Readers of last week's column will appreciate the tension homilists experience on the Seventeenth Sunday of Cycle B. If we've be doing our job conscientiously we've been developing and stressing the major points of Mark's theology. Now, just as we reach one of the... more
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Often people don't understand why Scripture scholars talk about "Mark's Jesus" or "John's Jesus." Such terms are relatively new; they only came into existence after World War II when "redaction criticism" became part of our biblical regimen. Redaction critics... more
The key to appreciating all three readings today is Paul's statement, "Power is made perfect in weakness."
Knowing we'd rather operate from a position of power than weakness, our sacred authors force us to reflect on... more
To understand the impact of today's three readings describing the power and force of the Holy Spirit, we must hear them as they were originally written: independent of one another. Each author reflects on the effect of Jesus' Spirit in his own community. He's not... more
At several points in his gospel, Mark will begin a story, interrupt it with another narrative, then go back and finish off the original story. He does this as a literary device, to show a passing of time, just as movie directors rip off calendar pages or depict a tree... more