Blog Posts for "Women Of The Bible"

Laying It All Out There

(St. Frances of Rome) Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-35; Matthew 7:7-12   We often admire people who at least appear to “lay it all out there” or “tell it like it is.”  Esther did that in her prayer for her fellow Jews, who faced genocide instigated by a vain official who couldn’t understand and despised their allegiance to their faith and their God.  She—a queen—and those with her prostrated themselves as she prayed before God, asking for mercy, protection and justice.  Yet Jesus reminds us that...

Flexibly Fierce

Luke 19:11-28 In reflecting in the light of today’s gospel reading on some of the saints whom the Church remembers today, the phrase “fierce women” came to mind.  So I did a quick Google search and the images that came up ranged from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Wonder Woman, Beyoncé Margaret Mead and Audrey Hepburn; but they also included a host of other less famous women of many nationalities, races, shapes and sizes.  The point, I think, is that any woman has the capacity to be fierce…and fierce in...

“Flight or Fight” in the Pulpit

The first reading for today’s Mass is one of those scriptures that many preachers (and readers) would just as soon avoid.  St. Paul’s admonition that “wives should be subordinate to their husbands out of reverence for Christ” is likely to make many in the assembly cringe—not only because it seems outdated in an age of increasing gender equality but also because this passage has too often been used to justify not only inequality but even abuse. There’s no getting around the fact that this phrase as well as Paul...

Full of Grace

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4a; Matthew 1:1-26, 28-23   As I proclaimed the gospel at the Noon Mass at St. Xavier University today, I thought, “Whew…that’s a lot of names!”  Genealogies are like that. Scripture scholars suggest that the three sets of fourteen generations—from Abraham to David, from David to the Babylonian Exile, and from the Exile to Jesus—are symbolic, since the first verse refers to Jesus as “Son of Abraham” (the one with whom God first established the covenant) and “Son...

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