This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
(1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1: 35-42)
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “”In our Gospel for today, John the Baptist points out Jesus to two of his disciples with the words, “”Behold the Lamb of God.”" The central claim of the Gospels is that Jesus came to offer himself in sacrifice for our sins. This idea was given dramatic expression by two great twentieth-century Christian authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Jesus the Lamb of God is on display in both the Lord of the Rings and the Narnia Chronicles. When you watch the movies based upon those books, think of John the Baptist’s word.”"
Fr. Scott Lewis is an associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto. Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.
This Sunday: “Perhaps some of us have had the eerie experience of hearing our name called when no one was around. It can happen when we are awake or asleep, but there is always the very clear and startling sense that we are being called by someone. …. “
Fr. Greg Friedman
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
This Sunday: “Despite all the slick, hi-tech forms of advertising around today, “word of mouth” is still an effective way to find out about things. Take movies, for example. If people are talking about a film around the water cooler at work, you can be sure the weekend attendance figures for that movie will increase.”