Trinity Sunday – a Sunday Scriptures blog

Richard Rohr reminds us that the Cappadocian Fathers (Gregory of Nyssa, Basil of Caesarea and Gregory Nazianzen and others) said: “Don’t start with the One and try to make it into Three but start with the Three and see that this is the deepest nature of the One.” When we …

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A higher law

On the news today I heard a story about a woman of color who had been insulted at a campus diversity rally. A reporter asked her, “How do you answer a person who says, as this person did, ‘Freedom of speech is my First Amendment right’?” I began to think …

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Pentecost – a Sunday Scriptures blog

I lector at weekend Masses, and I get scheduled for different Masses. I hope I get to be at the Vigil (Saturday) Mass on Pentecost. There are different readings for the Vigil of Pentecost than for the Sunday Masses, and they are wonderful indeed! I especially love the one from …

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Resurrection

A friend gives me an amaryllis every Christmas. They bloom beautifully, though not always on Christmas — one was a Valentine amaryllis — and then die back. That’s the end of my luck with them. I put them in the basement, with some vague thought about planting the bulbs outside …

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Love, sweet love – a Sunday Scriptures blog

If you were dying and someone asked you, “Do you have any last words?” what would your words be? The setting of today’s passage from John’s Gospel is the last supper, so we are hearing some of Jesus’ “last words,” the words the Evangelist thought were the most important of …

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Vine and branches

If you visit the ancient basilicas in Rome, a few dating to the first half of the fourth century, you will find the motif of the vine and branches everywhere. It is on facades, on domes, on doors, climbing up pillars, in mosaic floors. It seems this motif was a …

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O Lord

O Lord, in union with that divine intention with which you praised your Father to the shedding of your blood, I offer this day in adoration. This short “morning offering” which I say daily, urges me to see my day as an opportunity to do something more than simply “getting …

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