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Bible readings for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

Introduction Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sept. 12, 2021

Introduction Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sept. 5, 2021

Introduction James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 29, 2021

Introduction Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 16, 2021

Introduction In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 15, 2021

Introduction Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 8, 2021

Introduction Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 1, 2021

Introduction Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers … Continue reading

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Bible readings for July 25, 2021

Today’s First Reading, Genesis 9:8-17, is recorded after the account of the devastating flood sent by God to destroy sinful humanity: the story of Noah and the ark.  In the flood we see God’s judgment on human sin – He is … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 18, 2021

The First Reading is found in Jeremiah 23:1-6.  This passage is written as an indictment against the leaders of Israel of Jeremiah’s day: they were not taking care of the people of God; in fact, they were scattering them instead … Continue reading

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