READINGS AND OFFICE:
Today’s Mass Readings (NABRE). Translation used in the USA.
Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Listen to the readings or scroll down to read, The NJB is used in most other English speaking countries.
THEMES FOR PREACHING, STUDY AND CATECHESIS:
In the readings for today we learn that wrath and anger are hateful things that sinners cling to (Sirach 27:30). If we act in such fashion God will cling to what we have done by remembering our sins of wrath and anger in detail (Sirach 28:1). It is imperative that we forgive others so that we ourselves may be heard and forgiven when we pray (Sirach 28:2; see Matt 6:12 and the Gospel for today, Matt 18:21-35). We have a master willing to forgive our debts (Psalm 103:2-4), but only if we forgive others (Matt 18:32-33). We are but flesh, subject to decay and death (Sirach 28:5-6). The Most High has given us commandments and a covenant (Sirach 28:7), and he is Master and judge over both life and death (Matt 18:32-35), and he has deemed that none of us should live and die for ourselves but for Jesus Christ, the Lord of the living and the dead (Romans 14:7-9).
COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Sirach 27:30-28:7.
COMMENTARIES FOR THE RESPONSORIAL: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12.
Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 103. Entire psalm.
St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 103. Entire psalm.
Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 103. Entire psalm.
COMMENTARIES FOR THE SECOND READING: Romans 14:7-9.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL READING: Matthew 18:21-35.
Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35. On 18:35-19:1.
Sacred Page Blog. Catholic scripture scholar Dr. John Bergsma’s thoughts on the readings.
Doctrinal Homily Outline. Suggests a central idea, doctrinal point, practical applications.
Lector Notes. For each day’s first and second readings (and occasionally for the gospel), the Notes give the historical and theological background, plus suggestions on oral interpretation.