Today's Mass Readings

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August 31, 2019

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.[1]

Paul is painting a pictu...

August 30, 2019

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 life, and have it to the...

August 29, 2019

[Since today is the Feast of John the Baptizer, the link with the official readings are for this Feast Day.  However, Fr. David's reflection are written for the ordinary weekday readings].

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 en...

August 28, 2019

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 support by example and prayer.

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