Today’s Gospel gives Christ’s step-by-step plan for dealing with someone in the community who sins.
The challenge of the gospel remains real for us. We want to save face, avoid the embarrassment of taking an unpopular stand. But at what cost?
Our faith is incarnational--it is rooted in both the human and the divine. The challenge of God's Word today is to keep a "heavenly" perspective in our understanding of leadership and service.
Matthew relates a story that shows how a mission to the Gentiles could still respect the historical role of Israel in first hearing the Good News.
The perception of the prophet to discern God in an unlikely place, and the courage of Peter to take a bold step to meet Jesus: those are qualities I'm praying for--how about you?
The good feelings we may get from the Sunday Mass or a great retreat experience tempt us to stay put. But there's a real world out there.
It's my humanness that usually keeps me from being as intense about the Kingdom of God as Jesus proposes. How about you?
What would Jesus talk about if he were preaching in person today in your parish or mine?
Today’s first reading describes the fertility of the word of God. It bears fruit, watered by rain and snow.
In admitting to ourselves that we cannot carry our burdens on our own, and allowing Jesus to shoulder them with us, we discover the rest that Jesus promises.