Seeing Myself as God Sees Me

Aug 28, 2016: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Psalms 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 Luke 14:1, 7-14 ______________________________________________________________________ Humility does not have a good name. It may conjure up images of degradation and abjection On the other hand; we may think that it means becoming a doormat for others to […]

Christ Is Interested in Our Hearts

Aug 21, 2016: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:18-21 Psalms 117:1, 2 Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 Luke 13:22-30 ______________________________________________________________________ Many Jews at the time of Jesus thought that salvation was based on external factors, like race and ritual. Many Jews, in fact, believed that only Jews could actually live in communion with God. The non-Jewish […]

A Christian’s Mission Statement

Aug 14, 2016: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Psalms 40:2- 4, 18 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53 _____________________________________________________________________ What does Jesus mean by saying that He came “to set the earth on fire”? He is speaking about the fire of Christian virtue, of the Christian way of life that makes power struggles, prejudice, […]

Christ Is in Charge

Aug 7, 2016: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 18:6-9 Psalms 33:1, 12, 18-22 Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Luke 12:32-48 _____________________________________________________________________ These parables paint a vivid picture of who Christ is and what His Church is. The clearer that picture is in our minds, the better we will be able to live as true Christians. In […]

Christ: A Mission-Driven Man

Jul 31, 2016: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Psalms 90:3-6, 12-14, 1 Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Luke 12:13-21 _____________________________________________________________________ At first glance, Jesus’ response to this man’s request seems strange. The man has a real problem. His brother is trying to make off with the lion’s share of their inheritance. However, Jesus refuses […]

Only Grace Gives Lasting Value to Our Actions

Jul 17, 2016: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Genesis 18:1-10 Psalms 15:2-5 Colossians 1:24-28 Luke 10:38-42 ______________________________________________________________________ A branch cannot bear fruit unless it’s connected to the tree. Christ reminded us of this truth at the Last Supper; when he told His Apostles that He was the vine and they were the branches, so they […]

A Worthy Life Is a Simple Life

Jul 10, 2016: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Psalms 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, Colossians 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37 ______________________________________________________________________ Christ’s lesson is so simple! “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself, and you will live.” It is within everyone’s reach to live out this simple lesson. It was even […]

The Christian Reaction to Failure

Jul 3, 2016: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalms 66:1-7, 16, 20 Galatians 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 _____________________________________________________________________ Among the many lessons Jesus teaches in this speech about how to be a Christian, we often overlook the last one. After encouraging them to work hard, because the harvest is ready, to be ready […]

Following Christ Means Transferring Our Security

Jun 26, 2016: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 19:16-21 Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62 ____________________________________________________________________ Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem for the last time. Along the way, He meets three men who have heard His call in their hearts. These encounters teach us three tough lessons about what it […]

Jesus Desires Our Personal Commitment

Jun 19, 2016: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Zechariah 12:10-11 Psalms 62:2-6, 8-9 Galatians 3:26-29 Luke 9:18-24 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, the Savior sent by God to redeem the world, the Son of God made man. That is what St Peter asserts in today’s Gospel, and Jesus does not contradict him. Yet […]