Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings: Year B, 2003

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During the four decades since Vatican II the Catholic community has been transformed into a Bible reading, Bible praying church which continues to attract new or renewed members. Hearing the Word of God contributes to the Gospel in its liturgical context by offering ideas and perspectives that are useful for preaching or in personal prayer and reflection.

The commentaries on the lectionary readings in Hearing the Word of God first appeared as a popular weekly column in America, covering Cycle B. Since some of the Sundays in the Cycle were displaced by particular feasts, reflections on these Sundays have also been added.

Hearing the Word of God includes Scripture readings for the Sunday, followed by a reflection on the reading and concludes with Praying with Scripture," a series of questions and meditations to guide readers in making a personal application of the reflection.

John R. Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. He is the co-author with Daniel Harrington, SJ, of the Sacra Pagina commentary on The Gospel of Mark, published by The Liturgical Press.


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The reflections provide important literary and historical analyses of these Sundays readings.
The Bible Today

A distinguished New Testament scholar and preacher, Donahue is the perfect guide to the Sunday Scripture readings in the Year B. Behind his concise and always fresh comments on the texts are his many years of research on Mark's Gospel and his remarkable ability to bring it to bear on Christian life today. This volume is a great resource for all who pray and preach on Scripture."
Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814627839
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Helping You Spread the Word Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He is the author of Life in Abundance: Studies of John’s Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, S.S., and Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Year A published by Liturgical Press
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Table of Contents

First Sunday of Advent 1
Second Sunday of Advent 4
Third Sunday of Advent 6
Fourth Sunday of Advent 9
A Yuletide Medley 11
The Baptism of the Lord 19
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 21
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 23
The Presentation of the Lord 25
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 28
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 30
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 32
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 35
Ash Wednesday 38
First Sunday of Lent 40
Second Sunday of Lent 43
Third Sunday to Lent 46
Fourth Sunday of Lent 49
Fifth Sunday of Lent 52
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion 55
Easter Sunday 58
Second Sunday of Easter 61
Third Sunday of Easter 64
Fourth Sunday of Easter 67
Fifth Sunday of Easter 70
Sixth Sunday of Easter 73
The Ascension of the Lord 75
Seventh Sunday of Easter 77
Pentecost Sunday 80
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 82
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 84
SS Peter and Paul, Apostles 86
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 89
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 91
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 93
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 95
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 97
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 100
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 102
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 104
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 106
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 108
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross 110
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 113
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 116
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 119
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 121
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 124
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 127
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) 129
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica 132
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 135
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King 138
App The following Sundays do not occur in 2002-2003 but are included here for possible use in a future year that uses Cycle B. The feasts of the Transfiguration and All Saints are not transferred to Sunday
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 142
Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 144
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 146
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 149
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time 152
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 155
The Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6) 157
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 159
All Saints 162
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 164
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 167
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