Sometimes Wisdom Smarts Sept 23, 2018

Prior to the beginning of the first reading for September 23rd from the 1st century BCE book, Wisdom of Solomon (1:16-2:1, 12-22), the author has exhorted his listeners to depend on Wisdom, whom he personified as a woman, and recounts her many features and blessings....

Unconventional Wisdom Sept 16, 2018

The three readings for Sunday September 16 (Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-81, James 3:1-12 and Mark: 8:27-38), reflect on wisdom and truth. In the interest of brevity this commentary will address only the passages from Wisdom and Mark.  ** The Wisdom of Solomon was almost...

Misdirection? Sept 2, 2018

The Song of Solomon, is unique within the bible on several counts. It does not mention God. It is an unabashed celebration of physical, carnal life. This is the only Sunday in the three-year cycle of the lectionary when we are scheduled to read from the Song of...

Far and Near Aug. 26, 2018

The first reading this Sunday (1 Kings 8: 1,6,10-11, 22-30, 41-43) begins about 959 BCE, eleven years after Solomon began his reign, at the completion of the temple’s construction in Jerusalem. Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes …...