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Author: Joseph A. Slattery
Copyright: 2005
First Printed: 03-14-2005

The modern temptations towards individualism, materialism, and consumerism often make us deaf to the Gospel message’s challenge to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow in the footstep of Jesus. It is a message that truly afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted. Issues of social justice and peace frequently surface in the Gospel of Mark which so dominates the readings for this cycle of the liturgical year. These thoughtful reflections challenge us to look more carefully into the meaning of our lives and to ask ourselves what God is calling us individually to do as his instruments here on earth. Priests and deacons will find much material that will be helpful in their homily preparation. And the average person in the pew will find much to ponder here for their own growth in the Spirit.

About the Author: Fr. Joe Slattery, a native of Dublin, Ireland, was ordained for the diocese of Richmond, Virginia in June, 1966. He received his Ph.D. in religious studies from the Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1980 and during the 1980’s he co-authored with Margrit Banta a catechetical series for grades 7-12 entitled I Call You Friends. After spending several years in parish and adult education work he was named Director of Ministry to Priests for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference while lecturing part-time at St. John Vianney National Seminary in Pretoria (1997-2002). He is presently on leave from the Richmond diocese to teach courses in biblical and pastoral studies at St. Charles Lwanga National Seminary in Windhoek, Namibia.

Book: 172 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0967-2
Prod. Code: 0967-6


With particular attention to passages from Mark's Gospel, this volume presents reflections on the lectionary readings for Year B chosen for Sundays and feast days in the liturgical cycle. They emphasize issues of social justice and peace, as well as challenges to look more carefully into the meaning of life and one's relationship with God. Slattery is teaching courses in biblical and pastoral studies at St. Charles Lwanga National Seminary in Windhoek, Namibia. --New Testament Abstracts, Vol. 50, No. 1

Pastor, missionary, and diocesan administrator, Joseph Slattery has written a number of helpful reflections on the Lectionary cycles. This latest volume focuses on the Sunday Gospels in the A cycle. The approach is not that of a commentary on the biblical texts but of reflective essays for each Sunday that draw on the inspiration of the biblical texts and already provide application to Christian life. Homilists looking for leads or others simply wanting some solid spiritual reading will appreciate this volume. --Donald Senior, C.P. in The Bible Today, July/August 2005

"Father Slattery understands that the true gift in preaching is discovery. Slattery has applied the educational adage, "the best way to learn a subject is to teach it" to the art of preaching. His Sunday reflections are exercises in reflection as a means of spiritual development. The reflections are not exhaustive exegeses but are rather lessons learned from his encounters with the world and the Scriptures. They are lessons learned from his own experiences. But having been ordained in Dublin, ministered in Virginia, studied at Catholic University, lectured in Pretoria, and teaching in Namibia, Father Slattery's experiences are neither shallow nor parochial. The reflections average two pages in length." --William Fitzgerald in Catholic Library World, March 2005

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