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Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Fr. Rene Againglo
November 14, 2021

Our call to radical love

From Australian Women Preach
By Erin Gillard
May 15, 2022

Erin Gillard is a passionate young woman with a deep faith who seeks to empower other women. She works part time as a dietitian at Liverpool Hospital specialising in Gestational Diabetes, helping women make lifestyle changes that will positively impact themselves, their unborn baby, their family and their future.

"Am I living a life that reflects Christ's radical love for me? And am I radically loving others, living my life in a way that reflects the light and life of God so that others may see that I am a disciple?"

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Australian Women Preach
By Annemarie Reiner
February 6, 2022

For much of my life I identified as a Catholic without question. I was one of those Catholics Anthony deMelo spoke of on the first page of his book ‘Awareness’ when he said most people live their whole life ‘asleep’. I was certainly asleep.

"how different might our spiritual journey be if we got used to the idea of discerning before responding"

Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Rev. Msgr. Hans Brouwers
October 17, 2021

Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Deacon Melvin Burton, Jr.
August 29, 2021

Don't Be Afraid of Yourself

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
February 10, 2019

Your faith is what you wake up for in the morning

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
August 23, 2015

Non-Training for Servanthood

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
October 21, 2012

Who is Usable for God?

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
August 11, 2012

The Three Paths of Holiness

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 4, 2001

The Bible rather consistently lays out three ways walked by the man or woman of holiness: finding the center, knowing you’re a sinner, and realizing your life is not about you. All of these are beautifully presented in the story of the call of Simon.

Surely This Man Was the Son of God!

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 13, 2003

Another homily from Fr. Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Sent out Two by Two

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
July 13, 2003

Another homily from Fr. Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Christ Living His Life in You

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
May 14, 2006

Jesus Christ is infintely more than a moral ideal, a saint whom we admire from afar. In accord with the image from the Gospel for today, he is the vine upon which we have been grafted like branches. This means that he is our life blood, the very energy of our existence. Therefore we should read our lives this way: Jesus Christ is living his life in us.

The True Davidic Messiah

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
September 17, 2006

Another homily from Fr. Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Resurrection and the Love of This World

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 19, 2009

From the time of Marx, Feuerbach and Freud, we’ve heard the critique that religion is a wish-fulfilling fantasy, a game of “pie in the sky when you die.” The readings for this second Sunday of Easter give the lie to this criticism, for they show how those who were convinced of Jesus’ resurrection were also deeply commited to a more just society.

Feast of the Ascension

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
May 24, 2009

The Ascension of the Lord empowers the Church to fulfill its messianic mission: to gather the nations of the world into a relationship with the God of Israel.

The Way of the Prophet

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
July 12, 2009

If you walk the path of the prophet, you will abandon your own “career” and learn to follow the promptings of the Spirit. Also, you will be opposed. Once you accept and internalize those two lessons, you are ready to be a bearer of God’s word.

Remaining Attentive to the Lord

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
August 9, 2009

The first reading for this Sunday is taken from the Old Testament Book of Kings. In this reading we are introduced to the Prophet Elijah, who is nearing the end of his mission. This particular scripture has much wisdom to share with us in regards to our own passage through the mid point of our lives and the necessity of remaining attentive to the Lord and open to his purposes.

The Way of the One

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
September 13, 2009

Peter’s magnificent confession of faith in the Lord Jesus illuminates, not only his divine identity, but it provides for us a great spiritual lesson in regards to how necessary it is to curtail the self striving of the ego in its need comfort and glory. In this regard, Christ invites, not only Peter, but all of us, into a new way of being in which negation of the ego and the practice of self denial...

The Necessity of Spiritual Heroism

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 11, 2009

Today’s Gospel identifies the spiritual itinerary of discipleship, the movement from living out the Faith in accord with merely what is basic and the challenge of applying oneself to the demands of spiritual heroism. Christ does not let us remain comfortable with what amounts to only an adequate response to his call, he asks for more, and our relationship with him is expressed in our response.

The Structure of Discipleship

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 18, 2010

Our Gospel for today, taken from the wonderful 21st chapter of St. John’s Gospel, is filled with mystical and symbolic allusions. The disciples in the boat are evocative of the church; Jesus on the shore calls to mind the eschatological fulfillment toward which the church is journeying; Peter calls to mind both sinful Adam and the promise of redemption. In all of it, we see a picture of discipleship.

