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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (September/October 2021)

September 5, 2021 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 35:4–7; Psalm 146:6–10; James 2:1–5; Mark 7:31–37 Are you asking God for enough? Today’s readings urge us to think bigger, to ask for more, to see more intently, to listen more deeply, and, most especially, to open ourselves to the transformations that God desires to accomplish […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (July/August 2021)

July 4, 2021 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10; Mark 6:1-6 Paul ends today’s second reading with a paradox, a seeming contradiction. He says, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” What sense can we make of such a statement? It is like saying, “When I am sad, then I […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (May/June 2021)

May 2, 2021 Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22: 26-28, 30-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Saint John stresses the importance of our abiding in Jesus, even as he abides in us. Today’s gospel passage, as well as the priestly prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper from which it is taken, is […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (March/April 2021)

March 7, 2021 Third Sunday of Lent Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 We are apt to miss the significance of the introduction to the account of the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. In the first verse we are given a context for hearing and appreciating the importance of the […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (January/February 2021)

January 1, 2021 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God / New Year’s Day Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 It’s no longer the year 2020. For some, that might be the greatest blessing of all on this first day of January. We might try to wipe away the loss and grief […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (November/December 2020)

November 1, 2020 Solemnity of All Saints Revelation 7:2-4,9-14; Psalm 24:1b-4b,5-6; 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12a “See what love the Father has bestowed on us!” Today’s feast commemorates the happy memory of those who lived by seeing, those whose capacity for spiritual sight still today inspires in us a desire to see what they saw […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (September/October 2020)

September 6, 2020 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 In ancient times, the role of the sentinel or watchman brought with it a burden of responsibility. Today we employ early warning systems to alert us of any danger from an enemy or natural disaster. In Ezekiel’s world, […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (July/August 2020)

July 5, 2020 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30. Pride has long been seen as the besetting sin of society (although it would seem to afflict men far more than women). Pride understood in the sense that one puts one’s self in the center […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics

May 3, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 2:14A, 36-41; Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; 1 Peter 2:20B-25; John 10:1-10 In the biblical world, and even today in the Middle East, families who own sheep have a vested interest in their flock. Those entrusted with tending to the flock have to be skilled, trustworthy, and […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (March/April 2020)

March 1, 2020 First Sunday of Lent Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17; Romans; 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 The American ideal of fulfillment seems to be that of a person who can chart his or her own course without interference from anyone. As Frank Sinatra popularized it, “I did it my way.” Yet, unbridled individualism […]

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