The Inner Word

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.

25 Dec 2019

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

The readings at the various Christmas Masses contain many powerful images. Sometimes, because we've heard them so often, we need to come at them with fresh eyes.

22 Dec 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Righteousness or self-righteousness? That is the question! Lots of us are tempted to believe in our own moral goodness more than the promises of God.

15 Dec 2019

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Are we waiting in joyful hope, or just watching the clock? Patience is one of those virtues that are in short supply in a society in a hurry to get what it wants.

8 Dec 2019

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

If a shoot can sprout from Jesse’s aged stump, then hope sure does spring eternal even in circumstances we’ve given up for dead.

1 Dec 2019

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Advent is our annual season for longing and waiting. Sometimes the thing the parish staff most longs for is the end of the holydays and all that extra work! Let’s consider truthfully what it is we are waiting for this year.

24 Nov 2019

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Christ may be king, but there seem to be an awful lot of princes and extra royalty standing around in our lives to which we bow and curtsey.

17 Nov 2019

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Trust in God but tie your camel, the Arab proverb shrewdly recommends. We are in the world but not of the world and need to combine the qualities of serpents and doves in our dealings in the marketplace.

10 Nov 2019

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

The word of God is a vital and dynamic force from the first moment of creation to the present hour, as it compels us to step into the light of truth. The word isn’t a law that binds us but rather a call that liberates us.

3 Nov 2019

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

God’s magnanimity and all-inclusive love are themes of today’s readings.