5th Sunday of Easter Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 2 May 2021 (’00): 5th SUN of EASTER: B

1. AA9:26-31

  • Another set-piece! Can I imagine the resentments suspicions defections risks?
  • What is the equivalent in myCommunity of ‘Saul seeking acceptance from the disciples ‘?
  • What new ExperiencesRittualsIdeasNormsOrientationsInterpretattons is myChurch finding it difficult, or impossible, to ‘accept’? Who&what are seeking to ‘mediate’ all this?
  • What clues in AA9:1-30, why many feared&hated Paul in a very special way?
  • TheBrothers!’: Is there any evidence that women are forming different attitudes than men, towards AdultEducation Morality Practice Freedom Theology Faith…?
  • ‘ConsolationOfTheHolyBreath!’· Courage that flows from ‘FullestEmbodimentOfJesus’!
  • ‘FearOfTheLord!’: FullFreeEnthusiasticEmbodimentInEverythingOfYahweh’sPriority’

 

2. THE PSALM 21·26-28, 30-32

  • Read 21(22) 1-31′ Yahweh’sBeloved’sPrayer in TheFear&DangerOf’Death’!, which the storyteller,imagined that Jesus chanted in HisOwnDeath, at 3 00pm in TheAfternoon!
  • Why is the often-incompetent ‘liturgy of the word’ tolerated by so many adults?
  • ‘Vows!’     What concrete behaviours are being suggested in the Eucharist? Who will they be           shared with? How will they be monitored&assessed? (Whew! What if I just drop ’em’)

3. lJNJ:18-24

  • In 25 words, my experience&understanding of that which is called ‘conscience’ ?
  • What indicates that I live out of an ‘adult’, rather than an ‘infantile’, conscience?
  • How am I ensuring that ‘conscience’ is being nourished&exercised&purified?
  • What is happening in myCommunity regarding the ‘formation’ of children’s ‘conscience’?
  • In l0 words, can I glimpse my ‘real’ (as distinct from ‘rhetorical’) ‘FirstCommandment’?

4. JN15:1-8

  • Read IS5 1-30′ Terrifyingly ambivalent sea-change in TheLover’s former ‘Affections’!
  • What if Yahweh’sExpectations &(So, HisDisappoint ments) were always ‘overblown’?
  • &What if being suddenly presented with ‘Yahweh-as-Lover’  is like ‘TheHonoursPaper’!
  • ‘InMe&InYou!’ Can I imagine Jesus just sitting-in-there-somewhere? inactive&asleep!
  • What if ‘TheRealPriority’ of my local church is partly to keep Him ‘on a drip, just-there’?

5. The presence&action of the blessedOne, is it like this?

‘Gertie! Tell me this, an’ tell me no more! why’re they always goin’ on about drink?’ ‘Cissie, is it ..’ ‘If it’s not t’ jointhe Pioneers or Father Macchu, it’s the bread an’ wine!’  ‘An’ the wine at  Mass!’ ‘Or the Las’ Supper…’ That’s what I  ‘  ‘Or  y’ know who, arrivin’  home ploothered, frightenin’ the ‘ ‘Take my fella, now. ‘ ‘So, like cock-crow, ,what’d we have this mornin’. ?’ ‘God Cissie, I hope it wasn’t y’know-what!’ ‘The Vine’ Oh, it’s really Our Divine Lord...’ ‘Oh .?’ ‘But even then, y’ can’t get away from it, can ya? every hand’s turn…’ ‘The Vine Lord .?’ ‘Yes, we’re all his grapes an’ branches ‘ ‘Our Lord likes t’ drink us for ‘is thirst...’ ‘No, Gertie’ get it right! it’s like goin’ t’ confession ”Oh.?’ ‘But there still must be somethin‘ rummy in it, all that goin’ on about drink   ‘Oh…?’

6. RIDDLE

Which is most urgent now? To Worship Explain Caricature Incarnate TheTotalJesus?

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4th Sunday of Easter Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 25 April 2021 (’00): 4thSUNofEASTER: B

Day of Prayer for Vocations
1 AA4 8-12

  • How would I know that someone, say myself, was ‘Filled with TheHolySpirit’?
  • ‘Name! ‘ Not to be unaware that ‘name’ biblically means something like ‘power’!
  • “Why do I still think that it’s only ‘JewishLeaders’ who ‘reject’ the power of Jesus?
  • ‘Salvation!’: Total-Identity with ThePrioritiessStrugglesDestiny of a ‘divinity”
  • Which other ‘divinities’ are currently offering ‘salvation’?
  • If Jesus became ‘ThcKeystone’ of myLife&Work, what would ThcCost&Benefits be?
  • Who, ‘filled with HolySpirit’, is currently challenging the leaders of IrishChurch&Society?

