The Inner Word

25 Oct 2020

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

In the first reading, the voice of God warns not to oppress the alien and the widow and take advantage of the needy. How do you promote the just treatment of the vulnerable?

18 Oct 2020

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Isaiah tells of how God can make even a foreign king “his anointed,” the messiah, and work through him. Where have you seen God work in expected ways and through unexpected people?

11 Oct 2020

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!” God provides.

4 Oct 2020

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

“Have no anxiety at all,“ Saint Paul writes. It’s a tall order. But faith, especially the faith expressed in prayer, really can move us beyond all anxiety to the supreme peace God offers.

27 Sep 2020

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

One way to think of obedience is in terms “listening”; in fact, “to hear” is at the root of the word obey.

20 Sep 2020

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

In the gospel parable, the workers protest—justifiably, it could be argued—against the owner of the vineyard for his unfairness.

13 Sep 2020

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Not forgiving is an ingratitude. How could we not forgive others, when God has forgiven us so much? Another way of putting it, scripture says this week, is that if we do not show others forgiveness, it cannot be shown us.

6 Sep 2020

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

What can be the consequences of the prophetic calling to speak the truth? How do prophets have to accept the consequences of their truth-speaking?

30 Aug 2020

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Jeremiah felt “duped” by God because the people mocked him. Have you ever felt “duped” by God? Have you been able to examine that feeling more closely and come to a deeper understanding of your life’s purpose?

23 Aug 2020

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

God is depicted as “pulling down” those in high places because of their arrogance. Why do you think abuse of power and authority is such a perennial temptation? How have you dealt with that temptation in your own life?