"Christianity is a relationship to a person. How wonderful that Jesus says...'do you love me?' Christians, that's the question we all hear. What is the quality of our relationship to him?"

The Twelve and the New Israel

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
July 15, 2012

This week, Mark relays the story of Jesus giving the Twelve Apostles their “marching orders,” the instructions on how they would go out and spread the word to the world. Notably, he tells them to go “two by two,” laying the foundation for the communal nature of the Church. They are to bring nothing but the simple tools to keep them moving forward, and they are be resolute in fighting the demons of the world-injustice,...

A Relentlessly Public Religion

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 10, 2016

The passage from the Acts of the Apostles, which is our first reading for this weekend, is surprisingly instructive for our time in the life of the Church. It witnesses to something that is essential to Christianity, namely, that we are a relentlessly public religion. This is not a privatized religion we’re talking about. This is a faith and a kingdom meant for everyone on earth.

"we have to find the delicate balance to be bold, assertive, public, ambitious in our faith without ever being violent, manipulative or imposing. We have to resist when the worlds turns dark and demonic...but we can never do it in a way that undermines the gospel itself"

Four Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Paul

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 29, 2018

I would like to focus my attention this week on the magnificent first reading, taken from the pivotal ninth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. I say pivotal because this is the chapter in which the conversion of Saul is recounted. Hans Urs von Balthasar refers to Paul as one of the great archetypes in the life of the Church, and so we can benefit from a close study of the spiritual lessons from...

The Mystery of the Mass

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
July 29, 2018

The sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, from which we will be reading these next several weeks, is a sustained meditation on the meaning of the Mass and the Eucharist. Our passage for today, when read symbolically, illumines the major movements of the Mass.

Time to Test Your Faith

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
August 22, 2021

Friends, today’s Gospel concludes John’s reflection on the Eucharist. At the end of this remarkable chapter, we are faced with a question that defines the Christian faith: Will you follow Christ? May we always answer as Peter does.

It's Time for a Radical Choice

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 10, 2021

Friends, in our first reading today, Solomon finds that all the power and wealth of the world are nothing compared to the gift of wisdom—seeing life from the perspective of God. Although this gift seems to help one further amass wealth, in today’s Gospel, Christ teaches us that to use the gifts of the world properly we must give them away so we can follow him.

Beware of Blind Guides

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
February 27, 2022

There are a lot of people claiming to be spiritual gurus, teachers, and guides today. But is the person to whom you’ve entrusted your life spiritually blind? Whom are you going to follow, and why? Toward the end of Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, Jesus—the definitive spiritual guide—offers us important lessons that help us discern our spiritual guides.

49 Written Reflections


Awe and Apostolate!

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
February 5, 2022

Our Readings for this Sunday combine two major themes: awe and apostolate. Both Isaiah and Peter are awed and ashamed to find themselves in the presence of God; but both are subsequently sent out (in Greek, apostello) on mission for the Almighty. We, too, feel our unworthiness and need of mercy in God’s presence, and also our responsibility to spread the Good News of mercy to all people.

"We, too, feel our unworthiness and need of mercy in God’s presence, and also our responsibility to spread the Good News of mercy to all people"

The Danger of Possessions

From A Catholic Moment
By Father Lawrence Obilor
October 10, 2021

What is our idol? What is our wealth? What is it that we cannot let go? What are the things possessing us such that we have become prisoners of them, and by consequence going against the first commandment that seeks for unconditional priority to God? Why do we walk away sad? Those who have attained detachment towards worldly possessions will never walk away sad. Even if part of what they have or even the whole...

Living as Prophet of God

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
September 20, 2021

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that we are baptized into Christ’s prophethood, but if you cornered any typical Catholic coming out of mass on a Sunday morning, they would vehemently deny having any prophetic gifts, because “I’m not Charismatic.” Well, the prophetic role of the Christian is not limited to people involved in the Charismatic Renewal. The Readings for this mass are, in a sense, united by a theme of prophethood, discussing what...

The Paradox of Discipleship

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
September 11, 2021

We have been getting a number of rousing challenges from Jesus in the past several weeks, as our readings have followed the progress of his ministry, and Jesus repeatedly makes clear that following him is not going to be easy in any way. This Sunday we get another challenge from Jesus to “fish or cut bait” in our relationship with him. Paradoxically, however, if we think we are going to preserve our lives and comfort...

