Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for Sundays and Holydays,
with a Guide to the Liturgical Feasts and Seasons Through 2016
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.
Alice Camille is a nationally known author, religious educator, and parish retreat leader. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, where she also served as adjunct faculty in ministry formation, preaching and proclamation. Alice has worked in parishes and campus ministry, supervised a shelter program for homeless women, and been active in ecumenical settings.
Alice writes the popular monthly commentary, "Exploring the Sunday Readings," and contributes to "Living With Christ" (Twenty-Third Publications). She collaborates on the homily series, "Prepare the Word," and offers daily reflections for "Take Five For Faith" and a regular column for VISION Vocation Network (all from TrueQuest Communications). She is the regular "Testaments" columnist for US CATHOLIC magazine. Her articles have also appeared in CareNotes, Catholic Digest, Catholic Update, CHURCH, Every Day Catholic, Finding God, GIA Quarterly, God's Word Today, In Good Faith/De Buena Fe, The Liguorian, St. Anthony Messenger, This Sunday's Scripture, Today's Liturgy and Today's Parish. Alice has worked with teams at Brown-ROA, Harcourt, Hi-Time/Pflaum, and RCL Benziger developing catechetical materials for use in parochial schools.
Her writing has earned numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association, the Associated Church Press, and the interfaith Religion Communicators Council. Alice currently works as a full-time writer and speaker, and leads a Bible study at her home parish in the Southwest. She takes God seriously, and religion with a sense of humor.