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Today’s Readings – Monday of Week 3 of Lent - First Reading

Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-15

The central character in today’s First Reading is Naaman, an army commander from Syria under the king of Aram, probably Ben-Hadad II. He was held in high esteem by his king because of military victories, which the Bible attributes to the power of Yahweh. In the writer’s view, victory is to be attributed to the God of Israel, who is seen as the ruler and controller of the fate of all nations, and not just that of Israel.

Now, Naaman was a ‘leper’. The New Jerusalem Bible calls his condition a “virulent skin disease” because, whatever it was, it did not seem to exclude Naaman from coming in close contact with people. In ancient times, real leprosy was, tragically for the victim, often confused with other chro … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 3 of Lent (Year B)

Commentary on Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

The Gospel presents a dramatic scene where Jesus shows himself as Lord of the Temple. It does not seem in character to see Jesus with a small whip of cords physically driving out the traders in cattle, sheep and pigeons ( … Continue

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