Called to live in the true spirit of God’s Law

From A Catholic Moment
By Father Lawrence Obilor
August 29, 2021

Ritual washing using drinking-water: William Barclay in the ‘daily study bible’ tells the story of an old Jewish rabbi in the Roman prison diagnosed with acute dehydration which would have led to his death. The prison guards insisted that the rabbi had been given his quota of drinking water. So the prison doctor and the officer in charge instructed the guards to watch the rabbi and ascertain what he was doing with his ration of...

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Sr. Janet Hockman, MM
February 6, 2022

I was walking on the beach late one afternoon on Tinak, Arno, in the Marshall Islands when I met Lanty, a young student. He was coming toward me with his bucket. I looked in and saw his very small catch. With a great smile he offered the fish. I was reluctant to take them knowing he fished for the family’s evening meal but refusing would be a deep hurt to hospitality. The gift humbled and...

"Jesus knew where to find the disciples and the crowd knew where to find Jesus. Where does God find us? And when do we seek Jesus? Never discount ordinary time!"

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Fr. John Sivalon, MM
November 7, 2021

In Transfiguration Parish in Mwanza, Tanzania, a group of widows came together to initiate a support group for themselves. Called “Upendo wa Wajane,” (Widows’ Love), these roughly thirty-five women have joined together in a cooperative. They invest, borrow, and distribute to economically support one another.

"And, like Mark’s widow, widows banding together to support one another, to care for one another and to love one another are exemplars to us all of what it means to be the church: a community willing to struggle with one another and listen to one another with all our quirks and weaknesses."

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Fr. Ken Thesing, MM
October 24, 2021

The followers of Jesus – the disciples as they came to be called – went through a long process of formation as they struggled to understand who Jesus was. They perceived Jesus as clearly human like them, but yet more. Attracted by his teaching and actions among them they felt called to “come and see,” and to follow him. They were constantly called to “see” beyond the human, to grasp what God was doing in...

"Our scriptures, our Christian faith and our baptismal call all remind us that we will always have the opportunity, like Bartimaeus, to throw off our cloaks of blindness and learn to see God’s universal call to us to build communities of security, of justice and enough for all, to love one another."

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Fr. Joseph Veneroso, MM
September 26, 2021

I had the good fortune to study Scripture with Rabbi Asher Finkel. What made his lectures intriguing was that his specialty was the New Testament, specifically the teachings of Jesus. Rabbi Finkel offered insights into Jesus that most of us Gentiles could never imagine. One day he launched into an impromptu explanation of the Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, saying that, to the Jewish mind, it made perfect sense for the Messiah to be...

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Susan Gunn
March 3, 2019

The gospel reading from Luke is the final section of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. The parallel to this passage is the more well-known Sermon on the Mount from Matthew. As these titles suggest, there are differences and similarities between these gospel readings.

"First, Jesus teaches that one must learn to be a disciple from a teacher, one who can see. Second, before you can be a good disciple and teach others you must take care of yourself."

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Anita Klueg
February 10, 2019

As a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Mombasa, Kenya for seven years, first as a couple and eventually a family with two daughters, I have been blessed to be a witness to God’s work in myself and God’s presence and surprises in the joy and the sadness of mission.

"I could choose to feel helpless by what I have witnessed. Yet my experience of mission and my experiences each day in new relationships with people I meet, have taught me the value of “building bridges”"

Drop the Nets…

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
February 6, 2016

15 years ago, I sat on the Northeast coast of the United States, on a pier in Maine. It was a beautiful August day on the North Atlantic, and as I was up in Maine for training, we took a long lunch and went to the outskirts of town, and just across the road from a small country store and deli was a small pier where lobster and crab fisherman were coming in, emptying their...

"They are “just fisherman”, but Jesus knows their personalities, their strengths, and their natural abilities – and He knows that they are the perfect ones for His Mission"

Be Catholic, Be a Disciple

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
July 12, 2015

Sometimes, I think the hardest thing about being Catholic is BEING Catholic. Many of us in this world call ourselves Christian and Catholic, but are we really living like Christ and living out the Catholic faith? Often we our living our own version of Christianity, and our own version of Catholicism, the version that makes us the most comfortable and does not rock the boat, much like the priest Amaziah in the first reading from...

