Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the ancient world, leadership was often described using the imagery of shepherds and sheep. This imagery appears throughout the Bible to depict God’s people (the sheep) and their leaders (the shepherds). However, today’s Psalm, the well-known Psalm 23, makes it...

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel gives us a beautiful example of obedience on the part of the Apostles. They had been with Jesus for some time and had sat at the feet of the Master. They had learned from his words and his example how authority can be used for service and how simplicity...

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The three readings today speak of God sending three faithful messengers – Ezekiel, Paul, and the Lord Jesus – to his people. We learn that being sent does not necessarily mean being accepted. Though we are weak and we find resistance intimidating, the Lord is...

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The entire Bible tells us that the God who reveals himself to us in Jesus Christ is the God who is the source of life and not of death. Jesus himself, the complete revelation of God (cf. Col 2:9), tells us that he has come “that we may have life and have it to the...

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commenting on the state of the world today, sometimes people will say things like, “the world is going to hell in a handbasket.” This idiomatic expression means that there are so many problems and everything is headed in such a bad direction that the world will end up...

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“… [T]hrough it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” Jesus uses the mysterious process by which a seed germinates and grows as an image of how the Kingdom of God grows. We live in the midst of many things, both natural and supernatural, that we...