Today's Mass Readings

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September 2, 2017

Saturday, Week Twenty-One

In this week’s readings, including 1Thessalonians 4:9-11, Paul has paraphrased all nine “fruits of the Spirit.” This harmonizes with his discussion of the “end time” in the rest of the letter and his concluding

prayer:

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.[...

September 1, 2017

Friday, Week Twenty-One

Paul couldn’t put it more bluntly than he does in 1Thessalonians 4:1-8: “It is God’s will that you grow in

holiness.” When the Responsorial (Psalm 97) says, “Let the good rejoice in the Lord, it is taken for granted that the “good” are those who are trying to become better. To be in union with Jesus is to accept the goal of his coming to earth: “I came that they might have li...

August 31, 2017

Thursday, Week Twenty-One

The Responsorial (Psalm 90) anticipates the joy that comes with arrival at the “perfection of love”: “Fill us

with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy.”

In 1Thessalonians 3:7-13 Paul can’t thank God enough “for all the joy we feel in his presence because of you.” It is a divine joy, caused by the divine gift of faith he sees in them: meaning grace and “perseverance i...

August 30, 2017

Wednesday, Week Twenty-One

In 1Thessalonians 2: 9-13 Paul holds himself up as an example and gives an exhortation to the Church: He reminds them “how irreproachable our conduct was toward you” and how he “encouraged and pleaded” with them to imitate his example by lives “worthy of the God who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” The Church is a fellowship — a “common unity” — of mutual suppor...

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