February 2015

Sermone: Quaresima I

La prima Domenica di Quaresima è sempre dedicata alla storia delle tentazioni di Gesù nel deserto. Dopo essere stato battezzato, Egli viene trasportato dallo Spirito nel deserto. Tutti e tre I Vangeli raccontano la storia, solo che il Vangelo di Marco è il più breve. "Subito dopo, lo Spirito lo sospinse nel deserto; e rimase nel deserto per quaranta giorni, tentato da Satana. Stava tra le bestie selvatiche e gli angeli lo servivano (Vangelo secondo Marco 1:12-13 NR06)". Matteo e Luca aggiungono le tre famose sfide del diavolo che Marco omette. Perchè? (Sermon also in English)

The First Sunday in Lent

The first Sunday of Lent is always devoted to the story of the Temptation of Jesus in the desert. After John baptizes him, Jesus is pushed out into the desert by the Holy Spirit. All three Gospels tell the story, although Mark is the shortest. "Subito dopo, lo Spirito lo sospinse nel deserto; e rimase nel deserto per quaranta giorni, tentato da Satana. Stava tra le bestie selvatiche e gli angeli lo servivano. (Vangelo secondo Marco 1:12-13 NR06)" Matthew and Luke add the famous three challenges of the devil, which Mark omits. Why?

Ash Wednesday

The Feast of the Transfiguration

Today is one of the great feasts of the Church, the feast of the Transfiguration. It is such a great feast that we celebrate it twice in the church year -- a second time in August. But the last Sunday in Epiphany is always the feast of the Transfiguration. It is about this extraordinary story that we have just read in Mark’s version of the Gospel. Jesus takes the three disciples who are closest to him and takes them up on a high mountain where something happens. Jesus ‘morphs’ in front of them. Rather, we use the word ‘transfiguration’ which is the Latin translation of the Greek word which is metamorphosis. And what does Jesus become?

Partnerships and investment, especially in supporting faith-based grassroots work, hold the key to lasting peace in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, a United States interfaith delegation heard repeatedly from religious leaders with whom they met during a Jan. 18-26 pilgrimage in the Holy Land. The 15-member delegation of Jews, Christians and Muslims from the U.S. found this prevailing message in all their conversations, whether with rabbis, kadis (Islamic judges), priests or bishops.


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