Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 29, 2019: A year in review

As another year draws to a close news programs often present a “Year in Review” to highlight outstanding events of the last 365 days. Human achievements and notable figures are featured for their global, national or local impacts. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 22, 2019: Layered mysteries

At Christmas, we are dealing with incomprehensibles.

      The one through whom God brought everything into existence and gave every living thing life — his Son — received human life from a young woman and became her child. If God’s power and splendor infinitely exceed our understanding, his Son’s taking on our human nature seems even farther beyond our grasp. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 15, 2019: The wonder of Advent

The midpoint of Advent is a perfect place to pause and take spiritual stock of our journey to the awesome, wondrous gift of the coming of God in Jesus, the word made flesh. With less than two weeks to Christmas, it’s easy to lose our spiritual focus. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 8, 2019: Surprise, surprise

The readings today announce good news that answers some of our greatest desires. But it is surprising in more ways than one. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 1, 2019: A different kind of waiting

Waiting takes many forms in daily life. Waiting in rush-hour traffic stretches the virtue of patience. Waiting for responses to emails and social media posts is part of the endless traffic of human communication. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 24, 2019: A final prayer

“One of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus” (Lk 23:39).

      On an outcropping of limestone just outside a gate of Jerusalem, two men who had committed crimes and one who had not were “hanging.” They were hanging in crucifixion, suspended from nails driven through their wrists and ankles. Continue reading

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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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