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Sunday Scripture readings, April 15, 2018

April 12th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

1) Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9

2) 1 Jn 2:1-5

Gospel: Lk 24:35-48

 

Peace, unexpectedly

If you ever watched “Wait Until Dark,” it’s hard to forget the scene in which thuggish, knife-wielding Alan Arkin suddenly springs toward blind, alone-in-her-kitchen-at-night Audrey Hepburn. What a moment! One reviewer called it “a terrific jolt.” For the way it reliably induces screams in the audience, my wife deems it the perfect preteen girls’ sleepover movie. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 1, 2018

March 29th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Cycle B

1) Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

2) Col 3:1-4, or 1 Cor 5:6-8

Gospel: Jn 20:1-9

 

Christ Is Risen!

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).

Have you died?

I have. I can show you where it happened. It was in East Rutherford, New Jersey, decades before Giants Stadium went up. It was at St. Joseph’s Church.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 18, 2018

March 15th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Jer 31:31-34

Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15

2) Heb 5:7-9

Gospel: Jn 12:20-33

 

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.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 4, 2018

March 1st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Lent 

Cycle B

1) Ex 20:1-17

Psalm 19:8-11

2) 1 Cor 1:22-25

Gospel: Jn 2:13-25

 

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?  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 18

February 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Gn 9:8-15

Psalm 25:4-9

2) 1 Pt 3:18-22

Gospel: Mk 1:12-15

 

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. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 4, 2018

February 1st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Cycle B

1) Jb 7:1-4, 6-7

Psalm: 147:1-6

2) 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23

Gospel: Mk 1:29-39

 

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.

“Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?” Job asks.

“You’ve got that right,” another player murmurs.

“If in bed I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ then the night drags on.”

“Brother, that happens to me too,” another sighs. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 21, 2018

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle B

            1) Jon 3:1-5, 10

            Psalm 25:4-5, 6-9

            2) 1 Cor 7:29-31

            Gospel: Mk 1:14-20

 

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? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 7, 2018

January 4th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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The Epiphany of the Lord
Cycle B
1) Is 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1, 7-8, 10-13
2) Eph 3:2-3, 5-6
Gospel: Mt 2:1-12

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.
But that is not yet. At present, there are many “poor” and “afflicted” who cry out and need help. If we “raise (our) eyes and look about” in early 2018, we don’t see the powers that be bowing down to God.
And, by definition, the past has slipped away. Two thousand years ago, God revealed himself (the meaning of “epiphany”) to some wise seekers. They found Jesus, an infant in his mother’s arms. But if we travel to Bethlehem, we won’t see a star; just a town struggling amid political conflict and economic distress.
So is everything the biblical texts are speaking about locked behind us in the past or not yet opened up the future? Isn’t the Epiphany for us, too?
Well, yes! The second reading declares that “God’s grace,” now “made known,” is drawing men and women everywhere (“the gentiles”) into life in his incarnate Son.
By Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have become so connected to him that we “are … members of the same body” — notice that present tense. We’re closer to him than those wise, first-century seekers were.
In our celebration of the Eucharist, we thank God for sending his Son to establish his reign over every mind and heart, every life and relationship, every corner of creation. As we do that, Jesus makes himself present to us — and, through Communion, in us.
In the liturgy, the light of God’s kingdom yet to come illuminates us. We become the community upon whom “the Lord shines,” the people over whom “appears his glory.”
In this light, we go out as his servants to aid in extending his kingdom in the world. Guided by his Spirit, we can “have pity for the lowly.” We can “rescue the poor when he cries out and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.”

Reflection Question: 
Today’s psalm response is: “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.” How will you adore him today?

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Perrotta is the editor and an author of the “Six Weeks With the Bible” series, teaches part time at Siena Heights University and leads Holy Land pilgrimages. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 24, 2017

December 21st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

         Cycle B

         1) 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16

         Psalm:89: 2-5, 27, 29

         2) Rom 16:25-27

         Gospel: Lk 1:26-38

        

Almost Christmas

On the brink of celebrating the end of Mary’s pregnancy — Christmas begins this evening — we look back to its beginning. Today’s Gospel presents the conversation between Mary and an angel named Gabriel.

Is there, for every person, a pivotal conversation — a conversation that determines the whole course of a person’s life? (“Olivia, can we talk about getting married?”) Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 10, 2017

December 7th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Advent

            Cycle B

            1) Is 40:1-5, 9-11

            Psalm 85: 9-14

            2) 2 Pt 3:8-14

            Gospel: Mk 1:1-8

           

 

The Advent blahs

 

Advent: time to figure out which commandments I’ve been breaking and squeeze in confession before Christmas.

Is that the message of today’s readings?

Sure, that’s part of it. But primarily an announcement is being made. God is going to do something! Read more »

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