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I'm an independent trainer, retired civil servant, married with four grown children
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The liturgical year ends with scriptures about Christ as the king and the nature of the coming kingdom. Since the lectionary follows a three year cycle, I’m providing links to what I wrote in 2014, 2013 and 2012. These are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov.15, 2015) call to mind our modern concerns about living in a hostile culture. Stories of Starbucks coffee cups and the "Christmas wars" fill social media as evidence of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at HerbEly
In Sunday’s gospel reading (Mk 12:38-44 ) we hear three contrasting positions on the use of money: Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at HerbEly
This Sunday the scriptures for Mass are chosen for All Saints Day (Nov1, 2015). (This practice dates back to the 4th Century in Antioch. All Saints Day pre-empts the readings for the 31st Sunday). The gospel readings start with Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at HerbEly
The Daily Beast, IMO, got it right. “…Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin held a press conference. Hanlin said he would leave it to the coroner’s office to identify the killer. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought,” Hanlin said of the killer. “You will never hear me use his name.” The coroner will be obliged to issue an official identification, and news organizations will be obliged to report it. But if you hear it, forget that Chris in that very instant. Think of Chris Mintz, who was shot while rushing a killer on his son’s sixth birthday.” My daughter said she heard the story on NPR and they barely mentioned the shooter – who had written that the shooter in Roanoke, VA got national recognition from his two murders.
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As we look at the scriptures for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 27, 2015) we see leaders afraid to share their gifts and privileges. Prophecy and the power to drive away evil, is not to be shared. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at HerbEly
We can learn to distinguish false and true leadership through the scriptures for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 20, 2015). In the gospel (Mk 9:30-37) we will hear that the disciples were arguing while on their way to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at HerbEly
Our scripture readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, (September 13, 2015) present us with a deep challenge. In the gospel (Mk 8:27-35) we will hear: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at HerbEly
The person most surprised at Donald Trump’s political success (so far) is - Mr. Trump. While I can only guess at his motives for getting into the race, he was frustrated at the inability of government to get things done.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at HerbEly
On the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 6, 2015) the readings from Isaiah, James and Mark give us cause for hope - and reason for caution. Isaiah tells us that: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at HerbEly
The scriptures for the 22 Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 30th, 2015) focus on faithfulness to the law (First reading - Dt. 4:1-8) with our hearts, not just our lips (third reading - Mk 7: 1-23). The second reading (Jas... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at HerbEly
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Aug 19, 2015
...God can find me. “ Thanks to my iTunes shuffle, the scripture readings from the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 16th, 2015) reminded me of the lyrics for “They Call the Wind Maria” by the Kingston Trio. Go here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at HerbEly
On the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 2nd) we will hear about hunger. In our first reading (from Ex 16) the Israelites wish that: “.. we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt, as we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at HerbEly
Our lesson from the scriptures for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 5, 2015) is simple but not easy to practice. To the extent that we learn it, we will gain serenity. If we don't learn it at all,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at HerbEly
The first reading for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 7, 2015) is taken from Ez 17 and describes how Jerusalem will be taken as a tender shoot of cedar and become a majestic tree sheltering birds of every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at HerbEly
On Pentecost Sunday (May 24th) the scripture readings for the day will start with Acts 2:1-11. We will hear: When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at HerbEly
The scriptures for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 26) provide us with an arresting image, one that we usually miss. In the gospel reading (Jn 10:11-18) Jesus tells a story that must have been startling to those who heard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at HerbEly
The scripture readings at Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter (4/19/15) challenge us first to turn our lives from one direction to another and then to give witness. Sadly, it is nearly impossible for many of us to make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at HerbEly
In reflecting on the scriptures for Passion Sunday (March 29) believers are frequently urged to meditate upon Jesus’ suffering while on the cross. We should also reflect on the psychic and emotional suffering before the actual crucifixion. Imagine Jesus in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at HerbEly
The scriptures for the Second Sunday of Lent (March 1st) give us clear examples of being caught in a double-bind. In the Mystery of Christ: Liturgy as Spiritual Experience Thomas Keating describes a double-bind as a situation in which one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at HerbEly
The Gospel of Mark recounts several instances in which Jesus sought to hide his dealings from public view. On the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb 15th) we will first hear the rules specified in Leviticus for one who suffers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at HerbEly
This Sunday (Nov. 2nd) is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (aka All Souls Day).(The scripture readings pre-empt the readings we would ordinarily find for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.) There is a connection between the first reading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at HerbEly
On the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct. 5th) we are approaching the end of the liturgical year. For the next few weeks the selections from Matthew will focus on the closing days of Jesus’ public ministry on earth. We... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at HerbEly
Is it oversimplified to say IS has adopted a "tar baby" strategy?