The Inner Word

24 Feb 2019

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

It’s hard to wiggle out of this clear-cut directive of Jesus. “Do good to those who hate you.” And it’s hard to live up to it. The question is, “Where am I going to dwell, in the land of death, or in the land of life?”

17 Feb 2019

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Blessedness is not conditional. It’s always available. Blessedness comes not through success in the eyes of the world but from being connected to the true God—“Like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream.”

10 Feb 2019

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

In the readings this Sunday, the spiritual dynamic seems to be threefold: God draws near; sensing our own unworthiness, we protest; grace overcomes our weaknesses, failings, and fear, resulting in abundance far beyond our imagining.

3 Feb 2019

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

"Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” the amazed throng asks about Jesus. They want to put him in his place, a familiar place, a nonthreatening place. Do I try to put limits on God? On other people?

27 Jan 2019

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Today’s readings have a special message for preachers because they show the positive effects of deeply hearing the word of God. Nehemiah proclaims and interprets the law with such power that the people respond with tears.

20 Jan 2019

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

"For the Lord delights in you.” Oddly, these can be difficult words to hear. We know how unworthy we feel before God. Yet, God, who knows all things and sees all things, still delights in us.

13 Jan 2019

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Many people claim that they never hear about a loving, caring God in church. Paul’s letter to Titus reveals God’s motive for initiating our salvation—kindness and generous love.

6 Jan 2019

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany with examples of various ways God’s presence is revealed.

1 Jan 2019

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

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.

30 Dec 2018

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

What’s in your heart?

One’s own experience of family is extremely important in one’s faith development. God calls us to a larger understanding of family than just our family of origin. Both these statements are true.