Fifth Sunday of Easter (B) (May 6 2012)

Fifth Sunday of Easter (B) (May 6 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Acts 9:25-31) This reading presupposes the narrative of Acts thus far. The early church in Jerusalem, in good part Aramaic or Hebrew speaking, combined their belief in Jesus with attendance at the Temple worship. … [Read more…]

Fourth Sunday of Easter (B) (April 29 2012)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (B) (April 29 2012)  A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings)                                                                               First Reading (Acts 4:8-12). It helps to recall that this reading is part of a longer section in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 3:1-4:22) on the healing by Peter of a crippled beggar at … [Read more…]

Third Sunday of Easter (B) (April 22 2012)

Third Sunday of Easter (B) (April 22 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19). In the very early days of the church, after Christ’s death and resurrection, Peter as chief of the apostles preached the Gospel message to his own Jewish people. In this he … [Read more…]

Second Sunday of Easter (B) (April 15 2012)

Second Sunday of Easter (B) (April 15 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Acts 4:32-35). This is one of the idealized presentations of the early Christian community in Jerusalem beloved of the author of this work, the Acts of the Apostles. It is presented as a model … [Read more…]

Easter Sunday (B) (April 8 2012)

Easter Sunday (B) (April 8 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43). This is Peter’s address to the pagan centurion Cornelius and his household at Caesarea, after Cornelius has sent for Peter at the Lord’s suggestion. They were obviously interested in become followers of Christ. … [Read more…]

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) (B) (April 1 2012)

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) (B) (April 1 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) Gospel for Entrance Procession This reading is about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. One may naturally ask what really occurred on that first occasion, how did Jesus’ earliest followers understand the event, what message has it … [Read more…]

5th Sunday of Lent (B) (March 25 2012)

5th Sunday of Lent (B) (March 25 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Jeremiah 31:31-34). This is the renowned prophecy of the new covenant in the book of Jeremiah. It has been described as “one of the profoundest and most moving passages of the entire Bible”. As … [Read more…]

4th Sunday of Lent (B) (March 18 2012)

4th Sunday of Lent (B) (March 18 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23). The two books of Chronicles (originally just a single work) is an idealized retelling of Israel’s earlier story as found in the books of Samuel and Kings, other books of … [Read more…]

3rd Sunday of Lent (B) March 11 2012

3rd Sunday of Lent (B) (March 11 2012) A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Exodus 20:1-17).       This reading with the Ten Commandments has been chosen for this particular day in keeping with the overall plan of the new lectionary which is to have Old Testament … [Read more…]

2nd Sunday of Lent (B) March 4 2012

A. The Bible as Guide in Life and Liturgy (Sunday Readings) First Reading (Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith. The story in Genesis 22:1-19 is regarded as one of the most brilliantly told narratives of the entire book of Genesis. As a story it is marvellously crafted. It has … [Read more…]