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I'm an independent trainer, retired civil servant, married with four grown children
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Trinity Sunday provides a challenge to homilists They must say something about the scripture readings, expound on this great mystery, and stay within reasonable time limits. (Note: the lectionary readings repeat in a three year cycle. This is my reflection... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at HerbEly
The Ascension scriptures for this Sunday (May 8, 2916) are a message of hope. At the end of our first reading (Acts 1:1-11) two men (the same who appeared at the tomb?) find the apostles standing looking at the sky:... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at HerbEly
Bonny and I each shared a ~42 year old memory when we looked at the scripture readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 1, 2016). We remember our joy when we heard this spiritual at the baptism of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 24, 2016) tell us of the beginnings of the Church (Acts 14:21-17), give us hope for the future (Rev 21:1-5), and charge us to live a life of love for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 17, 2016) ask us to grasp two contradictory images at the same time. In the second reading we will hear: “……. For the Lamb who is in the center of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at HerbEly
The scripture readings for the First Sunday of Lent (February 14, 2016) contain a lesson on how to listen to scripture. In the first reading (Dt. 26:4-10) Moses instructs the people, telling them that what happened to their father Abraham... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at HerbEly
For the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (February 7, 2016) the scripture readings tell of God’s call and our reluctant response. In the first reading (Is 6:1-8) we hear txt Isiah is convinced that he cannot respond: Then I said,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at HerbEly
We have a clear example of how to read scripture in the first and third readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 14, 2016). In the lectionary the first (Old Testament) and third (gospel) readings are always connected.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at HerbEly
The scriptures for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jan. 17, 2016) are filled with images of overflowing love. In the gospel (Jn 2:1-11) we hear the story of the wedding feast at Cana. Jesus, reduces the wedding couple from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at HerbEly
Our scripture readings for the Second Sunday Ordinary Time (January 10, 2016) begin with the Baptism of the Lord. This is the start of Jesus public ministry. (This year the Sunday Mass readings for this will follow Jesus’ life as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at HerbEly
When we focus each week on the scripture readings for Mass, we can easily miss the sequence from one week to the next. Advent is a four week period in which we experience a time of waiting and preparation for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at HerbEly
As we listen scripture readings for Sunday Mass during the year, we listen to the life of Christ as it unfolds in the gospel. (This year mainly through Luke.) Since we are in the beginning of the year, on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at HerbEly
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