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Welcoming The Word In Year A

Building on Rock
Verna Holyhead, SGS

ISBN: 9780814618325, 1832
Details: 248 pgs , 6 x 9
Publication Date: 09/01/2007


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2008 Catholic Press Association Award Winner!
In this volume of weekly reflections on the Sunday Lectionary for Year A, Verna Holyhead calls us not only to hear the Word of God, but to act on that Word. Her reflections shed light on what it means to be human, to be people of God, in today’s world. Using Scripture, poetry, and history, these meditations move readers beyond a static understanding of the weekly readings to an appreciation for how the readings impact and reflect their lives. Drawing on the Rule of St. Benedict and the Benedictine tradition, the reflections provide another way by which believers may contemplate the Liturgy of the Word.

As a sourcebook for pastoral ministry or a reference for personal or communal reflection, this volume will assist believers who desire to engage more deeply with the Word.

Verna Holyhead. SGS, is an Australian Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St. Benedict. She leads retreats, lectures, and writes, with an emphasis on biblical scholarship, liturgical insight, and pastoral challenge.

. . . seeks to provide help in digging more deeply into the word of God in both the OT and the NT to enable readers to build their lives on the firm foundation or rock of Holy Scripture.
New Testament Abstracts

The treatment is insightful, yet practical and very accessible. This biblical, liturgical, doctrinal, and existential commentary is for every person.
The Bible Today

Holyhead has created a beautiful and inviting resource.
Writing Works

Verna Holyhead's reflections on the Gospels of Year A will be heartily welcomed by all who enjoyed her earlier volume, Welcoming the Word in Year C: With Burning Hearts. Building on Rock is a beautiful and reflective book, allowing us to step back from the familiar readings and to see them against the backdrop of a broader canvas. As a result we grow in understanding the deeper meanings of the liturgical Scriptures and their immediacy to our own concerns. There is much comfort to be found in these pages, and challenge too. Building on Rock will certainly help many readers to move the liturgical texts in the direction of a personal lectio divina and to feel more acutely the urgency of the biblical message in their own daily lives.
Fr. Michael Casey, OCSO, Tarrawarra Abbey, Australia