Today's Mass Readings

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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...

August 29, 2017

Tuesday, Week Twenty-One

The Responsorial  (Psalm 139) reminds us to find our peace in God’s knowledge of our hearts: “You have searched me and you know me, Lord.”

In 1Thessalonians 2:1-8 Paul, in revealing his own heart, also describes the spirit of love and unity that should pervade the Christian community. It is a spirit of selfless service based on love.

Paul’s motives “met the test.” He, Silvanu...

August 28, 2017

Monday, Week Twenty-One

We all have various things on our mind when we come to Mass. Various feelings about being there. Various feelings about the people we are going to be with. The Responsorial (Psalm 149) recommends God’s attitude: “The Lord takes delight in his people.”

In 1Thessalonians 1:1-10 Paul gives a  guideline to every community that assembles for Eucharist:

We always give thanks to God...

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