November 11 32nd Sunday of the Year (B)

November 11 32nd Sunday of the Year (B)  Dialogue: Modern Ireland in Search of Identity. Will it be Humanism or Christianity? Year of Faith. A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (1 Kings 17:10-16).  This is one of the biblical stories about the prophet Elijah. He lived in the … [Read more…]

November 4 31st Sunday of the Year (B)

November 4 31st Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Deuteronomy 6:2-6). This reading contains the Shema, “Hear, O Israel”, the central expression of Jewish faith down through the ages. In the Book of Deuteronomy it comes after the account of the giving of … [Read more…]

October 28 30th Sunday of the Year (B)

October 28 30th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Jeremiah 31:7-9). The prophet Jeremiah fearlessly preached divine punishment, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple and exile to Babylon because of the people’s abandonment of the Lord and the serving of pagan gods … [Read more…]

October 21 29th Sunday of the Year (B)

October 21 29th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Isaiah 53:10-11). Like the passage immediately preceding this (Isaiah 53:7-8; “Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter”) this reading invites the question: “About whom, may I ask, does the prophet say this, … [Read more…]

October 14 28th Sunday of the Year (B)

October 14 28th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Wisdom 7:7-11). This is part of what is presented as King Solomon’s prayer for wisdom. Solomon was regarded in biblical tradition as the wise man par excellence. He is presented in the Bible (1 … [Read more…]

October 7 27th Sunday of the Year (B)

October 7 27th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday) First Reading (Genesis 2:18-24). This reading from the Book of Genesis is about the ideal situation before the sin and fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, which will be recounted in the following chapter (chapter … [Read more…]

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…]