|February 02, 2021 - Presentation of Our LordCircumcision|
| EPISTLE: Hebrews (7: 7 - 17)
Brothers and Sisters! It is indisputable that a lesser person is blessed by a greater. And whereas men subject to death receive tithes, Scripture testifies that this man lives on. Levi, who receives tithes was, so to speak, tithed in the person of his father, for he was still in his father’s loins when Melchizedek met Abraham. If, then, perfection had been achieved through the levitical priesthood (on the basis of which the people received the law), what need would there have been to appoint a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, instead of choosing a priest according to the order of Aaron? When there is a change of priesthood, there is necessarily a change of law. Now he of whom these things are said was of a different tribe, none of whose members ever officiated at the altar. It is clear that our Lord rose from the tribe of Judah, regarding which Moses said nothing about priests. The matter is clearer still if another priest is appointed according to the likeness of Melchizedek; one who has become a priest, not in virtue of a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent, but in virtue of the power of a life which cannot be destroyed. Scripture testifies: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
GOSPEL: Luke (2: 22 -40)
When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought him up to Jerusalem so that he could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.” They came to offer in sacrifice “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accord with the dictate in the law of the Lord. There lived in Jerusalem at the time a certain man named Simeon. He was just and pious, and awaited the consolation of Israel, and Holy Spirit was upon him. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed of the Lord. He came to the temple now, inspired by the Spirit, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him the customary ritual of the law, he took him in his arms and blessed God in these words: “Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace; you have fulfilled your word. For my eyes have witnessed your saving deed displayed for all the peoples to see: a revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were marveling at what was being said about him. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: “This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed -- and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword -- so that the thoughts of many heard may be laid bare.” There was also a certain prophetess, Anna by name, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had seen many days, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She was constantly in the temple worshipping day and night in fasting and prayer. Coming on the scene at this moment, she gave thanks to God and talked about the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem. When the pair had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee and their own town of Nazareth. The child grew in size and strength, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
|February 07, 2021 - Meatfare Sunday|
|EPISTLE: Corinthians (8: 8-9; 2)
Brothers and Sisters! Now food does not bring
us closer to God. We suffer no loss through
failing to eat, and we gain no favor by eating.
Take care, however, lest in exercising your
right you become an occasion of sin to the
weak. If someone sees you, with your
“knowledge,'' reclining at table in the temple of
an idol, may not his conscience in its weak
state be influenced to the point that he eats the
idol-offering? Because of your “knowledge'' the
weak one perishes, that brother for whom
Christ died. When you sin thus against your
brothers and wound their weak consciences,
you are sinning against Christ. Therefore, if
food causes my brother to sin I will never eat
meat again, so that I many not be an occasion of sin to him. Am I not free? Am I not an
apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? And
are you not my work in the Lord Although I
may not be an apostle for others, I certainly am
one for you. You are the very seal of my
apostolate in the Lord.
The Lord said: “When the Son of Man comes
in his glory, escorted by all the angels of
heaven, he will sit upon his royal throne, and
all the nations will be assembled before him.
Then he will separate them into two groups, as
a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The
sheep he will place on his right hand, the goats
on his left. The king will say to those on his
right: ‘Come. You have my Father's blessing!
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
creation of the world. For I was hungry and you
gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me
drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you
comforted me, in prison and you came to visit
me.' Then the just will ask him: ‘Lord, when did
we see you hungry and feed you or see you
thirsty and give you drink? When did we
welcome you away from home or clothe you in
your nakedness? When did we visit you when
you were ill or in prison?' The king will answer
them: ‘I assure you, as often as you did it for
one of my least brothers, you did it for me.'
Then he will say to those on his left: ‘Out of my
sight, you condemned, into that everlasting fire
prepared for the devil and his angels! I was
hungry and you gave me no food. I was thirsty
and you gave me no drink. I was away from
home and you gave me no welcome, naked
and you gave me no clothing. I was ill and in prison and you did not come to comfort me.'
Then they in turn will ask: ‘Lord, when did we
see you hungry or thirsty or away from home
or naked or ill or in prison and not attend you in
your needs?' He will answer them: ‘I assure
you, as often as you neglected to do it to one
on these least ones, you neglected to do it to
me.' These will go off to eternal punishment
and the just to eternal life.''
February 14, 2021 - Cheese-fare Sunday
EPISTLE: Romans (13: 11 - 14: 4)
GOSPEL: Matthew (6: 14 - 21)
February 21, 2021 - First Sunday of Lent
| EPISTLE: Hebrews (11: 24 - 26; 32 - 12: 2)
Brothers and Sisters! By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; he wished to be illtreated along with God’s people rather than enjoy the fleeting rewards of sin. Moses considered the reproach borne by God’s Anointed greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. What more shall I recount? I have no time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was just, obtained the promises; they broke the jaws of lions, put out raging fires, escaped the devouring sword; though weak they were made powerful, became strong in battle, and turned back foreign invaders. Women received back their dead through resurrection. Others were tortured and would not receive deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Still others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point; they went about garbed in the skins of sheep or goats, needy, afflicted, tormented. The world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and on mountains, they dwelt in caves and in holes of the earth. Yet despite the fact that all of these were approved because of their faith, they did not obtain what had been promised. God had made a better plan, a plan which included us. Without us, they were not to be made perfect. Therefore, since we for our part are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every encumbrance of sin which clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies ahead. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith.
GOSPEL: John (1: 43 - 51)
At that time Jesus set out for Galilee, but first he came upon Philip. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town as Andrew and Peter. Philip sought out Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses spoke of in the law -- the prophets too -- Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” Nathanael”s response to that was, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” and Philip replied, “Come, see for yourself.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he remarked: “This man is a true Israelite. There is no guile in him.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked him. “Before Philip called you,” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree.” “Rabbi,” said Nathanael, “you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus responded: “Do you believe just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see much greater things than that.” He went on to tell them, “I solemnly assure you, you shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”