In today's account of the Passion, Luke urges us to cling fast to the image of the Suffering Messiah, whose example of love ought to guide our personal and communal lives.
Lent is a time to alter our way of looking at ourselves and our world. In today's First Reading, Isaiah urges the people to notice that God is doing something new.
Throughout history God has held fast to a dream of harmony, and made it come true with forgiveness.
Jesus says all of us must be reform-minded. We all have opportunities to turn from sin and accept God's love.
Lent is a time when we re-affirm our Christian mission, no matter what our individual vocations may be.
As we hear of the Lord's temptations in the desert, let's let this very human portrait of Jesus remind us of how we're called to respond in times of temptation.
Our world is as violent as King David's was. How will we respond to Jesus' message of non-violence, mercy, and forgiveness?
The fact of enduring poverty or other troubles seems to offer a perspective on God that helps us realize our dependency on God for everything.
The fact of our baptism means that we have a vocation--a call--that's just as certain as those of Isaiah or Peter in today's Scripture readings.
Biblical prophets weren't out to make enemies, but felt impelled to speak God's truth with love. Often their message was "tough love."