29 Mon The Passion of St John the Baptist Memorial 1 Cor 2:1-5 (431)/Mk 6:17-29
30 Tue Weekday 1 Cor 2:10b-16/Lk 4:31-37
31 Wed Weekday 1 Cor 3:1-9/Lk 4:38-44
SEPTEMBER 1 Thu Weekday 1 Cor 3:18-23/Lk 5:1-11
2 Fri Weekday 1 Cor 4:1-5/Lk 5:33-39
3 Sat St Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church Memorial
1 Cor 4:6b-15/Lk 6:1-5
4 SUN TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Wis 9:13-18b/Phlm 9-10, 12-17/Lk 14:25-33
This week we begin reading from the Gospel of Luke and we’ll continue reading from it till the beginning of Advent. Takes the account of Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth from Mark’s gospel (Mark 6:1-6),Luke places it at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee as a summary of his whole ministry. Initially Jesus was received favorably, then rejected violently.
From the 21st to the 24th week of this year we read extensively from Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians, written about 51 AD. It’s a church from Luke’s own time, with strengths and weaknesses. It offers better insight into early church life than any other book of the New Testament; Luke wrote his gospel with churches like the church in Corinth in mind.
The Passion of John the Baptist, August 29th, a feast from 5th century Jerusalem, was celebrated by the 6th century by the churches of the east and west. An ancient feast remembering the beheading of John, foreshadowing the death of Jesus.
St. Gregory the Great, September 3, is one of the most important popes in the history of the church. “Servant of the Servants of God.” At a time when the Roman Empire was falling apart, Gregory not only kept the Roman church afloat but reached out to peoples afar to bring them the gospel.