May 26, Temples: a Sunday Scriptures blog

Not long ago we watched in horror as the great cathedral of Notre Dame burned, shaking the very identity of the French people. The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by Rome in 70 C.E. was a huge shock for Jews and also for the Jewish converts to Christ. Our…

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Recipe for Discernment

Last night, my foster son and I baked a cake. He read each step in the recipe, one by one, as we went along. From pre-heating the oven, to spraying the pan, and then adding ingredients, the steps were easy and we expected a fluffy, delicious cake as long as…

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May 19, 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 men…

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May 12, Good Shepherd: a Sunday Scriptures blog

It is “Good Shepherd Sunday,” but beware! There is a dark theme in the readings. In the first reading from Acts, Paul and Barnabas are treated with “violent abuse” and “expelled” from Antioch in Pisidia. In the second reading from Revelation, those standing before the Lamb in white robes “have…

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