This Week’s Gospel Message

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

This week’s Gospel message Sunday, March 19th is from John 9:1-41.

“As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him’ . . . When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go wash in the Pool of Siloam’ – which means Sent – . So he went and washed, and came back able to see.”

Reflection: “As wonderful as it is that Jesus heals people or puts an end to their physical disabilities, it is every bit as important that he welcomes them into full participation in society. The blind man was considered unclean. Jesus not only gives him sight, he gives him admittance to the synagogue. The man he healed could once again fully participate in his faith, albeit not inside the synagogue, but – even more intimately – in the very presence of the Lord.” SOURCE: Pastoral Patterns, Spring 2023


Monday 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22; Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity) – “According to the gospels, Joseph was a skilled craftsman and a descendant of King David. Matthew’s infancy narrative in particular focuses on Joseph’s dilemma. Embarrassed by Mary’s pregnancy with a child that is not his, Joseph decided to quietly dissolve their marriage contract. But he is told in a dream to take Mary as his wife and make her child his own, and so he became the earthly father of Jesus.”

Tuesday Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; John 5:1-16

Wednesday Isaiah 49:8-15; John 5:17-30

Thursday Exodus 32:7-14; John 5:31-47

Friday Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10

The Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity) – “This feast celebrates the wondrous event that binds God and humanity forever. Christ, the Word who becomes the Son of Mary, is enfleshed in her womb, making Mary the Mother of God. The liturgy celebrates the beginning of God’s new redemptive work and recognizes Mary as the ‘new Eve,’ the obedient and faithful woman who agreed to be a participant in God’s plan of salvation.” SOURCE: Living With Christ, March 2023

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