Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 18: Is there anything here for me?

Previewing today’s readings, I knew right away the grooves my mind would fall into when they are read at Mass.

      First we will hear about God promising Noah not to send any more floods and setting the rainbow in the sky as a reminder to himself. Funny, I think, how there weren’t any rainbows before that. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 11, 2018: ‘Make me clean’

Chances are most of us struggle to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen behind on my spiritual resolutions already! 

      Thanks be to God we have the fast approaching Lenten season when the church invites us to return to the Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul. We have yet another chance to renew our resolve to be disciples of Jesus.

      In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a leper who approaches him with a confident plea. We know well that in Jesus’ day, lepers were ostracized from the social order. They lived outside cities and towns and were separated from normal activities of life. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 4, 2018: Readings for dark times

Today we hear from Job, who lost all his children in a disaster and contracted a painful disease. I picture him as a character in a play, seated on a dimly lit stage, with other members of the cast standing around in him in darkness. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 28, 2018: Accepting the authority of Jesus

Think of the last time you heard or read something of interest. Perhaps it was the headline news, a radio program, an online article, the daily newspaper or the most recent message in your email inbox.

Chances are you were listening or reading at a good, even rapid, pace to cover as much ground as possible. We listen and read for information, knowledge and comprehension. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 21, 2018: Could this really happen?

Today’s readings seem a bit implausible.

      In the first, a prophet named Jonah goes to a city called Nineveh — capital of a ruthless empire — makes a brief announcement of God’s judgment, and just like that, everybody repents of their sins.

      The ruins of Nineveh are at modern Mosul in Iraq, a city that the Islamic State terrorist group controlled until recently. Could you imagine some guy in a village being told by God to go to Mosul in, say, 2016, preaching God’s justice on a downtown street — and every jihadi just laying down his weapons and walking away? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 14, 2018: Cultivating a heart that listens

Prayer is a conversation with God. We speak to God as we pray the responses of the liturgy and the psalms, in familiar devotions of the church and with words that flow spontaneously from the heart.

      While speaking to God is a necessary part of Christian prayer, listening to God is even more fundamental. Today, God’s word invites us to cultivate a heart of listening so that we may hear God call each one of us by name. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 7, 2018: Not just a once and future event

      “Nations shall walk by your light.” “Justice shall flower in his days.” “The lives of the poor he shall save.” The Scripture texts today talk a lot about the future — and, of course, about the past. “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem.” “When King Herod heard of this.” “Then they opened their treasures.”

      In the grand future the texts speak of, God will make all things new. In a realm of eternal light, he will rule over everything and everyone. There will be “profound peace.” “Every nation on earth will adore” him. Continue reading

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