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How are the readings chosen for Sunday Mass?

Because Sunday is "the first holy day of all" and the foundation and core of the whole liturgical year" (Constitution on the Liturgy, #106), the most important passages of Scripture are presented in the Sunday lectionary. The weekday lectionary complements the Sunday lectionary.

The Sunday lectionary (book of readings) uses a three-year cycle based on the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke present a "similar view," syn-opsis in Greek). Each year we concentrate on one of these Gospels: Matthew in Cycle A, Mark Cycle B, Luke in Cycle C. John's Gospel is featured primarily during the major seasons or to highlight key doctrines such as the Eucharist.

In addition to a Gospel reading, each Sunday Eucharist has two other readings. The first reading is usually taken from the Old Testament and is selected in the light of the theme of the Gospel to be read on that Sunday. The second reading is taken from the letters of Paul or one of the other writings of the New Testament. Like the Gospels, these books are read semi-continuously and are selected so that over the course of the three-year cycle we have a taste of each of the books of the New Testament.


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Friday, July 5, 2013
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Mary Magdalene: Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50. 
<p>Most Scripture scholars today point out that there is no scriptural basis for confusing the two women. Mary Magdalene, that is, “of Magdala,” was the one from whom Christ cast out “seven demons” (Luke 8:2)—an indication, at the worst, of extreme demonic possession or, possibly, severe illness. </p><p>Father Wilfrid J. Harrington, O.P., writing in the <i>New Catholic Commentary</i>, says that “seven demons” “does not mean that Mary had lived an immoral life—a conclusion reached only by means of a mistaken identification with the anonymous woman of Luke 7:36.” Father Edward Mally, S.J., writing in the <i>Jerome Biblical Commentary,</i> agrees that she “is not...the same as the sinner of Luke 7:37, despite the later Western romantic tradition about her.” </p><p>Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. And, of all the “official” witnesses that might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the "Apostle to the Apostles."</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus does not save us as individuals, but as members of His Body. We are not just people—unconnected and isolated arms and legs. We are a people—in fact, the People of God.

 
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