9th Week in Ordinary Time: Lectionary Year 2
Monday, 30 May
2 Peter 1:2-7 He has given us the guarantee of something very great
Our life of faith is a wonderful gift of God, who through his glorious revelation has called us to know his inner life.
Mark 12:1 -12 They seized the beloved son and killed him
God punishes not Israel itself but its corrupt leadership, who have been flagrantly contemptuous of his will. The Apostles will be the new leaders of the new Israel that Jesus establishes.
Tuesday, 31 May The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Zephaniah: 3:14-18 The Lord, the King of Israel, is in your midst
Under the leadership of the Lord we have nothing to fear. He looks upon us as a bridegroom upon a bride. Thus we should sing and rejoice.
Luke 1:39-56 Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?
The leap of John the Baptist in the womb of his mother Elizabeth calls to mind David’s dance before the Ark of the Covenant (2Sam 6:16) and the messianic leap of joy among the poor.
Wednesday, 1 June St Justin Martyr
2 Timothy 1:1-3.6-12 Fan into a flame the gift that God gave you
Let us not be timid in putting to good effect all the graces God has bestowed upon us.
Mark 12:18-27 He is God, not of the dead, but of the living.
In the Apostles Creed we profess our belief in the resurrection of the body. Yet how seriously do most of us believe that this, our mortal flesh, will radiate divine glory?
Thursday 2 June
2 Timothy 2:8-15 They cannot chain up God’s news
The language of dying and rising with Christ speaks not only of baptism, but also of the growth of this graced life that – paradoxically- is strengthened through suffering and the dangers of discipleship
Mark 12:28-34 This is the first commandment. The second is like it.
Jesus’ affirmation of the Shema (Hear O Israel….) indicates that he has not come to overturn Judaism but to fulfil it – in his own person.
Friday, 3 June THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Ezekiel 34:11-16 I myself will pasture my sheep. I myself will show them where to rest
Following the condemnation of the wicked shepherds, God declares himself to be his people’s shepherd, leading them into an age of peace.
Romans 5:5-11 What proves God loves us is that Christ died for us
In this passage we see a Pauline starting point for the development of Trinitarian dogma.
Luke 15:3-7 Rejoice with me, I have found my sheep that was lost
In this Year of Mercy, are we rejoicing that our brothers and sisters who were ‘lost’ have been found and welcomed home?
Saturday 4 June The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Isaiah 61:9-11 I exult for joy in the Lord
Jerusalem rejoices in the consummation of the love between her and God with its consequent springing forth of messianic glory.
Luke 2:41-51 Mary stored up all these things in her heart
At the end of this passage we discern that in his humanity, Jesus would grow in all ways – physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and in lovableness in the sight of his Father.