Today's Mass Readings

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September 30, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm is a recognition that God is constantly restoring, “re-forming” and renewing us: “The

Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory” (Psalm 102).

In Zechariah 8: 1-8 the prophet is looking at a Jerusalem without walls or temple, from which the Jews had been exiled for about sixty-five years. God is saying:

I will return to Zion, and I will dwell within Jerusalem;

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September 29, 2019

One God, One People

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To live is to be aware. To be unaware is to be half dead. The readings today deal with complacency, which is one of the worst kinds of unawareness. So we ask ourselves, “Is the God of peace disturbing me?” God’s disturbance always leads to peace and holds the promise of peace. That is how we distinguish it from worry.

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The Entrance Antiphon focuses above all on God’s...

September 28, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm pledges: “The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock” (Jeremiah 31: 10-13).

We tend to look only at what is happening in our time. The Scriptures invite us to look at what is happening in God’s time, in which past, present and future are all one. We see time as a straight line: the past is behind us, the future ahead, and only the present actually exists. God...

September 27, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm tells us not to put limits on what we expect from God: “Hope in God; I will praise

him, my savior and my God” (Psalm 43).

Haggai 1:15 to 2:9 deals with the negativism of people who are always looking backwards: “You that saw this house in its former glory; how do you see it now? Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?” People see the Church being renewed before their eyes...

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