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”Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” “You have seen him. The one speaking with you is he.” Jesus cured the blind man. Let us ask him to cure our own inability to see God in our lives.
”Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty…” We join the Samaritan woman in asking Jesus for living water for our RCIA Elect.
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." Let us walk with Jesus to the mountain of his Transfiguration, and from there to his Passion and Cross.
"Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil." We learn from Jesus how to resist temptation: with the Spirit and the Word.
"Behold, now is a very acceptable time. Now is the day of salvation…" The holy season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday's call to repentance.
"Look at the birds of the sky. They do now sow or reap, yet your heavenly Father feeds them…" God's love for us transcends any earthly goods or distractions.
"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Jesus calls us to holiness, a path that leads to the perfection of God.
"I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Jesus continues his teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.
"Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." Jesus continues his Sermon on the Mount with a core teaching on discipleship
"Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word." We join Simeon in joyfully presenting Jesus as the light of the world.
He said to them, "Come after me and I will make you fishers of men…" Jesus calls us as disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
"Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will." Ordinary Time begins with a focus on our call to follow Jesus.
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Baptism of the Lord is a celebration of our own baptism and our call to share in Christ's ministry to evangelize the world.
"Lord, every nation on earth will adore you…" On the Epiphany, Christ is manifested as Lord for all people throughout the Earth.
"The shepherds made known the message that had been told them about this child… and Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart."
"The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger."
"A child is born to us, and a son is given to us; his scepter of power rests upon his shoulder, and his name will called Messenger of great counsel."
"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that his child has been conceived in her." Come, come, Emmanuel!
"Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong! Fear not! Here is your God!" On Gaudete Sunday, we rejoice in the Lord's coming!
"May it be done to me according to your word..." Through her "Yes," Mary is our model for holiness.
"Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." Preparing the way for the Lord calls for us to turn away from sin during this Advent season.
"Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." The new liturgical year begins with Advent's call to ready ourselves for Christ's coming.
"How worthy is the Lamb who is slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honor. To him be glory and power forever." Jesus Christ is King of the Universe!
"By your perseverance you will secure your lives." In the midst of trials and calamities, Jesus is our tower of refuge and strength.
"He is not God of the dead but of the living, for to him all are alive." As the liturgical year winds down, we hear Jesus' teaching on the resurrection.
"Today salvation has come to this house…" The story of Zacchaeus reveals again how God's kingdom has no boundaries.
"They have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb…" On this great solemnity, we are one with the saints in answering the call to holiness.
"O God, be merciful to me, a sinner." The heart of our prayer is a humble dependence on God's mercy.
"When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" Our faith in Jesus Christ anchors our lives and empowers our prayer. Pray unceasingly!
"Realizing he had been healed, he returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him." Joyful praise is our response to God's goodness.
"If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'be uprooted and planted in the seas,' and it would obey you." Jesus teaches that genuine faith can bring about unexpected things.
"And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus" As we do our Mass planning and choose worship songs, consider that the and suffering are daily at our doors.
"No servant can serve two masters" As we do our Mass planning and choose worship songs, consider that we often walk in this world with divided hearts, but God desires us to love him first.
"This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." As we do our Mass planning and choose worship songs, consider that in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus teaches that God's kingdom is built on mercy.
"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." As we do our Mass planning and choose worship songs, consider that Jesus gives strong teaching on the cost of discipleship.
"When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind…" As we do our Mass planning and choose worship songs, consider that Jesus challenges us to humble ourselves in service to others.
"People will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God…" May all the nations proclaim the Good News!
"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Mary is the model of the Church and our inspiration to do great things for God.
"I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" The call to discipleship consumes us and presents many challenges along the way.
"For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be…" Discipleship means letting go of non-essential things so that we can focus on God's kingdom.
"Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God."
"…he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence." We can approach the Lord with confidence knowing He hears our prayer.
"Mary …sat at his feet listening to him speak." Stillness and quiet is much a part of the Christian life as is being a active servant.
"Who is my neighbor?" Jesus's answer to that question is the magnificent and empowering Parable of the Good Samaritan.
"Whatever town you enter… cure the sick in it and say to them: The Kingdom of God is at hand for you." Jesus sends us into the world to cry the Gospel!
"No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God…" Discipleship is a call to radical conversion.
"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Jesus reveals the cost of discipleship.
