My high school mythology course left a lot to be desired. Our teacher began the first class by announcing that we were studying myths only because next year we’d be reading the classic English poets like Shakespeare, Milton, Shelly and Keats. If we didn’t know who Zeus, Venus, Mars and... more
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Today’s combination of readings is fascinating. They take us into the heart of biblical faith. We’re provided the key to that heart in our first reading.
In teaching the Israelites the ritual for offering the yearly first fruits to Yahweh, Moses tell them what to say as they’re... more
Today’s Lucan pericope sounds familiar; but it’s not as familiar as we might like it to be. We’re more accustomed to hearing the eight beatitudes in Matthew 5 than the four in Luke 6. Since Luke and Matthew seem never to have read one another’s gospel, and Mark, whom they did read and copy,... more
Few biblical passages are more important than “call narratives.” From Yahweh’s call to Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 12 to Jesus’ gospel calls of his disciples. When the original readers of Scripture heard the word “call” in any writing, their ears perked up and they listened intently. Long... more