Sunday, October 25, 2020

Liturgical Calendar 2021 Year B








29  SUNDAY     FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                  violet 

Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7/1 Cor 1:3-9/Mk 13:33-37 (2) Pss I3 

30  MONDAY    Saint Andrew, Apostle                                                 red


Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22 (684) Pss Prop 

TUESDAY       Advent Weekday                                                          violet

Is 11:1-10/Lk 10:21-24 (176) 

WEDNESDAY    Advent Weekday                                                     violet

Is 25:6-10a/Mt 15:29-37 (177) 

THURSDAY     Saint Francis Xavier, Priest                                 white


Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27 (178) 

FRIDAY            Advent Weekday                                                    violet/white

[Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church] 4

Is 29:17-24/Mt 9:27-31 (179) 

SATURDAY       Advent Weekday                                                          violet

Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8 (180) 

SUNDAY    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                   violet 

Is 40:1-5, 9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8 (5) Pss II 

MONDAY   Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

   Memorial                                                                                                               white

Is 35:1-10/Lk 5:17-26 (181) 


(Patronal Feastday of the United States of America)

Solemnity         [Holyday of Obligation]

Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38 (689) Pss Prop

WEDNESDAY    Advent Weekday                                                violet/white

[Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin]

Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30 (183) 

10  THURSDAY     Advent Weekday                                                          violet/white

[Our Lady of Loreto]

Is 41:13-20/Mt 11:11-15 (184) 

11  FRIDAY             Advent Weekday                                                          violet/white

[Saint Damasus I, Pope]

Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19 (185) 

12  SATURDAY      USA: Our Lady of Guadalupe                                         white


Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47 (690A),

or any readings from the Lectionary for Mass (vol. IV), the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nos. 707-712 Pss Prop

13  SUNDAY   THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                   violet or rose 

Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/1 Thes 5:16-24/Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 (8) Pss III

14  MONDAY  Saint John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor of the Church

  Memorial                                                                                                               white

Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a/Mt 21:23-27 (187) 

15  TUESDAY    Advent Weekday                                                               violet

Zep 3:1-2, 9-13/Mt 21:28-32 (188) 

16  WEDNESDAY    Advent Weekday                                                 violet

Is 45:6b-8, 18, 21c-25/Lk 7:18b-23 (189) 

17  THURSDAY        Advent Weekday                                                violet

Gn 49:2, 8-10/Mt 1:1-17 (193) 

18  FRIDAY           Advent Weekday                                                 violet

Jer 23:5-8/Mt 1:18-25 (194) 

19  SATURDAY     Advent Weekday                                          violet

Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Lk 1:5-25 (195) 

20  SUNDAY    FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                 violet 

2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38 (11) Pss IV 

21  MONDAY     Advent Weekday                                                                    violet

[Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church]

Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Lk 1:39-45 (197)

22   TUESDAY    Advent Weekday                                                       violet

1 Sm 1:24-28/Lk 1:46-56 (198) 

23  WEDNESDAY     Advent Weekday                                                            violet

[Saint John of Kanty, Priest]

Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Lk 1:57-66 (199) 

24  THURSDAY       Advent Weekday                                                         violet

Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Lk 1:67-79 (200) 

25  FRIDAY        THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (Christmas)              White

Solemnity         [Holyday of Obligation]

Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25 (13)

Night: Is 9:1-6/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14 (14)

Dawn: Is 62:11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20 (15)

Day: Is 52:7-10/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14 (16) Pss Prop

3 Citations indicating the proper week of the Psalter for the Liturgy of the Hours, or proper psalms, when applicable, designated by Pss I, Pss II, etc., or Pss Prop respectively, are included in this calendar.

4 Optional Memorials are indicated by the use of italics within brackets.


Dcn. Jim Miles

St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Diocese of Lansing Michigan



For those of you looking ahead to the next Liturgical Year. I am publishing my "Linked" Calendar for 20-21 in installments as I complete them. The links are, to the best of my knowledge, correct. 

I have taken material from past years that correspond to the Year B readings for Sundays and Cycle 1 readings for weekdays with the appropriate links to the Propers of Saints. 

Of course, I will be updating the commentary and reflections daily going forward as always, but for those of you in scripture study or doing homilies, this may be helpful.

Pax, Dcn. Jim Miles

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

When & Why Did John Paul II Call us an “Easter People”?

We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!” 

It’s one of Pope John Paul II’s most famous quotes. But when did he say these words and why?

While we can never know fully what was in his mind, there are a few things we can piece together in regard to this lovely exhortation made by the world leader who shepherded the Catholic Church for over three decades from 1978 – 2005.*  

First, let’s take a look at the quote and where it sits in the center of a midday Angelus reflection. The pope delivered this message on a visit to Australia on Sunday, November 30, 1986. It was during the middle of the Cold War, five years after an assassin’s bullet almost took his life and a few weeks after his participation in the famous prayer summit of Assisi: 
We do not pretend that life is all beauty. 

We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection.
“We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”  
We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the “fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy.” We realize that joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: “Be it done unto me according to thy word.”
What a fitting message for our present times!  The short reflection speaks for itself, is profoundly compelling, and — so many of us have some extra reading time on our hands lately. The second part of the above passage has been my own personal “take away” – the part about loving one’s neighbor as a necessary means to finding joy.
The thing is – loving one’s neighbor is quite complicated right now. But from the way things look, it’s a duty and a privilege more important than ever as so many are suffering from the devastating effects of the pandemic – from isolation, loss of health, and economic insecurity.
On one hand, loving my neighbor means staying apart in order to not spread the coronavirus. But on the other hand, I don’t want to fall into a trap of viewing those around me as potential virus carriers, rather than human beings made in the image of God. No, I want to stop and wave and chat at a safe distance.  I want to see the face of Jesus in everyone I meet (even if that face if covered with a surgical mask).
The Holy Father insists that “joy [is] demanding.” He says “[joy] demands unselfishness; [emphasis added] it demands a readiness to say with Mary: ‘Be it done unto me according to thy word.’”
So how can I demand unselfish love toward my neighbor in these times when I’m not supposed to leave my house? How about making Alleluia my song via speaker phone to Grandma, or bellowing it from my open windows like the Italians. Sure, we need to get creative.
But I’m pretty certain the answer to this hard question of how to show neighborly love even during a pandemic will be found in our outlooks and attitudes – outlooks and attitudes that need to be formed, above all, by our Catholic Faith (rather than fear). It’s a Faith that echoes the profound trust found in the Angelus, ”Be it done unto me according to thy word,” a cherished prayer but also a timeless reflection where we’re reminded of our identity as Easter People. 

Pope John Paul II is the second longest pontificate in history; third if you count St. Peter
Pope John Paul II is credited with helping to eliminate communism in Europe and open doors to interfaith dialogue;. He died on April 2, 2005.
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