"I tell you, her many sins are forgiven because she has shown great love…" In the Kingdom, love for God is more important than external practice.
"A great prophet has visited his people!" Jesus shows that God's compassion is stronger than death.
"They all ate and were satisfied." On this great solemnity, we celebrate Jesus' amazing gift of the Eucharist.
"Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit…"
"All were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim…"
"Holy Father, I pray not only for them but also for those who will believe in me through their word." Jesus prays for us!
"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." The Lord ascends; our work begins.
"Whoever loves me will keep my word…" Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to all who put their faith in him.
"I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another…"
"My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me." Jesus, our Shepherd, calls all people to holiness.
Jesus: "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter: "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus: "Feed my lambs."
"Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the One who lives…" Today we rejoice in Christ's mercy and forgiveness. Jesus, I trust in you!
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!" Christ is risen! Alleluia!
"May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds…" Alleluia! The Easter Vigil concludes the Sacred Paschal Triduum.
"He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. By his stripes we were healed…" The Sacred Paschal Triduum continues with the liturgy for Good Friday.
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes…" The Sacred Paschal Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
"He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross…" Holy Week begins. Jesus Christ is Lord!
"Go, and from now on do not sin any more…" Jesus shows mercy sinners. Can we not do the same?
"Let us celebrate with a feast because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life again…" On Laetare Sunday, we rejoice in God's abundant mercy.
"If you do not repent, you will perish as they did." Repentance can be difficult, but God's grace is enough.
"This is my chosen Son; listen to him…" God himself instructs us on how we are to journey with Jesus this Lent.
"Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil…" Jesus teaches us how to walk through Lent: with the Spirit and the Word!
"Now is a very acceptable time; now is the day of salvation." We begin the holy season of Lent by answering the Lord's call to repentance.
Peter: "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." Jesus "Do not be afraid. From now on, you will be catching men." They left everything and followed him.
"They drove him out of the town and led him to the brow of the hill to hurl him down. But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away." Discipleship won't be easy. Love never fails.
"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." Jesus proclaims Isaiah 61 and begins his ministry of mercy and compassion.
Jesus said, "My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Jesus manifests his glory at Cana. How do we respond?
"He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire…" The Baptism of Jesus is a celebration of our own baptism and our call to ministry.
"They prostrated themselves and did him homage… and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." On the Epiphany, Christ is manifested to all the world.
"And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart…" On New Year's Day, we honor Mary as Mother of God, and we pray for peace.
"He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept these things in her heart…" The Holy Family teaches our families to be holy.
"For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ the Lord…" What kind of welcome do we give this Child today?
Elizabeth said to Mary: "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
"Rejoice in the Lord always!" "I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming…"
"I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you…" "Prepare the way of the Lord!"
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word..."
"Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand!" The joyful season of Advent begins!
"I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. . ."
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away…" We conclude this year's journey through Mark with Jesus' Discourse on the End Times.
"Amen, I say to you! This poor widow put in more than all the other contributors, for she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had."
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart… You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus says that with these two greatest commandments, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."
"Salvation comes from our God!" "Beloved, we are God's children now." Today we honor all holy men and women who inspire us to join them in sainthood.
"Immediately, he received his sight and followed him on the way. . ." As we turn to Jesus in our time of need, can we walk with him on his way of the Cross?
"Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant. . . For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve." Lessons on discipleship continue.
"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God!" What does Jesus mean by this?
"What God has joined together, no human being must separate…" Today's Gospel presents Jesus' teaching on marriage and divorce.
Moses: "Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets!" Jesus: "For whoever is not against us is for us." Cry the Gospel with your life!
"If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all." Jesus teaches that discipleship means total selfless giving.
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." Jesus teaches us the cost of discipleship.
Jesus said to the deaf man, "Be opened!" People were astonished and said,
"He has done all things well." God's kingdom shows no partiality.
"This people honors me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. . ." As we return to Mark's Gospel, Jesus challenges us to lead pure and holy lives.
"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."
"Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him up on the last day."
"I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger." Over the next four Sundays, the focus of the Gospel is on this central teaching of Jesus.
"When they had their fill, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Gather the fragments left over so that nothing will be wasted'. . ." Jesus feeds the five thousand. Thus begins his teaching on the Bread of Life.
