The Inner Word

23 Feb 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Be holy is the simple message of today's readings.

16 Feb 2020

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

In today's psalm we sing, "Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord."

9 Feb 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

From good deeds and other acts of “light” come healing, peace, and glory.

2 Feb 2020

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

When you hit the “enter” button on a keyboard or keypad, you confirm a transaction or get a path to information you desire. You await the completion of the task, as in today’s gospel reading you are reminded of the waiting for a child whose presentation fulfilled the promise of salvation.

26 Jan 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

As both the first and second readings say, God acts to bring the light of salvation and consolation to God’s people. Where do I experience salvation in my life? How are my burdens lifted?

19 Jan 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Isaiah says the servant people of God will become a “light to the nations.” In what ways do I and other parish leadership help the people of the parish to be sources of goodness and light to the community?

12 Jan 2020

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Anointing figures prominently in the readings this week. Isaiah speaks of God’s “chosen one.” In Acts, Peter reminds his audience “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.”

5 Jan 2020

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

How did the proverbial “wise men” become wise? How have you acquired wisdom in your life?

1 Jan 2020

Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Mary "kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart." During the Octave of Christmas, the church has been contemplating the newborn Jesus, God's gift of self to us and all of creation.

29 Dec 2019

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

What’s in your heart?

Some families honor their members, and some do not. What kind of family we come from affects how we relate to God, others, and ourselves unless we make deliberate choices against our upbringing.