In the second reading (Genesis 22:1-18), God puts Abraham to the test in an episode that shows that Old Testament faith is no easy matter.
Nicholas King SJ concludes Thinking Faith’s Advent series by highlighting the ways in which the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent direct us towards the mystery we are preparing to celebrate, in which we have a part to play. In the frantic days that lead up to Christmas, it is vital that we take time ‘to gaze attentively at this child, who will light all the darkness of our world’.
Fri 9 Sept: The point of Paul's longest sporting metaphor is that the Corinthians must be as serious about their mission as athletes are about their training (and as Paul is about his preaching).
Second reading: As he writes to the Corinthians about ‘getting the body right’, Paul makes humorous and original use of a philosophical trope familiar in the ancient world.
This month marks 400 years since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, for which much admiration has been expressed in this, its anniversary year. But just how much has it contributed to Christian theology and the English language? Scripture scholar and translator, Nicholas King SJ describes the traditions and translations on which the King James Version drew, and clears up one or two misconceptions about the text
Vigil Mass (Matt 1:1-25), Midnight Mass (Luke 2:1-14) and Dawn Mass (Luke 2:15-20).
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