Category Archives: Lectio Divina

Reflections on lectionary readings

Romans 6: 1-11

Before I begin this reflection on the Epistle for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year A, I want to comment on Jeremiah 20:7, the beginning of one of the two possible Hebrew Bible readings for the day. “O Lord, you … Continue reading

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Catechumenal Ministries–Who Does What?

“Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?” A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.” [The Episcopal Catechism in the BCP] The catechumenate is primarily a ministry of the laity. — [Jim Dunning and … Continue reading

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Luke 24: 44-49 — Catechesis vs Teaching

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. Luke 24: 50 – 53) is about the actual ascension. The “Great Commission,” as Luke expresses it, is in Acts: “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and … Continue reading

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John 14: 15-21: If you love me…

John 14: 15-21 is the Gospel pericope for this Sunday, the 6th Sunday of Easter, 2020. “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” So much has been written about this small phrase and so much more can be … Continue reading

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The Gate, the Gate Keeper and the Sheep — John 10:1-10

Philip Devenish once told me that the person to reflect upon in this passage is the gatekeeper. Philip was my mentor at Notre Dame. His words come to mind every time I hear this pericope. It is the gatekeeper who … Continue reading

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Easter 2020

Many have commented that, because of the Covid 19 pandemic, this Easter is unique. Christians have not gathered physically to celebrate and worship. We have not heard the readings together. We have not shared communion. I recommend researching the many … Continue reading

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What to do with the 3 conversion stories: Jn: 4:5-42; Jn 9:1-41; Jn 11: 1-45 ?

When there are catechumens who are candidates for baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter, it is appropriate in any year with the consent of the Bishop to use the Sunday lectionary for Year A during Lent and the Great Fifty Days of Easter. (BoS 2018, p. 136) These three conversion stories — The Samaritan Woman at … Continue reading

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Temptation in the Wilderness-Matthew’s Story

Mt 6:1-6, 16-21 I didn’t do any lectio this week but found Laurie Gudim’s reflection on Episcopal Cafe: You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  In today’s Gospel passage, here is Jesus wrestling with this … Continue reading

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The Transfiguration (Mt 17: 1-9)

It’s easy to focus on the wonder of Jesus going up on the mountain top with his disciples. (Why does the Lectionary identify John and not James as his brother?). But, as with all the passages, this is about how … Continue reading

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Mark 1:40-45

The leper falls on his knees before Jesus and begs to be made clean.  A short and powerful story.  Ideal for reflection in a catechumenate meeting, right?  Right. We talked about faith.  What does it take to be unclean, to … Continue reading

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