May 29, Ascension: a Sunday Scriptures blog

“Gladden us with holy joy, almighty God … for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope.” These words are from the opening prayer of the feast of the Ascension, celebrated this…

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May 22, Finisher: a Sunday Scriptures blog

“Finisher” is a term used in a variety of ways. It could be a relief pitcher in baseball, or the last person on the winning relay team. It could be tradespeople who put finishing touches on a new house, or the financial or corporate person who completes the last legal…

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May 15, Glorified: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him (Jn 13:31). Jesus speaks these words right after Judas leaves to arrange his arrest. He is telling his disciples that his coming crucifixion and death is a beginning, not an end. Shakespeare’s line, “The evil that do…

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May 8, Good Shepherd: a Sunday Scriptures blog

It is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” This Sunday’s Gospel is one of the shortest in our three-year cycle of readings. It describes the unity between Jesus, his Father, and his sheep. It gives us a feeling of security about our lives as we hear Jesus say, “My sheep hear my voice;…

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April 17, Easter: a Sunday Scriptures blog

I wish everyone could hear the Gospel for the Wednesday after Easter (Lk 24: 13-35) preached on one of our Sundays after Easter. It is the Gospel about two disciples — we don’t know their names — who are walking toward a village called Emmaus. They are downcast because of…

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March 27, Home: a Sunday Scriptures blog

On this fourth Sunday of Lent, our Gospel is the story of the prodigal son. If you are like me, the story is so powerful that I miss how this Gospel starts. A mixed audience has gathered to hear Jesus speak — “tax collectors and sinners,” and “Pharisees and scribes.”…

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