Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost/Second Sunday of October


This Sunday is the Twenty-first after Pentecost, and the Gospel, to which the Sunday canticle antiphons refer, is St Matthew 18: 23-35 (the Parable of the Wicked Servant).

For those saying Matins, the Third Nocturn commentary on the Gospel is St Jerome's commentary on St Matthew.

The First Nocturn readings at Matins (referred to by the I Vespers Magnificat antiphon) are for the Second Sunday of October, 1 Maccabees 4:36-51.  The Second Nocturn readings are from St Augustine's City of God (Book 18, ch 45).

The Office this week in summary

Sun 13 Oct Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Class II
Mon 14 Oct Class IV; St Callistus, memorial
Tues 15 Oct St Teresa, Class III (one reading at Matins, on the life of the saint)
Wed 16 Oct Class IV
Thurs 17 Oct Class IV
Fri 18 Oct St Luke, Class II
Sat 19 Oct Saturday of Our Lady

The Matins readings for the feast of St Luke are from the Common of Evangelists for Nocturns I&III, and from St Jerome's De Scriptoribus Ecclesiasticis for Nocturn II.

Suggested lectio divina

The Bible in a Year proposed readings involve finishing 1 Maccabees on 15 October, then starting 2 Maccabees.  In terms of the Gospel, I will provide lectio divina support notes for:

Monday: John 5: 19-30
Tuesday: John 5: 31-47
Wednesday: John 6:1-27
Thursday: John 6:28-40
Saturday: John 6: 41-72

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