comment on in detail, so we will only examine a portion of it here.It may be of some value to examine the problems associated with the more moderate range of personalities involved. The usual villains (the Temple leaders, Judas, and the recruited crowd shouting, “Crucify him!”) are unambiguously wicked and display their sinfulness openly. But there are others involved whose struggles and neglectfulness are more subtle, yet no less real....
  • "He Humbled Himself" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Philippians 2:5-11)

    03/20/2016 12:28:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 20, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “He Humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:5-11) Have you ever been humbled? Yes, humbled, brought low. Maybe you were humbled when you got beat really badly in a game of Scrabble. Maybe you won that game of Scrabble, and you got the big head, so God had to humble you in some other way. Or think about the March Madness that’s going on right now. Sometimes there is an occasional upset, but usually, when a #16 seed has to face a #1 seed in the opening round, it can be pretty humbling. To be humbled is not a pleasant experience. Often when...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-20-16, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

    03/19/2016 7:33:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2016 Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – At the Procession with Palms – Gospel Lk 19:28-40 Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples.He said, “Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.And if anyone should ask you,‘Why are you untying it?’ you will answer,‘The Master has need of it.’”So those who had been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-16, SOL, St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2016 9:27:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2016 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David,‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-16, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2016 10:31:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2016 Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-16, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2016 9:32:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-16-16

    03/15/2016 9:16:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-16-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 16, 2016 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar said:“Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,that you will not serve my god,or worship the golden statue that I set up?Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,and all the other musical instruments;otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?”Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,“There is no need for us...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-15-16

    03/14/2016 8:45:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-15-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 15, 2016 Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-14-16

    03/13/2016 9:11:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 14, 2016 Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,the daughter of Hilkiah;her pious parents had trained their daughteraccording to the law of Moses.Joakim was very rich;he had a garden near his house,and the Jews had recourse to him oftenbecause he was the most respected of them all. That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:from the elders who were to govern the people...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-13-16, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/12/2016 7:21:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 13, 2016 Fifth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Is 43:16-21 Thus says the LORD,who opens a way in the seaand a path in the mighty waters,who leads out chariots and horsemen,a powerful army,till they lie prostrate together, never to rise,snuffed out and quenched like a wick.Remember not the events of the past,the things of long ago consider not;see, I am doing something new!Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?In the desert I make a way,in the wasteland, rivers.Wild beasts honor me,jackals and ostriches,for I put water in the desertand rivers in the wastelandfor my chosen people...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-12-16

    03/11/2016 9:02:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-12-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 12, 2016 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:“Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more.” But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-11-16

    03/10/2016 9:03:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-11-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 11, 2016 Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,Reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.He professes to have knowledge of Godand styles himself a child of the LORD.To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,Because his life is not like that of others,and different are his ways.He judges us debased;he holds aloof...
  • Fatal Detraction: The Sin No One Talks About

    03/10/2016 2:38:30 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 9, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    Every now and then I’m reminded of just how clever Satan can be, especially during Lent.Consider, for example, a pernicious little sin that seems to have taken root and grown in the age of social media: detraction. I’ve been seeing it more and more. Nobody really talks about it or the harm it inflicts — though the pope has stressed, often, the inherent evil of its close cousin,  gossip. (The pontiff has even compared gossip to terrorism.)So what’s the big deal? Let me count the ways.First, the catechism teaches that detraction is a sin against the eighth commandment: 2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and...
  • Fasting and Great Lent (Lent is coming!)

