Today's first reading provides us with the first of Luke's "summaries:" an idealistic, brief rundown of what's going on in the earliest Jerusalem Christian community. Obviously, every thing's going well. "All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property... more
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(All nine readings should be proclaimed tonight. But because of space limitations, I can only comment on four.)
Bob McClory begins his latest book As It Was in the Beginning, by quoting from the Grand Inquisitor chapter of Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers... more
There's a good reason the early church chose this day to officially forgive those sinners who had completed their public penance. Everything about tonight's celebration stresses unity. There's no better occasion to again unite those separated from the church with their communities.
Many of us have been raised in such a way that after we hear today's Passion Narrative we believe our proper response is simply to say, "Thank you, Jesus! Thank you for dying for me!" Our four evangelists (and all other Christian sacred authors who describe Jesus' suffering and death) are... more
No concept is more restricted by the limits of our human nature than the life Jesus offers his followers. What exactly is that life?
In the 1960s epic movie Barabbas, the title character asks Lazarus, years after the event narrated in today's gospel passage, "What's it like being dead... more
To appreciate Scripture correctly, it's always necessary to know what's happening in the community for which the sacred author writes. No part of the Bible was composed in a vacuum. If one doesn't know the history of the community, one can't write for the community.
According to... more