The Word
John R. Donahue
Ash Wednesday inaugurates not simply the 40 days preceding Easter but the whole 90-day paschal cycle which extends beyond Easter seven weeks until Pentecost The Lectionary cycle grew backward and forward from the central celebration of Easter There is one mysterythe death of Jesus his resurrecti
The Word
John R. Donahue
As Lent approaches this Sunday concludes the continuous reading of Mark which will not resume until the first week of July The Gospel portrays two Sabbath controversies which end with the plot of Pharisees and Herodians quot to destroy quot Jesus an anticipation of the Passiona helpful lead-i
The Word
John R. Donahue
Late February with Lent around the corner is not a time when we ordinarily think of weddings yet nuptial imagery sets the tone for the liturgy In the first reading the eighth-century prophet Hosea enacts in his life God rsquo s enduring love for a people that has turned away to worship Canaanit
The Word
John R. Donahue
Very few topics occupy the American consciousness as much as health care and the onset of debilitating illness a concern of the readings for these Sundays The tone is set by Job rsquo s lament of endless suffering and sleepless nights The Gospels portray a Jesus who enters the world of the sick a
The Word
John R. Donahue
Until Ash Wednesday March 8 the Gospels of Lectionary cycle B follow Mark 1 14 to 3 6 Each of the four Gospels has distinctive literary characteristics a particular picture of Jesus and different understandings of discipleship Mark the shortest of the Gospels contains the most vivid and hu
The Word
John R. Donahue
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord concludes the Advent-Christmas liturgical season and is also the first Sunday in Ordinary Time In the early church it was closely linked to Epiphany as a quot manifestation quot of the Son of God This first appearance of Jesus is marked by the solemn biblica