Award-winning author and Scripture commentator Alice Camille uses Scripture passages from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition to shed new light on the scriptures proclaimed at Sunday Mass. Questions and commentary for each reading make this guide ideal for personal reflection and small group discussion as well as preparation for lectors and homilists. Included are the Sunday and Feast Day readings for the years 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.
Reflection on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 / First Sunday of Lent What does it mean to be baptized into something? When the Israelites were "baptized into Moses" at the crossing of the Red Sea, they cast their lot with him, uniting their lives and destiny with his. If Moses dared to walk into the sea, so would they. If he followed the power of God conveyed by a cloud, they would follow too. If he led them to suffer and face hardship and possible death in the desert…well, then they would grumble and complain and threaten a revolt. Their baptism into Moses wasn’t perfect. The Israelites wanted freedom and the land of milk and honey, but within reason. You and I are baptized into Christ. This means we’re baptized into his death for the sake of eternal life. Some of us accept baptism without reading the fine print: we overlook Good Friday for the sake of Easter. But baptism is a comprehensive package. It’s as absurd to be a Resurrection Christian who refuses to suffer as it is to be a Crucifixion Christian who will not celebrate.