2. THE PSALM : 117.1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29

  • Read 117(118) 1-29! The VictoryShout of someone Faithful-to-Yahweh’
  • What grounds have I got, for ‘trusting-in-Yahweh’, rather than in, say, my religious or political leaders? Or my family or friends? Or my peer-group? Or guru?

3 1JN3:1-2

  • ‘God’s!Children!’ What 5Associations do I make with this strange phrase?
  • ”Like-Him!’· What if  inwardly&hiddenly&unacknowledgably, we are ‘alreadyGod’?
  • What of the assertion, that ‘God’ is a dense way of saying ‘OurSharedFuture’?
  • ‘In what 4Ways is my&our’Future’ already being ‘revealed’?

4 JNlO 11-18

  • Read10 1-18! Some layers of the riddle, ‘Who loves sheep more, wolf or shepherd?’!
  • ‘Why are ‘shepherds’ so significant in TheBible? (Read once-again! EZEK34!!) ‘But, if the contemporary resonances of ‘shepherd&sheep’ have radically changed, &so, left ‘pastoral’ titles&initiatives&structures somewhat vacuous?
  • What ‘shepherd’ ever grants ‘freedom’ to ‘sheep’, whatever about ‘laying down his life”
  • OtherSheep Yes, Protestants&Co! but what of ThePoor, Gays, TheDivorced, for-starters?

5 The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

In the aftermath of the Church’s celebration of the PaschalMysteries, I thought I’d bring to your attention this set of pastoral directives from the divinely-institute’ TheOfficialBeliever’s opening gambit was amiably frustrated by a sudden squeal of mock-dismay  from ThePracticingSceptic  ‘What? Aftermath? Paschal&Pastoral! Speak limpidly please, to this simple sod1 Why are you concealing from me the chronic conspiracy of sheep&hireling shepherd that masquerades.’ ‘How dare you so meanmindedly spew out in my presence

your long-since disgraced atheistic’ ‘&How dare you impute to me an impoverished witlessness that better suits your own ‘ ‘More to the point, if I may be permitted, why’d you interrupt me in the first place?’ After a judicious pause, ThePractisingSceptic responded. Look’ All the moaning about vocations, there’s something in it, a germ’ but as long as the underlying rhetoric is couched ‘pastorally’ as I said, &not thoroughly explored, your

pastoral paschality will revert to stubble in the wind! Remember Carthage!!’

6 RIDDLE

Which is the essential vocation? Sheep Wolf Hireling Honeyman Hackler Shepherd?

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3rd Sunday of Easter Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 18th April 2021(’00): 3rd  SUN of EASTER. B

1    AA3:13-15, 17-19 (What’s the problem with v16?)

  • Read 3:1-4:31! A set piece to exalt the words&actions of the early leadership!
  • What is the equivalent in mySociety&Church of these ‘propaganda’ set-pieces?
  • The ‘adversarial fashion’ of blaming ‘Jews/Israelites’ in  AA (&elsewhere in NT), while ‘justifying’ oneself, in what ways is this still endemic in our ‘Churches &Society’?
  • Why does Peter appear to say, ‘Yes, you’re guilty! No, it was God’sWork through-you’?
  • What if everything can be deemed ‘God’sWork’, provided I-also ‘work-with-it’?

2     THE PSALM  42: 4, 7, 9

  • Read 4:1-8(9)! The complex experience of one-who-struggles-to-embody-Yahweh!
  • From the psalm, what are the FoundationalAttributesOfYahweh’?
  • Can I name 5Political or religious leaders who incarnate & inculcate these?
  • In what ways is the local church of Armagh an opportunity to-actualise-Yahweh?
  • What if the verses omitted in this excerpt have a special, but avoided, significance?
  • ‘Face! With so many ‘faces’ on magazine covers, advertisements&TVscreens, what enables me to recognise ‘Yahweh’sFace’ in this flattering&deceptiveAvalanche? (MT25;31-46)

3    1JN2:1-5

  • ‘This!’ Read 1:5-10! How would this ‘testimony’ fit-me as my ‘basic credo’?
  • In what ways do ‘Catholic’ & ‘Anglican’ & ‘Presbyterian” ‘basic credos’ differ?
  • What are the contemporary disguises&excusations for what used to be called ‘sin’?
  • But surely ‘KnowledgeOfHim’ doesn’t also entail ‘EmbodimentOfHim’? Oh boo-hoo-hoo!’

