Today's Mass Readings

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Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Responsorial (Psalm 99) declares words that should find a constant echo in our hearts: “Holy is the Lord

our God.”

Exodus 34: 29-35 tells us what happens to those who engage in intimate conversation with God. After Moses had received the revelation of God’s inmost being, of his “glory,” his face became radiant — so much so that the people were “afraid to come near...

The Responsorial  (Psalm 103) assures us: “The Lord is kind and merciful.”

These are the words Moses heard in Exodus 33:7 to 34:28 when “the LORD passed before him, and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” The Jerome Biblical Commentary (on John 1:14) calls these words a “virtual definition of God.” He is the...

The Responsorial (Psalm 106) invites us: “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” Always.

Exodus 32: 15-34 shows the need we have for something visible and present that we can deal with to experience our relationship (interaction) with God and be assured of God’s relationship (interaction) with us. An invisible, intangible God just seems too vague, too far-away to keep us confident that he is “wit...


What is the key to praying well? What should we pray for? — especially as ministers? What gives us hope

that our prayers will be answered?


The Entrance Antiphon gives us hope by reminding us, first of all, that God is and that he is “holy,” different from us. “God is in his holy dwelling.” And God gives us all we need: “a home to the lonely… power and strength to his people.”

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