Archive for August 2013

The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25: 14-30 1 Thess 4:9-11 / Psa 98 ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with small things; I will put you in charge of greater things. Come and share your master’s joy!’ (Matthew 25:23) For the talents You’re entrusting May we gainfully parlay, So that we may be deserving Of […]

The Wise and the Foolish

Matthew 25: 1-13 1 Thes 4:1-8 / Ps 97 … the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. (Mt. 25:1-2) In leisure men are prone to sin, The good life often leads to wrong; […]

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Mark 6: 17-29 Jer 1:17-19 / Psa 71 Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist. (Matthew 11:11) St. John the Baptist is our model, For truth his life he sacrificed; Let his courage be our example, To be a herald for Jesus Christ. […]

Woe to the Hypocrites

Matthew 23:27-32 1 Thess 2:9-13/Ps 139:7-15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. (Matthew 23:27) Don’t be deceived by what may seem So innocent, no trace of guilt… Remember those […]

Clean Inside Out

Matthew 23: 23-26 1 Thes 2:1-8/Ps 139:1-6 You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, but have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. (Matthew 23:23) What lies within is what is real, And no amount of scheme or stealth Can hide that time will not reveal, Lord, give […]

Hypocrisy

Matthew 23:13-22 1 Thes 1:2-5,8-10 / Ps 149 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! (Matthew 23:13) No oaths can hide lies and deceits, When one swears like the Pharisees; The remedy by hypocrites Makes the cure worse than the disease. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You lock the kingdom of […]