How shall we live as disciples of Jesus the Christ? The readings for these winding-down weeks of the year all address that question.
These reflections actually began with Christmas, the incomprehensible feast celebrating the unbelievable fact: God with us, God loving us (see "Living the Word," November-December 1995).
God is working God’s purpose out/As year succeeds to year...
In September the ordered world of Proverbs and James is read
against the cross of Marks world.
In the language of "left brain, right brain"
constructs, the scriptures for the weeks of August call upon our
We trace the Storyour storyfrom its beginnings in
the Hebrew scriptures, through its climax in the memories of the
early church as reflected in the gospels, and then on to what
The scriptures for our meditations come from first and second
Samuel, the Psalms, the gospel according to Mark, and Pauls
second letter to the Corinthians.
The remaining gospels of eastertide play out Jesus
farewell discourse in the latter chapters of John.
There is no more brilliant literary surprise, I think, in all of scripture than the
shocking cliffhanger abruptness of Marks resurrection account.
Prior to Constantine, when the church was outlawed and, with some regularity, systematically persecuted, the reception of members was a rigorous and risky proposition.
This season begins and ends in light.