4    LK24:35-48

  • Read 24:1-49! Which of these many witnesses was truly embraced?
  • What if the gospel-acclamation were ‘LordJesus, explain our hearts to us! Make the scriptures burn within us as you talk-to-us!’? Or is the tide too-far-ebbed?
  • But also, if set-pieces like this have encouraged a mindset of merely ‘quoting proof texts’?
  • Will ‘authoritative teaching’ & ‘dab-it-on scripture’ compensate for ‘biblical narrative’?

5    The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

‘Sir! What is the great struggle of faith?’ ‘Friend! The struggle of faith is to embrace, amen! the truth of my coming&going among you!’ ‘Sir! How will disciples recognise your coming&going?’ ‘Friend! In the listening of the book I am always arriving! In the sustaining of the poor I am always departing!’ ‘Sir! With respect! I find your words obscure, the truth you mention too far from my comprehension! Perhaps this is a riddle you offer?’ ‘Perhaps’ Strive, Friend, at all events, to explore its bitter sweetness! “in the faithful marriage of the book & the poor is consummated all my life&death! is constituted all my presence in weakness, all my absence in power!” ‘Sir! I thank you, though reluctantly, for this enigma!& be sure I shall pursue it as a viaticum in my struggle for animated faith! Amen! Amen!

RIDDLE

Which is preferable? Continue to trot-out the dessicated ‘dogmatic familiarities’ about Him!

Or risk also encountering Him in new offensive manifestations? Or cautiously&resentfully endure my ‘stress’?

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2nd Sunday of Easter Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 11th April 2021(’00): 2nd SUN of EASTER OCTAVE OF EASTER DAY : B

1  AA4:32-35

  • Read 3:1-4:37! TheLeaders, ThePreaching, TheOpposition, TheCommunalConversion!
  • But is this any more real, or more paradigmatic for now, than a 1st Century opera?
  • The social&religious&economic order-of-things imagined in this excerpt, Where is all or any of this happening in myChurch or Community? How much of it would even be contemplated (except maybe in Peru!)? Isn’t it great that St.VdeP&Trocaire have relieved our anxiety about it all?
  • So, in what ways may ‘The ContemporaryChurch’ be throwing dust in my eyes, by promoting archaic ‘wishful thinking’, instead of the ‘struggle-for-adult-faith’?

2   THE PSALM:  117:2-4, 15-18, 22-24

  • Read 117(118):1-29! A noteworthy ‘victory-song’, overflowing with ‘Yahweh-ambivalence’?
  • In 50 words, construct a ‘portrait’ of Yahweh from this full-psalm!
  • ‘Those who fear Yahweh!’ Those who resolutely embody ThePrioritiesOfYahweh!
  • The5PrioritiesOfYahweh’ &What is the localChurch of Armagh doing about them?

3    1JN5 1-6

  • ‘Love!’ What seems to be the meaning of this in 1JN? In 20words, what is it in my living?
  • ‘TheChrist!’ TheOne inspired by Yahweh to actualise the total freedom of each one!
  • In my experience, what is the ‘world’ that is to be ‘overcome’?
  • How can I discern whether this writer lives in the ‘real’ or a ‘fantasy’ world?
  • In 20 words can I summarise my ‘faith? How many others actively share this with me?

4   JN20:19-31

  • Today, what are the 5GreatFears of ‘disciples’ & What are they doing abouit it?
  • Why doesn’t Jesus approach&assert Himself like this in our Eucharistic? Or does He?
  • What 3Criteria have ‘disciples’ got for checking if it’s truly ‘TheLord’ that’s there?
  • Is there a conflict between ‘those who believe without seeing’ , & ‘those who see without believing’, & ‘those who want to check it out’, & ‘those who couldn’t care less’?
  • In what way has my belief that “Jesus-is-theChrist’ actually ’empowered-me-with-life’?

5    The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

   ‘This mornin’ at Mass”, ‘What?’ he was goin’ on about Doubtin’ Thomas!’ ‘Who?’ ‘How he couldn’t believe them about the man-above! “Don’t be like Doubtin’ Thomas!”, he said, “He was a goner, on’y for OurLord came back &showed hisself til ‘im!”!  ‘Showed hisself?’?  ‘Yeah, wounds, blood, ever’thin’!’ ‘But did the man-above not bleed t’ death? How’d he manage t’ come back.’ ‘A miracle, he told us’ “Our Divine Lord’s greatest miracle!” An’ didn’t even Doubtin’ Thomas hisself say it, like at the consecration, “My Lord an’ my god!” Tho’ I mus’ say’ ‘Th’ oul’ Canon cappt it all, th’ day he made his socialist assertion, “A spoonful down the street beats a bucketful up in the chapel!” An’ he ‘Aw y’re right, I loved that man! He put Doubtin’ Thomas as an’ the whole shebang o’ them in their place! Aw, don’t be talkin’…!

