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1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Gospel: John 1:35-42
The theme of Sunday’s readings is “waiting for the Lord”. As God’s children, born to Him in faith by water and the Spirit, John 3:5, we are naturally to be attentive to His direction and will for us just as we would expect our…[Read more]
Howard Hampson replied to the topic The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – December 31, 2017 in the forum Community Bible Study 1 week, 6 days ago
Yes, our families and our larger family, the Church.
David W. Emery started the topic January 7, 2018 • Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord in the forum Community Bible Study 2 weeks ago
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Liturgical Color: White.
First reading: Isaiah 60:1–6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 10–11, 12–13
Second reading: Ephesians 3:2–3a, 5–6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1–12
In line with the Fathers of the Church, I will be discussing this week’s Scripture readings primarily accordi…[Read more]
gachristian replied to the topic The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – December 31, 2017 in the forum Community Bible Study 2 weeks, 1 day ago
By the way, that is a distance of 90 to 105 miles one way depending on the route they took and they did it on foot with perhaps Mary riding on a donkey with Jesus or not. It probably took them from two to three weeks to do the trip. The text doesn’t say. And we complain about having to go a half hour out of our way to find a Catholic Church in o…
Howard Hampson started the topic The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – December 31, 2017 in the forum Community Bible Study 2 weeks, 3 days ago
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – December 31, 2017
First Reading: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (1)
Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21
Alleluia: Colossians 3:15A, 16A
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
This Sunday’s Gospel is about the Holy Family traveling from Nazareth to Jerusalem in order to present Jesus at the tem…[Read more]
Reading 1: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Reading 2: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.
~ Entrance Antiphon, Isaiah 45:8
All of Israel was waiting for this moment. To this very moment, the…[Read more]
that is exactly what is required if one is to engage in fruitful dialogue with others
Yes, that’s so important. And something that’s done very well on this forum.
Regarding family and friends, it is something to keep in mind and prayer.
Yes, we tend to be enamored of our mindset and prejudices, and it is difficult to lay them aside and walk in another’s shoes. But that is exactly what is required if one is to engage in fruitful dialogue with others, because truth is not a subjective value but an objective reality which stubbornly confronts us throughout life. Even spouses have t…[Read more]
I agree I was wrong, and that an unbiased reading supports the Catholic position. But I think unbiased reading is extremely difficult for most people because it takes recognising one’s biases and to be willing to risk the psychological vulnerability of laying them aside for a while.
A few months ago I’d have argued that since Jesus’ explanation is contained in scripture, it is still scripture alone.
And you would have been wrong, because Jesus’ words directly repudiate Scripture Alone by including Tradition in the Deposit of Faith.
Therefore, the Catholic interpretation does not require a Catholic scenario to support it. I…[Read more]
Thank you for elaborating on these. The explanation about John the Baptist and Elijah is very helpful. Both for this passage, and for understanding types and different kinds of truth throughout scripture. It is beautifully consistent once you know how to look.
Note that this is one of a number of instances given in the Bible where a tradition is…
Today’s gospel has John denying that he’s Elijah. But readings in the week had Jesus telling the disciples that he is. Are they making different theological points? Or is it a case of today’s passage being literal but the others being figurative?
This question is answered above, in my original post, where it treats of the inquiry made by the deleg…[Read more]
Today’s gospel has John denying that he’s Elijah. But readings in the week had Jesus telling the disciples that he is.
Are they making different theological points? Or is it a case of today’s passage being literal but the others being figurative?
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