The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers: Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings

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Wisdom, wit, and Sacred Writ are the outstanding interactive hallmarks of this fourth and final volume in The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers series. In the same style and format as the first three: volumes, Shea presents evocative reflections to enhance Scripture-based preaching and teaching for liturgical feast days funerals, and weddings. Christian preachers and teachers and anyone interested in the spiritual life will find Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings an insightful and ...

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Overview

Wisdom, wit, and Sacred Writ are the outstanding interactive hallmarks of this fourth and final volume in The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers series. In the same style and format as the first three: volumes, Shea presents evocative reflections to enhance Scripture-based preaching and teaching for liturgical feast days funerals, and weddings. Christian preachers and teachers and anyone interested in the spiritual life will find Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings an insightful and relevant resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is the fourth and final volume of a series on the lectionary that is intended to provide food for thought and preaching. Shea is a nationally known spiritual guide whose writing is at once inspiring and provocative. In this volume he provides commentary on the readings for major festivals (e.g., Christmas, Lent Easter, Pentecost) and for weddings and funerals. His method is not a verse-by-verse commentary on the biblical passages (although he draws on sound biblical interpretation) but meditative essays prompted by the readings. Preachers will find a lot of great homily leads here and so, too, will any reader seeking some good spiritual nourishment.
The Bible Today

This is an invaluable commentary. John Shea breaks open the word of God in extraordinary ways. It is rare that one of his reflections doesn’t contain a stunning new insight. He draws upon the best studies in Scripture but also upon spiritual wisdom as it is found in literature, poetry, psychology, and other religious traditions. He makes all the deep connections and has worked for years in honing a language that is [so] direct, it stares you in the eye. Anyone preaching or teaching on the Gospels will be helped by this commentary. I have shamelessly borrowed insights from him and if I were down to just one commentary on the liturgical readings it would be this one.
Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
President, Oblate School of Theology
San Antonio, Texas

John Shea’s gospel insights are the very best! In an all too busy world with so many homily helps and Bible-based catechetical tools from which to choose, I chose John Shea’s material and wisdom. In his weekly section of Spiritual Commentary or his section on Teaching, on more than one occasion I have caught myself saying, ‘why didn’t I think of that!’ His approach to the Gospels is brilliant. His teaching through the Gospel text makes common sense in a complicated world.
Fr. John Cusick
Director, Young Adult Ministry
Archdiocese of Chicago

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface: Partnering xi

Feasts

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Scratching in the Earth 3

Christmas: Midnight, Dawn, Day Unfolding Revelation 9

Christmas: Midnight Seeing Haloes 15

Christmas: Dawn Finding the Child 25

Christmas: Day Defying the World 30

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Growing in Age, Wisdom, and Grace 41

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God Resolving to Be New 51

The Epiphany of the Lord Exchanging Gifts 56

The Baptism of the Lord Babysitting the Children of God 63

Ash Wednesday Remembering Death 74

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the procession with Palms Consoling Sorrow 80

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the Mass-Year A Developing Providentially 87

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the Mass- Year B Rejecting Rescue 93

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: At the Mass- Year C going Within to Go Without 102

Holy Thursday Serving Others out of Gratitude to God 111

Good Friday Exempting No One 125

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter- Year A Rolling Back the Rock 148

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter- Year B Dying and Dancing 153

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter' Year C Breaking Through to Resurrection 161

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord at the Mass of Easter Day Following Love into Mystery 165

The Ascension of the Lord: Leaving and staying 180

Pentecost: Thirsting for spirit 186

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Escaping Individualism 198

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Breaking Bodies and Pouring out Blood 206

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Hear of Jesus: Speaking from the Hear 215

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Discerning the Word 226

All Saints: Converting to Love 232

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls): Belonging to a Past People 237

(Christ the King/Reign of Christ, see the Final entries in Years A, B, and C Volumes)

Funerals

Prescribing Consciousness 243

Grieving 250

Remembering 257

Hoping 265

Weddings

Saying "I" 277

Dwelling in Spiritual communion 281

Incarnating Spiritual Communion 286

Scripture Index 291

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