PARENTAL UNITS. Stained glass window depicting Adam and Eve in the cathedral of Brussels, Belgium.
Faith The Living Word
October 24, 2014
Richard Clifford, S.J., asks, can we see Adam and Eve anew?
Faith The Living Word
October 31, 2013
Richard Clifford, S.J., on the achievements and challenges of Vatican II on Scripture
December 17, 2012
Do the end-of-year readings really say that our world is fated to end in terror and panic?
The Good Word
July 10, 2011
Wisdom of Solomon was written in Greek sometime in the late first century BCE or early first century CE to encourage the Jewish community probably in Alexandria to be confident of their God s governance in a particularly difficult time Today s passage comes in the third part of this book Part I
September 29, 2008
A Catholic approach to the Hebrew Bible
The Good Word
December 01, 2007
Some readings at the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of Advent are from apocalyptic books such as Daniel and the little apocalypses in the Synoptic Gospels These passages refer to cosmic disturbances sun and mood falling out of the sky wars and terror-stricken people giving th
The Good Word
August 21, 2007
21st Sunday Ordinary Time Isa 66 18-21 is the conclusion of the book of Isaiah that began with God s condemnation of Zion a sacred name for Jerusalem as utterly corrupt 1 21-28 and his promise of a purifying visitation or judgment that would make it righteous This threatening passage howe
The Good Word
August 01, 2007
Wisdom of Solomon also known as the Book of Wisdom offers a perspective on Luke 12 An extended essay in elegant Greek Wisdom of Solomon was written for Egyptian Jews around the first century B C Like some of the literature produced in this period it retells biblical traditions in an elaborate
The Good Word
July 25, 2007
On one level this Sunday s readings from Genesis and Luke both inculcate perseverance in prayer It is surely an important point because many people give up on prayer fairly quickly if nothing happens Abraham certainly keeps after God And to judge from Luke 11 5-8 Jesus would applaud such b
January 02, 2006
Several years ago I gave a talk on the Book of Genesis to a full parish hall. After explaining that Chapters 2 to 11 are traditional stories rather than historical reports, I was confronted by an angry questioner: If these stories are fables, then what can we believe? What about Moses? What about th