September 30 26th Sunday of the Year (B)

September 30 26th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Numbers 11:25-29). It seems best to place this reading in its original context in the Book of Numbers. Moses has complained that the task of attending to the concerns of the vast multitude of … [Read more…]

September 23 25th Sunday of the Year (B)

September 23 25th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Wisdom 2:12, 17-20). This reading is taken from the work known as the Wisdom of Solomon (or more commonly in the Latin Church as the Book of Wisdom). The work was composed in Greek … [Read more…]

September 16 24th Sunday of the Year (B)

September 16 24th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Isaiah 50:5-9). This is what is known as the third of the four Servant Songs of Deutero-Isaiah. These four Servant Songs are Isaiah 42:1-7; 49:1-7; 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12. The poems speak of a Servant of … [Read more…]

September 9 23rd Sunday of the Year (B)

September 9 23rd Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Isaiah 35:4-7). In the more recent approach to the book of the prophet Isaiah it is usual to see at least three sections in it. What information we have on the prophet himself (who … [Read more…]

September 2 22nd Sunday of the Year (B)

September 2 22nd Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8). In the Book of Deuteronomy this reading comes at the end of the first (Deuteronomy chapters 1-4) of three addresses Moses makes to the people before they are to enter the … [Read more…]

August 26 21st Sunday of the Year (B)

August 26 21st Sunday of the Year (B)  A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading  (Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18). The book of Joshua purports to narrate the conquest of the Land of Canaan, under the leadership of Joshua, successor of Moses. After this conquest had been considered complete, Joshua plans … [Read more…]

August 19 20th Sunday of the Year (B)

August 19 20th Sunday of the Year (B)  A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Proverbs 9:1-6).It is accepted by all that Jesus’ discourse on himself as the bread of life was given against the background of the biblical and Jewish tradition on the manna. Many scholars recognize that … [Read more…]

August 12 19th Sunday of the Year (B)

August 12 19th Sunday of the Year (B)  A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (1 Kings 19:4-8).  This brief reading is taken from what is known as the “Elijah Cycle”, a series of episodes about the fiery prophet Elijah. This prophet was very active in the northern kingdom … [Read more…]

August 5 18th Sunday of the Year (B)

August 5 18th Sunday of the Year (B)  A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15). This reading narrates two marvels the Lord worked for his people Israel on their journey from Egypt to the land of promise. Freedom for the bondage of Egypt was for them … [Read more…]

17th Sunday of the Year (B) July 29 2012

17th Sunday of the Year (B) July 29 2012 The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (2 Kings 4:42-44). This brief text on the miraculous feeding by the prophet Elisha (successor to the prophet Elijah) of a hundred men with bread from twenty barley loaves, first fruits and fresh grain, … [Read more…]