Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture reading, March 15, 2020: An invitation to drink and eat

A friend of mine liked to quote a saint — I don’t remember which one — who said that food is God’s love made edible. In our first reading, the biblical authors indicate that water is God’s love made drinkable. When the Israelites become dehydrated during their journey through a broiling desert, God pulls them back from the brink of death with a miraculous supply of water. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 8, 2020: Do not be afraid

When World War II broke out in 1939, Karol Wojtyla, the future St. John Paul II, had just turned 19. At that point in his young life, he had lost his mother and his brother. His father would die soon after the war began, leaving the young Karol alone. During the chaotic destruction of his home country of Poland under Nazi occupation, Karol would be separated from close friends and trusted neighbors. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, March 1, 2020: A starter question for Lent

Our first reading contains a symbolic story in which a kind of Everywoman and Everyman face a basic human question: How will I live — God’s way or my way? In the story, the woman and the man are presented with the option not just of committing a simple little sin but of going wrong in the most fundamental way. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 23, 2020: St. Josephine Bakhita

Each year on Feb. 8, the church marks the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. Patroness of Sudan and victims of human trafficking, this saintly woman lived the meaning of today’s Gospel with extraordinary strength and grace. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, Feb. 16, 2020: Aim for peace

Today’s Gospel features parallel statements by Jesus. He begins, each time, with “you have heard that it was said …” and follows this received wisdom with a correction: “But I say to you …” Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 9, 2020: Fan into flame

Feb. 9 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A 1) Is 58:7-10 Psalm 112:4-9 2) 1 Cor 2:1-5 Gospel: Mt 5:13-16 By Jem Sullivan Catholic News Service The first Christian communities were made up of small groups of disciples of … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, Feb. 2, 2020: An encounter with the Lord

In a few months, God willing, my wife Louise and I will go to St. Joe’s Hospital, here in town, take the elevator to the maternity ward, put on temporary ID stickers, and head for the room where our daughter Margherita will be sitting up in bed, surrounded by son-in-law Freddy, other children, and who knows who else. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 26, 2020: A great light

Michelangelo Merisi, known to the world as Caravaggio, was a celebrated painter of his generation. He lived in the late 16th century and completed some 40 masterpiece paintings during his young and troubled life. He would exert considerable influence on an entire generation of artists who followed in the new Baroque style. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture reading, Jan. 19, 2020: Here I am, Lord

Lovely melodies have been written for today’s responsorial psalm (the response is “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will”), which make for pleasant congregational singing. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 12, 2020: New year, new creation

There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes us want to start afresh. Television reality makeover shows tap into this natural human desire to begin anew. Something in all of us longs for a makeover, whether spiritual, physical or emotional. Continue reading

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