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God’s Perspective Includes the Cross

March 8, 2015: 3rd Sunday of Lent Exodus 20:1-17 Psalms 19:8-11 First Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 _________________________________________________________________________ One of the main themes of Lent is the Cross; and one of the great preachers of the Cross is St Paul. In today’s Second Reading we just heard one of St Paul’s most famous lines about the […]

Jesus Is the Answer

March 1, 2015: 2nd Sunday of Lent Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-19 Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus gave His three closest followers, Peter, James, and John, a supernatural experience of His glory, an experience from which God wants us to learn. The transfiguration unveils for a shining moment Christ’s divinity, […]

We Are Citizens of the Kingdom of God

February 22, 2015: 1st Sunday of Lent Genesis 9:8-15 Psalms 25:4-9 First Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 _________________________________________________________________________ We just heard the first sermon that Christ gives in the Gospel of Mark. In it, He immediately brings up His favorite subject: the Kingdom of God. Throughout all four Gospels, Jesus is constantly talking about the Kingdom […]

Confidence and Humility Strengthen Our Prayer Life

February 15, 2015: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 11 First Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Mark 1:40-45 _________________________________________________________________________ In today’s world, we can all use help with our prayer life, and the leper in today’s Gospel passage gives it to us. He reminds us of two key elements in a healthy life […]

Daily Prayer: An Essential Ingredient

February 8, 2015: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Psalms 147:1-6 First Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Mark 1:29-39 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ is God-become-man in order to enable the fallen human race to find its way back to God. His human nature was infused with the power of His divine person. We see this, for […]

The Devil Is Real

February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9 First Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 _________________________________________________________________________ Already in the first chapter of St Mark’s Gospel, we witness a dramatic encounter between Christ and the devil. The devil makes his appearance through one of his slaves, a demon who has taken possession of […]

Entering Christ’s Kingdom Is a Matter of Trust

January 25, 2015: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalms 25:4-9 First Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of Mark are mysterious. He tells us that the time of fulfillment has arrived, and He says, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” “The Kingdom of God” is one […]

God Uses Messengers

January 18, 2015: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time First Samuel 3:3-10, 19 Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-10 First Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 John 1:35-42 __________________________________________________________________________ All of us here today want to know and follow God’s will for our lives. Some more and some less, but all of us share, at least to some degree, that fundamental […]

God Is Easy to Please

January 11, 2015: The Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Psalms 29:1-4, 9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:7-11 ________________________________________________________________________ Jesus already knew that He was the Father’s “beloved son” on whom the Father’s “favor rests.” The voice from heaven that announced this, therefore, did so for our benefit, not for His. Few times in the […]

God Is King — He Comes to Rule

January 4, 2015: Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 ________________________________________________________________________ God is a King. The Savior He sends us, Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, comes not to philosophize, but to rule. Herod trembled because he knew this. The Wise Men rejoiced because they […]