Exploring the Word

27 Feb 2022

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The heart's abundance

We speak what we know. We give who we are. This may sound obvious, but it's worth some reflection if we hope to enjoy a satisfying and spiritually meaningful life.

20 Feb 2022

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Come together

If Christianity had to be boiled down to one word, a leading contender would be unity. We celebrate “one Lord, one faith, one Baptism.” Of the four special marks of the church, the list of “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” begins with our fundamental oneness.

13 Feb 2022

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Blessed is my social class?

Among the things I’d like to see in heaven is a debate between the evangelists Matthew and Luke. For two guys in the same line of work, they sure had their differences when it came to telling the story. The scholars offer reasons for the discrepancies: variant sources, audiences, and motivations being among them.

6 Feb 2022

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

You rang?

When I try to conjure up an image of God’s faithful servant, I’m afraid the character that comes most readily to mind is Lurch, the butler from the television show The Addams Family.

30 Jan 2022

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Tough talk

Nobody ever said being the truth-teller would be easy. Just ask Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, or Jonah, all famously reluctant to take the proclamation of God’s word to the people. It’s a hard job and the task of genuine leadership.

23 Jan 2022

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Fulfilled in your hearing

One of the bravest and most challenging documents ever to come out of a bishops’ committee is the one on preaching, aptly titled Fulfilled in Your Hearing. Reading it is one of the better ways to prepare your homily for this weekend—or any weekend, for that matter.

16 Jan 2022

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

A name and a job description

What’s in a name? Identity and even destiny—in just about any culture but ours. Certainly in biblical times naming held the authority of creation in it: “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” From this understanding we get Adam, whose name means created from earth, and Eve, mother of all the living.

9 Jan 2022

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle C

Who brings the light?

Who are the future leaders in your community? Invite those younger than 20 to stand in your assembly. These children and teenagers are the hope of the future. They may not seem like leaders at the moment, with roving eyes, poor posture, questionable taste in fashion, and a universal reluctance to be scrutinized by grown-ups.

2 Jan 2022

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle C

Looking for God

If you went in search of God, where would you look? The great cathedrals of Europe, perhaps the basilicas of Rome? Would you seek out the famous holy men and women of our generation, or monks and cloistered nuns who have spent long years on such a quest? Would you read the ancient wisdom texts and sacred scriptures of our religion, or every religion?

26 Dec 2021

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle C

The moment of truth

Parents can be forgiven for imagining they “possess” their children, at least in the early years. After all, this little person arrives as a 24/7 obligation of vigilance and sustenance whose survival is entirely dependent on Mom and Dad.