January 13th 2013 Baptism of the LORD (c)

January 13th 2013 Baptism of the LORD (c) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) B. Dialogue: Baptism: Belief in the Heavens opened  First Reading (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7). This is the first of what has become known as the four Servant Songs of Deutero-Isaiah. (The others are 49:1-6; 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12.) The … [Read more…]

January 6th 2013 Epiphany (c)

January 6th 2013 Epiphany (c) The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: Epiphany, ongoing revelation of the divine mystery. The new evangelization First Reading This brief reading from the book of Isaiah is chosen to go with today’s Gospel, as it speaks of people on camels bringing gold and incense to … [Read more…]

December 30th 2012 Holy Family (C)

DECEMBER 30TH 2012 HOLY FAMILY (C) SUNDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: The Family Today. “Let marriage be held in honour by all”. First Reading (Ecclesiasticus 3:2-7, 12-14). The Fourth Commandment says (Exodus 20:12): “Honour your father and your mother that your days … [Read more…]

December 25th Christmas Day 2012

DECEMBER 25TH  CHRISTMAS DAY Sunday Dec 25th 2012 (Midnight Mass & Mass during the Day) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday/Feastday Readings) 1. Midnight Mass. The Humanity of Christ First Reading (Isaiah 9:2-7). The historical background to this reading seems to have been the events of 732 BC when the Assyrian … [Read more…]

DECEMBER 23rd 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012

DECEMBER 23rd 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) A. Dialogue: Christ in Prophecy First Reading (Micah 5:1-4). The prophet Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, from the mid- to the late- eighth century BC. He was unlike Isaiah, who came from the educated upper … [Read more…]

DECEMBER 16th 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012

DECEMBER 16th 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) A.  Dialogue: Rejoice Greatly. The Lord is Near First Reading (Zephaniah 3:14-18). This reading is best appreciated when read against its original background in the book of Zephaniah. The collection of oracles in the book of … [Read more…]

December 9th 2nd Sunday of Advent (C) 2012

DECEMBER 9TH 2ND  SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: The Gospel Narrative and History First Reading (Baruch 5:1-9). In this reading, heavily dependent on First and Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-66), a prophet exhorts Jerusalem, pictured as a woman, Mother Zion, to forget the sad … [Read more…]

DECEMBER 2ND 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012

DECEMBER 2ND  1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C) 2012 A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Dialogue: Advent in a Year of Faith First Reading (Jeremiah 33:14-16). Advent, from the Latin for “Coming”, is a time of waiting for some defined coming, of a person or event. For Christians it brings to … [Read more…]

November 18 33rd Sunday of the Year (B)

November 18 33rd Sunday of the Year (B) Dialogue: The Last Things A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Daniel 12:1-3). There are two main sections in the Book of Daniel. Chapters 1-6 contain narratives, court stories, concerning Daniel and his three companions in the court of the Babylonian … [Read more…]