Captured Alive

From Torch
By Fr. Richard Finn
February 2, 2022

It’s unfashionable to say so, but God often makes us afraid! Just look at today’s readings. Isaiah’s vision of God leads the prophet to cry out that he is ‘lost’. In the Gospel, when Simon sees Jesus command the riches of the sea, when the fishermen fill the boats with their catch until they start to sink, Simon cries out in fear for Jesus to leave, so aware is Simon of his own sinfulness.

"Discipleship should be understood as faith in action, and faith as the acceptance of prior forgiveness"

Childlike but not Childish

From Torch
By Fr. John Patrick Kenrick
September 13, 2021

Today’s reading from the book of Wisdom is very appropriate for the times we live in when adherence to faith and to Christian values is often mocked by the secular world and even some Christians can be found apologizing for what many people see as unenlightened attitudes. The mistake made by ‘the godless’ in this reading is all too clear – they think that they have all the necessary evidence to make an informed judgment....

By Way of the Cross

From Torch
By Fr. Robert Ombres
September 6, 2021

Today’s gospel is demanding. It is demanding because it makes us think about ourselves at a deep level, and because it makes demands on us. As Christians we are disciples of Christ, we take our most fundamental identity from being in him. Baptism, we believe, can never be undone and it changes us at a level so fundamental that it can be described as ontological. By baptism we die to our former selves and enter...

"could we not have the resurrection without the suffering and the dying?Evasion is not a way to salvation."

Not Just our Lips

From Torch
By Fr. Dermot Morrin
August 24, 2021

It was after Jesus had fed the 5000 and before he fed 4000 more, that the Pharisees and the scribes from Jerusalem made their approach to Jesus. Having fed so many with just five loaves of bread and two fish, they would have Jesus answer questions about how some of his disciples ate it! But Jesus did not dismiss them or their concerns. Rather, he shifted the focus from hands defiled to what defiles a...

Looking Harder

From Torch
By Fr. Richard Conrad
August 17, 2021

Most Christians, most preachers, who reflect on this Chapter reflect on the Holy Eucharist. They are right; John wants us to do so. All the same, we might ask why John doesn’t tell us plainly about the Eucharist in his account of the Last Supper. Perhaps it’s because he was writing for a non-Christian audience – he tells us towards the end that he wants his readers to come to faith in Jesus. Maybe he...

Rest in God

From Torch
By Fr. Toby Lees
July 14, 2021

With some Gospel passages you can relate to the experience of the Apostles and disciples immediately, but I have always struggled to understand when people have told me ‘they had no time even to eat.’ There have been times when I didn’t happen to have anything at hand to eat, but never a time when something was at hand and I didn’t have time to eat it!

A Dusty Job

From Torch
By Fr. Luke Doherty
July 6, 2021

There is a sense in the Gospel of Mark that it was critical that the apostles go out as missionary disciples and preach what they have been taught. And it had to happen now, not later. They are instructed not to bring a second tunic with them on their journey, which basically means they need to go out with the clothes they had on and pack nothing else. As if there was a fire alarm...

Living Provisionally

From Torch
By Fr. Robert Ombres
January 18, 2021

The readings for Mass today may seem impressive, but also very distant from us. We can admire from a distance whilst remaining unchanged. Jonah, for all his reluctance, was a prophet, and at great cost to himself as his life became disrupted by God. Simon and Andrew, brothers who made a living by fishing, when Jesus told them to follow him in a very different way of life immediately left the tools of their trade...

Living Gospel

From Torch
By Fr. David McLean
February 6, 2019

Paul wants to remind the Corinthians of the gospel that he had preached to them, the gospel which they had received. He is, of course, not referring to a book. When someone mentions ‘a gospel’, we tend to think of the four gospels of the New Testament. There is a tendency to think of the word in the written form. We may even think of Luke, the gospel we have at today’s Mass. Paul, however,...

"In Luke, Peter asks Jesus to leave him because he is a sinful man. In Corinthians, Paul declares that he barely deserves to be called an apostle. In the end, both accepted the call to apostleship. We have to hold onto the idea that good will overcome evil; that Christ is victorious over sin."

Rabbuni!

From Torch
By Fr. Martin Ganeri
October 24, 2018

This Sunday’s Gospel passage tells us of the physical healing of a blind man. The gift of sight. Yet it also sets out for us a journey of insight which the man undergoes as he comes into contact with Christ and which leads not just to his being healed of a bodily handicap, but to his becoming a full disciple of Christ, to his following Jesus ‘on the way,’ that ancient phrase for being a...

