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Pray with your bible
As our year of Faith Formation unfolds, we continue our focus on the Bible. We have explored much of the mechanics of the Bible, discussed the theme of covenant woven throughout, have dug into specific passages to learn how to read it contextually, and more. Another way in which we explore the Bible is to pray with it. In this article, Jesuit Fr. Douglas J. Leonhardt explains two simple ways to pray with Scripture: Lectio Divina and Gospel Contemplation. Give one or both a try, to experience the Bible in a new way.
Why Was jesus baptized?
On Sunday, January 12, we marked the end of the Christmas season with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. We now embark on several weeks of Ordinary Time before the start of the season of Lent. One might ask ... why was Jesus, who was without sin, baptized? Here is a short reflection on that question by Fr. James Martin, S.J. It may offer a new insight into that question.
January is Poverty awareness Month
read the gospel of Mark
Often, when people are thinking of reading the Bible for themselves for the first time, or looking for a systematic way to approach it, they will ask, "Where do I begin?" I would like to suggest, as many others have before me, that you begin by reading Mark's Gospel. It is the shortest of the four gospels and reads almost like a novel. Try to read it all in one sitting, or in two or three installments to get a sense of the momentum of the writer, Mark. It is the first of the gospels to be written, and serves as a source for the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Give it a try to kick off your Bible reading for 2020!