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Scripture Notes

Notes on the Sunday readings by Father Nicholas King SJ (Campion Hall, Oxford University, UK).

By kind permission of the Editor of Southern Cross.



5th Sunday – Year B (February 5th) E-mail
Written by Nicholas King SJ   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:07

•    Job 7:1-4, 6-7
•    Psalm 147:1-6
•    1 Corinthians 9:16-19
•    Mark 1:29-39

A constant question that besets human beings is, “Does my life have any meaning at all?”. The answer, surely, is that it doesn’t, unless it is true what Christians (and other believers) say about God.

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3rd Sunday – Year B (January 22nd) E-mail
Written by Nicholas King SJ   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:05

•    Jonah 3:1-5, 10,
•    Psalm 25: 4-9
•    1 Corinthians 7:29-31
•    Mark 1:14-20

An experience many people have is that of the sheer overwhelming power of the word of God. Jonah, as you may recall, had it, and did not like the idea at all, so he ran away, taking the nearest boat. The first reading for next Sunday has him back on track, after his adventure inside the large fish that God had sent, and now he is at last ready to do what God wants him to do, namely to preach the message to Nineveh. Jonah’s preaching turns out to be unexpectedly successful. When they hear that they will be destroyed in 40 days, they “proclaimed a fast, and clothed themselves in sackcloth, from the greatest to the least”.

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Epiphany – Year B (January 8th) E-mail
Written by Fr Nicholas King SJ   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:41
  • Isaiah 60:1-6
  • Psalm 72: 2, 7-8, 10-13
  • Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
  • Matthew 2:1-12

Next Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The name means, “showing forth”, and not surprisingly the readings for the feast speak of the light shining on the mystery of God’s plan.

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4th Sunday – Year B (January 29th) E-mail
Written by Nicholas King SJ   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:06

•    Deuteronomy 18:15-20
•    Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
•    1 Corinthians 7:32-35
•    Mark 1:21-28

How do you know when God is speaking to you? The first lesson has to be that God is faithful; the second is that God can act in decisive, not to say overwhelming, ways. This is the message that emerges from next Sunday’s readings. In the first reading, Moses is talking, in reflective mode, towards the end of his life, about what God is proposing to do, and promising that after his death there will be “a prophet from among your own, like me”.

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2nd Sunday – Year B (January 15th) E-mail
Written by Nicholas King SJ   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:03

•    1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19,
•    Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-10
•    1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
•    John 1:35-42

What matters above all is that we should develop the habit of listening out for God’s voice. It is there; but it is always a gentle voice, and therefore we must pay careful attention to it. In the first reading, we are witnesses to the splendid story of Samuel who “did not yet know YHWH and the word of YHWH had not yet been revealed to him”. So when he hears the voice calling “Samuel, Samuel”, we can hardly blame him if he pads along to where the priest Eli is sleeping, thinking that it must have been the old man who had been calling him.

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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (January 1st) E-mail
Written by Fr Nicholas King SJ   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:40
  • Numbers 6: 22-27
  • Psalm 67: 2-3, 5-6, 8
  • Galatians 4: 4-7
  • Luke 2: 16-21

New Year’s Day comes next, and as you face 2012, with whatever mixture of eagerness and anxiety is yours, you will find much to ponder on in the readings for the feast; and you will see that what matters is that God (we do not know how) is at work in our world.

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