6    RIDDLE

                  The best contemporary witness to Jesus’ relevance? The Church, The Adult

                  Disciple, Religious Art, CapitalistDemocracy, NewAgeSpirituality?

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Easter Day of the Lord’s Resurrection Cycle B 2021 (’00)

        Sunday 4th April 2021 (’00) Easter Day of the Lord’s Resurrection: B

1. AA10.34, 37-43

  • Read 10: 1-48! TheVoice&Cornelius&Peter! &How It entered each man!
  • What is ‘TheHolyBreath?’ &Why is it associated with ‘HearingTheWord?’
  • Why do we generally call this Agency ‘TheSpirit’ rather than ‘TheBreath?’
  • How did the dying of the last ‘witness-to Him’ affect the ‘preaching-about-Him?’
  • Where in my community are important public leaders evangelised in their home?
  • In language-of-today, what was Cornelius looking-for, and Peter-offering?

2. THE PSALM  117:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

  • Read 117(118): !-29 Song of one rescued in dire straits by Yahweh’s intervention!
  • Why am I given such a manicured nosegay of verses? For apologetics? Or piety?
  • In view of Christians’ claims, and appropriation of their Bible, how do contemporary Jews
  • Understand & sing about ‘Yahweh,’  ‘His love has no-end!’?
  • ‘CornerStone!’: The large stone that is placed where two walls meet, to bind them!
  • Who or what functions as ‘cornerstone’ for myCommunity?
  • What are the 5PrincipalWays in which ‘Yahweh is good’ in my world?

3. COL.1-4

  • What are the 3ChiefDifferences between ‘HeavenlyThings’ & ‘EarthlyThings?
  • In order of importance for me, what are ‘The 3 Heavenly,’ & The 3 ‘Earthly Things?’
  • This, ‘hidden-true-life-with-Christ,’ what assures me that I actually have it?

4.  1COR5.6-8

  • Can he presuppose knowledge of JewishFestivals&Customs in his Greek readers?
  • How do I symbolically at Easter shed the old&rotten&clinging bits of my religion?
  • How is sincerity&truth being modelled&inculcated in IrishSociety

5.    John 20: 1-9

  • Read 20: 1-31! Various facets of the struggle of TheChristianChurch!
  • Especially, how to value different ‘Seeings’ & ‘Embidyings’ of TheLordJesus?
  • Why is ‘TheEmptyTomb’ so important in the early narrations-of- faith?
  • How do ‘cloths in an empty tomb’ suggest or underpin faith in His’Rising?’
  • Why is Magdalene’s hypothesis of a ‘stolen body’ not directly explored?
  • ’RiseFromTheDead!’ In 20 words, what is my Understanding&Experience of this?

6.    The presence & action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

TheOfficialBeliever & ThePractisingSceptic met by arrangement on Easter Sunday night for drinks,& a chat! ‘An’ no argy-bargy now!, said TheOfficialBeliever! ‘No argy-bargy!’, dutifully answered the other… Punctually they arrived at the hotel, exchanged greetings, ordered drinks. ‘Well now,’ sighed TheOfficialBeliever, ‘that’s that for another year!’ ‘That’s what?’ ‘The rounds of HolyWeek, people&things to be remembered.’ ‘Was there anything spiritual in it this year?’‘The usual celebrating ThePaschalMystery, ThePilgrimage of  ThePeople of God…’ ‘But, over & above what you call the-usual?’ What else is there? What I said, that’s it!’‘Ok! Sip that there while I say what I mean! This year I looked carefully at the sky, at the earth around me, at the earth beyond the horizon, at my total self past&present&future, at science&religion&literature, at you & your world view…’  ‘And…’ ‘And I said, great! Not only order but design! Not only design but beauty! Not only beauty but potential of freedom-for-all!’ great great great!’

7. Riddle: TheResurrection! OldBody? NewBody? Or Yahweh-at-large?        

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Passion Sunday (also called Palms) Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 28th March 2021 Passion Sunday (also called Palms): B

1. THE PROCESSION: MARK 11:1-10

  • Read1SAM6 1-7:2  When Yahweh’s ark returns, who mourns, who rejoices?
  • Read ZECH 9:1-17! Messianic songs! Jingoistic & hopeful! Side by side with ‘The Blood of the Covenant,’ aren’t these filled with all kinds of bloody fantasies!
  • TheFirstDay of TheHolyWeek, how much enthusiasm and cooperation He gets! Why?

