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Today’s Readings – Saint James, Apostle

James and his brother John were sons of Zebedee and, together with Peter, were among the inner circle of Jesus’ twelve disciples. The family seems to have been of a slightly higher social level than the ordinary fisherman as we are told that Zebedee had hired men to help with the fishing (Mark 1:20). James and John were, with Peter and Andrew, among the first four to be called to follow Jesus.

They also had the special privilege, along with Peter, to be witnesses of the Transfiguration (see Matt 17:1, Mark 9:2, Luke 9:28), to be present at the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29) and the raising of the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:37, Luke 8:51). After the Last Supper, it was these three who were called to watch and pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26:37, Mark … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Wednesday of Week 16 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Jeremiah 1:1,4-10

As we listen during these weeks to the teachings of the great prophets, we come today to one of the greatest - Jeremiah, from the latter half of the 7th century BC. He was born about 650 BC of a priestly family in Anathoth, a village near Jerusalem. Today … Continue

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