In The Word for Every Season the author of America, magazines "The Word" column (2002-2005) uses images from classical and popular culture and draws parallels between the contemporary Christian and our Old and New Testament forebears to bring vividly to life the word of God as proclaimed in the lectionary readings for each week. Readers will be moved by the lyric richness of her language and her direct yet dignified style to engage the word for all seasons and to ponder the challenging questions the author poses.
SDianne Bergant, CSA, is Professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The general editor of The Collegeville Bible Commentary (Old Testament) published by The Liturgical Press, she was editor of The Bible Today from 1986-1990.Richard N. Fragomeni, PhD, is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is editor of The Ecological Challenge also published by The Liturgical Press.
Dianne Bergant brings a scholarly knowledge of the Bible along with her perceptive theological insights to preachers, teachers, and anyone interested in abiding prayerfully with the lectionary texts. Her incisive reflections ask us to contemplate the richness and complexity of the Churchs proclamation in the Sunday assembly. This is an inspiring and practical volume for those who want to `hear the word of God and keep it.
- Guerric DeBona, OSB, Professor of Homiletics, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, Indiana
"Over the years I have come to expect much of the scholarship of Dianne Bergant, and I have never been disappointed. In these reflections on the lectionary readings for Cycle A, she excels. The commentaries are informed with the best of historical-critical scholarship but are driven by the desire to communicate the scriptural readings as the living word of God. There is a real pastoral touch at work here. I warmly welcome this new contribution as part and parcel of prediaconate formation, but also as an ongoing resource for those who are already ordained. Anyone who attends with care to the readings and to these lucid commentaries will be well placed to preach in an engaging fashion."
- Owen F. Cummings, Regents Professor of Theology, Mount Angel Seminary, Oreqon.