Words We Need To Hear

From Exodus to Emmaus

The readings of the sacred paschal Triduum

Two journeys bookend the Scripture readings for the sacred paschal Triduum: the Exodus and Emmaus. In between, in three short days, the Lectionary releases a full flood of some 20 passages from the Bible, not counting over a dozen responsorial psalms and canticles. This rich buffet gives almost too much material for the preacher, the proclaimer, the musician, the catechist and the participant. Mercifully, the same readings return each year, so they invite an ever deeper exploration.

Spurning Death, At Peace with Dying

No more pie in the sky when we die! 

Consider the poet Dylan Thomas. He wrote “A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London” and there he boldly proclaims:

Never ... shall I ... mourn/The majesty and burning of the child’s death./I shall not murder/the mankind of her going with a grave truth ...

But soon, Thomas would write another magnificent poem where he proclaims a seemingly contradictory side to the human story: 

Advice to Christ’s Disciples: Jump in

The liturgical readings of November

When I began my doctoral program in Scripture years ago, I asked my advisor, Fr. Frank Cleary, a logical question: “How do I go about this? What do I do first?” Frank simply smiled and said, “Roger, just jump in! Take your courses and read all the scriptural books and articles you can. After a while you will start separating the good stuff from the bad. Plan on doing that the rest of your life.”