"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile. . ." As we are sent in ministry, Jesus our Good Shepherd invites us to join him in deep prayer.
"In him we were chosen so that we might exist for the praise of his glory. . ." The readings today focus on our call to bring Christ to others.
"He was not able to perform any mighty deeds there. . . He was amazed at their lack of faith." Looking for a miracle? Look first for faith.
"Talitha koum -- I say to you, arise!" Jesus invites us to come to him in faith for healing and wholeness.
"Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet. . ." Today we celebrate the birthday of the Herald of Christ!
"The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. . . once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants. . . " Our return to Ordinary Time brings us to the heart of Jesus' teaching on God's reign.
"Christ entered once for all into the sanctuary with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. . . He is mediator of the new covenant . . ." On this great solemnity, we enter into the mystery of the Eucharist.
"Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…" Jesus commissions us to invite others to share in the life of the Trinity!
"When the Advocate comes ... he will testify to me. And you will also testify. . ." The Holy Spirit empowers us to bring Christ to the world!
"Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. . ." On the Solemnity of the Ascension, the Lord commissions us to bring his Good News to all!
"Remain in me as I remain in you. . . I am the vine, you are the branches . . ." In his Last Discourse, Jesus teaches us how to be his disciples.
"I am the Good Shepherd... I will lay down my life for the sheep..." The Easter season continues with a focus on the great love of Jesus for his beloved flock.
"It is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day... You are witnesses to these things." The Easter event calls us to spread Good News!
Jesus says, "Peace be with you." With Thomas, we respond, "My Lord and my God."
"When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. . ." This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!
"We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. . ." The Sacred Paschal Triduum concludes with the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night. Alleluia!
"He was pierced for our offenses, crushed by our sins. By his stripes we were healed. . ." The Sacred Paschal Triduum continues with the Good Friday liturgy.
"Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ. . ." The Sacred Paschal Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
"Truly, this man was the Son of God!" On Palm Sunday we proclaim our crucified Savior. Jesus Christ is Lord!
"When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself..."
Jesus obediently accepted the cross. Do we lift it high for the world to see?
"So must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. . ." -John 3:14-21
"Zeal for your house will consume me . . ." Jesus clears the money changers from the temple to teach us the importance of authentic worship.
From the cloud came a voice: "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him. . ." Let us climb the mountain with Jesus.
'The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan . . ." As we begin our Lenten journey, let us walk in the Spirit with Jesus.
"Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord your God . . ." Ash Wednesday begins Lent, our annual journey of conversion.
"That you may know the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth, I say to you: Rise, pick up your mat and go home . . ." Lord, only say the word and my soul shall be healed!
A leper came to Jesus: "If you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus said: "I do will it. Be made clean." Lord, heal my soul!
"Let us go to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come." Let us join Jesus in his ministry to bring the Gospel to all!
Quiet! Come out of him! Through the power of his word, Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit.
"Jesus said: 'Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.' They then abandoned their nets and followed him." Can we step out of our comfort zone and follow Jesus?
"They said to Jesus, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and you will see." Jesus is calling us! How do we respond?
"Lord, every nation on earth will adore you . . ." The Christmas season concludes with the Solemnity of the Epiphany.
"Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. . ." The Church's Christmas celebration continues. We honor Mary as the Mother of God.
"For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ the Lord. . ." On the Solemnity of Christmas, heaven touches earth.
"Let it be done unto me according to your word. . ." Mary said Yes and salvation came to a world starved for God's love.
"Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing! In all circumstances, give thanks . . ." Gaudete Sunday! The coming of the Lord brings joy.
"John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance . . ." Make straight a highway for our God!
"You are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ . . ." Today we begin the joyful season of Advent. Come, Lord Jesus!
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me. . ." Christ our King calls us to serve others with compassion.
"A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them . . ." The Parable of the Talents is an insightful lesson on how we must live as we await the return of the Lord.
"Stay awake, for you know not the day nor the hour. . ." The Gospels of
these final Sundays of the liturgical year help us to center our lives on
the coming of Christ.
"They have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb . . ." On All Saints Day, the Church on earth looks in hope to the Church in heaven.
"The greatest among you must be your servant. . ." Jesus teaches that service and humility are the marks of discipleship.
"The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." Jesus transformed the world with his basic teaching: Love God, love your neighbor!
"Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. . ." Jesus teaches us about the place of God in our lives.
"My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?" The Parable of the Wedding Feast is a challenge to conversion of heart.
"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone . . ." Jesus' death is foreshadowed in the Parable of the Vineyard and the Wicked Tenants.
"He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. . ." St. Paul presents Jesus as our model of obedience. Jesus tells the parable of the disobedient son.
"The last will be first, and the first will be last. . ." More lessons on the Kingdom as Jesus shares the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard.
"The last will be first, and the first will be last. . ." More lessons on the Kingdom as Jesus shares the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard.
"'Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?' Jesus answered, 'Not seven times, but seventy-seven times. . .'" On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, Jesus teaches us about forgiveness.
"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them. . ." From the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus' Community Discourse begins.
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. . ." The readings today focus on the cost of discipleship.
"Jesus asked, 'Who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter replied, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'" Let us answer this question in union with the Church.
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior . . ." The Church rejoices in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done as you wish." Jesus turns prejudice on its head when he heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman.
"Lord, save me!" "O you of little faith. Why did you doubt?" Jesus reached out and saved Peter from falling into the water. When we cry out to him in faith, Jesus will reach out to us as well.
"They all ate and were satisfied. . ." The miracle of the loaves and fish points to the miracle of the Eucharist.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy sells all that he has and buys that field. . ."
"The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. . ." Jesus continues his teaching on the Kingdom of God with three insightful parables.
"The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit. . ." Matthew 13 presents the heart of Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God.
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. . ." Humility helps us to be more open to God's loving heart.
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever. . ." On this day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Eucharist.
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you . . ." Today the Church celebrates the awesome mystery of our Triune God.
“Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.
As Scripture says:
Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.” The Father has sent the Holy Spirit into the Church and each member of Christ's body.
"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit . . ." At his Ascension, Christ gave his disciples the Great Commission to evangelize the world.
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,…" All the earth will give glory to the Father through our worship of the Son.
"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth. . ." The Easter season continues as we await the celebration of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. . ." Who do we follow? Christ is the Way!
"Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. Whoever enters through me will be saved." Our Good Shepherd leads us to abundant life.
“Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.” On the road to Emmaus and on our own altars, the Real Presence of Jesus comes in the breaking of the bread.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. . ." On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we also celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
"On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.. . ." the stone has been moved because the Lord Jesus has risen from the dead! Alleluia!
"We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. . ." The Triduum concludes with the Easter Vigil as we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation with our RCIA Elect
"He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. . ." The Triduum continues with the liturgy of Good Friday.
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. . ." The Easter Triduum begins with our celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
"But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice,
and gave up his spirit." The heartbreaking mystery of our redemption is the death that God the Son endured on the cross
"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Do you believe this?" In the raising of Lazarus, Jesus helps us to understand the mystery of death.
"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. . ." The light of Christ empowers us to overcome adversity and darkness.
"Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst. . ." Through the story of the Samaritan woman, Jesus calls us to lead others to the waters of eternal life.
"While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.'" As we unite ourselves to Jesus during Lent, we hear these w
"Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights. . ." Jesus models for us the way of our Lenten journey: led by the Spirit and fed by the Word.
"We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. . ." Our Lenten journey begins with Ash Wednesday. Now is the day of salvation.
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock." Hearing the Word of God and doing the will of the Father: this is what the Lord desires from his disciples.
"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. . ." Jesus teaches us that God's kingdom has higher value than anything the world might offer us.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, …So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." During this Sunday's readings, we are
"I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. . ." Jesus challenges his followers to a life of holiness that requires much more than lip service.
"Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. . ." Jesus declares that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . ." In the Beatitudes, Jesus upends the standards for worldly justice with his teaching on the Kingdom of God.
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. . ." Jesus calls disciples from all walks of life and in everyday circumstances.
"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. . ." Ordinary Time helps us to focus on the message of Jesus as he preaches on the Kingdom of God.
"And a voice came from the heavens, saying: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." The Christmas season concludes with the Baptism of the Lord.
"They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage." Lord, every nation on earth will adore you!
"Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. . ." The Christmas season continues with this celebration of Mary as the Mother of God. On this day, we also pray for world peace.
"Brothers and sisters, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, forgiving one another as the Lord has forgiven you. . ." The Christmas season continues as we reflect on how the Holy Family inspires holiness in our own fami
"And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. . ." Joy to the world! The glory of Christmas brings light to our lives.
