The Inner Word

27 Nov 2022

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

What’s in your heart?

We know the birth of the Lord is an accomplished fact. What we do in Advent is prepare to celebrate his Incarnation—and thus our salvation—and to reflect on how Christ’s reign is still to be fulfilled.

20 Nov 2022

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

What’s in your heart?

It may come as a bit of a shock on a day devoted to celebrating the kingship of Christ to be confronted with Jesus on the cross. Yet that is the image scripture and the church offer for your contemplation. And contemplation it is.

13 Nov 2022

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

What does Jesus’ return mean to you? It’s like the kingdom of God, isn’t it? Something we have with us now, but that will only come to fullness at a future date only God knows.

6 Nov 2022

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

What difference does your faith in the Resurrection make in your daily life?

30 Oct 2022

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Scripture this week has a lot to do with the movements of God and the response of people. God can enter your life and the lives of those around you—this we know because the Creator crossed over into creation in an unprecedented way in Christ.

23 Oct 2022

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

It’s easy to "believe the press” when you are regularly praised for your work. All of us in positions of respect and authority have to be on guard lest we end up like the boastful Pharisee in today’s gospel.

16 Oct 2022

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Persistence is underrated or overlooked as a spiritual virtue. It can make all the difference when we face difficult challenges.

9 Oct 2022

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Today’s gospel could be titled, “How soon they forget.”

2 Oct 2022

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

How do you view the notion of “duty” in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed by duties, perhaps resentful at times because of all that is expected of you?

25 Sep 2022

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What’s in your heart?

Most of us living in the developed world share more in common with the rich man than with Lazarus. We share some of the comfortable conditions that entrapped the rich man in callous disregard.