Richard J. Clifford, S.J., is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Boston College. Formerly general editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and founding dean of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he is currently an editor of 'The Paulist Biblical Commentary.'
The Book of Ruth tells an important story in the history of Israel—but also reminds us to take seriously the lives of ordinary people—villagers, immigrants, married people, widows and the poor.
The Psalms lengthen the moment, enlarge the experience and connect a private experience to those of other human beings. Wonder fades if we do not “back it up.”
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.
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
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
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