Weekly Readings November/ December 2018

Thursday 1 November
The Solemnity of All Saints

Apocalypse 7.2-4, 9-14
Psalm 23
Matthew 5.1-12
The Church focuses today on the communion of the Saints, the ancient English word for which, ‘Hallows’, is still used in the term Halloween (All Hallows’ eve). The Eight Beatitudes begin the first great teaching section of Matthew’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, and in many ways summarize it. They are a blueprint for Christian life and for thus entering, while still in this flesh, the communion of saints. A better translation of makarios than ‘happy’ is precisely ‘saints…’ (Gospel: Mt. 5.1-12).

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Breaking the Word - Weekdays

The weekday readings can sometimes seem a little ‘bread and butter’ compared to the liturgical feast of Sunday. That said, the sustained nourishment, the ‘daily bread’ of the weekday mysteries connotes the Manna that sustained the Israelites on their journey through the desert. These readings are from the Ordo for the Archdiocese of Westminster. Tarcisius Mukuka is a lecturer in Biblical Studies & Exegesis, and Anthony Towey is the Director of the Aquinas Centre in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.