The Inner Word

28 Feb 2021

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

Death hangs over every human life. Yet each of today’s readings is a reminder of how God preserves life and continues it for the sake of fulfilling the divine promise.

21 Feb 2021

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

Lent begins with readings about beginnings, each one reminding us about how life’s journey starts off with a covenant.

14 Feb 2021

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

Saint Paul says the key to his ministry is acting not for his own benefit but for that of many.

7 Feb 2021

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

Job moans about the repetitious pointlessness of life. Saint Paul and Jesus, in their preaching and teaching, show quite the contrary. Both are compelled to proclaim the abundant life that God intends for us.

31 Jan 2021

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

Jesus taught "as one with authority." His words as well as his actions amazed those around him; in fact, in today's gospel story, it is his words that do the healing.

24 Jan 2021

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

In the Ninevites and the apostles Simon, James, and John, scripture today has examples of immediate repentance and turning to follow God. Make a brief examination of conscience and identify what you need to repent.

17 Jan 2021

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

There are all kinds of calls going on in the readings today—and all kinds of people who respond in different ways. Sometimes people are being called clearly, sometimes not-so-clearly.

10 Jan 2021

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

We all like to be told, “Good job.” It’s even better to be told, “You’re a really great person.” Deep in our hearts, we all long to hear the words that Jesus heard as he broke through the waters of the Jordan at his Baptism: “You are my beloved child of whom I am well pleased.”

3 Jan 2021

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle B

What’s in your heart?

The Epiphany is about the divine mysteries becoming known.

27 Dec 2020

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

What’s in your heart?

I once heard a family therapist say, “It is important for every family to get its saints out of heaven and its sinners out of hell.” The point is that it doesn’t pay to either idealize or demonize our families (or fellow family members).