Award-winning author and Scripture commentator Alice Camille uses Scripture passages from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition to shed new light on the scriptures proclaimed at Sunday Mass. Questions and commentary for each reading make this guide ideal for personal reflection and small group discussion as well as preparation for lectors and homilists. Included are the Sunday and Feast Day readings for the years 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.
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.
Reflection on 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 / First Sunday of Lent
What does it mean to be baptized into something? When the Israelites were "baptized into Moses" at the crossing of the Red Sea, they cast their lot with him, uniting their lives and destiny with his. If Moses dared to walk into the sea, so would they. If he followed the power of God conveyed by a cloud, they would follow too. If he led them to suffer and face hardship and possible death in the desert…well, then they would grumble and complain and threaten a revolt. Their baptism into Moses wasn’t perfect. The Israelites wanted freedom and the land of milk and honey, but within reason. You and I are baptized into Christ. This means we’re baptized into his death for the sake of eternal life. Some of us accept baptism without reading the fine print: we overlook Good Friday for the sake of Easter. But baptism is a comprehensive package. It’s as absurd to be a Resurrection Christian who refuses to suffer as it is to be a Crucifixion Christian who will not celebrate.