St. Josephine Bakhita

Today is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. Born in Darfur-Sudan, she was kidnapped as a child at the age of 7 and was enslaved. She was bought and sold several times before arriving in the Sudanese slave market. Along the way, she forgot her family name, and was given a name by the Arab slave traders: bakhīta, Arabic for ‘lucky’ or ‘fortunate’. She was forcibly converted to Islam. Her life enslaved was horrific. Continue reading

A stretch of level ground

This coming Sunday is the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today we will consider some elements of Jesus’ sermon in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, especially why Luke’s narrative goals differ from Matthew’s evan as they recount the same episode from the public ministry of Jesus.

17 And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon (18 came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. 

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