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Breath of the Spirit

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(Though all nine readings should be proclaimed on this night, space limits me to comment on only four.)

No night of the year is more important for Christians than tonight. It celebrates something which lies at the heart of our faith: Jesus' dying and rising. Unlike Christmas,... more

Except for Holy Saturday, no night is more important to Christians than Holy Thursday: the night on which we commemorate the Lord's Supper. Once we own up to all the discrepancies in the five biblical accounts of that event, it's clear our sacred authors were concerned more with conveying the... more

Hearing any of the four Passion Narratives, we're not so much to thank Jesus for dying for us as to thank him for showing us how to die. That's why our evangelists passed these stories on to us. The main task of a follower of Jesus is to die and rise with him. Just one question: how do we... more

One of the advantages of reading Deutero-Isaiah in Hebrew is noticing how often he uses participles in place of finite verbs. There's a big difference between saying, "I came here today," and saying "Coming here today." In the former, the act of coming is in the past; in the latter, it continues... more

Considering how well-known and significant today's gospel passage is, it's amazing that, before the new lectionary was issued in 1970, we never heard Jesus' story of the prodigal father proclaimed during a Sunday liturgy. And frequently when it did come up in religion classes or sermons, the... more

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