Table Talk (Year B)

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Table Talk (Year B)

Beginning the Conversation on the Gospel of Mark
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    About the book

    Based on his own journey through the lectionary and his life as a writer, teacher, and disciple, Jay Cormier brings more than 25 years of experience to these reflections on the Sunday readings from the Gospel of Mark. Table Talk follows the pericopes of both the Roman Catholic lectionary and the common lectionary used by many Protestant churches.

    Readers find practical and contemporary applications of each Gospel reading as well as exegetical notes illuminating its background. Cormier is already a valuable resource for many homilists, catechists, RCIA teams, and individuals who use his insights in their daily work and prayer.

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    This is a book useful not only to private individuals to be kept at the bedside, but also for teachers and clergy and catechists and for all concerned with spreading the Gospel message.

    This prolific author whose books have been an excellent resource for homilists has broadened his intended audience for this latest book to include others around the parish ‘table’… [for example] catechists, RCIA teams, and other individuals looking for a more complete connection with the words of Mark's Gospel. Table Talk offers something to get us started to talk about, think about, and act on from the Gospel reading we have just heard proclaimed. Cormier ends his book with notes [reflecting the] wide range of sources in this creative collection of conversations started for making Mark’s words our own. The book is recommended to all those cited above and should find a place in parish libraries.

    Arnold Rzepecki
    Catholic Library World

    Table Talk offers fresh insights on the Sunday readings. Jay Cormier has once again found fascinating Connections between God's Word and our everyday lives. This will be a great resource for anyone who wishes to discuss and pray the scriptures alone or with others who love the word.

    Daniel E. Harris, C.M.
    Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute

    In stories, incidents, and quotations from literature and life, Jay Cormier roots the narratives and sayings of the lectionary Gospel readings in the stuff of daily life and in the imaginative life of the faithful believer. These immensely creative and helpful meditations with their brief and graceful concluding prayers should prove invaluable to preacher and teacher alike.

    The Rev. J. Barrie Shepherd
    Author of Whatever Happened to Delight: Preaching the Gospel in Poetry and Parable

    The “table” referred to in the title of this volume is the Sunday eucharistic table … The intent is not to provide an exegesis of the Scripture passage but to probe its meaning. Each segment closes with a prayer. Written for a lay audience, these meditations will also provide leads for the homilist.

    Donald Senior, CP
    Editor of The Bible Today and is the president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

    About the author

    Jay Cormier, author of seven other books on prayer and scripture, is editor of Connections, a newsletter of ideas and resources for homilists. He lives in New Hampshire.