2. THE EUCHARIST : IS50: 4-7 (What about vv8-9?)

  • Read The4ChantsOfYahweh’sSlave! 42:1-4, 49:1-6, 50:4-9, 52:13=53:12!
  • Who Called Used Supported Betrayed Vindicated TheSlave? & all for what?
  • Apart from Jesus, can I name 5Jews or Christians who have been inspired by this?
  • ‘TheLord/I!’ : In a sense, the struggle is Yahweh’s, the struggle is TheDisciple’s!
  • In CommonCovenant, what is my community doing for The Tortured & Molested?

3. THE PSALM : 21:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 (Another psalm shamelessly shredded!)

  • Read aloud, with a friend, 21(22): 1-31 NecessaryBeginning to NecessaryEnding!
  • What a great imagining, that Jesus chanted this preeminent prayer in HisDying!
  • Perhaps this is another song of Yahewh’s Slave? Could I write one of my own?
  • What of the impression, that Yahweh is strong-to-call, but weak to fulfil?
  • So, unless  ‘YahwehPeople’  collaborate-for-power, what hope for ThePoor?

4. PHIL 2: 6-11

  • Why is this one of the most quoted songs in the whole Bible? In contemporary, non-rhetorical language, what’s being claimed about Jesus?
  • If  ‘part-of-God’ went-down-into-death! & was subsequently re-assumed into
  • ‘ God’sWholeness!’  what difference does that make to Jesus?  Or to me?
  • What other ancient mythologies of  ‘Going downward & ReturningUpward?’

5. THE PASSION OF O.L.J.C.ACCORDING TO MARK : 14: 1-15:47

  • Note the behaviour of the disciples, female&male, individually&collectively!
  • What ‘passover resonances’ can be detected right through this narrative?
  • Among all the characters, who endured-with-Him in undiminished fidelity?
  • Apart from myself, does anyone in this narrative ‘understand Him’ at all?
  • What  GreatHint is offered to me in this story for the rest of TheHolyWeek?
  • Granted Jesus! Who is by far the most significant character in this passion?

6. The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

 I know you often wonder, at least when the anniversary of that unforgettable Pesach comes round the seasons once again, who the woman was, who anointed TheFriend with nard during the Meal! Was it Maryam or Salome? Or the other, maybe what you call a sinner, who wandered from the street into TheLeper’s house, on the make? Hear this now! This nard was greatest of all my gifts to TheFriend, whether before or during or after HisDying! If you value the holiness&beauty of TheSong of Shelomo&Shumammite, If you value the fragrant presences of TheBlessedOne, especially if you know and value the Intimacies of TheFriend, you will realise… I knew well the never-abated resentment, & the pious protestations, and the hardly-veiled rejection of theFriend! But what sustained me then and now in my undismayed fidelity was the great deepness of my passion-for-rightness! & in a still mysterious way, TheFriend’s speaking-forth on my behalf into that chaos of darker passion! Think of me again, &wonder, was TheFriend ever heard, let alone heeded?

7. Riddle:  From whom will I learn most? Jesus Donkey Yahweh Barabbas Pilate?

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5th Sunday of Lent Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 21 March 2021 (’00): 5thSUN of LENT : B

1. JERJl:31-34

  • Read 31:1-40! Yahweh’sLove will restore TheExiles into a NewCovenant!
  • ‘Covenant!’ : Web of mterrelatedness charactensed by struggle to-be-for-the-other!
  • ‘ByTheHand!’: ‘TheBride or TheBlind or TheChild or TheFriend or Tbe Loiterer!
  • Where are the dynamisms of ‘covenant’ most clearly at work in myChurch?
  • How have I been enabled to understand&experience that fundamental phrase in TheEucharisticPrayer, ‘new&everlastingCovenant’? Or is it-also dispensable!
  • What if it is part of ‘Yahweh’ to be ‘Betrayed’, &so to yearn for a ‘NewCovenant’?
  • How near is myCommumty to that ‘intmacy-with-Yahweh’ promised here?
  • What makes Him think, indeed, that He’ll ever gain a totally-faithfull-People?

2 THE PSALM : 50:3-4, 12-15 (So little of this great psalm!)

  • Read 50(51):1-19! Prayer of one conscious of having broken faith with covenant!
  • What rituals of Cleansing or Restoration or Forgiveness are available to me?
  • To what extent have ancient chores of purification now become hygienic&cosmetic?
  • ‘Guilt!’: Where is this ancestral milestone nowadays? &How is it being dealt with?
  • ‘PureHeart&SteadfastBreath!‘: A disposition that is focussed&singleminded!
  • ‘Spirit!’: This reiterated evocation of ‘breath’, what is it whispering to me?

