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S+L BLOG: Benedict XVI



Palm Sunday – April 9th, 2017 In preparation for Easter some years ago, I had the privilege of an early Lenten retreat on the events of Holy Week as I read and pondered what was at that time Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s latest book: “Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem ...read more
Third Sunday in Lent, Year A – March 19th, 2017 In order to grasp the meaning of today’s first reading from Exodus 17:3-7, we must recall what transpires in the preceding chapter. God’s little flock faced the hardship of a lack of food and protested to Moses. Just as the Lord had heard the cry ...read more
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 26th, 2017 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (6:32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus ...read more
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 19th, 2017 The three Scripture readings today issue three calls to us – to be holy as the Lord our God is holy; to not deceive ourselves with the wisdom of this age; and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Let ...read more
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 12th, 2017   Matthew’s Gospel reflects the situation of the early Church after the destruction of Jerusalem (70 AD). Throughout the Gospel, Jesus affirms the permanent validity of the Law (Matthew 5:18-19), but in a new interpretation, given with full authority (5:21-48). Jesus “fulfils” the Law ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 29th, 2017 As the Church continues her pilgrim journey throughout history, we need a vision to sustain us and give us hope in the midst of our shadows, ambiguities, and sins, our joys and hopes and victories. That biblical vision is found in the great Christian ...read more