Pentecost, May 19, The Spirit: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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1w ago
I hope I get to be at the Vigil (Saturday) Mass on Pentecost. There are different readings for the Vigil of Pentecost than for the Sunday Masses, and they are wonderful indeed! I especially love the one from Ezekiel — the dead bones Scripture (Ezk 37:1-14). In it, the prophet Ezekiel, in a vision, sees a plain littered with countless dry bones, representing the people of Israel. They are lamenting: “our bones are dried up, our hope is lost, and we are cut off.” Then the Lord acts, saying: I will put my spirit in you that you may live … I have promised and I will do it …”  The role of God ..read more
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6th Sunday of Easter, May 5, Friends: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
2w ago
Near the beginning of David Brooks’ book How to Know a Person, he confesses that he used to be a “sizer upper.” When meeting someone, he was, consciously or unconsciously, fitting them into descriptive categories, which prevented him from really encountering the person. We all do that, of course, and so did the people of Jesus’ day. They and we peg people as poor and rich, men and women, well-educated and uneducated, skilled professionals and day laborers, liberals and conservatives, people in power and those not, and so many, many other categories, including race. In today’s Scriptures, Jesus ..read more
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5th Sunday of Easter, April 28, Mutuality: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
1M ago
The Guinness World Record for the oldest known grapevine that still bears fruit is in Maribor, a town in Slovenia. It is more than 400 years old, and the bottles of wine made from its grapes are not sold but presented to VIPs by the government of Slovenia every year. Jesus uses the image of the grapevine this Sunday (Jn 15:1-8): “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser … every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes that it may bear more fruit … as the branch cannot bear fruit … unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” The Maribor vine has lasted as ..read more
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4th Sunday of Easter, April 21, Blessing: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
1M ago
“I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd” (Jn 10:16). This Sunday is traditionally called “Good Shepherd Sunday,” a time when we reflect on the call of our ordained leaders to be shepherds. One of the hallmarks of Pope Francis’ papacy has been his insistence that the ordained shepherds need to be so in touch with those they serve that they should “smell like the sheep.” But recently Pope Francis has been criticized by some of those very shepherds because he authorized a blessing for same ..read more
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3rd Sunday of Easter, April 14, Multi-faceted: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
1M ago
Today we hear one of the appearance stories from Luke’s Gospel. It starts when two disciples arrive where the apostles and other followers of Jesus are gathered. On hearing that the Lord has appeared to Peter, not to be outdone, the two disciples recount how Jesus has just appeared to them too, while they walked toward the town of Emmaus. Into this exciting newscast Jesus suddenly appears. Though filled with joy, those gathered were “amazed,” that is, not really willing to believe their eyes. Jesus responds in two ways. First he “proves” he’s not a ghost by showing them his wounded hands and f ..read more
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2nd Sunday of Easter, April 7, Stream: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
1M ago
Witnesses — we meet them again this week. In Mark’s Gospel, the mourning companions of Jesus would not believe Mary Magdalene “when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her” (Mk 16:10). Today’s Gospel is the well-known episode where the apostle Thomas, unwilling to believe the witness of the others that Jesus was alive, demands the outrageous “proof” of being able to put his hand into the wound in Jesus’ side. It is difficult to hold on to faith. We always do want proof. Even though Jesus grants Thomas’ wish, he also admonishes him: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have be ..read more
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March 31, Easter Sunday: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
2M ago
It’s pretty normal for any believer to have a crisis of faith, or maybe several, over a lifetime. One of mine happened when I was 22, taking a New Testament Scripture class. That’s when I heard that we really have almost no actual words of Jesus. What we have instead are remembrances, words of others, recollections first recounted in gatherings and, only after a while, written down in collections that eventually became Gospels. It was a moment of grace when I finally “got it,” that God is truly an incarnate God, embedded in the world God first created and then, through Jesus, deeply embedded i ..read more
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Palm Sunday, March 24, Were you there? A Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
2M ago
Each Holy Week, we hear two accounts of the Passion of the Lord. On Good Friday, we hear the Passion account from the Gospel of John. On Palm Sunday, we hear the Passion account from the year’s lectionary cycle, this year the Gospel of Mark. We all know the spiritual “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord).” Mark is the “Were you there?” Gospel. It’s scene after scene about the people who were there: the chief priests and scribes; the woman who anoints Jesus’ head with perfumed oil; the disciples, including some special ones like Peter and Judas; Pilate and Barabbas; soldiers; Simon of C ..read more
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March 17, 5th Sunday of Lent, Sacrifice: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
2M ago
“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose I came to this hour.” Recently I heard a science guru remark that humans are the only species that will die for a cause. This quote from our Cycle B Gospel (John 12:20-33) shows Jesus understanding his purpose and facing the consequences rather than praying to be saved. John’s Gospel, written around the year 100, is the fruit of years of reflection about questions like “Why did Jesus have to die?” This Scripture is their answer: These early Christians had come to understand that only throug ..read more
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March 10, 4th Sunday of Lent, Darkness and Light: a Sunday Scriptures blog
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by ipsupport
2M ago
In our Cycle B, today’s Gospel is John 3:14-21. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. … the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light … for everyone who does wicked things hates the light … but whoever lives the truth comes to the light… .” Elementary school children already have experienced the difference between good and evil, between the darkness and the light described in this Scripture. In Scripture as a whole, it is clear that God abhors evil, judges it and condemns it. During Lent we see Jesus battling against evil, first in his desert experience ..read more
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