3 HEBS:7-9

  • Read 4:14 – 5:14! The struggle, offered to all disciples, to become ‘HighPriest’!
  • Where find the mitiatives&encouragements,so as to become a mature dicsciple-with-

others, who can negotiate the myriad enigmas of kinship&body&death?

  • What constructive&effectual meditation-praxis am I faithfully bringing-forth?
  • How could taking on a lifestyle like His produce ‘Perfection&Salvation?
  • What biblical role-models did Jesus have, to understand&address ‘suffering’?

4 JN12:20-30

  • Read 12:1-50! To walk His Path in ‘Life’! but hold-on, is it too costly? _

(‘Cos if I merely fall on the ground, &die, won’t pigs just trample this foolish acorn!1)

  • In myChurch, which 5DifferentParadigms of ‘Jesus’ are being offered to me?
  • In 25words, can I offer a hint of ‘MyGreatDestiny’?
  • In IrishSociety, how is ‘TheCrucifix’ perceived by Artists, Media, &Market?
  • If He ‘chose HisDeath’ in any sense, why ‘crucifixion’?

5 The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

‘Gertie, I often wonder about our DivineLord, but I  hardly  never  mention  it  t’  no one…’ ‘God Cissie, is it somethin’ , y’ know, like ..’ ‘No, not that sorta thing at all!’ ‘Aw, wow! y’ mean just…’ ‘No, it’s this, was he right at all..’ ‘Oh…’ ‘No, wait til I get It out proper! I believe he was God, an’ all that! came down from heaven, died for us all on good friday…’ ‘Why’d they call it that?’  ‘…no sweat  about  that  side of  it,  game-ball!’ ‘So, what..’ ‘I mean, sorta, how’ll I say this, Sacred Heart  gimme  a  break,  I  mean, sorta, right in th’ bead! Y’ see what  I mean, who  can  y’ say it  nl?  Sacred  Heart gimme a  break!’  ‘OurLord?  not  right  in th’  head?  where’s  yer  marbles,  Cissie?’  ‘That’s what I knew y’d say!’ ‘Well, after all…’  ‘It  came  t’  me at  Mass  again las’ Sunday’  He said, “Y’ have t’ be like a seed o’ wheat  that  falls  onta  the  ground!  otherwise  nothin’ doin’!”‘  I see yer drift..’ ‘Isn’t that some spake  now,  Gerie?’  ‘It  surely is,  Cissie!  I think that calls for another measure o’ stimulation! My tum t’ order .’

6 RIDDLE Suffering! AvoidEmbraceEndureTransmuteDeny?

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4th Sunday of Lent Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 14 March 2021 (’00) 4th SUN of LENT: B

1. 2CHRON36:14-16,19-23 (Not forgetting vv17-18!)

  • Chronicles!  An idealised saga from Adam to Cyrus, thus ending with hope!
  • Read 36:1-23! The final destinies of the kingship, totally ‘ordained’ by Yahweh
  • To what extent was Vat11 a purging analogous to the one described here?
  • What bestows on ‘Christianity’ its apparent immunity to, or disdain of, the sorts of cultural predators (Words Messengers Prophets Enemies) hinted at here?
  • Or is ‘Christianity’ being ravaged also by its own Complacencies?
  • “What 5 Factors are currently threatening TheChristianEdifice’?  &What counter-measures (either worthy or futile) are being taken? &Bywhom?

2. THE PSALM: 136:1-6

  • Read 136(137)1- 9! The fidelity&desperation&resentment&rage of exiles!
  • &How many yet wince at the sentiments in the omitted vv7-9!
  • What if ancient feelings about Babylon survive in Western attitudes to Iraq&Syria? “
  • ‘Tongue/Hand!’: Apt punishments to wish on oneself for ‘forgetting Jerusalem’?
  • The (eventual) insight, that ‘Yahweh’ accompanied&suffered-with  TheExiles, in what ways may this be significant for the struggles of adultChristians?
  • In 15words, ‘MyGreatestJoy’, that I’d loathe being exiled-from, or unfaithful-to?
  • “What factors gave this psalm ‘success’ as a modern pop-song?

