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Fourth Sunday in Lent

I’m guessing at least a few people here have heard those “good news, bad news” jokes. Like the one where the doctor comes into the room and says to the patient, well, I’ve got some good news and some bad … Continue reading

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1st Sunday after Christmas

One of my New Year’s resolutions last year was to read some of the books I’ve bought over the years that I haven’t read, especially ones that might be useful for religious studies. One of those was the Catechism of … Continue reading

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The first words of the book of Joshua, which begin the reading for today, connect it closely to the narrative of the death of Moses that comes at the end of Deuteronomy. In fact, the book of Joshua is so … Continue reading

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Over the centuries, people have come to realize that the book of Hebrews is one of the more mysterious books in the Bible. We don’t know who wrote it. Many have thought it was Paul, but today we’re taught in … Continue reading

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

The lectionary’s gospel text for the 21 Sunday after Pentecost is Luke 13:10-17, a story of Jesus healing a woman with what we modern people would probably recognize as severe arthritis, although perhaps her condition was something different. She is … Continue reading

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Several themes came up in the Hebrew Bible text for the 20th Sunday in ordinary time, from the fifth chapter of Isaiah, including the element of justice that involves the consequences of actions; isolation vs. responsibility for community; and the … Continue reading

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the texts in the Revised Common Lectionary for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost is Isaiah 1:1,10-20. The text is an accusatory speech by God, in the context of what sounds like a long legal argument, that the prophet … Continue reading

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