Category Archives: Lectio Divina

Reflections on lectionary readings

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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What a shift from Matthew to Mark!  We shift from the lengthy, sometimes awkward story that wants us to be sure we get it that Jesus is the Messiah of whom the prophets speak.  We shift to a fast story … Continue reading

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Mt 25:14-30 — The 3 Servants and Taking Risks

Jesus sets up this parable like any good story teller would.    There was this man who calls forth 3 servants.  All good stories have 3 characters in the midst of the action.  For example, three men go into a … Continue reading

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Give to Ceasar…..Mt 22:15-22

This week’s Gospel is well placed for the “stewardship season.”  It may be here in the Lectionary partially for this reason.  But it is also here because of its place in Matthew’s gospel and how that gospel “rolls out” in … Continue reading

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