Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Among the many unique features of the Gospel of John is its record of the seven so-called “I AM” statements of Jesus. Today’s Gospel concludes with the first of the seven: “I am the bread of life…” This “I AM” statement provides a rich banquet for our pondering today....

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...

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

On this great Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we are given an opportunity to ponder with greater appreciation and devotion the wondrous gift of the Holy Eucharist. This is all the more important today, because in some parts of the world, the very...