Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” This word, spoken by unnamed bystanders in today’s Gospel, is God’s word to us today. As with all Scripture, we can and should personalize it. We can each insert our own name in this verse: “Take courage, (add your name);...

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Gospel today comes from Mark chapter 10, right after Jesus’ third prediction of his Passion. The evangelist includes the Passion prophecies in three consecutive chapters – 8, 9 and 10. On all three occasions, Jesus’ disciples fail to understand what he is telling...

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At the very beginning of Mark’s Gospel, just after John the Baptist is arrested by King Herod, Jesus begins his mission by proclaiming, “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mk 1:15). “Repent” here carries...

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

God reveals himself to us as a God of eternal and faithful love, a God who enters into a covenant of love with his people. His intention from the beginning was that we his people respond to him with wholehearted love and imitate his faithful love in our relationships...

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Scriptures for today remind us that the ways of the Lord are far beyond our knowledge and understanding. God has a vision for the world and for our lives that surpasses our human perception. Most of us would like to believe that we are open to God’s will. We do...