Category Archives: Today’s Scripture Readings

Jesus’ condemnation of anger

My eye focused in on one of Jesus’ many condemnations in today’s Gospel, Matthew 5:17-37.  “… whoever is angry with his brother (or sister) will be liable to judgment…”. What is Jesus talking about? Anger is a natural, normal human reaction … Continue reading

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the Word of God feeds us

Crowds followed Jesus into the desert to be fed by His words.  They were starving for Truth and Authenticity.  They were an oppressed people with little or no hope for a better future.  Jesus spoke with deep faith and conviction. … Continue reading

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Jesus rebuked by a woman

In today’s Gospel, Mark 7:24-30, Jesus is rebuked by an outsider – a Syrophoenician woman.  He is in gentile territory.  The woman’s daughter is possessed by a demon.  She begs Him to drive out the demon.  Jesus seems cruel in … Continue reading

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Seek out wise friends

Today’s first reading, 1 Kings 10:1-10, begins, ”The Queen of Sheba, having heard of Solomon’s fame, came to test him with subtle questions.”  She had heard that Solomon was a wise man, insightful and prudent. She wanted to learn from … Continue reading

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Traditions need to be life-giving

”You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on.”  from today’s Gospel, Mark 7:1-13. Traditions, customs, and practices can enrich our individual and collective lives. Just think about the various family, religious and … Continue reading

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