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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 22, 2017: Whom do you serve?

     The prophet Isaiah tells us, in simple yet weighty words, that God’s power is universal, loving and mysterious. Earthly power comes from God alone, Isaiah reminds the Israelites and us. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 15, 2017: Take this call

     This week’s readings move along smoothly, up to a point. Isaiah looks forward to God giving a wonderful feast for everyone. The psalmist sings of God as his good shepherd. St. Paul rejoices in being able to do everything in God who strengthens him. You couldn’t find a more comforting set of Bible texts. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 8, 2017: Fruit that lasts

The Bible is filled with images to describe God’s relationship to us. The first reading offers one such poetic passage when the prophet Isaiah uses the image of a grape harvest. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 1, 2017: Don’t miss this

This Sunday’s readings may not contain any big surprises, but there’s an important point we might overlook. The prophet Ezekiel tells us that God will give life to those who turn away from the wrong they have done. What divine promise could be more familiar?
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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 24, 2017: In the vineyard

Gospel parables often contain a paradox meant to open us to a deeper understanding of who God is and who we are in relationship to God. To unpack the deeper meaning of the parable takes time, reflection and silence. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 17, 2017: Simple but challenging

To get the message of today’s Gospel, ask the nearest 6-year-old. The logic of Jesus’ parable is simple: If you refuse to forgive someone for a small thing they did to you, how on earth can you expect God to forgive your sins against him? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 10, 2017: An invitation to love

God desires our friendship and love. But do we really believe this? Do we live as if we were convinced that God created us in love and for love? Continue reading

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