Taking the Higher Ground

From Torch
By Fr. Luke Doherty
August 22, 2018

There can’t be many friars who have stood for public office. It was probably one of the most surreal experiences of my life when I ran as a candidate for the UK Parliament. I stood on a platform of encouraging growth in the local economy, better housing and a more sustainable national infrastructure. I even had my five minutes of fame with a live television interview. Party politics is of course a bit of a...

Captivated by Christ

From Torch
By Fr. Robert Ombres
January 17, 2018

Religion can be fascinating, and to be the follower of a religion has several attractions. There is an involvement with the supernatural, there are sacred books and a body of teachings to engage the mind, there are rituals and practices that create fellowship and have inspired art and music, there is guidance on right and wrong, and there are indications about life after death.

Open to Grace

From Torch
By Fr. Oliver Keenan
February 2, 2016

The words that St. Luke records a kneeling Simon Peter as addressing to Jesus—“leave me alone”—don’t seem like an auspicious start for the one chosen to be leader among the apostles. But, as our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah reminds us, reluctance on the part of those chosen to be missionary prophets of the Lord is not a new thing (and the vocation stories of more than one Dominican suggest that it’s not limited...

"For even if it has the certainty a glorious conclusion, and a joyful path, the road of discipleship is nonetheless tough, and sometimes dangerous. Though it gives more than it asks, it is nonetheless demanding."

The Gaze of Love

From Torch
By Fr. Bruno Clifton
October 6, 2015

Let us have a look at the dynamic of this conversation the rich man has with Jesus. The first thing Mark makes sure to tell us is that this encounter interrupts Jesus ‘setting out on the way’ (v17). It is not a teaching moment, but the man is concerned enough to find the Lord, kneel before him and ask him the question that troubles him, even when Jesus has other things to do. So, it...

The Comfort of Religion?

From Torch
By Fr. Colin Carr
August 18, 2015

Once in my life I have abseiled. I did it from the parapet of a 3-storey building, which is no big deal; but as I was climbing over the parapet I had a horrible feeling that I wouldn’t be able to do it, and I wanted to go back indoors and make some urgent phone-calls I’d suddenly remembered about (I didn’t have a mobile phone at the time). But fortunately I didn’t go back: I...

Knowing Our Needs

From Torch
By Fr. Benedict Jonak
July 28, 2015

St Thomas Aquinas says in a neat way that there are three things necessary for our salvation: to know what to believe, to know what to desire and to know what to do. Of course he is not the first one to stress the importance of knowledge, whether practical or theoretical. The value of knowledge has been key to many philosophical or religious movements. It is expressed in the familiar “Know thyself” of the Delphic...

The Love of Learning

From Torch
By Fr. David Goodill
July 7, 2015

We spend a great deal of our lives preparing. School runs from infancy until we are ready to enter the adult world. For some people college or apprenticeship can extend well into the twenties and beyond. Those called to priesthood normally face at least six years of formation. Many find themselves later in life re-training: back to the classroom with teachers the same age as their children. Good training prepares the learner with knowledge and...

Total Giving

From Torch
By Fr. Benjamin Earl
October 14, 2012

Most of us have at some point been presented with a task that seemed impossible to us. Perhaps it might be sorting out family difficulties: one child is ill, another breaks a leg, the spouse gets stuck in snowstorm, and to cap it all a long-lost Australian aunt turns up on the doorstep unannounced. You get the picture. At this time of year, perhaps the impossible task is a new course of studies; perhaps a...

"Why does our faith demand so much? Because Christ in loving us gave his all, even to the point of dying on the cross; and if we are to follow him into his kingdom, we must do nothing less."

Called to Holiness

From Torch
By Fr. David Sanders
February 7, 2010

We often pigeon-hole people. We are certain we know them and we fix their identity. We treat them more like things than people. Then suddenly we see in them a new dimension, a surprising depth, a different person.

"But the call of the holy God does not conform to what we expect. The sinner is not banished, just purged for action. Unworthiness cannot be used as an excuse to keep to safe old ways."

Making the Journey

From Torch
By Fr. Allan White
January 3, 2010

In the Christmas story we traditionally see two journeys to the manger of the infant king. The shepherds were so captivated by the message of the angel that they left their sheep and made the journey to see this wonder that had come to pass in the city of David. They left their livelihoods and security; they found a new centre for their lives in the manger of him through whom all things were made....

