Archive for 'Sacrifice'

Mercy Not Sacrifice

Matthew 9: 9-13 Amos 8:4-6,9-12 / Ps 119 Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (Matthew 9:12-13) Without love all acts of piety Are self-serving schemes in disguise; Not our sacrifice, but our mercy Can justify […]

Feast of the Sacred Heart

John 19: 31-37 Hos 11:1,3-4,8-9/Eph 3:8-12,14-19 / Isa 12:2-6 “Not one of His bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” (John 19:36-37) O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Whose Blood was shed for mankind’s sin, From the evil one redeem us, Wash away our […]

The Greatest Sacrifice of Love

Mark 12:28-34 2 Tim 2:8-15 / Psa 25 “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” (Mark 12:29) In loving God, Jesus has defined How we must strive to reach our goal: With all our strength, all our heart and mind, But most of all, with all our soul. One of the teachers of […]

Temporary Dwelling Places

John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30 Wis 2:1, 12-22 / Ps 34:17-21,23 Now the Jewish festival of Tents was near. . . (John 7:2) This is but a short life we live, With shelter in a fragile shell; But our hope leads us to believe Celestial homes are where we’ll dwell. Jesus went about in Galilee. […]

On Fasting and Feasting

Matthew 9: 14-15 Is 58:1-9a/Ps 51:3-6ab,18-19 Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is with them? (Matthew 9:15) No one fasts on a wedding feast, Or abstain in a celebration; But during Lent the parties cease, For fasting and mortification. The disciples of John came to Jesus, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees […]

Triumph of the Cross

John 3:13-17 Nm 21:4b-9/ Ps 78:1-2,34-38/ Phil 2:6-11 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15) Grant us the grace, Lord, to be aware That our sins are Your crucifixion; And the […]