Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, April 8, 2018: Seeing with eyes of faith

The sacred events of Holy Week may lead us to ask — Why did Jesus, the Son of God and second person of the most holy Trinity, suffer a cruel, unjust death on a cross? Was Jesus’ suffering the only means by which humanity could be reconciled to friendship with God?

      Jesus was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). With these words, this Sunday’s second reading invites us into the heart of why Jesus embraced his passion and crucifixion. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 1, 2018: Christ Is Risen!

What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.

      But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 25, 2018: Divine obedience and human betrayal

The sacred events of Holy Week may lead us to ask — Why did Jesus, the Son of God and second person of the most holy Trinity, suffer a cruel, unjust death on a cross? Was Jesus’ suffering the only means by which humanity could be reconciled to friendship with God?

      Jesus was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). With these words, this Sunday’s second reading invites us into the heart of why Jesus embraced his passion and crucifixion. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 18, 2018: Having God as Father

What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.

      But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 11: The Gospel in a nutshell

Looking for a summary of the Christian faith? This Sunday’s Gospel is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

      St. John brings us to the heart of the Gospel and the heart of Christian faith. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 4, 2018: The foolishness we need

“We proclaim Christ crucified,” Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor 1:23). This was not, he acknowledges, what most people were looking for. The idea that God has acted in the world through a man being tortured to death was an obstacle too big for them to get over. It seemed nonsensical.

      If Jesus was the representative of the Creator, why didn’t he use his infinite power to defend himself? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 25: To see with the eyes of faith

Lent is a time of spiritual regeneration and renewal. “The Transfiguration ‘is the sacrament of the second regeneration’: our own resurrection,” notes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 556). And the Gospel account of the Lord’s transfiguration invites us to ponder this event in Jesus’ earthly life and our participation in this mystery of faith. Continue reading

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