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Herb
I'm an independent trainer, retired civil servant, married with four grown children
Interests: Kiwanis Tae Kwon Do Centering Prayer Workplace spirituality
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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 3 days ago 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?
On the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 15th) we will hear Is 55:10-11; selections from Psalm 65; Rom 8:18-23; and Mt 13:1-23. Three years ago I wrote about changing perspective on the parable of the Sower. For this year,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at HerbEly
On the Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 11, 2014) we the scriptures will tell us about many who heard: Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day. (Acts 2:41). Even those who... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at HerbEly
Both the Old Testament and Gospel texts for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb. 23) take us into the controversial topic of use of force and non-violent resistance. (I’m going to focus on individual actions. Questions of use of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at HerbEly
On the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 8) we will hear a selection from Wisdom 9*: Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends? For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at HerbEly
The first reading (Is 66:13) for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 7th) gives us an image of God as a loving mother. We have a few other texts conveying the same image. In Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at HerbEly
We return to Ordinary time - that time of the liturgical year when the lectionary readings go through the public ministry of Christ according to one of the gospels. From this Sunday (June 9th) through November 24th the third (i.e.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at HerbEly
Maybe Holder and Brennan weren't listening to BHO's inaugural address when he quoted Jefferson. Or maybe it was not self-evident that all men are endowed with the inalienable right to life. Or maybe their concept of due process of law would satisfy the Constitution. Maybe pigs can fly.
If the purpose was to shore up BHO's election prospects, the articles may backfire. Antiwar democrats may be offended by the administrations propensity to make war. They may figure that Romney would be worse - or they may just stay home on election day.
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