Names Apr. 15, 2018

Just before the opening of today’s first reading, Peter and John were going to the temple for afternoon prayer. And a man who was lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the ‘Beautiful Gate’ of the temple … so that he could ask for alms...

Two Palm Sunday Gospels, Mar 25, 2018

Two readings assigned for Sunday March 25th recount Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, at the beginning of Passover week. (John 12:12-16 and Mark 11:1-11). John’s gospel opens the day after a dinner given in Jesus’ honor by Lazarus, Martha and Mary in thanksgiving for...

The Greek-speakers, Mar. 18, 2018

The gospel for today describes an episode early in the final week of Jesus’ life. There are abrupt shifts and unfamiliar uses of language. Some of Jesus’ words are confusing and mysterious. The theology is dense and while the translation into English doggedly follows...

God’s Paradoxes Mar 11, 2018

The brief Old Testament passage (Numbers 21:4-9) for the fourth Sunday of Lent tells a story of one of God’s paradoxes. It begins in the Sinai desert after the Israelites escaped from Egypt. From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land...

The commandments Mar 4, 2018

The Old Testament lesson for the Third Sunday of Lent tells the story of God giving Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).  These instructions on right relationship with God, family and neighbour establish the minimum standards by which God hopes we will live. ...