Theology and Scripture

As we move into this holy season of Lent, the readings slowly begin to prepare us to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. The First Reading teaches us how God created a good world, giving life to man and woman. But Eve and Adam had...
Desert.
An understanding of the true teaching of the Law is presented in different ways in this week’s readings. In the First Reading from Leviticus, Moses receives instructions to tell the people to become more like their God in their dealings with others...
Two men shaking hands
Today’s readings reveal God’s law as something different from human-made laws, which are imposed on people to keep them in check. God’s law is born in love and given in love, and is fulfilled by our loving response to it. Because God does not impose...
A woman sitting in a church.
Forty days after Christmas, we observe the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple (the feast of Candlemas), when we celebrate Christ as the light of the world. In many places candles are blessed in church and carried in procession to welcome him...
A painting of the Presentation of the Lord.
Pope Francis has designated today as the Sunday of the Word of God, when we are reminded that the Lord is in constant dialogue with his people through his Holy Word. Let us ask to hear the Lord and enter more deeply into relationship with him as we...
A woman stands facing some light.
As we begin the New Year, whatever our mood or life-situation, our readings give us hope and comfort as we celebrate Jesus Christ’s life of service and ministry. In the so-called ‘Servant Song’, Isaiah writes of the mysterious servant of the Lord...
Sun breaking through clouds over water.
With the feast of the Epiphany ending the main season of Christmastide, we come this Sunday to the Baptism of the Lord. Today we consider the adult Jesus, his identity and his mission. We are encouraged in the First Reading to see Jesus in the...
River
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