    03/05/2016 5:56:32 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    AOC ^ | Antiochian Orthodox Church
    FASTING AND GREAT LENT THE TRIODION Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means "Passover" and is commonly called "Easter",). It is the central part of a larger time of preparation called the Triodion season. The Triodion begins ten weeks before Easter and is divided into three main parts: three Pre-Lenten weeks of preparing our hearts, the six weeks of Lent, and Holy Week. The main theme of the Triodion is repentance--mankind's return to God, our loving Father. This annual season of repentance is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-10-16

    03/09/2016 8:00:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 10, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ex 32:7-14 The LORD said to Moses,“Go down at once to your peoplewhom you brought out of the land of Egypt,for they have become depraved.They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,sacrificing to it and crying out,‘This is your God, O Israel,who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’The LORD said to Moses,“I see how stiff-necked this people is.Let me alone, then,that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.Then I...
  • "Love God, Love Your Neighbor" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments)

    03/09/2016 6:48:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 9, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (The Ten Commandments) “Love God, Love Your Neighbor”: Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And it is. It is simple. And it is good and right and holy. This is how life is meant to work. This is how God created us to live. Love God and love your neighbor. If everybody operated like this, life would go along pretty swimmingly. If I operated like this--in every decision, in every situation, in every thought, word, and deed--being guided by these two principles, loving God and loving my neighbor--well, I suppose I’d have to get a whole...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-09-16, OM, St. Frances of Rome, Religious

    03/08/2016 9:12:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 9, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 49:8-15 Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside springs...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-08-16, OM, St. John of God

    03/07/2016 10:12:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 8, 2016 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12 The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the right side.Then when he had walked off to the eastwith a measuring cord...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-07-16, OM, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs

    03/06/2016 9:15:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 7, 2016 Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 65:17-21 Thus says the LORD:Lo, I am about to create new heavensand a new earth;The things of the past shall not be rememberedor come to mind.Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happinessin what I create;For I create Jerusalem to be a joyand its people to be a delight;I will rejoice in Jerusalemand exult in my people.No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,or the sound of crying;No longer shall there be in itan infant who lives but a few days,or an old man...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-06-16, Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

    03/05/2016 8:25:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 6, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Jos 5:9a, 10-12 The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.” While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passoveron the evening of the fourteenth of the month.On the day after the Passover,they ate of the produce of the land in the form of unleavened cakes and parched grain.On that same day after the Passover, on which they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased.No longer was there manna for the Israelites, who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-05-16

    03/04/2016 9:48:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 5, 2016 Saturday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Hos 6:1-6 “Come, let us return to the LORD,it is he who has rent, but he will heal us;he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds.He will revive us after two days;on the third day he will raise us up,to live in his presence.Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD;as certain as the dawn is his coming,and his judgment shines forth like the light of day!He will come to us like the rain,like spring rain that waters the earth.” What can I...
  • Priest plans 24-hour confession marathon in Schenectady (NY)

    03/04/2016 2:50:35 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Times Union ^ | March 3, 2016 | Tim O'Brien
    SchenectadyIn the darkest hours of the night and the soul, the Rev. Bob Longobucco will be ready for you to share your sins.Longobucco will hold a marathon, 24-hour confession session starting Friday morning to give people a chance to seek mercy before Easter.Pastor of the Roman Catholic St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Longobucco decided to make himself available for a full day as part of the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. "When do you always think about your worst sin? At 3 o'clock in the morning, and you can't do anything about it," he said. "For one night, you'll...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-04-16, OM, St. Casimir

    03/03/2016 10:14:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 4, 2016 Friday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10 Thus says the LORD:Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;you have collapsed through your guilt.Take with you words,and return to the LORD;Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity,and receive what is good, that we may renderas offerings the bullocks from our stalls.Assyria will not save us,nor shall we have horses to mount;We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’to the work of our hands;for in you the orphan finds compassion.” I will heal their defection, says the LORD,I will love them freely;for my wrath is turned...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-03-16, OM, St. Katherine Drexel, Virgin

    03/02/2016 8:59:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 3, 2016 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28 Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet...
  • "Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments)

    03/02/2016 6:48:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 2, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears” (The Ten Commandments) We started off this series on the Ten Commandments with, obviously, the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods.” There is but one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, namely, the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is no other. We should fear, love, and trust in this God above all things. So this is the First--and foremost--Commandment, the one that encompasses all the commandments and runs through them all. “You shall have no other gods.” That’s what we should not do. But Moses also...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-16

