Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Theme for this week includes these words: “[Jesus] alone offers us the word of eternal life, and the love that makes life worth living. Let us cling to him with a strong decision of faith! Let us faithfully and wholeheartedly follow him and serve him with our...

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Gospel today can be divided into two sections. In the first section the Jews are murmuring about Jesus’ claim to be “bread from heaven,” which we read at the end of last Sunday’s Gospel. In the second section, Jesus repeats his claim and reinforces it with a...

The Transfiguration of the Lord

We who follow the liturgy as it unfolds each day are greatly blessed to be able to ponder the great feasts throughout the year. Each feast celebrates a particular aspect of the life of Jesus, and helps us understand what he is revealing to us about himself and about...

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...