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The Beloved Disciple
Saturday, 30 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
The Beloved Disciple

Today’s Readings
The gospel reading focuses on the figure of the Beloved Disciple who is first presented at the Last Supper with his ears on the Lord’s chest. Our iconography does not do justice to the …

An Insight Into Christian Leadership
Friday, 29 May, 2009 – 21:06 | No Comment
An Insight Into Christian Leadership

 
Today’s Readings
The day’s gospel selection from John is the account of the Commissioning of Peter (John 21:20-25). Jesus as the Good Shepherd had already given his life for his sheep (cf. John 10). As Priest, …

Paul and the Resurrection
Thursday, 28 May, 2009 – 15:01 | No Comment
Paul and the Resurrection

Today’s Readings
This episode should be called “Paul at the Docks”, and yet, as the trial goes on one wonders who is being tried? We’ve seen how Jesus, though tried before the Sanhedrin, actually …

Tend the Church of God
Wednesday, 27 May, 2009 – 8:55 | No Comment
Tend the Church of God

 
Acts 20:28-38 is part of Paul’s farewell speech to the elders of the Ephesians. He was at Miletus when he had them called to him. He has had premonitions that this may be the last …

New Items at the Workshop
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 – 21:48 | No Comment
New Items at the Workshop

Below are the most recent articles from http://www.biblista.net for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit
“Pentecost” was originally a Jewish feast that celebrated the giving of the Law at Sinai fifty-days after …

A Small Pentecost for the Disciples of the Baptist
Monday, 25 May, 2009 – 11:17 | No Comment
A Small Pentecost for the Disciples of the Baptist

Today’s Readings
We have seen how a disciple of John the Baptist, Apollos of Alexandria, becomes a member of The Way through the help of Priscilla and Aquila. In this selection from Acts, we learn …

Apollos Introduced to the Way
Saturday, 23 May, 2009 – 9:09 | One Comment
Apollos Introduced to the Way

Today’s Readings
In today’s reading from Acts 18:23–28, another important figure in the building-up of the Church is introduced by Luke:  Apollos of Alexandria.  We are told that the husband and wife team, Priscilla and Aquila …

I Will Be With You (Acts 18:9-18)
Friday, 22 May, 2009 – 6:56 | No Comment
I Will Be With You (Acts 18:9-18)

The account of Paul’s sojourn in Corinth continues in Acts 18:9ff. He stays there for a year and a half teaching the word of God (v.11). This is due to a vision that Paul …

Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:1-8)
Thursday, 21 May, 2009 – 9:07 | No Comment
Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:1-8)

The short selection from Acts 18 can be divided into three parts:

Acts 8:1-3 Paul meeting Priscilla and Aquila
Acts 8:4-5 Paul preaching in the synagogues (Silas and Timothy rejoin him)
Acts 8:6-7 Paul rejected and …

Proclaiming the Unknown God (Acts 17)
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Proclaiming the Unknown God (Acts 17)

 

Today’s Readings
The present selection jumps over several episodes after the Jailer incident. Here are the episodes:16:35-40 Paul and Silas freed by the magistrates17:1-9 Preaching in Thessalonica17:10-15 Preaching in Beroea
The evangelists had relative success in …

The Temptation of Eve
Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 – 4:04 | No Comment
The Temptation of Eve

The serpent tempts eve

John 21:20-25View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg Greek20Peter turning about, saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also leaned on his breast at supper, and said: Lord, who is he …

An Earthquake and a Jailer’s Conversion
Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 – 3:39 | No Comment
An Earthquake and a Jailer’s Conversion

Today’s Readings
In Acts 16:22-34, Luke narrates an incident in Philippi that is similar to what happened to Peter and John earlier (Acts 5:17-21): a miraculous deliverance from prison.
Paul and Silas was imprisoned at the instigation …

Paul Welcomed in Philippi
Monday, 18 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Paul Welcomed in Philippi

The Day’s Readings
Acts 16:11-15 is from Luke’s travel diary and continues from the previous section of Acts. From Troas, to Samothrace and from there to Neapolis, a fishing town. From Neapolis the company proceeded on …

