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Sunday Readings ~ Year A ~ 2014


Baptism of Our Lord:  Jan. 12th
Our Baptism, like the Lord’s, is a consecration to service.  The bishops’ pastoral on stewardship reminds us that “… there is a fundamental obligation arising from the Sacrament of Baptism that people place their gifts, their resources – their selves – at God’s service in and through the Church.”

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Jan. 19th
Today’s responsorial psalm is the theme song of the good steward: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”  May I, too, stand ready to offer myself and my gifts in the service of God. See Psalm 40

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Jan. 26th
The watchword today is “immediately.” Peter and Andrew, James and John all respond immediately to the call of Christ.  May I be as open to God’s call and as ready to use my talents in His service as those first disciples were!

The Presentation of the Lord:  Feb. 2nd
Blessed are they who are what they are and do what they do for the sake of the kingdom!  The Gospel today assures good stewards that their suffering and their service on behalf of the kingdom will be rewarded!

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Feb. 9th
In the first reading, Isaiah urges us in the name of the Lord to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and clothe the naked.  If we do so, he assures us, the Lord will hear and answer our cries for help in time of need.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Feb. 16th
Stewardship involves more than just the gift we bring to the altar.  Today’s readings say clearly that it is fidelity to God’s law that makes our offering acceptable.

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Feb. 23rd
In today’s first reading, the Israelites are urged to love their neighbors as themselves.  In the Gospel, Jesus spells out how we are to do that – to give generously to those who ask of us and not to turn our backs on those who seek to borrow.

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  March 2nd
Stewards of the mysteries of God – that’s what St. Paul says we are in today’s second reading.  And the first requirement, he says, is that we be trustworthy.  Entrusted with the gift of faith, do I share it as gratefully and as generously as I do my time, my talent, and my treasure?

First Sunday of Lent:  March 9th
What temptations lure us from the path of discipleship?  Possessions?  Pride?  Power?  Oh Lord, create for us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us! See Psalm 51

Second Sunday of Lent:  March 16th
“Bear your share of the hardship for the Gospel,” St. Paul tells Timothy in today’s second reading.  What sacrifice is asked of me for the sake of the Gospel?  How willing am I to bear my share? See 2 Timothy 1:8b

Third Sunday of Lent:  March 23rd
When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water, He opened the door for a life-changing relationship with Him.  Scripture says her testimony drew many others to Him as well.  We, too, must be ready to respond whenever and wherever the Lord speaks to us and be prepared for it to change our lives!

Fourth Sunday of Lent: March 30th 
The blind man was willing to let Jesus minister to him and willingly did all Jesus asked of him.  The Pharisees were more resistant to His message, spending their time and energy to disprove the miracle.  Which am I more like, the man born blind or the Pharisees.

Fifth Sunday of Lent:  April 6th
When Jesus heard about the illness of His friend, Lazarus, He responded, “This illness is not to end in death; rather it is for God’s glory, that through it the Son of God may be glorified.”  Every aspect of our lives – our gifts as well as our sufferings – can, if surrendered to Christ, lead to blessing for others and ourselves. See John 11:4


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