Sunday Scripture Reflections

Sunday Reflection—Radical Discipleship: A Call for Everyone

Are you willing to sacrifice all for the Lord? In Luke 14, Jesus speaks some very disturbing words to anyone who wants to be his disciple.  He sees the call to discipleship as requiring people to renounce not only their possessions but also their own life and family.  The example of Thomas More shows us that this is radical, but […]

Sunday Reflection—Humility Opens Doors

“Nice guys finish last,” says the world.   “The last will be first,” replies Jesus. In the topsy-turvy world of the Kingdom of God, the last shall be first and the humble and meek shall inherit the earth.  Meekness is not weakness, & pride is a symptom of insanity.  This post explains why all the virtues hinge on humility and why the […]

Sunday Reflection—The Narrow Door

Strive to Enter by the Narrow Door Jesus’ call to enter through the narrow door seems to conflict with the idea that God wants all to be saved, that the universal, Catholic Church means “here comes everybody.”  But a deeper look resolves the inconsistency. The Mass readings for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalms 117:1, 2; […]

Sunday Reflection—Faith as a Dynamic Journey

Faith or belief is more than conviction that God exists. True Christian faith is a dynamic journey, a quest of trust, confidence, and commitment that involves no small amount of risk taking. The Mass readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalms 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2,; Luke 12:32-48 or […]

Sunday Reflection—The Rich Fool

THE PARABLE OF THE RICH MAN The story of the rich man in Luke 12 who gloats over his bumper harvest brings up a good question – is money and success evil?  Augustine, following Paul, says it’s not money but the love of money that’s the root of all evil. The Mass readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time […]

Sunday Reflection—Ask, and You Will Receive

PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Jesus’ says “ask and you shall receive.”  He encourages us to ask boldly and persistently through the story of the unjust judge and the persistent widow.  But if we don’t listen in prayer, we won’t know what to ask for.  Here are tips for using the inspired prayers called Psalms as guides to praying effectively. […]

Sunday Reflection—Martha, Mary, and Catholic Fullness

PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Luke’s story of Mary and Martha of Bethany, sisters of Lazarus, teaches us about hospitality, service, action, contemplation, and distraction in pursuit of the Catholic Fullness. The Mass readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Genesis 18:1-10; Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42. I once received a harsh letter from […]

Sunday Reflection—The Sign of the Cross

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS The profound origin and meaning of the sign of the cross is just one example of the depth and richness of the Catholic Tradition.  It invites us to rediscover and reappropriate our heritage. The Mass readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; Galatians […]

Sunday Reflection—Spirit vs. Flesh

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SPIRIT VS. FLESH The Theology of the Body as outlined by Pope John Paul II has challenged a fundamental assumption about the Catholic faith, namely, that it considers the body and bodily pleasures as unspiritual or even evil. This article helps to illumine what St. Paul means in Galatians 5:17 when he speaks of “the flesh” being at war with […]

Sunday Reflection—The Body and Blood of Christ

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The Solemnity of Corpus Christi and Holy Thursday Holy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper — the institution of the Holy Eucharist — why did Jesus do what he did and say what he said? What did he mean when he said “This is my body and this is my blood” and “Do this in Memory of Me”?  And […]