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The Church’s View of Sin

August 30, 2015: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Psalms 15:2-5 James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 ______________________________________________________________________ Sometimes we forget how frequently and explicitly Jesus spoke of evil and sin. He was (and is) full of mercy, but that’s because we need His mercy. Because Christ is so demanding with […]

God Wants Friends, not Robots

August 23, 2015: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18 Psalms 34:2-3, 16-20- Ephesians 5:21-32 John 6:60-69 ______________________________________________________________________ Why do so “many disciples,” as St John puts it, decide to stop following our Lord after His explanation of the Eucharist as the “living bread,” while at the same time the Twelve stay with Him? […]

The Eucharist Fulfills Christ’s Promise

August 16, 2015: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalms 34:2-3, 10-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 ______________________________________________________________________ Before ascending to heaven, our Savior promised to remain with His Church “until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The most remarkable way in which He fulfilled this promise is the topic of today’s Gospel passage: […]

Jesus Wants to Give Us More

August 9, 2015: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 19:4-8 Psalms 34:2-9 Ephesians 4:30–5:2 John 6:41-51 ______________________________________________________________________ When we think about happiness, we tend to think about happiness in this life. But when Jesus thinks of happiness, His perspective is much bigger. He understands that in this fallen world, weighed down with our fallen […]

Christ Models True Success

August 2, 2015: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Psalms 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 John 6:24-35 _____________________________________________________________________ Last week Jesus performed the multiplication of the loaves, and all the people who witnessed the amazing miracle wanted to make Jesus king. Making Jesus king was the same thing as asking Him […]

Christ Foreshadows the Eucharist

July 26, 2015: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Second Kings 4:42-44 Psalms 145:10-11, 15-18 Ephesians 4:1-6 John 6:1-15 ______________________________________________________________________ We just heard a passage from the Gospel of John, which is strange, in a sense. It’s strange because this year is the second year of the three-year cycle of liturgical readings — Year B. As […]

Christ’s Heart Yearns for Our Friendship

July 19, 2015: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 23:1-16 Psalms 23:1-6 Ephesians 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 ______________________________________________________________________ Today St Mark gives us one of the most amazing phrases in his entire Gospel. When Jesus gets off the boat and sees the crowd, St Mark tells us: “His heart was moved…” Jesus has a human heart […]

Listening to God Can Be Uncomfortable

July 12, 2015: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Amos 7:12-15 Psalms 85:9-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13 ______________________________________________________________________ If God sent a prophet into your living room, I’m guessing that you would probably listen carefully to what he had to say. However, listening to God’s word is not always as easy as it appears. For example, […]

Following Christ Means both Hearing and Heeding

July 5, 2015: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 2:2-5 Psalms 123:1-4 Second Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6 _____________________________________________________________________ “Our eyes are fixed on the Lord… as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters.” This image from today’s Psalm is a mirror of what it means to be a complete, mature follower […]

God Wants to Walk by Our Side

June 28, 2015: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 Psalms 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 Second Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5:21-43 _____________________________________________________________________ Reading today’s Gospel caused some questions to arise in my mind. Why did Jesus go all the way to Jairus’s house and take his little daughter by the hand in order to […]