"The Magi came from the land where the sun rises; they had to turn their back on the light in order to come to the true light who is Christ"

Take Heart, He Is Calling You

From Torch
By Fr. Dermot Morrin
October 25, 2009

The character Bartimaeus leaps out from the pages of Mark’s Gospel and stays with us as we go on our way from Sunday to Sunday. He becomes a follower at the eleventh hour, just before Jesus finally enters Jerusalem, at a stage when those who have been disciples all along are beginning to lose heart. His story is told so that we may take heart, not just sitting by the wayside but actually following Jesus...

It's a Scandal

From Torch
By Fr. Francis Gaine
September 27, 2009

Jesus always provokes a response in those who encounter him. It’s true that there are those who want to follow but are afraid and those who are held back by something they don’t want to leave behind. But at bottom there are those who are for him, and those who are against. Jesus himself implies as much:

"When the grace of our baptism is renewed, at Mass, in confession, or by any growth in charity, we drown away the enemy of God in us."

Death and Glory

From Torch
By Fr. Colin Carr
September 20, 2009

We think we know what counts as winning: doing better than other people; we think we know what counts as glory: everyone telling us how great we are, and treating us with great respect; we think we know what counts as power: being able to make things happen the way we want them, and people obeying us when we tell them what to do. We want to be big rather than small, strong rather than...

"And that’s what our Christian vocation is about. It’s allowing Jesus to call us into his crazy world of death=glory, weak=strong, leader=servant, child=God."

A Tortured Relationship

From Torch
By Fr. Peter Clarke
September 13, 2009

'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine….' To me this is one of the most crucial statements in the whole of the Gospels. It forces me to ask myself how much it means to me to be a follower of Jesus. Am I prepared to give what it takes? We have read of Jesus asking his disciples, 'You, who do you say I am?' Peter's replied, 'You are the Christ!' with the title...

Far from the Passive Crowd

From Torch
By Fr. David Goodill
May 3, 2009

'I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.' Jesus gives us this wonderful image in today's gospel. A lamb picks out the voice of its mother from all the voices in the flock. The attachment of the lamb to the mother is so strong that it is able to distinguish between noises that we could not distinguish. Sheep also learn to recognise the voice of the Shepherd, 'the sheep...

The Learning Church

From Torch
By Fr. Edward Booth
October 22, 2006

How surprising it is that the Apostle and Evangelist John should be one of those who fancied for himself a conspicuous place in the heavenly glory! By the end of his life he had experience enough of the glory of heaven as he received the visions from which he wrote his apocalypse. But if we find ourselves thinking how wrong he was, we ought also to be thinking that his conversion to what he became...

Seeds of Faith

From Torch
By Fr. Jonathan Fleetwood
October 1, 2006

Today’s first reading from the Book of Numbers echoes in pattern the first section of the Gospel. Moses, in the first reading, has appointed seventy elders to help him in his mission. The Spirit comes down upon the seventy, but also upon two others not in the group. The seventy complain and want the two stopped, but they are rebuked by Moses. Moses recognises the two outsiders as a sign of the potentiality of the...

"The Word which is sown in the minds and hearts of man may be found both in individuals and in the rites and customs of different peoples. It is brought by the Spirit into unity of faith in Baptism.It does not stop there."

Something Never Heard Before

From Torch
By Fr. Dermot Morrin
August 27, 2006

For five weeks we have been reading the long discourse on the bread of life and reflecting on the Eucharist. But in today's gospel, Jesus talks about the mystery of faith. Up to this point Jesus has been addressing crowds who followed him because they wanted more bread. Their motivation is understandable. It is estimated that barley and other grain crops provided about two thirds of the diet of ordinary people. To be short of...

Sheep become Shepherds

From Torch
By Fr. Theodore Taylor
May 7, 2006

'I know my own, and my own know me' (John 10:14): these own (whose reciprocal knowledge of him and intimacy he equates with that of his Father and himself) are his disciples. The culmination of his life opens in 13:1: Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And so in token of the love for them their Shepherd washes their feet; he relates his last discourse; and...

Answering the Call

From Torch
By Fr. Duncan Campbell
January 22, 2006

The Gospel was written to help explain how there began a 'Christ' movement -- what has come to be the Church. It began with the son of a village odd-job man, or carpenter, walking past hard-working fishermen, calling on them to follow him. He would have been known to them. They may have heard rumours of his visit to the wonderful preacher John, and having some sort of second-birth experience in a public washing-ceremony ('baptism')...

