April 21, Risen: a Sunday Scriptures blog

“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” No one saw the resurrection; they saw that the body had disappeared. And then a new experience began to happen, appearances of Jesus in a body that seemed the same but also seemed very…

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March 31, My Party: a Sunday Scriptures blog

The oldest son in today’s familiar “prodigal son” parable is easy for many of us to identify with! In many families, one child may feel that another child got more love and attention from parents than they did. And that actually may be the case, for example in families where…

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March 24, Fig tree: a Sunday Scriptures blog

This past Superbowl Sunday, a small plane crashed into a home here in California and killed five people watching the game. Why we have to suffer, and especially why innocent people suffer, is a question we all ask at some point in our lives. In today’s Gospel, people ask Jesus…

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March 17, Glory: a Sunday Scriptures blog

In all three cycles of our liturgical year, the Gospel for the second Sunday of Lent is the Transfiguration. The first Sunday of Lent focused on our present journey to holiness which includes overcoming temptations and their resulting sins. This second Sunday presents our final goal, not only for Lent…

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March 10, Temptation: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Lent is here again! Today’s Gospel from Luke is the familiar story of how Jesus is tempted by the devil. Luke took the very short version of Jesus’ temptations found in Mark’s earlier Gospel and expanded it to teach his Gospel listeners. Mark’s Gospel just says Jesus was tempted; Luke…

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March 3, Speech: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Do you like to read the advice columns or self-help columns in the newspaper? Parts of some Old Testament books called “wisdom literature” sound a little like them. These biblical writings give prosaic advice for ethical living in daily life. “Wisdom literature” was written in the centuries just before Jesus’…

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