Living in the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-11)
Saturday, 16 May, 2009 – 23:21 | No Comment
Living in the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-11)

 
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit,if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.Whoever does not have the …

The Spirit Opens Doors
Saturday, 16 May, 2009 – 8:00 | One Comment
The Spirit Opens Doors

Readings for the Day
Acts 16:1-10 continues the narration about how Paul distributes the message of the Council of Jerusalem to the brothers. “Day after day”, Luke narrates, “the churches grew stronger in faith and increased …

Food Restrictions
Friday, 15 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Food Restrictions

Readings of the Day
The selection of Acts narrates how the decision of the Council of Jerusalem was carried out and how it was received. The decision is found in vv. 13-21. It is James, head …

Feast of St. Matthias
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 8:00 | One Comment
Feast of St. Matthias

Readings of the Day
Today is the feast of St. Matthias, the apostle who took the place of Judas among the Twelve. The feast day of St. Matthias was originally celebrated on February 24 (25), but …

Keeping All United: The Council of Jerusalem
Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Keeping All United: The Council of Jerusalem

Acts 15:1-6 begins the narration about the Jerusalem Council. A problem about communion has arisen and the nascent Church had to come up with a solution that would unite rather than divide. Up until this …

Paul and Barnabas Stoned
Tuesday, 12 May, 2009 – 22:59 | No Comment
Paul and Barnabas Stoned

In 14:28 we find Paul and Barnabas resting in the company of the other disciples at Antioch. Paul had just completed his first missionary journey with Barnabas. From the time they shook the dust off …

And They Shook the Dust Off Their Sandals
Saturday, 9 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
And They Shook the Dust Off Their Sandals

 
The selection from Acts 13:44-51 is a landmark of sorts in the spread of Christianity.  We have seen Peter baptizing the first Gentile (Acts 10) and the Jerusalem Church approving it in Acts 11.  Also …

That You May Be With Me
Friday, 8 May, 2009 – 1:21 | No Comment
That You May Be With Me

There are two affirmations in today’s gospel reading (John 14:1–6) that we can reflect on.
The first is Jesus’ saying that he would come back for the disciples and take them with Him so that hey …

Preaching Jesus at Antioch in Pisidia
Thursday, 7 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Preaching Jesus at Antioch in Pisidia

The narrative in Acts 13 is a turning point in the history of the spread of the nascent Church.  The liturgy has distributed through three days with the last day focusing on vv. 46–47.48, when …

I Am the Light of the World
Wednesday, 6 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
I Am the Light of the World

“I came to the world as light” (John 12:46).  The gospel selection from 12:44–50 recalls John 1:4–5.  The Word of God is the light that shines on all men.  In the Old Testament, the light …

Great Things are Said of You, O City of God
Tuesday, 5 May, 2009 – 7:34 | No Comment
Great Things are Said of You, O City of God

Listen to this verse, “Sion, my mother, a man shall say.” There is then a man who saith this: through whom all those I have mentioned make their approach. Who is this man? It tells …

Peter and the Gentile Converts
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Peter and the Gentile Converts

If Paul would later become the Apostle to the Gentiles, it was Peter who initiated the acceptance of Gentiles into the Church.  In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke shows us Peter’s role in the …

Good Shepherd Sunday
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Good Shepherd Sunday

 
The focus of the liturgy is on the Good Shepherd, the one who by his death and resurrection has become “the Author of life. (Acts 3:15)”. The address of Peter, on the occassion of the …

Pax Christi
Saturday, 2 May, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Pax Christi

“So the Church throughout (kaq olhV) Judea, Galilee and Samaria had peace, was being built up, walking in the fear of the Lord and filled with the consolation (paraklhsiV) of the Holy Spirit”  — Acts 9:31
 The passage is …

Paul’s Conversion
Friday, 1 May, 2009 – 18:18 | No Comment
Paul’s Conversion

Acts 9:1–20 is one of the key chapters in Acts.  In Luke’s account of the time of the Church — the third stage of the Lucan history of salvation — two figures are given prominence, …