Category Archives: Scripture

A Christmas Reading and Franciscan Blessing

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

[One might call today’s Feast of the Triumph of the Cross the most oxymoronic of feasts since triumph and cross seem to contradict one another and yet are placed side by side.  What seemed a complete defeat on Good Friday … Continue reading

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The Visitation: A Reading and Reflection on this Holy Feast

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled … Continue reading

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Simon and Intercessory Prayer  by Brandy Miller

Mark 15:21 “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Today, I visited a site where they offer … Continue reading

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TODAY is Ash Wednesday 

The Call to Conversion from the Prophet Joel in Today’s First Reading  Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the … Continue reading

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An Advent Proclamation by Allan Boesak

  We are called to proclaim the truth . . . And let us believe: It is not true that this world and its people are doomed to die and to be lost. This is true: I have come that … Continue reading

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The Disappointment of God in and God’s Love for God’s People

[Only a small portion of the writings of the Prophets we read in our Bibles have to do with foretelling the future.  Alas, the future Hosea sees is a bleak and foreboding one  Most of the words handed down by … Continue reading

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Called and Gifted to Serve

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles;  second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are … Continue reading

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Jesus on Judging Others; A Prayer by One Who Judges 

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your another’s eye, … Continue reading

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The Eternal Malcontent

The Eternal Malcontent By Paulo Coelho Shanti was travelling from town to town, preaching the Divine word, when a man came to him hoping that he would cure his ills. ‘Work, eat and praise God,’ Shanti told him. ‘When I … Continue reading

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