30Jun 30 June, 2018. Sat. of Week 12

1st Reading: Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19)

A survivor of Jerusalem’s destruction laments in mournful tones

The Lord has destroyed without mercy all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has broken down the strongholds of daughter Judah; he has …

29Jun 29 June, 2018. Ss Peter and Paul, Apostles. (Solemnity)

1st Reading: Acts (2:1-11)

Peter is imprisoned, but an angel sets him free to continue leading the church

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, …

28Jun 28 June, 2018. Thurs. of Week 12

(St Irenaeus, bishop & martyr (Memorial)

1st Reading: 2 Kings (24:8-17)

Nebuchadnezzar’s first deportation of the Jews to Babylon, c. 597 BCE

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign; he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mother’s …

27Jun 27 June, 2018. Wed. of Week 12

1st Reading: 2 Kings (22:8-13; 23:1-3)

When Deuteronomy is rediscovered in the temple, it leads to reform

The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” …

26Jun 26 June, 2018. Tue. of Week 12

1st Reading: 2 Kings (19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36)

The Assyrians attack Jerusalem; but Isaiah promises that a remnant will be saved

When the king heard concerning King Tirhakah of Ethiopia, “See, he has set out to fight against you,” he …

25Jun 25 June, 2018. Monday day of Week 12

1st Reading: 2 Kings (17:5-8, 13-15, 18)

Exile of the ten northern tribes of Israel, for not listening to the prophets

The king of Assyria invaded all the land and came to Samaria; for three years he besieged it. In …

23Jun 23 June, 2018. Sat. of Week 11

1st Reading: 2 Chronicles (24:17-25)

King Joash murders the son of the priest who had saved his life

After the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king listened to them. …

22Jun 22 June, 2018. Fri. of Week 11

1st Reading: 2 Kings (11:1-4, 9-18, 20)

Athaliah seized the crown by violence. When she is executed, the covenant is renewed

When Athaliah, Ahaziah’s mother, saw that her son was dead, she set about to destroy all the royal family. …

21Jun 21 June, 2018. Thurs. of Week 11

1st Reading: Sirach 48:1-14)

The miracles of Elijah… He will introduce the messianic era

Elijah arose, a prophet like fire,
and his word burned like a torch.
He brought a famine upon them,
and by his zeal he made them …

20Jun 20 June, 2018. Wed. of Week 11

(The Irish Martyrs (Memorial)

1st Reading: 2 Kings (2:1, 6-14)

After crossing the Jordan, Elijah is taken up to heaven, and his mantle falls to Elisha

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, …

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