Nicholas King SJ
The weekday readings are often slightly neglected, but they are immensely rich. They follow a text from day to day, and you have a much better chance of getting a grip on an entire book or letter on weekdays than on Sundays. So we are invited to take these readings with great seriousness, to go deeper into them, in order there to encounter the Lord who waits patiently just below the surface of the text. The gospel may be enough for you, but the first reading, whether it is taken from the Old Testament or from one of the letters or other documents of the New Testament, also has something to say, and can often strike a spark, help you to perceive something you had not noticed before, and so hear God’s gentle challenge to you today.
Nicholas King SJ is Academic Director of Theology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. His translation of the entire bible was recently published by Kevin Mayhew.