Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel Acclamation reminds us that, through the Gospel, God calls us “to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The word “glory” – meaning the manifestation of magnificence, high honor, power or majesty – can be taken as a key to today’s readings. They...

Our Lady of Sorrows

Yesterday, together with the whole Church, we pondered the Cross of Christ from the perspective that only faith can give us. We hailed the Cross as the sign of a glorious victory, something to be treasured, a cause for rejoicing. Without faith, we cannot see suffering...

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus summed up the way we are to live as his disciples, calling us all to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow in his steps. Because the idea of “taking up our cross” can intimidate us, the Church gives us today’s great feast in order to...

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the traditional ways of explaining the purpose of our earthly existence is to affirm that God created us to know him, to love him, and to serve him. Today’s Gospel opens with a question about knowing. Jesus asks what people know about him: “Who do people say...

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On this joyful feast of Blessed Mary’s birthday, we turn to a profound short passage from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. In it, Paul assures us that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” We see a striking example...