Fishing

From Torch
By Fr. Duncan Campbell
February 8, 2004

Jesus drew the crowds. He was an inspired speaker. He could make things exciting and possible. The people couldn’t read, so he summarised everything for them.

"In the Gospel story, Simon Peter wants to be left alone, but he is in a crowd—the crowd of sinners. He, and we, can be rescued from these crowds by getting into the ‘right’ crowd."

The Rich Young Man

From Torch
By Fr. Aidan Nichols
October 12, 2003

Today’s is one of those Gospel readings that show you what a Gospel is for, why the Gospels are there at all. Jesus’ encounters with other people are not just told because they happened. They’re told because they put us on the spot. We’re brought face to face with the challenge of Jesus and have to come up with a response. Take this incident of the rich young man. This young man comes up to...

"We can be as good as we like, but if we think we’re sufficient unto ourselves, then the God Jesus proclaimed is shut out of our lives."

Not one of us?

From Torch
By Fr. John O'Connor
September 28, 2003

It’s a fact of human nature that we often think of others in terms of what positive qualities they lack, rather than in terms of the positive qualities they actually have. Sometimes we make this worse by doing the exact opposite when it comes to ourselves, ignoring our own faults, and then comparing our estimation of others with that of ourselves.

"inasmuch as we try to exclude others unfairly from Christ, we exclude ourselves. Thankfully, this is not the last word because, although we are often exclusionary, God is not."

I am the Vine, you are the branches

From Torch
By Fr. Martin Ganeri
May 18, 2003

Images taken from the world with which we are familiar can have a powerful influence in shaping our understanding of how we relate to God and how this should affect our actions. They are especially powerful when we do not need to have explained what they involve or what effect they should have. Such images work immediately to form what we think, feel and do. Some years ago I came to study the work of...

Repent! Again!

From Torch
By Fr. Fabian Radcliffe
January 26, 2003

Only a few weeks ago we were in Advent, and we heard the message: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. So we prepared ourselves for the coming of Christ and celebrated it at Christmas. But now, suddenly, we find ourselves listening to the same message all over again. Look at today's Gospel: The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the good news'...

With him we shall do great things

From Torch
By Fr. Isidore Clarke
February 4, 2001

A church or temple is itself a silent sermon, proclaiming our belief in God’s presence in our midst and our need to worship him. The building, its furnishings and the liturgy we celebrate appeal not only to our minds, but also to our imaginations and emotions. Sometimes these outward physical signs come alive for us. With the eyes of faith we become very aware of what they signify.

"Far from departing from Simon the sinner, the Son of God has come among us sinners to raise us above our creaturely limitations, to overcome our sinfulness and enable us to share in God’s own life and glory"

Bible Verse Reflections


person standing on rocky cliff

Luke 6:12

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Follow Jesus in Prayer

If we are Christians, are we spending time in prayer as Jesus did?

Cross Image

Luke 12:1

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Continue Following Jesus

If church leadership fail to follow Jesus, can we remain vigilant to God’s Word?

people riding camels

Colossians 2:8

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Follow God, Not Man

Can we tell if others are leading us to Jesus or themselves?

Beach Dry Crust

Joshua 24:15

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Choosing God Today

We may call ourselves Christians but do we really know what it means to be a disciple of Christ?

People Children Child

Matthew 17:16

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Bring It to Jesus

Do we act as a church community and come together before Jesus with our problems?

Empty Tomb

Matthew 14:12

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Take It to Jesus

When life over burdens us, do we take it to Jesus or do we try to deal it all by ourselves?

green leafed vine plant on wall

Matthew 13:2

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Gathering for Jesus

Are we helping in building God's church by bringing people together?

silhouette of woman raising her right hand

Matthew 10:40

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Receiving God

Are we open to inviting in others into the God's church family?

gold trophy on white table

Matthew 9:10

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Communing with Jesus

Are we failing to join in communion with God because of our sins?

Black and White Cross

Matthew 8:19

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Following Jesus

Have we realized that all of scripture points to Jesus and are we committed to follow Christ?

Magi Desert

Genesis 17:1

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God Almighty

Once we recognize God's greatness are we willing to follow God with Faith like Abraham?

brown wheat field during sunset

Matthew 5:16

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Be the Light of God

Are we reflecting God to the people around us today?