The wall – a Sunday Scriptures blog

On this 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time (the counted weeks of the liturgical year), the first (Hebrew Scripture) reading and the Gospel both speak about shepherds. I expect we might hear homilies about this theme. The second reading is from Ephesians. In the context where we find ourselves as U.S. …

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Walking stick – a Sunday Scriptures blog

He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick.… The simple walking stick — not the fancy, manufactured poles you can buy in a sport goods store, but a wooden stick — is a beautiful symbol for the commission we all have to bring the good news …

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Transitions

A morning walk in the woods reveals streaks of bright shining sunlight which illuminate a variety of areas scattered liberally throughout. Chipmunks, groundhogs and squirrels scamper and jump playfully in shadows and sunlight, navigating the contrasts and transitions with effortless ease and wild abandon. The wonder and awe of it …

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May we hear the tiny whispering voice

I was recently at a meeting where the opening prayer was the story of Elijah, to whom God says, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by” (1 Kings 19:9a, 11-16). Elijah hears the wind, the earthquake, the fire and finally the …

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John the Baptist – a Sunday Scriptures blog

This year the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (the counted weeks of the liturgical year) gets replaced by the Feast of John the Baptist. It is such an important feast that it has its own vigil readings, so Saturday congregations will hear different Scriptures from Sunday congregations. Both Gospels, though, …

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Growth – a Sunday Scriptures blog

It is the middle of the growing season, and we have Scriptures about growth today. The first reading (Ezekiel 17:22-24) describes God’s power to make trees spring up for the birds of the air. Our Gospel (Mark 4:26-34) combines two parables, one about grain growing and the other about a …

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Family – a Sunday Scriptures blog

In today’s Gospel from Mark, Jesus seemingly turns a cold shoulder on his mother and “brothers” (extended family). When told they were outside the house where he was teaching, Jesus says: “Who are my mother and my brothers? … For whoever does the will of God is my brother and …

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Covenant – a Sunday Scriptures blog

The whole world watched the wedding of Prince Henry of England and Meghan Markle, it seems! Their ceremony was filled with symbols — words said, rings exchanged, hands clasped and covered with a stole, and, of course, kisses. The symbols told us that we were watching a fundamental change taking …

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