The Inner Word

26 Nov 2017

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

What’s in your heart?

What have I done to alienate myself from God and others, and what have I failed to do? Take a moment to ponder these questions. Then ask yourself, What good have I done out of love for God and neighbor, and what temptations have I avoided?

19 Nov 2017

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Trusting God comes easy for those who do it often and prepares them for the most difficult times.

12 Nov 2017

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Planning for the end times requires wisdom.

5 Nov 2017

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Much of scripture for "Leadership Sunday" indicts religious leaders for their sins. For leaders, the readings can serve as a kind of examination of conscience. Another approach, however, is to ask yourself not only where you have erred, but also where you do well.

29 Oct 2017

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Today’s message on the greatest commandment raises a question: Let’s assume for the moment that as a pastoral minister your “love of God” is well grounded. That being the case, which of the remaining is the more difficult for you: love of neighbor or love of self?

22 Oct 2017

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

Jesus snares the Pharisees in their own trap in today’s gospel with his brilliant teaching to “render unto Caesar . . . . ” Their hypocrisy is revealed for all to see.

15 Oct 2017

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. When have you been fed and comforted by God? What do you bring in your heart to the Eucharist, God's feast? Love and gratitude? Or something else? What do you take away from Mass?

8 Oct 2017

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.

1 Oct 2017

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

One way to think of obedience is in terms of "listening"; in fact, "to hear" is at the root of the word obey. What is more, repentance, one of the themes of this week's readings, could be seen as a matter of obedience, of listening to—and doing—the ways of the Lord and the voice of the church. Where do you do obedient listening? How do you act on it?

24 Sep 2017

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. But as a story about God and God’s people, the meaning changes.