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Today’s Readings – Tuesday of week 6 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Gen 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10

The story of the great Flood.

Is there some deep memory behind this story and then reading into it a religious meaning?  What was the cause of the Flood?  Or was it pure myth?  Was it some overflowing of the rivers going through what is now Iraq?  Was it the result of a tsunami caused by a mighty earthquake in the Mediterranean?  In any case, it is another Fall story.

 The New American Bible introduces the story in this way:

 The story of the great flood is a composite narrative based on two separate sources interwoven into an intricate patchwork.  To the Yahwist source, with some later editorial additions, are usually assigned 6:5-8; 7:1-5,7-10,12,16b,17b,22-23; 8:2b-3a,6-12,13b,20-22.  The other sections come from t … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Monday of week 6 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Genesis 4:1-15,25

The story of original sin continues with a number of accounts all pointing to the source of people’s pain and suffering - their alienation from the ways of God. Today it is about the all-too prevalent violence and killing which br … Continue


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