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About Andrew Wood

Director of St John Centre for Biblical Studies, Andrew has given numerous courses and talks on Scripture, Catholic theology, and philosophy in the Sydney region. He has been working in the field of catechetics and adult faith formation since 1998. Meet Andrew

Reflection for Easter Sunday (Year A) by Andrew F. Wood

Jesus is the Resurrection and the life Scripture Readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43. Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23. Colossians 3:1-4. John 20:1-9. On the first Easter Sunday morning Jesus is nowhere to be seen. The tomb is empty. The disciples, somewhat in disbelief, run to the tomb. Peter and John peer inside. Then, as today’s Gospel tells [...]

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Reflection for Passion Sunday of Lent (Year A), by Andrew F. Wood

“Jesus humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8) Scripture Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7. Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24. Philippians 2:6-11. Matthew 26:14-27:66. Today is known as Palm Sunday, Passion Sunday, or Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. In today’s long Gospel reading we hear of Jesus celebrating the Last [...]

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Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A), by Andrew F. Wood

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13. Psalm 23:1-6. Ephesians 5:8-14. John 9:1-41. This Sunday’s readings present Jesus as a shepherd who illumines the way for us. In today’s first reading we hear of the election of David, son of Jesse, as Israel’s anointed King. [...]

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent (Year A), by Andrew F. Wood

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Ps 95:7-8). Scripture Readings: Exodus 17:3-7. Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9. Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. John 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42. This Sunday’s first reading and Psalm remind us of what we heard in the readings from the first Sunday of Lent. There we heard of Adam’s temptation in the [...]

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Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A), by Andrew F. Wood

“Listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). Scripture Readings: Genesis 12:1-4. Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22. 2 Timothy 1:8-10. Matthew 17:1-9. In last Sunday’s readings, the Church placed before us the theme of sin and its remedy of God’s love and mercy. This Sunday’s readings speak of how God manifests this love and mercy. In Today’s first reading [...]

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Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent (Year A), by Andrew F. Wood

“Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness” (Ps 51:3). Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7. Psalm 51:3-6; 12-14, 17. Romans 5:12-19. Matthew 4:1-11. Lent is a good time of year to pause and reflect to recognise the sources of temptation and sin in our life and to reflect on God’s love and mercy for the sinner. Lent is [...]

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‘Reflection for the Beginning of Lent: The Period of Purification and Enlightenment’ by Andrew F. Wood

Lent is the forty-day season prior to Easter beginning with Ash Wednesday. It is called Lent in English because “Lenten” is an old English word for Spring, which is the season of year when this forty-day preparation occurs for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. The Lenten period was initially set aside for the spiritual [...]

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Reading the Scripture with the Mind and the Heart of the Church (Part Three): The Senses of Scriptures by Andrew F. Wood

Since God speaks in the Scriptures through the human writers, in order to interpret the Scriptures correctly we should carefully seek the meaning that the human authors intend, and what God wants to say through their words. In finding the intention of the human authors we will also find the intention of the Holy Spirit, [...]

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Reading the Scripture with the Mind and the Heart of the Church (Part Two): The Church’s Criteria for Interpreting Scripture by Andrew F. Wood

In the Scriptures God speaks to us in human words. The words of Scripture are the words of God, expressed in the weakness of human language. This union of the Word of God expressed in human words is analogous to the way the Word was made flesh (see John 1:14), when he took to himself human [...]

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Reading the Scripture with the Mind and the Heart of the Church (Part One): The Divine Inspiration of Scripture by Andrew F. Wood

Regarding sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church quite beautifully says, “Scripture is written principally in the Church’s heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her Tradition the living memorial of God’s Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture” (CCC, [...]

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‘Who was Saint Thomas Aquinas and What is a Thomist?’ by Andrew F. Wood

In order for us to understand what a Thomist is we need to understand something of the life and work of the great master himself, Saint Thomas Aquinas. And we should also know something about the esteem which has been afforded him by the Catholic Church. For a Thomist is nothing other than one who [...]

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