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We continue in the Easter Season for the Sundays in May. An ancient tradition replaces the Hebrew scriptures for Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles. The sections from Acts have two themes: the early preaching, and the mission beyond Judaism and Palestine. This early preaching, or kerygma, focuses on what is the primary […]

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On Easter Day, we stand gaping at the open and empty tomb. Though we have had centuries to get used to the idea, if we think about it at all, it is dumbfounding. He is risen? Really? On that first evening, Jesus’ followers, understandably more upset than we, found what they thought would be a […]

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When Christianity was new, still resonating with its Jewish roots, the year revolved around a Passover now renewed by Resurrection. The history of God’s saving ways, the ancient story of the release and rescue from Egypt was infused with this new chapter of God’s intervention in Jesus, the long promised Messiah. So Lent became the […]

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As we fumble our way out of bed in a winter morning that seems more like night, Isaiah’s words “Arise, shine for your light has come!” (Isaiah 60:1 New International Version) may sound ironic, even sardonic. Still, we know that the prophet’s words have no connection at all to the changing of the seasons. No, […]

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Of all the seasons of the liturgical year, Advent is probably the one least acknowledged by the world. Indeed, secular culture does not simply ignore Advent, it actively contradicts it. While the church tries to cling to a season of preparation and expectations, the world rushes on prematurely to Christmas, the time of arrival and […]

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What kind of liturgical season is November? It doesn’t seem to be part of the year of the Lord, when we follow the life of Jesus from birth through ministry to Passion and resurrection. Nor does it quite seem to fit with what we call the Sundays of ordinary time, when the lectionary readings tend […]