By the widow's expression of total dependence on God she stands higher in God's sight than all the scribes and religious leaders.
Jesus' question about the identity of the Messiah seems intended to alert his hearers that there is more to him and his mission than they might think.
Keeping the commandments is not a matter of observing a set of rules. Rather it's a matter of loving God and carrying out the consequences of that love.
Paul is confident that God will guard the gifts entrusted to himself and to Timothy. Their ministry will grow until God's plans are completed.
We owe something to God because we have received from him. We owe something to government because we receive services from it. Both have claims on us.
Those baptized in Christ are made members of his body. As sharers in his divine life we are brothers and sisters to one another, with Mary as our mother.
We each have our calling from Jesus and our own experience of Him to share. No two life stories are the same. What do I have to tell about Jesus?
Today's Gospel is about forgiveness and friendship. When Jesus says "Follow me," Peter knows his has been forgiven for his betrayal. How have I betrayed the Lord?
Jesus looks on His disciples--present and future--as the Father's gift to Him. They--we--are precious to the Father and to the Son.
Although it involves sharing the joy of Jesus and the Father, Christian discipleship isn't easy. Disciples are sent into a world that does not welcome or understand them.