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…]

June 17 2012 11th Sunday of the Year (B)

June 17 2012 11th Sunday of the Year (B) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Ezekiel 17:22-24). The prophet Ezekiel exercised his ministry during the last days of Jerusalem, before the exile to Babylon, and somewhat later. He prophesized against the kings and princes in Jerusalem and predicted … [Read more…]

Trinity Sunday (B) (June 3 2012)

Trinity Sunday (B) (June 3 2012)   A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40).   In the Book of Deuteronomy today’s reading is part of Moses’ address to the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. He is careful to remind them that they are to … [Read more…]

The Ascension of the Lord (B) (May 12 2012)

The Ascension of the Lord (B) (May 12 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Acts 1:1-11). This work, the Acts of the Apostles, traditionally ascribed to Luke, is dedicated to a certain Theophilus, unknown apart from the reference to him in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:3), a work … [Read more…]

Sixth Sunday of Easter (B) (May 13 2012)

Sixth Sunday of Easter (B) (May 13 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48). Jesus openly told the non-Jewish Canaanite woman that he was sent not to preach immediately to the non-Jewish nations, the gentiles, but to the lost sheep of the House of … [Read more…]