Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The leper in today’s Gospel recognizes in Jesus the power to make him clean, but he is not demanding, arrogant, or controlling. He approaches the Lord in humility, kneeling down and begging. He surrenders himself, placing himself totally at the disposition of Jesus:...

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The reality of human suffering has been a disturbing enigma for people of all cultures and all ages. It is often a mind-boggling and heartbreaking experience to bear suffering, or to see our loved ones burdened with it, especially when we feel that it is undeserved....

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this brief interval of Ordinary Time between the Seasons of Christmas and Lent, the Liturgy has given us an ongoing instruction on listening to the word of God. This theme reappears in today’s readings, where we see that the divine word has the power to free us and...

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings set a clear pattern before our hearts: call and response. When God calls, when his word pierces our hearts, the right response is to do immediately what he asks, with humility and courage. We see examples of this kind of response in the people of...