Tag: apocalypse

Purgatory 2013: The Dante Apocalypse (Cantos 29-33)

To get the first question out of the way, yes, I’ve been calling the last Cantos of Purgatory the Dante Apocalypse for several years now, and my term predates the recent fascination with various iterations of a “zombie apocalypse.” With that out of the way, the final grand scene in Purgatory is a particular kind…

Witness, Firstborn, King: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 25 November 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page fr 25 November 2012 (Reign of Christ, Year B) 2 Samuel 23:1-7 and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)  • Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Psalm 93  • Revelation 1:4b-8  • John 18:33-37 First the bad excuse: As some of you know, I got extremely ill (from an unidentified virus) in late October, and I was non-functional for seven calendar days.  I’ve been playing catch-up at…

The Beginning of the End: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 5 June 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 5 June 2011 (Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A) Acts 1:6-14 •Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 •1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 •John 17:1-11 The texts of the New Testament, in addition to all of the other wonderful things they do, teach the reader new ways to read the Old Testament at every turn,…