Scripture notes – 16th Sunday of the year (C) – 21st July 2019

In the liturgy today are two stories on ‘hospitality’, each making a different point. Abraham see three strangers approaching and welcomes them lavishly, and is rewarded with good news. In the second, we see the importance of Jesus’ teaching, and the right way to react to it. Continue reading Scripture notes – 16th Sunday of the year (C) – 21st July 2019

Scripture notes – 15th Sunday of the year (C) – 14th July 2019

Several questions come up in today’s readings: How do I know what God’s Law requires of me? How do I interpret the command to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’? These are as relevant for people today as they were when the Bible was written. Continue reading Scripture notes – 15th Sunday of the year (C) – 14th July 2019

Scripture notes – Saints Peter and Paul – 30th June 2019

These Apostles have long been seen as the two most important leaders of the early Church. Peter is listed in three gospels as the first called of the disciples, and always appears at the top of the list of the ‘Twelve’. St Paul received a visionary call after the resurrection of Christ, and took a special role as the ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’. Both of them were martyred in Rome. Continue reading Scripture notes – Saints Peter and Paul – 30th June 2019

Scripture notes – The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), C – 23rd June 2019

This feast which some may remember as ‘Corpus Christi’ has been renamed since the congregation now is offered the Wine as well as the Bread of the Eucharist. The readings bring in different aspects of the ‘real presence’ of Jesus and what it means for our lives. Continue reading Scripture notes – The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), C – 23rd June 2019

Scripture notes – Holy Trinity, C – 16th June 2019

This feast ends the journey we have been taking through the celebrations of God’s redemptive mercy from the Passion through Pentecost. Today’s focus is on the source of all that love which is poured out for us. The Bible does not define the Trinity – not even the familiar phrase ‘three persons in one God’ appears. Instead it describes in various ways how the first Christians experienced the love of Father, Son and Spirit interacting in their own lives. Continue reading Scripture notes – Holy Trinity, C – 16th June 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