For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.
1. BIBLICAL RESOURCES: SURVEY STILL OPEN
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2. MATTHEW ON DISCIPLESHIP
What’s it like to be a disciple these days? A good deal depends on where you find yourself. Fellow disciples in the Middle East, India and Pakistan, and China face harassment and real persecution. Today’s Gospel will certainly speak directly to their experience. For those of us in the West, we will hear the teaching differently. Still, the pressure is certainly on from all quarters. From without, the culture no longer supports faith and its expression in public. From within, so many things are lacking: genuine spiritual experience, perceptive leadership, effective handing on of the faith to the next generation…one could go on. All this means, we are in a totally new context calling for totally new ways of being. This certainly includes being able “to give an account of the hope that is in us.” It also includes a sharp awareness that being a disciple today is going to be costly at different levels: socially, personally, spiritually, intellectually. In fact, its a great time to be a believer: it is all to play forr:
whose word burns like a fire within us,
grant us a bold and faithful spirit,
that in your strength
we may be unafraid to speak your word
and follow where you lead.
3. SUNDAY 30 AUGUST (22A20)
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4. ONLINE GOSPEL EXPLORATIONS (COMPLETE LIST)
5. SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR READING AS THE SUMMER COMES TO A CLOSE
Gerhard Lohfink (no longer young at 85!), a Catholic priest and New Testament scholar, is having a very fruitful retirement, writing excellent books at a pastoral level. HIs most recent one is on prayer: Prayer Takes us Home. The Theology and Practice of Christian Prayer. A few years back, he published on Jesus, with a very simple title: Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was. Last year, a wonderful book on the Lord’s Prayer came out: The Our Father: A New Reading. All are available for Kindle as well as in paperback. As you’d expect, these are solidly grounded studies and also very approachable and pastoral.
6. Wexford Cycle 2020
Each year, I do a charity cycle for the homeless (Peter McVerry’s Welcome Home). If you’d like to contribute, click on this link here. Thanks to all who have already contributed. The goal is €10k.
Kieran O’Mahony OSA
Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA
Biblical Studies Coordinator