READINGS AND OFFICE:
Today’s Mass Readings (NABRE). Translation used in the USA.
Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Scroll down slightly. The NJB is used in most other English speaking countries.
SUGGESTED THEMES: For homilies, bible study groups, individual reflection, etc.
First, Psalm and Gospel Readings: Jesus manifested the reign of God as a just and humble Savior who proclaimed peace to the nations and established worldwide dominion (Zech 9:9-10; Mt 10:28-30). Jesus, the revelation of the Father’s love of the lowly (childlike) praised the Father for the mission he had been given to reveal it (Mt 10:25-26), we are called upon to bless and extol God (Ps 145:1-2, 10-11) because of his mercy and compassion (Ps 145:8-9), manifested especially towards those who are weak and oppressed (Ps 145:14); and because of his everlasting reign, trustworthiness and love (Ps 145:11, 13-14). All of which Christ’s in his person and work revealed (Mt 10:27).
Second Reading: The contrast between life in the flesh and life in the Spirit. Here a good bible dictionary could be of great help. I find Fr. John McKenzie’s DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE very helpful; also THE CATHOLIC BIBLE DICTIONARY, edited by Dr. Scott Hahn. See articles such as “Flesh;” “Holy” (or “Holiness”); “Spirit” (or “Holy Spirit”).
COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Zechariah 9:9-10.
Pending (maybe): My Notes on Zechariah 9:9-10.
COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14.
COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: Romans 8:9, 11-13.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 11:25-30.