Recalling what happens when we share a special meal together in various settings outside of Mass can help us understand the Eucharist.
We believe that in the Eucharist we celebrate each Sunday is the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, drawing us to himself.
As we gather each week for Mass our faith tells us that this is the place where we are to be fed and healed and forgiven.
Beginning today, for five weeks our Gospel readings come from chapter six of the Gospel of John, where Jesus is portrayed as the "Bread of Life."
Beginning next Sunday the "Gospel of John" will help us better understand how Jesus is both our shepherd-guide and our source of nourishment.
Christians today are commissioned to take a message to the world. Saint Paul says that God's choice of each of us comes with the power of the Spirit.
Saint Paul learned from personal experience how to accept his weakness--his "thorn in the flesh"--and allow it to be a moment where the power of God would take over.
In today's two stories from the Gospel of Mark Christ confronts the obstacles of sin, disease, and death with his healing power.
In our own time the Church calls us to what St. John Paul II called a "new evangelization." St. John the Baptist's role in the story of Christ affirms our vocation as evangelizers.
When we are tempted to despair at the oppression or violence in our world we must remember that the Kingdom's truth will prevail.