June 13: Mustard seed, a Sunday Scriptures blog

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus is talking about the “kingdom of God,” a very different kingdom from kingdoms of worldly rulers. Jesus uses teaching images of seeds that sprout and grow of their own accord, and of the mustard seed, “the smallest of all the seeds on the earth,”…

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Meal Prayer

Several times a day I check out the activity at the bird feeder to see which birds are showing up today. It is always a guessing game: Will it be the several cardinal pairs, the rufous-sided towhee, the various sparrows and finches, the mourning dove, the red-bellied woodpecker or all…

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A Windy Day

Recently the readings after Easter included the one from the Gospel of John where Jesus tells Nicodemus that the “wind blows where it will,” cautioning him that he does not know where it comes from or where it goes. About that same time we were experiencing some blustery April winds,…

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May 16: Ascension, a Sunday Scriptures blog

In the United States, the Solemnity of Ascension is celebrated today. The opening prayer for Ascension puts into words the deepest meaning of this feast: … the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow…

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