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Reading Reflections2021-02-04T14:11:07-05:00

Welcome to my annotated commentary on Sunday’s readings.  The purpose of my commentary is to give you the background for each reading, a little better understanding of its message and the message that all of the Sunday readings together provide us.  I hope you find it helpful!

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

Malachi 3:19 – 20a   As we come to the end of the liturgical year – next Sunday is already the last Sunday of the Year when we celebrate the feast of Christ the King – we are given an opportunity to reflect on the end of time.  All three readings speak of the end of the world and the final judgment.  This is a good time for us to reflect on how prepared we are for the coming of the Lord.   This Sunday, we will first hear from [...]

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

2 Maccabees 7:1 – 2, 9 – 14   This Sunday, we will hear from the Second Book of Maccabees. Again, we shall see that the passage was clearly chosen to prepare us for the Gospel – they both speak of the resurrection.  We haven’t heard from this book for a long time – we never hear from 1 Maccabees and we hear from 2 Maccabees only once in every 3-year cycle-this Sunday – so let’s review the “who, what, when, where and to whom” of the book.  There are [...]

THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2   This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of Wisdom.  Like the Book of Sirach that we heard from last week, it is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. The full name is the Wisdom of Solomon in the LXX manuscript; Book of Wisdom in the Vulgate.  Most probably originally written in Greek, not Hebrew, somewhere between 100 – 50BC, probably in Alexandria, Egypt, one of the largest centers of the Jewish Diaspora by an anonymous author.  He was a devout, Greek-speaking [...]

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

Sirach 35:12 - 14, 16 - 18 (in the Catholic Study Bible: 35:15b - 17, 20 - 22a) This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of Sirach. As is usually the case, this passage was clearly chosen to prepare us for the Gospel.  Let’s review the “who, what, when, where and to whom” of this book. The Book of Sirach is one of the very last books of the Old Testament.  It was written between 195 and 180BC by a man who identifies himself as Jesus, son of Eleazar, [...]

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

Exodus 17:8 - 13 This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of Exodus.  As you will recall, the Book of Exodus is the second book of the Pentateuch, picking up where Genesis left off.  Its title derives from the LXX name given it.  You will recall that the LXX refers to the oldest Greek version of the Old Testament, traditionally said to have been translated by 70 or 72 Jewish scholars at the request of Ptolemy II: most scholars believe that only the Pentateuch was completed in the early [...]

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

2 Kings 5:14 - 17 This Sunday, we will hear from the Second Book of Kings. 1 and 2 Kings are among the Historical Books of the Bible.  Along with 1 and 2 Samuel, they record the activities of Samuel, Saul, David and Solomon, as well as many of the kings of the divided kingdom after Solomon.  Originally, 1 and 2 Samuel formed a single book.  The LXX (the oldest Greek version of the Old Testament, traditionally said to have been translated by 70 or 72 Jewish scholars at the [...]

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