JUNE 7 Mon Weekday (Tenth Week) 2 Cor 1:1-7/Mt 5:1-12
8 Tue Weekday 2 Cor 1:18-22/Mt 5:13-16
9 Wed Weekday [Saint Ephrem, Doctor of the Church] 2 Cor 3:4-11/Mt 5:17-19
10 Thu Weekday 2 Cor 3:15—4:1, 3-6/Mt 5:20-24
11 Fri THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS Solemnity
Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9/Eph 3:8-12, 14-19/Jn 19:31-37
12 Sat The Immaculate Heart of Mary Memorial
2 Cor 5:14-21 /Lk 2:41-51
13 SUN ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34
This week in the lectionary we’re leaving the Old Testament readings and for the next two weeks we’ll follow the 2nd Letter of Paul to the Corinthians for our first weekdays readings. Paul thanks the Corinthians for heeding his warnings in his first letter.
We’re also leaving the Gospel of Mark during the week and begin reading from St. Matthew’s Gospel, with the sermon on the mount, until the end of August.
The liturgy broadens our spirituality. Following it each day brings its own treasure, not to be underestimated. The liturgical calendar calls us to explore, not only the various scriptures of the Old and New Testament, but also the gifts we’ve received from other times and places.
St. Ephrem, named a doctor of the church in 1920, opens up the riches of the Syrian tradition to us. (Wednesday) The feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary (Friday and Saturday) come from the spiritual reaction in 17th century Christian Europe against the cold moralism of Jansenism.
Ephrem, writer of hymns and commentaries on the liturgy, explains what hidden treasures are found in liturgical prayer:
“Lord, who can comprehend even one of your words. We lose more of it than we can grasp, like those drinking from running waters. God’s word offers different facets, according to the listener; the Lord offers his word in many different colors. Whoever gazes on it, sees what he’s meant to see. Within are hidden many different treasures; those seeking find what makes them rich.
The word of God is a tree of life that offers blessed fruit from each of its branches. It is like that rock struck in the wilderness from which all drank. As the apostles says, ‘They all ate spiritual food and they all drank.’” (Commentary on the Diatesseron)
Morning and Evening Prayer, Week 2