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12th Sunday after Pentecost: You are Christ’s love letter

In the flow of our green Vetus Ordo Sundays, this 12th Sunday after Pentecost brings the last selection from Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians.  Next week we begin with Galatians.   The order of our readings is very ancient, older in fact than the institution of the Divine Office.   Hence, for our ancient Roman forebears, these…

11th Sunday after Pentecost: Soccer balls instead of doctrine? Not so much

We continue with this year’s focus on the Epistle, the first reading, in the Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite. This week we hear from St. Paul in 1 Cor. 15:1-10. Context remains important. Last Sunday we observed the Feast of the Transfiguration, which has its own proper readings. However, last Sunday was in the…

Transfiguration Sunday: “We Have the Prophetic Word Made More Sure”

This Sunday we observe the Feast of the Transfiguration rather than the “green” Sunday after Pentecost, being the 10th. This Feast of the Transfiguration has a complicated history. First, in Rome there were celebrated on 6 August the feast of the martyrs Pope Sixtus II and six of his deacons, slain that day in the…

9th Sunday after Pentecost: “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to…”.

For the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, we hear in the Vetus Ordo a reading from 1 Corinthians. Paul is correcting the behavior of the Corinthians using, in this chapter, examples from the history of Israel, moments when God sent punishments to correct the people who had gone astray and who displeased Him. For example, there…

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