3. EPH2:4-10                                                    ·

  • “Read 1:15- 2:22! A necessary context for this densely-conceived excerpt!
  • Imagine living in lstC Ephesus! Imagine deserting Artemis for Christ!
  • “What is the equivalent, for a ‘cradle-Catholic’, of converting as-an-adult to Christ?
  • In 35words, what differences would total commitment to Christ’ entail?
  • In 35words, imagine how Paul would explain the links between ‘grace’ & ‘faith’?

4. JNJ:14-21

  • “Read 31-21! An exploration of the dynamics of ‘adult conversion’!
  • “Which 3Christians are witnessing to me the origin&impication of ‘AdultFaith’?
  • ‘TheWorld!’: Whoever is embodying (whatever about the rhetoric!) Priorities
      &Values hostile to those embodied by Jesus! L
    ipService v DangerousEngagement!
  • ‘TheSerpent Lifted Up!’ Read NUM21:1-9! A primitive homoeopathy’!
  • What does ‘salvation’ consist in, according to this excerpt? &Where is it happening?

  • The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

‘Master!’ ‘Yes, Kephas, my friend!’ ‘Forgive me, but it seems right to my soul to
 mention.
. Kephas, speak freely! ‘...a visit lately to your lodging by one of the enemy! shifty&cunning he looked, like our Ancient Enemy! I fear Satan may be devising...’
 
‘Kepha , whoever is with me cannot be against me!’ ‘But, Master, those I speak of… ‘ Ifsomeone comes to you seeking truth, will you immediately suspect a ruse of Beelzebul? How will you test that ones good intent? &your own besides?’ ‘Well, I  might open a holy scroll, to see if the demon will roll about on the ground, growling &foaming.. ‘Kephas! May our company never be of such a mind! rather engage each person, whether these be on thrones like Pharao, or in the fields like TheBlessedOne, with openness&sincerity!’ ‘But Master, TheSerpent moves in so‘Kephas! Look to the purifying of your own heart, &TheBlessedOne, amen, will look to all the others!!

  • RIDDLE                Which1s best? LoveTheTemple, SingTheSongs,

LookOnTheCrucified, LiveTheGoodLife!

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3rd Sunday of Lent Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 7 March 2021 (’00): 3rdSUN of LENT: B

 1.EXOD20:l-l7

  • Apart from ‘Yahweh’. which other ‘gods’ does TheBible refer to, or hint at?
  • Why Yahweh, tho’ a ‘divinity’, so ‘jealous’ as to pursue ‘the father’s fault’ down
  • the generations! &Apparently so affected by the existence&attitudes of  ‘Others’?
  • What, the equivalent nowadays of the ‘misuse’ of ‘TheNameOfYahweh’?
  • Especially if the term ‘name’ in TheBible can mean something like ‘power’!
  • Is ‘power-of-Yahweh’ still being ‘misused’, by not being used, or even admitted?
  • Why is ‘HonourFather&Mother’ emphasised, &linked with possession of TheLand?

 2.THE PSALM : 18:8-11

  • Read 8(9) 1-6, 7-14! TwoHymns! One for Nature, One for Yahweh’sCommands!
  • ‘TheLawRulePreceptsCommandFearDecreesOfYahweh!’: Where are they now?
  • Aren’t the pious sentiments of this excerpt doomed by their uncritical assurance?
  • Does the tendency to flatter ‘God/TheLord’ leave us vulnerable in other contexts?
  • The ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ style&language here, what is the equivalent in my world?

3. lCORl:22-25

  • Read 1:10 2:15! Paul explores the wise-foolishness of a ‘CrucifiedMessiah’!
  • ‘Jews&Greeks all wrong, &Christians all right’? Or must truth be more nuanced?
  • What convinces me that I’ve been ‘called’, &have embraced a ‘crucifiedChrist’?
  • How could I distinguish between God’s ‘Foolishness&Wisdom, Weakness&Power’?
  • In my world, is ‘Christ’ foolishness or weakness or power or wisdom or what?

4. JN2:13-15

  • His ‘prophetic gesture’ in TheTemple precincts, what would be the equivalent now?
  • What of the claim that it was His attack on TempleServices that led to HisDeath?
  • In whose interest is the maintenance of ‘temple services’ in myCommunity?
  • ‘House!’: What if ‘TheFather’sHouse’ is really TheDisciples or ThePoor?
  • How intimate with TheBible are contemporary disciples?

