(Opening prayer: Jn 1:29 – 34)
Isaiah 40:1 – 5, 9 – 11
We hear again from the prophet Isaiah this Sunday, from the beginning of the portion of this book that most scripture scholars identify as part of Deutero-Isaiah (chapter 40 – 55). As you will read in your footnotes, these chapters – 40 – 55 – are usually designated Second Isaiah (or Deutero-Isaiah) and are believed to have been written by an anonymous prophet toward the end of the Babylonian exile. There are several significant difference between the first 39 […]
Micah 5:1 – 4a
This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of the Prophet Micah. Like Baruch and Zephaniah of the last two weeks, we don’t hear from Micah very often – in fact, we only hear from him once in the three year Sunday liturgical cycle and five times in the weekday cycle – so let’s review what we know about and his book. Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, as you will see from your Bible Timeline. Unlike Isaiah, however, he was not native to Jerusalem – according […]
Isaiah 61:1 – 2a, 10 – 11
The Third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday because, in both the first and second readings, we are called to rejoice; the Lord is near! As we quickly approach Christmas, we wait in eager anticipation of the coming of the Lord. Let’s keep that in mind as we reflect on this Sunday’s readings.
This Sunday, we will hear again from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The section we will hear is from the 61st chapter, so we know that it is from […]
Baruch 5:1 – 9
This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of Baruch. The name is interesting; as you all know, it is derived from the Hebrew – בָּרוּךְ – which means “Blessing.” We don’t hear often from Baruch; in fact, this is the only time we hear from him on Sunday in the entire three-year cycle. It is one of the many options at the Easter Vigil, but is seldom selected because others are more appropriate. So, let’s review what we know about him and his book.
The opening […]
This Sunday, we will hear again from the Book of Daniel. Again, the passage was clearly chosen to prepare us for the Gospel. Let’s review our current understanding about this book; you will recall that we heard a passage from it just last Sunday. We have come to understand this book as being apocalyptic in style, written around 165BC. An uncritical reading of the book would lead us to conclude that it is a sort of biography written about an historical person who lived during the time of Nebuchadnezzar, […]
Opening Prayer: Daniel 7: 13-14
Daniel 12:1 – 3
As we come to the end of the liturgical year – next Sunday is already the last Sunday of the Year when we celebrate the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – we remember it as Christ the King – we are given an opportunity to reflect on the end of time. All three readings speak of the end of the world and the final judgment.
This Sunday, we will first hear from the Book of the Prophet Daniel. Again, […]
1 Kings 17:10-16
As we approach the end of the liturgical year – the Feast of Christ the King is in just two weeks and Advent begins in three weeks – the focus of our Sunday readings turns to the end times and what is expected of those who claim to be faithful disciples of the living God. As disciples, we are expected to know and live out the covenant relationship that God has initiated and we have accepted. Jesus is the norm by which we are to live as Christians. […]
A native of Taiwan, Dr. Joyce Chen is delighted to serve as the new Organist/Choir Director at St. Katherine of Siena. Dr. Chen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology and Interdisciplinary Humanities at Princeton University, working on her dissertation, “Musica Experientia/Experimentum: Acoustics, Aesthetics, and Artisanal Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century Europe,” which explores the intersection between science, music, and aesthetics involving instrument making, sensory experience, and the development of acoustical theory. For this project, Dr. Chen has spent a total 6 months (from August 2020 – Summer 2021) working as […]
This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of Deuteronomy. It is again clear that this reading was selected to complement the gospel reading this Sunday, which also speaks of the great commandments. This reading is taken from the section in the Book of Deuteronomy that presents the law that Moses relates God has presented to his people. They are to continue to follow this law as they enter into the Promised Land. After presenting the Ten Commandments, and recalling how God had given them to the people at […]