Faith Faith and ReasonRichard J. CliffordNovember 08, 2018
The record number of women who will be serving in Congress following the momentous 2018 midterm elections may not be aware that the Bible supports their initiative to serve in this moment of political crisis.
Faith The Living WordRichard J. CliffordOctober 24, 2014
Richard Clifford, S.J., asks, can we see Adam and Eve anew?
Faith The Living WordRichard J. CliffordOctober 31, 2013
Richard Clifford, S.J., on the achievements and challenges of Vatican II on Scripture
Richard J. CliffordDecember 17, 2012
Do the end-of-year readings really say that our world is fated to end in terror and panic?
The Good WordRichard J. CliffordJuly 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
Richard J. CliffordSeptember 29, 2008
A Catholic approach to the Hebrew Bible
The Good WordRichard J. CliffordDecember 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 WordRichard J. CliffordAugust 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 WordRichard J. CliffordAugust 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 WordRichard J. CliffordJuly 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