TODAY’S MASS READINGS:
THEMES, HOMILY SUGGESTIONS AND RESOURCES FOR THEM: Other themes may be given in connection with the commentaries listed further below.
HUMILITY. From the Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The virtue by which a Christian acknowledges that God is the author of all good. Humility avoids inordinate ambition or pride, and provides the foundation for turning to God in prayer (2559). Voluntary humility can be described as “poverty of spirit” (2546).[Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.]
The Rule of St Benedict on Humility. A short chapter treating of the twelve steps or grades of humility
Some Scripture Related to Humility and Pride. Grouped under various headings.
BEATITUDES:From the Glossary of the CCC: The teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount on the meaning and way to true happiness (cf. Mt 5:1–12; Lk 6:20–23). These teachings reflect the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham; they portray the countenance of Christ and describe his charity. Moreover, by shedding light on the actions and attitudes characteristic of the Christian life, they describe the vocation of all the faithful (1716) [Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.] For more on the beatitudes one can profitably consult the CCC 1716-1729. [Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.]
COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13. Suggested theme: The Anger of God~caused by idolatry, syncretism, apostasy (Zeph 1:4-6), superstition (Zeph 1:9); overconfidence and complacency in moral turpitude (Zeph 1:12, Jer 48:11). St Paul, in the same epistle from which today’s second reading comes gives a list at 1 Cor 6:9-10; see also 1 Cor 10:8-11. Note that unworthy reception of the Eucharist brings judgment (1 Cor 11:27-34).
COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 146. Suggested themes: God defends and cares for his people (Isa 41:10-12), especially the most vulnerable (Ps 10:17-18). He provides for them (Phil 4:19; Ps 91:9-13; 121:3-8; Isa 46:4; 2 Pet 1:3).
COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. See above, number 1 under themes.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:1-12a. See above, number 2 under themes.
Update: St Leo the Great’s Sermon on Matthew 5:1-12. On 1-9.