Today's Mass Readings

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April 20, 2019

The themes of the Easter Vigil are light, word, water and commitment to the risen life. The Responsorial

 Psalm that sums up all the readings is simply: "Alleluia, Alleluia Alleluia" (with Psalm 118).

The Light Service begins in darkness. We kindle and bless the new fire, symbol of the new light of Christ that dispels the darkness of all ages. We inscribe in the Easter candle the Alpha and Omega, f...

April 19, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm encourages us to entrust our lives totally to God: "Father, into your hands I

commend my spirit." (Psalm 31).

Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12 is a song of victory that reveals the strategy of God. Jesus saves, not by using divine force against his enemies, but by surrendering himself into their hands in apparent weakness - a weakness that is stronger than any force: the invincible weak...

April 18, 2019

The Responsorial (Psalm 116 and 1Corinthians 10:16) instructs us to respond to God through celebration:

"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?" A key element in discipleship is to participate fully, actively and consciously in the liturgical celebrations that bring home to us the reality and meaning of the events they recall. To celebrate adds physical, comm...

April 17, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm is the cry of a disciple who is also a teacher, but whose message is meeting with

stubborn resistance and even arousing hostility. His response is: "Lord, in your great love, answer me" (read all of Psalm 69). We do not prevail with human arguments against those who reject God's teaching. It is God who must and does reply.

Isaiah 50: 4-9 tells us first that to communicate God'...

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