Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 12, 2017: Don’t miss the psalm!

At Sunday Mass, we sing a few lines of a psalm. The music creates a mood, but the words usually pass by without leaving a lasting impression. Today, though, you might retrieve it and spend a few minutes with it. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 5, 2017: Practice what you preach

Servant love is the heart of missionary discipleship. We may teach the truth effectively, share the moral demands of the Gospel boldly, and partake in public and personal prayer with devotion. But without love, these count for nothing. This is the challenge of God’s word today. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 29, 2017: No need to read any further

      Some Sundays in church I sit and listen to the Scripture readings waiting for something to strike me, but nothing does. All of it is good and important, but nothing shouts “this is meant for you here and now!” But today I only have to get to the beginning of the first reading: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:20). Continue reading

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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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