Category Archives: Scripture

A Fickle Root Of Genocide

In preparing parish Bible studies, I get to revisit portions of Scripture that I haven’t visited in a long time. For the book of Esther, it’s been decades. It’s easy to see the same kinds of events play out today … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 10:5-6, 8-9

One of the selections for the Pastoral Care rites seems to apply more for the visiting minister than the sick person. Setting the stage, this event takes place shortly after Jesus’ resolve to journey to Jerusalem. There is a preliminary … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 15: Finishing With Mary

15. Along our path of welcoming God’s word into our hearts, the Mother of the Lord accompanies us. Accompaniment, you may remember, is a favorite theme of Pope Francis. We go a bit deeper with a preliminary beatitude to the … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 14: The Transfiguration

On occasion, Pope Francis offers a thought from off the beaten path. I wouldn’t have expected the Transfiguration to be tied closely with the Word, but here it is–the witness of Moses and Elijah: 14. One of the most significant … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 13: Love And Mercy

13. Yet another challenge raised by sacred Scripture has to do with love. God’s word constantly reminds us of the merciful love of the Father who calls his children to live in love. The life of Jesus is the full … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 12: The Prophetic Dimension of Scripture

To be clear, the headline and Pope Francis are not talking about soothsaying the future, but the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of prophetic witness. Put simply: God speaks to people today–he speaks to all of us, really. Do we draw sustenance … Continue reading

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Aperuit Illis 11: Scripture And Tradition

Pope Francis finishes up his commentary on Vatican II input on the Bible and divine revelation. 11. Finally, Dei Verbum makes clear that “the words of God, expressed in human language, are in every way like human speech, just as … Continue reading

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