Archive for August 2017

The Prize for Vigilance

Matthew 24: 42-51 1Thes 3: 7-13 / Psa 90 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. (Matthew 24:44) In waiting do not be dismayed, But be steadfast and firm in Christ; His judgment will not be delayed, And we will […]

The Evil of Hypocrisy

Matthew 23:27-32 1Thes 2:9-13 / Psa 139 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 . […]

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Mark 6: 17-29 Jer 1: 17-19 / Psa 71 “Ask of me whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.” He even swore with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, even to half my kingdom.” (Mark 6:22-23) St. John the Baptist is our model, For Truth his life he sacrificed; May […]

Hypocrisy and Deceit

Matthew 23: 13-22 1Thes 1: 1-5,8b-10 / Ps 149 You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. (Matthew 23:13) No oaths can bind lies and deceits, As made by “scribes and Pharisees”; When remedied by hypocrites, The cure is […]

Humility in Service

Matthew 23: 1-12 Ruth 2:1-3,8-11;4:13-17/ Psa 128 The greatest among you must be your servant. (Matthew 23:11) If hope and confidence are crumbling, When all our prayers seem denied, Take heart, it’s just a little humbling To keep us from the sin of pride. In today’s Gospel, Jesus told His disciples to obey the teachers […]

The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22: 34-40 Ru 1:1,3-6,14b-16,22 / Ps 146 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37) Our greatest quest in life must start, If heaven’s gate we hope to find, In perfect love: with all our heart, With all our soul, and […]