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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 17, 2019: Jesus’ coming

Hearing this Sunday’s Gospel we might be tempted to say, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” in the words of Ecclesiastes. The Gospel opens with people admiring the grandeur and beauty of the Temple. This magnificent work of human hands rightly elicited their admiration and pride in human achievement. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 10, 2019: The God of the living

If asked to sum up Christianity in a single word, what would you say? Answers that come to my mind are “Jesus” and “love.” If we look at the question in terms of the goal of Christian life, another possible answer is “resurrection.” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 3, 2019: How do you see God?

What is your image of God? How do you envision God as you pray and reflect on God’s word? Has your childhood image of God developed into a deeper understanding of who God is and who you are in relationship to God? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 27, 2019: God hears

The focus here is a single line from today’s Psalm response. “The Lord hears the cry of the poor” (Ps 34:7). My one observation on that statement is this: God hears the sighs of people in need, and the way he answers is by sending us. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 20, 2019: What’s in a word?

In today’s second reading, St. Paul invites us to pause and reflect on the word of God as it comes to us in the Scriptures. We are invited to go beyond the many words that make up daily life to the one divine word, who is God. St. Paul reflects on the origin of God’s word, its relevance for life and the call to take time to hear and reflect on God’s word. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 13, 2019: ‘This Foreigner’!

In our society, “good Samaritan” is a familiar phrase. There are “Good Samaritan” laws and Good Samaritan hospitals. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 6, 2019: Increase our faith

“Increase our faith,” the apostles say to Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel. Their request to Jesus becomes our prayer as we contemplate God’s word today. Once the disciples meet Jesus, their lives are not the same. For any and every encounter with Jesus is life-changing. Continue reading

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