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Palm Sunday, Year C – March 20, 2016 On Palm Sunday this year we hear two sections of Luke’s Gospel – the first at the blessing of the palms and the second at the reading of St. Luke’s Passion narrative. With the royal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (19:28-40), a new section of the Gospel ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C – March 13, 2016 Today’s moving Gospel story (John 8:1-11) recounts the episode of the adulterous woman in two vivid scenes: In the first, we witness a dispute between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees concerning a woman caught in flagrant adultery who, in accordance with the prescriptions of ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C – March 6, 2016 Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel is often referred to as the “Lost and Found Collection” of the New Testament since it begins with the parable of lost sheep (vv 1-7), followed by the parable of lost coin (vv 8-10), reaching its crescendo in the parable ...read more
Third Sunday of Lent – February 28, 2016 Today’s first reading from Exodus (3:1-8a; 13-15) carried me back to my first visit to Mount Sinai and St. Catharine’s Monastery in 1990, during my years of study in Jerusalem. I remember well that awesome experience of standing on “holy ground” in Sinai, at the place where ...read more
  Luke’s version of the Transfiguration is found in Chapter 9 in a collection of incidents that focuses on the identity of Jesus. The whole chapter centers on the question that Herod asks in this Gospel: “Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” (9:9). In subsequent episodes, Luke reveals to the reader ...read more
First Sunday of Lent, Year C – February 14, 2016 An ancient proverb says: “Good habits result from resisting temptation.” On Ash Wednesday we heard three fundamental orientations for this season in the rich Scripture readings: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. Lent is a season of solidarity, of sharing, of openness to our neighbor, especially toward ...read more
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – February 7, 2016 The Sea of Galilee is a fresh water lake about 12 miles long and six miles wide. It lies some 685 feet below sea level and is about 200 feet deep. Fishing was and still is an important industry on the lake. The sea ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 31, 2016 Today’s Old Testament reading from Jeremiah (1:4-5, 17-19) and Gospel passage from Luke (4:21-30) offer us an opportunity to reflect on the blessings, burdens and risks of authentic prophets in our Judeo-Christian tradition. Among the Biblical prophets, we probably know Jeremiah best of all. ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 24, 2016 Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Nehemiah, a book that tells of the reconstitution of the Jewish community after the Exile, the dispersion and the destruction of Jerusalem. It tells the story of the new beginnings of a community and is ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 17, 2016 Last Sunday gave us an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, and our own baptismal commitment. The wedding feast of Cana of today’s Gospel (John 2:1-11) is a manifestation of God’s glory and it continues the theme of Christ’s Epiphany and ...read more