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Entries related to: gospels

The Reality of the Eucharist

Exegesis of the Gospel: John 6: 51-58   Today's Gospel pr esents us with the conclusion of the  bread of life discourse. Each segment of this discourse has  moved closer to a full exposur e of the Johannine theology  of the Eucharist. 
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Jesus: The Bread of Life

Exegesis of the Gospel: John 6: 41-51 The bread of life discourse continues on in this week's Gospel.  The misunderstanding on the part of those who reject Jesus plays a central part in what Jesus has to say. The dynamic is typical Johannine. A misunderstanding is used to allow Jesus to move his hearers below the literal surface of the issue at hand.  Not everyone can make that move.  The issue is the meaning of Jesus as the bread of life.
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The Pain of Rejection

Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 6: 1-6a An important theme running throughout the Gospel of Mark is Jesus being rejected by the very people who should accept and support him. His family thinks he is crazy (Mk 3:21), his hometown people think he is a fraud (Mk 6:1-6), his disciples flee from him at the moment he needs them most (Mk 14:50), and even God seems to have abandoned Jesus (Mk 15:34). 
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Saint Francis and the Word of God

As we begin, let me note something very specifically about Saint Francis’ love for Scripture. It is a statistical fact that in about one hundred pages of printed text, Francis quotes or at least alludes to Scripture some six hundred times—six hundred times in about one hundred pages of printed text. This surely shows to us that Saint Francis had an appreciation of Scripture, and that it always affected the way he approached his life and all of reality.
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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Exegesis of the Gospel: Lk 1:57-66, 80 With regard to the solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist and the Gospel passage that focuses directly on that event: The birth itself is stated without any details. More time is spent describing the circumcision and naming of this newborn child. And finally the response of the neighbors is given. They are not sure what to make of this child or what he was destined to become.
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Jesus and the Women of the Gospels

  One of the most striking aspects of the gospel accounts is the role of Jesus’ life and his ministry. Of course, we are aware of the unique role of Mary, Jesus’ mother, in giving birth to the savior of the world. From the very beginning of our Christian tradition, Mary is the pre-eminent person in Jesus’ life, and she is the supreme example of what a disciple, a true believer, should be. But the gospel is full of others who, though lesser in stature, still played important roles in New Testament accounts.
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God Is Not Fair (in the Best Possible Way)

I’m always struck by the zealous insistence of fairness as a rule that first appears in childhood when parents pronounce a decision that some child renders unjust: “That’s not fair!” Growing up with three younger brothers, this experience was all too common throughout my early life. Sometimes it was an older brother like me who was given extra leeway, which upset the younger siblings who wanted the same freedom. Other times it was the younger brothers who were permitted to do something or stay up later than the older siblings were at that age, which seemed unfair in retrospect. In both cases, the feeling was one of personal slight.
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Saints Martha and Mary: Jesus Loves Them Both

Now as they went on their way, [Jesus] entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
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Women of the Gospels

Image: The Dance of Salome, Benozzo Gozzoli. Wikimedia Commons. The women of the Gospels give us all a unique picture of what Jesus had to say about women and their unique relationship with him. Finding ourselves in their stories can help us as women in our quest for identity and intimacy in Christ. That is the hope behind my book, Who Does He Say You Are?: Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels.
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Jesus' Command: 'Rise, Precious One'

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