    03/01/2016 8:15:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2016 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9 Moses spoke to the people and said:“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decreesas the LORD, my God, has commanded me,that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-01-16

    02/29/2016 7:40:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2016 Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43 Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud: “For your name’s sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,or make void your covenant.Do not take away your mercy from us,for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,To whom you promised to multiply their offspringlike the stars of heaven,or the sand on the shore of the sea.For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,brought low everywhere in the world this daybecause of our sins.We have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-29-16

    02/28/2016 9:09:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 29, 2016 Monday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram,was highly esteemed and respected by his master,for through him the LORD had brought victory to Aram.But valiant as he was, the man was a leper.Now the Arameans had captured in a raid on the land of Israela little girl, who became the servant of Naaman’s wife.“If only my master would present himself to the prophet in Samaria,”she said to her mistress, “he would cure him of his leprosy.”Naaman went and told his lordjust what the...
  • "Examples from the Exodus" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

    02/27/2016 11:37:07 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 28, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Examples from the Exodus” (1 Corinthians 10:1-13) Some good examples can be instructive for us on what to do. We learn from watching others. Children learn from their parents, about how to speak, how to tie their shoelaces, about how to treat other people. We also learn from reading about others and how they handled things in the past. The example of some outstanding figure from history can inspire and instruct us on how we should conduct ourselves. Good examples are important. But then so are bad examples. We can learn from bad examples of what not to do, of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-28-16, Third Sunday of Lent

    02/27/2016 7:18:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2016 - Third Sunday of Lent Third Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,the mountain of God.There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fireflaming out of a bush.As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,though on fire, was not consumed.So Moses decided,“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,and see why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw him coming over to look...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-16

    02/26/2016 10:15:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2016 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-26-16

    02/25/2016 8:51:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2016 Friday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,for he was the child of his old age;and he had made him a long tunic.When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had goneto pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.Get ready; I will send you to them." So Joseph went...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-16

    02/24/2016 10:13:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2016 Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10 Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-16

    02/23/2016 8:01:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2016 Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20 The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,"Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word." Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-16, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2016 8:02:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2016 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-16, FEAST, Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2016 8:11:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2016 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 R....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-21-16, Second Sunday of Lent

    02/20/2016 7:54:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2016 Second Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. He then said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.""O Lord GOD," he asked, "how am I to know that I shall possess it?"He answered him, "Bring me a...
  • "Our Citizenship Is in Heaven" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, on Philippians 3:17 - 4:1)

    02/20/2016 6:55:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 21, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Our Citizenship Is in Heaven" (Philippians 3:17 - 4:1) Citizenship is a big deal in our country right now, especially since this is an election year. There is talk about how to keep non-citizens out, how to keep them from entering our country. There is talk about which candidate or candidates may or may not be "natural born citizens" and thus eligible to run, and about what that term "natural born citizen" actually means. Our attention is drawn to our rights as citizens, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. And we think of our duties as citizens, to be well-informed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-16

    02/19/2016 8:48:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2016 Saturday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:"This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/12/2016 7:59:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope - February 11, 2016 - Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. And even that required "fasting" (for those between the ages of 18 and 59) is really just eating somewhat less than normal (one regular meal and two small "snack-like" meals with no snacking between meals). Not much of a fast, really. Real fasting (going without food for the entire day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able to do so.Yet even the mitigated fast is...
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-16

    02/18/2016 8:34:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2016 Friday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • "The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments)

    02/17/2016 8:47:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 20 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 17, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods" (The Ten Commandments) "You shall have no other gods." OK, that sounds pretty simple. "Have No Other Gods"? Yeah, I can do that. After all, I don't bow down to any idols of wood or stone. I don't worship the Buddha or that crazy god of the Muslims, Allah. No, I'm a good American! You won't catch me worshiping any other gods than the good old-fashioned American God, you know, the Big Guy upstairs. So I guess I'm good to go. If the rest of these Ten Commandments are as easy as the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-16

    02/17/2016 8:26:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2016 Thursday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am...