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…]

July 22 2012 16th Sunday of the Year (B)

July 22 2012 16th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Jeremiah23:1-6). This divine message, through the prophet Jeremiah, was addressed to the remnants of the Jewish people left in exile in Babylonia after the destruction of the Temple and the Jewish state. The … [Read more…]

July 15 2012 15th Sunday of the Year (B)

July 15 2012 15th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Amos 7:12-15).  When mention is made of prophets, Christian readers easily think of them as the Jewish spokespersons for God who helped to prepare the way for Christ, or even predicted his coming. … [Read more…]

July 8 2012 14th Sunday of the Year (B)

July 8 2012 14th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Ezekiel 2:2-5). The prophet Ezekiel was taken into exile at the first deportation of Jews to Babylon in 597 B.C.The complete destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies and another deportation … [Read more…]

July 1 2012 13th Sunday of the Year (B)

July 1 2012 13th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24). We will appreciate this reading better when we place it within the context and purpose of the entire book, and in its immediate context. The work was composed in Greek … [Read more…]