Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings present us with a probing conscience question: Do we really trust that God will care for us? Or do we have to provide for ourselves? The Theme for this week urges us to trust the Lord to meet our needs: “Only Jesus Christ has the power to fulfill the...

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday, we heard about Jesus sending the Apostles out, two by two. Today we read about their return. After their mission of proclaiming the good news and curing people and driving out demons, they come back to Jesus and report to him all they have done and...

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At some point in life, everyone asks the question, “Why am I here?” An important first step in responding is to acknowledge that we are not here accidentally; God deliberately created us. The next question, often remembered from a popular catechism, is, “Why did God...

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Theme for this week tells us that “we have received the mission of bearing the word of the Lord to others.” But we can only bring to others what we have first received ourselves. This is why the Theme exhorts us to open our hearts to God’s powerful grace working...

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Death. Who wants even to think about it? And yet we must. We would like to avoid it, but we cannot. Even if we might live for a while as if it does not exist, or as if “it will never happen to me,” eventually, we must all face death. It is an inescapable fact of human...