For December 8 & 9, 2018
Today is a Solemnity because The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the patronal feast day of the United States of America.
This day celebrates the sinlessness of Mary from her conception. Her birthday is celebrated 9 months later, on September 8.
This is not the feast of Jesus’ conception – that is the Annunciation, which is celebrated March 25th, 9 months before his birth.
For December 8, 2018
For December 1 & 2, 2018
For November 24 & 25, 2018
For November 17 & 18, 2018
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”
For November 10 & 11, 2018
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
For October 27 & 28, 2018
Jesus summoned the Twelve and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
For October 20 & 21, 2018
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me … It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
For October 13 & 14, 2018