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This Transforming Word Cycle A

Cycle A
200 pages

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Familiarity often breeds contempt...or at least boredom, and the readings for the Sundays and feast days in the church calendar are familiar. So how can we keep the transforming word of God from lulling our minds and hearts like a warm bath, having little or no effect except to encourage us to drift into a daydream?

One answer is to listen, and that is what this book is about: preparing to listen. For only if we have been mulling the words of Scripture for a while, allowing them to seep into our subconscious, can we be fully attentive when we hear them again at Mass. Another answer is to read the passages we are about to hear in a new and different language, one that forces us to sit up and take notice and think, "Oh, that's what the author was trying to say. And a third answer is to get ourselves a guide to the text, someone who has studied the Bible and spent her professional lifetime trying to navigate and explain it. 
This Transforming Word offers all three: preparation, new translation, and an experienced guide. This volume contains an up-to-date listing of all the readings in the Roman Catholic Lectionary for Cycle A through 2029-2030, including the full text of allo the readings from The Message: The Bible in Contemporary English, Catholic-Ecumenical Edition by Eugene Peterson. Companion volumes are available for Cycles B and C.
Sample 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.

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  1. Spiritual Uplift in Dark Times 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Mar 29th 2020

    I thank ACTA for your generous gift of the CD Lenten devotions and Alice Camile’s book of reflections on Sunday readings. I found them nourishing and inspiring that brings us message of hope that our God is near and in control. Thanks!

  2. A wonderful resource for RCIA catechists 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Sep 8th 2019

    Because the catechumenate period of the RCIA is based on the lectionary, I provide our catechists with several lectionary-based resources so they can prepare for dismissals and catechesis. What’s wonderful about Alice Camille’s work is that she uses The Message translation of the bible. This will give our catechists a fresh new lens through which to break open the Word of God. We’re excited! Thanks for giving new insights!

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