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Sunday Scripture readings, May 26, 2019: How far away is God?

How distant is God? Looking up at the night sky, the answer might seem to be “infinitely.”

      But today’s Scripture readings give the opposite answer. God is infinitely close, these texts say, and — comparing infinities — wants to be even closer. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 19, 2019: To make new

“New and improved” is a slogan that advertisers often use to market products and services to customers. From diets and cars to phones, clothes and vacations, the promise of something new catches our attention and appeals to our inclination to get ahead of others. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 12, 2019: Two views of life

Jesus concludes today’s Gospel reading with the solemn statement, “The Father and I are one” (Jn 10:30). He means that he is everything the Father is, except that he is the Son, not the Father. He, the Son, has become the human being Jesus of Nazareth, without ceasing to be everything that he is as God. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 5, 2019: Cast out your nets

Think of a time when you were in the presence of a well-known public figure. Perhaps it was a pope, a bishop, a celebrated author, television or movie actor, or a local celebrity. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 28, 2019: Great numbers were added to them

In today’s first reading, St. Luke tells about the church in the months after Jesus’ resurrection. It was just one community, made up of a few thousand Jewish believers in the city of Jerusalem. Luke says the community was filled with “signs and wonders.” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 21, 2019: The good news of Easter

The discovery of an empty tomb is the Gospel record of the historical event of Jesus’ resurrection. No witnesses saw Jesus rising from the dead. But what they did see was Jesus’ agonizing passion, his ignominious death on the cross and the empty tomb. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 14, 2019: Absolute trust in God

The Gospel shows us Jesus in prayer the night before his death. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me,” he says. “Still, not my will but yours be done.” Clearly, he knew what kind of suffering he was about to undergo. Just as clearly, he recoiled at the prospect of it. Continue reading

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