25 Mar 2018

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Cycle B

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. . . . Let us spread before his feet, not garments or . . . olive branches . . . but ourselves, clothed in his grace. We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him.
—Andrew of Crete (D. 740)

Dearly beloved . . . the jubilant and triumphant day that ushers in the commemoration of the Lord’s Passion has come. That day for which we have longed so much, and for whose yearly coming the whole world may well look. Shouts of spiritual exaltation are ringing and prevent us from keeping silent.
—Saint Leo the Great (D. 461)

18 Mar 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible.
—Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

11 Mar 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

Although we praise our common Lord for all kinds of reasons, we praise and glorify him above all for the cross. . . . It is this death for people like ourselves that Paul constantly regards as the sign of Christ’s love for us.
—Saint John Chrysostom (c. 347-407)

We should not wish for anything but what comes to us from moment to moment, exercising ourselves nonetheless for good.
—Saint Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)

4 Mar 2018

Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

I know your misery, the inner struggle of your heart. I also know the weakness of your heart. I am aware of your cowardice, your sins, and your falls. I still tell you, “Love me as you are.” . . . If you want to be perfect before giving me your heart, you will never love me.

The cross is a symbol Christians have been given to image their hope that God is with them even in pain and tragedy and ambiguity. It is a symbol of the longing to give themselves over to a project larger than their own self-interest, and of the faith that pouring out one’s life for the sake of another brings new life. It is a symbol that enables Christians to name the hard things of their lives, to express anguish rather than repress it.
—Mary C. Boys, Cross Currents

25 Feb 2018

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

The great reason for this Transfiguration was to remove the scandal of the cross from the hearts of his disciples, and to prevent the humiliation of his voluntary suffering from disturbing the faith of those who had witnessed the surpassing glory that lay concealed.
—Saint Leo the Great (d. 461)

Peter, James, John were familiar with the sight of their master eating and drinking, working and taking rest, growing tired and breaking out in sweat. . . . He therefore took them up onto the mountain so that they could hear his Father’s voice calling him Son, and he could show them that he was truly the Son of God and was divine.
—Saint Ephrem the Syrian (c. 306-373)

18 Feb 2018

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give.
—Saint Peter Chrysologus (406-450)

Baptism is related not only to momentary experience, but to lifelong growth into Christ. The life of the Christian is necessarily one of continuing struggle yet also of continuing experience of grace. In this new relationship, the baptized live for the sake of Christ, of his church, and of the world which he loves. . . . As they grow in the Christian life of faith, baptized believers demonstrate that humanity can be regenerated and liberated.
—Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry document from the World Council of Churches

11 Feb 2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself.
—Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Jesus’ compassion is not skin-deep, it is an upheaval of the depths of his being. There is not true compassion without passion: Those who are compassionate really suffer in their persons. Compassion is a communion in suffering.
—François Varillon (1905-1978)

4 Feb 2018

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

We know how to make beautiful speeches on suffering. I myself have spoken of it with enthusiasm. Tell the priests to say nothing about it; we don’t know what suffering is. I weep to think of it.
—Cardinal Pierre Veuillot, when he was dying from cancer

So Jesus took her hand, and the fever left her. Here you see how fever loosens its grip on a person whose hand is held by Christ’s; no sickness can stand its ground in the face of the very source of health. Where the Lord of life has entered, there is no room for death.
—Saint Peter Chrysologus (c. 400-450)

28 Jan 2018

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

At the time appointed, Christ came forth from the Father and showed himself in this external word, first as its creator, then as its teacher, the revealer of secrets, the mediator . . . and the express image of his person.
—John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

To believe in the relevance of God is to believe in the presence of prophets among us who show the relevance of his Word. To believe in the faithfulness of God and in his church is to believe that he will not let it fall asleep, be overwhelmed, lose its vigor and the dynamism of its hope.
—Jésus-Maria Asurmendi

21 Jan 2018

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

God’s will is to save us, and nothing pleases God more than our coming back to God with true repentance.
—Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662)

Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god . . . . Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts.
—Eugene Peterson