"May it be done to me according to your word. . ." Mary's "Yes" inspires us to holiness.
"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel. . ." Joseph inspires us with his trust in God.
"Among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. . ." Advent joy reaches a crescendo as Jesus invites us to bring his prophetic light to the world.
"A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord . . ." During this joyful and prayerful season, John the Baptist points the way to Christ.
"Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. . ."
"I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus . . ." On this Thanksgiving Day, Americans are grateful for the many blessings God has bestowed.
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. . ." We close this liturgical year by acknowledging Jesus Christ as our King.
""When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified. . . By your perseverance you will secure your lives. . ." In today's Gospel, Jesus gives a reassuring message for our troubled times.
"He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. . ." As this liturgical year winds down, we celebrate the glory and hope of Christ's resurrection.
"Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. . ." On All Saints Day, we celebrate our hope of eternal glory with Christ in the Communion of Saints.
"The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost. . ." In the story of Zacchaeus, Jesus reaches out to the repentant heart.
"Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. . ." The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is a powerful example of the repentant heart that Jesus seeks.
"When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" The readings today teach us about our call to "pray always" and to "proclaim the word.
"Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" God's saving love has no boundaries
"The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith.'" The readings today teach us the power of faith, hope and love.
"If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead. . ." Jesus calls us to be mindful of the poor. Are we listening to our Lord?
"You cannot serve both God and mammon. . ." In today's Gospel, Jesus challenges us to question our priorities.
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. . ." In his parable of the prodigal son, Jesus teaches us a holy lesson about God's forgiveness
"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my
disciple. . ." Jesus continues to challenge us on the cost of
"...For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus's harsh words to the Cheif Priest should also pierce our own hearts. Do we seek honor or do we serve the needy?
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, ...." Hearts of vigilance, hearts of humility, and hearts of service: this is what the Lord asks of his disciples.
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. . ." On this great solemnity, we sing with Mary her song of praise.
"Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. . ." Advent? In August? Why not? Are we ready for God's kingdom?
"Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions. . ." Jesus challenges us to embrace the lasting values of God.
"Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door
will be opened to you. . ." Jesus teaches us to pray confidently to
our heavenly Father.
Jesus said to Martha: "There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. . ." Are we listening to Jesus?
Jesus asked, "Which of these three was neighbor to the robbers' victim?" The scholar answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
"Whatever town you enter . . . say to them: The kingdom of God is at hand for you. . ." In today's Gospel, Jesus sends out the seventy-two disciples. Are we among their number?
"You, go and proclaim the kingdom of God. . ." Jesus challenges us to join him in proclaiming God's reign.
"If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. . ." Today's readings challenge us with the cost of discipleship.
"Jesus said to the woman, 'Your faith has saved you; go in peace. . .'" Today's readings remind us that forgiveness is at the heart of our relationship with Christ
"Taking the five loaves and two fish, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. . ." On this festive day, we give thanks for the gift of the Eucharist.
"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit . . ." Today's readings call us to eternal love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
"No one can say 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit. . ." The Easter season concludes with the celebration of the birthday of the Church. On Pentecost we join the apostles in evangelizing the world.
"Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so they may all be one. . ." In today's moving Gospel reading, Jesus prays for us!
"Why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return . . ." The readings today help us to understand the theology and meaning of the Ascension, the final dimension of Christ's resurrection.
"The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb. . ." The readings today exhort us to embrace all people of every culture just as Jesus has loved us.
"This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. . ." The readings today teach us that the Risen Christ is very much in the midst of his Church through our love one another.
"My sheep here my voice; I know them and they follow me. . ." The Good Shepherd calls us to Easter joy!
"Simon, son of John, do you love me? Tend my sheep. . ." The Easter story continues as Peter encounters his risen Lord on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius.
"Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. . ." The Easter season continues with Divine Mercy Sunday as the readings teach us how God's love is greater than doubt and sin.
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. . ." Alleluia! The Lord is risen as he said!.
"Christ was raised from death by the glory of the Father, so that we too might live in newness of life. . ." The Church joyfully celebrates the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
"This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Savior of the world. . ." The Triduum continues with the solemn Good Friday liturgy. We reflect on Jesus' great love for us as he died upon the cross.
