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Breath of the Spirit

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One of Rudolph Bultmann's best known quotes is his statement, "After Jesus' death and resurrection, the preacher became the preached." We have an example of this process in today's gospel pericope.

Accustomed to picturing Jesus as the "Good Shepherd," it's easy to forget he... more

Perhaps the first verse in today's gospel is the most important verse in all three readings. "The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread." As Catholics, we spend a lot of effort and time making certain we recognize... more

As I mentioned in last week's commentary, our post-Easter liturgical readings overflow with implications of Jesus' resurrection for our everyday lives. It's no accident that today's gospel is always on the Sunday after Easter, no matter the cycle. That can only mean our modern Christian... more

(Though all nine readings should be proclaimed tonight, space limits my commentary to just four.)

The importance of tonight's celebration cannot be overemphasized. No one had to tell early Christians to participate. The liturgy commemorated something each had experienced: dying and... more

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