Today's Mass Readings

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November 19, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 3) gives support to fidelity: “The Lord upholds me.”

In 2Maccabees 6:18-31 ninety-year old Eleazar chose a brutal death rather than give a bad example to youth. He was being forced to open his mouth and eat pork, contrary to the Covenant. When he spit it out, his friends arranged a deal for him: if he would just pretend to eat the pork, they would substitute kosher foo...

November 18, 2019

The Responsorial (Psalm 119) asks: “Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.”

1Maccabees 1:10-64 presents us with the classic Christian choice, which is common to everyone who values fidelity to God, to principles, or even personal freedom over the rewards and punishments those in power can mete out. It is the choice between fidelity and conformity. The refusal to conform, even to the exp...

November 17, 2019

Fidelity Through Focus


What does “time” mean to us? What value does it have? What limitations?


The Entrance Antiphon begins “My plans for you are peace and not disaster…..” We acknowledge this in the Opening Prayer: “Father… from the beginning of time you promised the human race salvation through the future coming of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.” This calls us to persevere in faith...

November 16, 2019

The Responsorial (Psalm 105) invites us: “Remember the marvels the Lord has done.”

Wisdom 18:14 to 19:9 “remembers the marvels” God did just by his “all powerful Word” sent into “the heart of a doomed land.” The “whole creation... was... newly fashioned in its nature.”

This is the marvel we experience in Communion when it is the all-powerful Word himself, the Word made flesh in Jesus, who comes into...

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