Category Archives: Bible Exegesis

Where the Spirit Blooms

Lectio Divina – Pentecost Year c FRANCESCO FOLLO The Church is the place where “the Spirit blooms” (St Hippolytus of Rome, Traditio apostolica, 35) and the Chosen People, non-restricted by borders, come from all the peoples: “For in one Spirit … Continue reading

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Emptied and Exalted – Palm Sunday, 2016

  CP&S has previously presented sermons by Father Michael Chua, now of the parish of Jesus Caritas in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Father has prepared an exceptionally good sermon for today, Palm Sunday. He speaks of the two “processions” described … Continue reading

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Meditation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent  – Fr Alfred Delp SJ

Written in Tegel Prison, Berlin December 1944 Threefold Bondage and Liberation The same thing applies to the Advent of prayer as to the Advent of life. All hopes and all hindrances are rolled together into one great weight just before … Continue reading

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Fr Alfred Delp SJ: Meditation on the third Sunday in Advent, Part 3

In order for man to attain to this density of life and ascend to this capability of deep breath and deep joy, a great conversion is needed, a great transformation of his being. This will be the result of individual … Continue reading

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Alfred Delp SJ: Meditation on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Part 2

Today, with Saint Paul, the liturgy names the first prerequisite for making true joy possible: “In Domino [In the Lord]. Gaudete in Domino [Rejoice in the Lord]. Dominus prope est [The Lord is near]” (Phil 4:4-5). Holiness and happiness intrinsically … Continue reading

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Synchronicity

And the Pharisees coming to him asked him, tempting him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Hope: Trust in God’s Love Paris, June 12, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo   1) Man sows with faith, God makes grow with love. The Gospel of this Sunday (Mk 4: 26-35) offers two brief parables, the one of the … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Pentecost, Year B

The Spirit Gives Life Paris, May 22, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) Acceptance of the Spirit, the perfect Comforter. In the Gospel passage of this Sunday of Pentecost, Jesus says “When the Paraclete (the Comforter), that I will send … Continue reading

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Lectio divina: Ascension, 7th Sunday of Easter, Year B

The Ascension. A miniature from the Largvisi Triodion A-25, 134v, 15th century. National Center of Manuscripts, Tbilisi, Georgia Ascension and Mission Paris,  May 15, 2015  (ZENIT.org)  Monsignor Francesco Follo  1) Legal certainty and joy. In the Creed we recite “He ascended into … Continue reading

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Lectio divina for this Sunday’s readings, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Mutual But Asymmetric Love Paris,  May 08, 2015  (ZENIT.org)  Monsignor Francesco Follo  1) Love is the gift of themselves without reserve. “God is love” and this love is the center of the Christian faith. This is the great revelation that is at … Continue reading

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Remain in Him – Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Today’s Epistle and Gospel readings are both by John, while the first reading from Acts leads us briefly to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles. As often, the readings written by John dwell on the love of … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 5th Sunday of Lent, Year B

Giotto – Lower Church at Assisi We Want to See the Infinite: the Thirst for God’s Face Paris, March 20, 2015 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) See the good Face of Destiny: Jesus Christ. Days fly by and even the … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Johann Overbeck The Sabbath of Christ: to Pray, to Heal, to Preach and to Pray Again Paris, February 06, 2015 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The day of Christ Today’s Gospel describes a Saturday spent by Jesus in Capernaum that … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

The Call to Be United With God and One Another Paris, January 23, 2015 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The call to conversion. The readings of the Liturgy of the Word this Sunday take us back to the theme already … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Epiphany

Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna Homesickness and Fidelity to the Sign Paris, January 02, 2015 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo God, the Three Kings and us 1) Three questions and a story to understand the Epiphany The celebrations of the … Continue reading

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