11th Week of the Year

Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34 (92)

18 Mon Weekday
1 Kgs 21:1-16/Mt 5:38-42 (365)

19 Tue Weekday
[Saint Romuald, Abbot]
1 Kgs 21:17-29/Mt 5:43-48 (366)

20 Wed Weekday
2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 (367)

21 Thu Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Sir 48:1-14/Mt 6:7-15 (368)

22 Fri Weekday
[Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs]
2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20/Mt 6:19-23 (369)

23 Sat Weekday
2 Chr 24:17-25/Mt 6:24-34 (370)

We’re reading these days the first and most important of five teachings of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel, the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5, 1-7,29) These extended teachings are not only meant for us. In Matthew’s gospel they indicate how Jesus lived his life and ministry. He lives what he teaches.

Elijah’s story concludes this week in readings praising the mighty prophet. He’s not afraid of the powerful people. Neither is Jesus afraid of the powerful; the crowds who encounter him wonder if he’s not Elijah returned.

The saints this week come from different times, Romuald, 11th century Italy, Paulinus of Nola, 5th century Italy, Aloysius Gonzaga, 16th century Italy, Thomas More and John Fisher, 16th century England. Holiness is found in every age and social condition.

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