"If I, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. . ." The Easter Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Jesus models humility and service for us as we remember his saving death in the Euch
"Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. . ." We begin today's liturgy with the joyful commemoration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. But the readings quickly lead us to his passion and death, the central story of our faith.
"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. . ." In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us about the power of forgiveness.
"God has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling to world to himself in Christ. . ." With the prodigal son, we rejoice in our Father's loving embrace.
"Whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall . . ." In today's readings we learn of God's mercy as we walk the Lenten journey with Jesus.
"This is my chosen Son; listen to him. . ." Today Jesus invites us to pray with him on the mountain of God. The transfigured Christ can change our lives. Do we have the faith to believe?
"Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days . . ." We walk with Jesus on our Lenten journey, for "in the desert of temptation lies the storm of true conversion."
"Now is a very acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. . ." We begin the holy season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. The readings and music exhort us to change our hearts and turn to the Lord.
"Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. . . But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation." The Beatitudes in Luke's Gospel differ from Matthew's because Luke includes woes with blessings. They
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send?' 'Here I am,' I said; "send me!'" The readings today challenge us to consider God's call to ministry and service. Jesus says, "Come and fish with me." What is our response?
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"Love is patient, love is kind. . . It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. . ." Today's readings focus on the challenge of ministry. Can we love? Can we lay down our lives? Love never fails.
"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. . ." Jesus proclaims Isaiah 61 in the synagogue and begins his ministry of preaching. How do we fulfill God's Word?
"His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you. . ." At the wedding at Cana, Jesus performed his first miracle and revealed his glory. We unite ourselves with those first disciples who saw these signs and believed.
"God saved us by the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior . . ." The Baptism of the Lord concludes the Christmas season as Jesus begins his ministry to proclaim the k
"Lord, every nation on earth will adore you. . ." The Christmas season continues with the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Christ's manifestation as Lord to all people of every nation and generation.
"And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. . . " Our Christmas celebration continues today as we reflect on Mary's role in God's plan for salvation.
"His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man. . ." As we gather with our families this Christmas season, let us be inspired by the love of the Holy Family.
"And this will be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. . ." The birth of Jesus Christ brings joy to the world indeed!
"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. . ." The readings today help us to look forward with joy to the celebration of Christ's birth.
"Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel. . ." On this day of Advent rejoicing we join John the Baptist in pointing the world to Christ.
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. . ." God's plan of salvation was fulfilled through Mary's faith-filled "yes."
"Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths . . ." John the Baptist, herald of Christ, invites us to join him in calling the world to holiness
"The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. . ." The new liturgical year begins with Advent as we wait in quiet joy for the day of the Lord.
"I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus. . ." Our hearts are filled with joy as we gather with our loved ones to thank God for the blessings of this past year.
"My kingdom does not belong to this world . . ." On this final Sunday of the liturgical year, Jesus proclaims that he came into the world to testify to the truth. Do we listen to the voice of our King?
"They will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory . . ." As we wind down this liturgical year, today's readings focus on the end times. No matter how bad things might seem, Jesus is our hope.
"Christ will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him. . ." The readings today focus on the faith of widows. What can we learn from their patience and their hope in God's promise?
"Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Jesus invites us to come to him in faith during our time of need.
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"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate. . ." Today's readings focus on the sanctity of marriage.
"Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets . . ." Today's readings challenge us to beware of jealousy that can divide the community and hinder the proclamation of God's word.
"Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me . . ." On this Catechetical Sunday, we reflect on Jesus' teaching on humility.
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. . ." In today's Gospel, Jesus challenges us with the cost of discipleship.
"Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith?" The readings today focus on the community's faith in God's healing love.
"Be doers of the word and not hearers only . . ." Today's readings challenge us to live in Christ-like holiness.
"The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. . ." The summer series on the Eucharist continues with Jesus' teaching on the bread of life.
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my
Savior." The Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, our model of
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread
will live forever. . ."
"I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger..." Today's Gospel continues our mid-summer reflection on the Eucharist.
"What good are these for so many? . . ." The Church brings us a series of stories from John's gospel that points us toward
"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. . ." In the midst of our busy ministries and lives of service, Jesus calls us to pause and pray and rest.
"No one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit..." On this day, as we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, we celebrate the birthday of the Church.