Scripture notes – 5th Sunday of Easter, C – 19th May 2019

More from Luke’s account of the first days of the church, with one of his typical summaries, and an almost breathless account of the geographic progress Paul and Barnabas took through areas of ‘Asia Minor’ (now in modern Turkey). The Gospel selection from John points toward the coming feast of the Ascension. Continue reading Scripture notes – 5th Sunday of Easter, C – 19th May 2019

Scripture notes – 4th Sunday of Easter, C – 12th May 2019

The three readings this week are a strange mixture, seeming to jump from some of the early history of the Church, to a vision of heaven at the end of time, and back to the ministry period of Jesus with one of the shortest Gospel selections we hear at mass. Continue reading Scripture notes – 4th Sunday of Easter, C – 12th May 2019

Scripture notes – 3rd Sunday of Easter, C – 5th May 2019

We will be hearing from Acts during the rest of the Easter season, beginning today with St Peter preaching of the resurrection. Luke is the author of this book, which covers the earliest history of the Church and comes a sequel to his Gospel. Luke shows Peter as the leader of the growing group of those who accept Jesus as their Risen Lord, and carry on his message of God’s love and redemption. Continue reading Scripture notes – 3rd Sunday of Easter, C – 5th May 2019

Readings of the Easter Triduum – Year C

The three days celebrating the end of Jesus’ life on earth and his resurrection on Easter are presented as one continuous story. For those who do not find it possible to attend all services, reading and reflecting at home is a way to live with this season which is at the heart of our Catholic faith, the fulfilment of Christ’s life and the climax of our liturgical year. Continue reading Readings of the Easter Triduum – Year C

Scripture notes – Palm or Passion Sunday, C – 14th April 2019

There is a lot of scripture this week, as the liturgy covers both Palm Sunday and the Passion of Jesus, with each reading worth a time to reflect on what it shows of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. The length of these notes will be doubled, but still not be able do full justice to all the texts we will be hearing. Continue reading Scripture notes – Palm or Passion Sunday, C – 14th April 2019

Introducing the Gospel of Luke

Luke is the ‘most’ gospel in several ways. It is the longest of the four. It is also the only Gospel which has a ‘sequel’, as Luke also wrote The Acts of the Apostles telling of the early work of the Church. This means that Luke is the author of more than one-fourth of the New Testament. His writing is of the highest literary quality in the New Testament, employing a careful use of the Greek language and adapting it to the various styles that suit each section. (This is hard to pick up in translations so scholar’s notes help.) Continue reading Introducing the Gospel of Luke

A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark

In the three-year cycle of Gospels read at Mass, Year B is Mark, the shortest of the four gospels. After reading the introductions in the dozen commentaries at hand with all their differences, I did not feel like writing even a ‘brief ‘one. Yet some background is useful for those who come to the book fresh, or have forgotten details from the last Year B. What Mark seems to call for is – just read Mark. The whole Gospel can be gone through in one sitting, and that is something I recommend doing sometime during this liturgical year. Get your sense of what Mark set out to do, what picture he paints of Jesus. Continue reading A Brief Introduction to the Gospel of Mark