The perception of the prophet Elijah to discern God in an unlikely place, and the courage of Peter to take a bold step to meet Jesus are qualities we might do well to imitate.
Our Sunday Mass nourishes us, prepares us, and even obliges us to feed the hungry who seek nourishment and healing.
It usually isn't lack of money that keeps us from being as intense about the Kingdom as Jesus proposes we be. Rather, our humanness allows us to be distracted by other goals and treasures of a lesser value.
No matter what obstacles it faces, no matter how small the efforts of Christians seem, the Kingdom of God will flourish.
The cycle of growing, the passage of seasons, the risks of planting crops—all these activities teach a lot about life. Perhaps that’s why the Scriptures use farming images so frequently.
Jesus' meekness and humility show us a way to bear our burdens. By admitting to ourselves that we cannot carry them on our own and allowing Jesus to shoulder them with us, we discover the rest that Jesus promises.
Being a Christian in gospel terms is serious business indeed. Alone, we’d fail utterly in that task. But united around the Eucharistic table we see that we’re not alone.
The witness of Jeremiah and the teachings of Jesus should be a challenge for us to keep moving ahead in living our lives of faith.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells the crowds that he himself will be true food and drink for them. Jesus the living bread will give them eternal life.
Through the Trinity we have strength to live in relationship to one another. We're to encourage one another and live in peace. Such a relationship is God’s plan for us.