5. The presence& action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

‘By behest of HisBlessedness Caiaphas, HighPriest of TheLord’sTemple in Jerusalem! Report for HisExcellency Pontius Pilatus, Roman Procurator of Judea! Delivered by Shime’on The Levite! Approaching TheFullMoon of Nisan!The peasant Yeshua from Nazareth in Galilee, leader of a small dissident group of itinerant preachers, has doubtless never come to your Excellency’s notice before now! Nor indeed, to the notice of my own honoured Superiors! except the word that he was for a brief time a follower of the troublemaker Yochanaan, nicknamed Baptiser… Since you are currently in residence in TheHolyCity, in order to secure TheTemple & its Outposts, from disorder during TheFestival of TheLamb-of-Freedom, my honoured Superiors have deemed 1t appropriate to acquaint you of the affray involving the said Yeshua, which he perpetrated in ThePrecincts of TheLord’sTemple in Jerusalem! He raised his voice, he bared his arm, he scattered the animals destined for TheLord’s Service, &the offerings destined for TheLord’sTreasury, speaking words of unacceptable defiance! Humbly, my honoured Superiors suggest to YourDignity that You&They should take a common stand on this, &summarily destroy such abomination in our Land! We await your word on this! In confidence!!’

6. RIDDLE The basis of my life? LawTempleWisdomChrist or ‘CulturedPhilistinism’?

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2nd Sunday of Lent Cycle B 2021 (’00)

Sunday 28 February 2021 (’00): 2ndSUNofLENT : B

1. GEN22:1-2,9-13,15-18

  • Read 22:1-19! Exploring ‘faith&progeny&sacrifice&God’! their interrelatedness!
  • Out of ‘conflicting priorities’, which ‘priority’ is presented as supreme?
  • Why did ‘God’ want to put Abraham ‘to the test’? (Read JOBl.1-22!)
  • Why should ‘willingness to sacrifice his own son’ lead to a ‘shower of blessings’?
  • In myChurch, how important are ‘The3Blessings’ promised to Abraham?
  • What in my experience equals the patterns-of-choice represented in this story?
  • Apart from ‘brevity’, why were bits cut from this important story (TheAqedah)?

2. THE PSALM: 115:10, 15-19 (A most grievous mutilation)

  • Read 115(116):1-19! The varying moods&presentiments of a Lover-of-Yahweh!
  • What 3Motivations do I have, for ‘t rust-in-Yahweh’?
  • What is myCommunity providing for the many who are ‘sorely-afflicted’?
  • Why was ‘your slave-girl’s son’ (NEB) omitted from v16?
  • Isaac’s escape from death, how important in ‘understanding’ Jesus’ death?

3. ROMS:31-34        .

  • Read 8:1-39! Explorative compendium of Paul’s ‘dilemma of opposites’!
  • Why is Paul so sure that ‘God is on our side’?
  • Where did he learn all this? &especially the link between Jesus, &Isaac’sBinding?
  • How am I affected by this kind of ‘surely-not’ argumentation?
  • But,  factual&statemental ‘talk-about-God’, is it any more sufficient nowadays?

4. MK.9:2-10!

  • Wherein my world do I above-all encounter ‘Yahweh’? How do I know, &cope?
  • Which OT characters are ‘transfigured&dazzling&white’? (Read 2COR3!)
  • Why do Brides, &Others-in-context, manifest these 3TranscendentalQualities?
  • How have TheMedia exploited the hint of ‘divinity’ associated with these ‘qualities’?
  • If Jesus truly absorbed&embodied ‘TheInitiativeOfYahweh’, What’s the use of worshipping&expounding Him in a detached&mimimalist way?

What’s the dangerous implication for disciples, in a christophobic milieu?

&Aren’t we ourselves safe, as long as we keep TheBible on a drip in the nursing home!

5. The presence&act1on of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

‘Sir! I would be thankful to hear you talk about the mountain!’ ‘Friend, I am most gratified myself to meet you like this! For there is the mountain, wherever we are together, &at-one!’ ‘Do not be affronted, sir, if I recall that it is not our encounter, but the mountain, that I would hear your discourse of!’ ‘Friend, for me the mountain is nothing else than the meeting! Whatever the meeting, wherever it takes place, the mountain gathers there! &nowhere else!’ ‘But sir, you see MountOphel&Sion, blessings upon them! &MountCarmel, &Thabor! &We’ve all heard of Horeb; &especially Sinai, Mount of TheCovenant!’ ‘Friend, if the covenant is not there between&within us, all our boasting of Sinai, &the many other HolyMountains, is truly a vanity-of-vanities! &blinds us to our need to see, not what is far-above or far-away, but very close at-hand! that is the mountain in every respect! Take the first steps there in favour of TheCovenant, &Sinai will truly disappear…!’ ‘Sir, by your words, in truth, the mountain is now ourselves !!’

6. RIDDLE Who was most ‘transformed’ by the ‘mountain’?

Peter or Moses or Jesus?

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