Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 18, 2019: Jesus’ feelings

For the times when it’s hard to do the right thing, the author of today’s second reading makes a suggestion. Keep looking at Jesus, he says. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 11, 2019: Father in faith

Scripture holds up Abraham as our “father in faith.” That’s no small title! And we might wonder whether Abraham’s example can still speak to us today. Popular culture has a thousand and one ways of trying to convince us that faith makes us less human, less free, even less intelligent! Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 4, 2019: Concerning foolishness

In our first reading, God appears to Abraham, but Abraham doesn’t know it’s God.

      God takes the form of three travelers who pass by Abraham’s campsite during the blazing heat of midday, as Abraham sits in the shade of the huge tree under which his tent is pitched. That Abraham doesn’t know the travelers are God is crucial for understanding what happens next. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 28, 2019: Can I have a cookie?

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the word “freedom” comes into focus while we gather together to celebrate with family and friends. We give thanks to God for the freedom that is the heritage of this land. And we are grateful for the men and women whose heroic sacrifices in the past and in the present ensure the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation and as individuals. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 21, 2019: So nice to see you!

In our first reading, God appears to Abraham, but Abraham doesn’t know it’s God.

      God takes the form of three travelers who pass by Abraham’s campsite during the blazing heat of midday, as Abraham sits in the shade of the huge tree under which his tent is pitched. That Abraham doesn’t know the travelers are God is crucial for understanding what happens next. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 14, 2019: Moved by compassion

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the word “freedom” comes into focus while we gather together to celebrate with family and friends. We give thanks to God for the freedom that is the heritage of this land. And we are grateful for the men and women whose heroic sacrifices in the past and in the present ensure the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation and as individuals. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 7, 2019: Something to boast about

Through Jesus’ death on the cross, St. Paul says, “the world has been crucified” to him and he to the world (Gal 6:14). With this shocking image — think of what crucifixion is — St. Paul declares the end of his connection with “the world.” But what is this “world” to which he no longer has any ties? Continue reading

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