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Overview Embark on a journey through the Sunday readings with award-winning biblical commentator Alice Camille. God's Word Is Alive is arranged into four parts: one for each of the three lectionary cycles and a fourth for feast days and solemnities. Camille taps into the power of the liturgical cycle by offering a brief reflection on each reading coupled with discussion questions to encourage readers to engage Scripture and make the connection between God's Word and everyday life. An "Action Response" concludes each Sunday's commentary by presenting concrete ideas for people to live the message of Scripture. Each commentary drives to the heart of the readings, distilling the core meanings of Scripture in new and inspiring ways. Her reflections, such as "Shepherds," "What's in a Name?" and "A Life Given Freely," are written in accessible, understandable language, yet packed full of scholarly insight that makes God's Word Is Alive a useful resource for the biblical novice and expert alike. Ideal for individual reflection, group discussion, and homily preparation, God's Word Is Alive also contains an index of Scripture readings that takes the reader through the Bible in sequential order, as well as an essential calendar detailing the readings for each Sunday of the liturgical cycle through the year 2016.
Publishers Description God's Word Is Alive offers solid materials for breaking open every reading of all three liturgical cycles, for Sunday and holy days alike. Camille's high descriptive style and scholarly background make reading these reflections a pleasure and an enlightening experience. Each reflection is accompanied by discussion questions, and a calendar for the liturgical year through 2016 make this an essential resource.
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Alice Camille is a writer, religious educator, and parish retreat leader, who received a master of divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. Camille has authored nine books, numerous articles, and regular columns; writes the monthly commentary Exploring the Sunday Readings"; and has worked with teams at Brown-ROA, Harcourt, Hi-Time/Pflaum, and RCL Benziger developing catechetical materials for use in parochial schools. Paul Boudreau is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut and is currently assisting at St. Mary s Church in Portland, Connecticut. He is the author of "Between Sundays: Daily Gospel Reflections and Prayers" and has written many articles on various aspects of parish and pastoral ministry."
Alice Camille currently resides in Desert Hot Springs Provi.
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Our Place in the Ongoing Story Oct 8, 2007
Alice Camille, author, retreat leader, and Bible study facilitator, has produced an imminently useful resource for those wishing to deepen their understanding of Scripture. This edition of God's Word Is Alive covers the Sunday readings for all three lectionary cycles and the feast days and solemnities. In her introduction Camille tells of her own discoveries as a student of Scripture. "When we come to know ourselves as simply the most recent participants in this ongoing story, Scripture becomes alive for us," she writes. Reading the Bible is not about learning history, she adds, but about "finding our place in the story." Her reflections, questions, and suggested actions to accompany the lectionary readings will help us to do that.
The 29th Sunday of ordinary time in Cycle A is a good example. The first reading (Isaiah 45:1, 4-6) recounts a prophecy in which the Babylonian conqueror is acknowledged as God's anointed. "God's will can be achieved through an evil czar as much as through the pope," writes Camille. She suggests we recall this message around election time, especially if our candidate loses. In the second reading (1 Thessalonians 1:1-5) Paul credits the Holy Spirit with conversion of the Thessalonians. What grace might enter the world through us, Camille asks, if we could surrender ourselves completely to the Holy Spirit? The Gospel reading (Matthew 22:15-21) deals with rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. "Most of us carry the coins of many realms through our days," Camille writes, "It is not always clear where our allegiance lies." The reflection questions address examples of God's working through "enemy" sources, human weakness used to God's advantage, and realms we serve other than the reign of God. The action response urges us to let the Holy Spirit guide us in our encounters and give to God what is God's, our human hearts.