When humans go beyond the original purpose of religious laws and structures, lip service can replace a commitment of the heart.
Our firm, faith-filled "Amen" as we receive the Body and Blood of Christ is a response to the Lord who is present in this great sign of our salvation.
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.