READINGS AND OFFICE:
Today’s Mass Readings (NABRE). Translation used in the USA.
Pending: Today’s Mass Readings (NJB). Scroll down slightly. 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.