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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 6, 2015 In today’s Gospel text, [Luke 3:1-6] In today’s Gospel text, [Luke 3:1-6] the evangelist who is called the “scriba manuetidinis Christi” (scribe of the gentleness of Christ) by Dante Alighieri, casts the call of John the Baptist in the form of an Old Testament prophetic ...read more
As I begin writing this, one week has passed since the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13. I currently live about 6 km from the scene of the worst of the bloodshed of November 13: the Bataclan concert hall where 89 of the 129 deaths occurred. At about 10:15 that evening, I ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year C – November 29, 2015 Every now and then when the world seems to be falling apart and problems appear to be insurmountable, I recall with gratitude the heroes of the Velvet Revolution who helped to bring down the reign of Communism over twenty years ago. I cherish the words ...read more
Biblical Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B – Sunday, November 22, 2015 The liturgical year ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King. In John’s poignant trial scene of Pilate and Jesus (18:33-37), we see a great contrast between power and powerlessness. In coming to the Romans to ensure that Jesus ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – November 15, 2015 Today’s Gospel story is taken from the most difficult chapter of Mark’s Gospel (13:24-32) and is often interpreted as announcing the end of the world. Mark 13 is often called the “little apocalypse.” Like Daniel 7-12 and the Book of Revelation, it focuses on ...read more
Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City,” reflects on the Scriptural roots of the corporal works of mercy. This video is part of a new series of reflections on Scripture from America and the American Bible Society. ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – November 8, 2015 Today’s Old Testament reading from 1 Kings 17:10-16 and the Gospel story from Mark 12:38-44 present us with two remarkable widows who challenge us by their conviction, generosity and faith. They force us to reexamine our understanding of the poor and poverty, and look ...read more
Solemnity of All Saints – Sunday, November 1, 2015 The following words of Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, spoken during the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in 2008, still resound in my mind and heart on this Solemnity of All Saints: Jesus says: “Learn ...read more
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 25, 2015 Mark’s healing stories of the blind man of Bethsaida (8:22-26) and the healing of Bartimaeus, the blind man on the road to Jericho (10:46-52) were undoubtedly popular stories in the early Church and they remain very significant stories for the contemporary Church. These miracles ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 18, 2015 The readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to prayerfully consider the priesthood and priestly ministry. The first reading is the passage of Isaiah’s mysterious suffering servant who takes upon himself the people’s iniquity (Isaiah 53:2-11). The second reading speaks of ...read more