Live Letters: Reflections on the Second Readings of the Sunday Lectionary

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The second readings from the Lectionary we hear at Mass on Sundays and holy days are often overlooked by preachers. These readings are almost all from the writings of the apostles in the New Testament and are almost all in letter form. In these short commentaries, Archbishop Pilarczyk focuses on the second readings of all three liturgical years (A,B,C) in order to clarify their relationship with other Mass readings and communicate their significance. Each reflection puts the second reading in context, talks about...
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Overview

The second readings from the Lectionary we hear at Mass on Sundays and holy days are often overlooked by preachers. These readings are almost all from the writings of the apostles in the New Testament and are almost all in letter form. In these short commentaries, Archbishop Pilarczyk focuses on the second readings of all three liturgical years (A,B,C) in order to clarify their relationship with other Mass readings and communicate their significance. Each reflection puts the second reading in context, talks about its content and the consequences of its application to us, and ends with questions for discussion or reflection.
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Editorial Reviews

Catholic Telegraph
Archbishop Pilarczyk focuses on the second readings of all three liturgical years in order to clarify their relationship with other Mass readings and communicate their significance.
Church, Summer 2003
The second readings “present specific insights into the Christian life . . . This volume gives us another take on the daily life of the believer.
AIM
Not only does the archbishop put the reading and its book of the Bible into scriptural and historical context, he does a marvelous, inspiring, yet pragmatic job of applying it to the lives we live day by day.
Buena Vista Resource Page
Live Letters is an excellent resource for all those wishing to better understand Scripture, but escpecially for small groups centered on lectionary readings and faith sharing.
Bookviews: Theological Book Service
He puts the reading in context, talks about its contents, and applies it to our lives and world today.
CRUX of the news
The book offers three-cycle coverage of all Sundays in the liturgical calendar, from Ordinary Time to Solemnities, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter.
Bible Today
Preachers will welcome this practical and valuable resource.—November/December 2002
The Faith Connection
Live Letters can be used as a permanent resource to enliven our own faith and commitment just as the New Testament letters originally enlivened the faith and commitment of the early church.
Library Journal
In today's religious publishing market, there is no scarcity of daily devotionals or guides through the lectionary. Archbishop Pilarczyk's reflections are unique in that they are expositions of the secondary lectionary readings for each day, most of which are drawn from the epistles of the apostles and missionaries of the early Church. Half of the book offers commentary on these selections. The other half, giving "life" to these letters, is supplied by the archbishop himself; his discussions of Scripture have an admirable and appealing unpretentiousness. Many Christians of most denominations ought to find their faith strengthened and clarified by Pilarczyk's words. For most collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867163995
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 487
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL E. PILARCZYK is archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a past president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. His books include Practicing Catholic, Thinking Catholic, Believing Catholic and Twelve Tough Issues: What the Church Teaches—and Why (St. Anthony Messenger Press).
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