21 Video Reflections


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13 Audio Reflections


Pray and keep it moving

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Fr. Stephen Thorne
May 12, 2019

"make sure you are following the Shepherd, the Good Shepherd, the real shepherd, the senior pastor that is Jesus Christ...imitate me as I imitate Christ. Don't follow me blindly. Don't follow any man blindly. Your faith, your salvation is too important"

Text and Commentary

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
May 5, 2019

Don't Be Afraid of Yourself

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

Jesus' Non Dual Teaching Is Still Considered “Blasphemy”

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
April 17, 2016

Your faith is what you wake up for in the morning

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

The Rich Young Man

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 12, 2003

The Gospel story of the conversation between Jesus and the rich young man is one of John Paul II’s favorites and is featured in many of his writings. The Pope sees three great moral themes in this narrative: the objectivity of the good, the indispensiblity of the commandments, and finally, the call to radical self-gift. The rich young man accepts the first two but balks at the third–and this is his tragedy. How radically are...

The Task of the Church

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
January 14, 2007

As we enter into ordinary time, we reflect with St. Paul on the ordinary task of the church: the discernment and exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. How do we use the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, healing, and faith?

He Is Risen!

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 24, 2011

Our first reading for this Easter day is Peter’s great kerygmatic speech on Pentecost morning. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter addresses the Jerusalem crowd, telling them the impossibly good news that Jesus of Nazareth, a man who moved through their ordinary towns and villages, has been raised from the dead. The Easter faith of the Church is not an abstraction, not a vague claim about God’s fidelity or our hope for immortality. Rather, it...

"we are being asked to make a decision. Is he right or is he crazy? And if he's right then I must change my life radically and become in every sense a disciple of this Jesus. The one thing I cannot be is indifferent in regard to this message."

Fishers of Men

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 14, 2013

Today’s reading from the Gospel of John offers a compelling meditation about the importance of Christ for the activities of the Church. Christians are meant to be fishers of men, but when we operate according to our own agendas and efforts we will catch nothing. We must act under the Lord’s direction. If we follow Christ we will do great good indeed.

"So it always goes when the Church is operating on its own terms, according to its own likes, its own mind, our own efforts. We will catch nothing...The Church's task is to gather in the nations always under the direction of the Lord"

The Good Shepherd

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
April 17, 2016

One of the most enduring and endearing images of Jesus is that of the good shepherd who guides and lays down his life for his sheep. We cannot be indifferent in regard to him. We have to give our whole selves to him, without compromise or hesitation. Once we hear his voice, we have to drop everything and follow.

"sheep didn't respond to voices not belonging to the shepherd...they were able to distinguish it. So must we, amidst the cacophony of voices around us"

A New Fixed Star

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
December 2, 2018

This Sunday is New Year’s Day, in the liturgical sense of the term. With the first Sunday of Advent, we commence the liturgical year of 2019. And New Year’s day is always a good time for resolutions, taking stock, starting over again. I want to interpret our Gospel for this Sunday, which portrays Jesus is full apocalyptic mode, in that spirit.

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.

22 Written Reflections


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...

Third Sunday of Easter

From Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
By Carolyn Trumble
April 10, 2016

Fear and uncertainty have a way of paralyzing us. Violence creates a climate of fear that can eliminate the trust and security we need in life. Violence has a very strong grip on the city of São Paulo, Brazil. About 50,000 homicides per year occur in Brazil, four times as many homicides per year than the United States. The United Nations considers a situation where a country that has more than 25,000 violent deaths per...

"Jesus knows that fear can make us turn inward and focus on ourselves but his call is to move beyond fear to love. Love calls us to focus on others."

You too follow Me!

From A Catholic Moment
By Father Lawrence Obilor
January 24, 2021

God’s call to discipleship is as old as creation itself. In every age, in every nation, in every race and langauge God calls and chooses men and women to sow the seed of His kingdom. The process is always God’s own initiative. He comes to man and then the latter is expected to respond by emptying himself through repentance, conversion, and renewal of life. This is the theme of today’s readings. God first calls us...

The Sunday of the Word of God!

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
January 22, 2021

In September of 2019, Pope Francis released an apostolic letter motu proprio “Aperuit Illis” designating the third Sunday of Ordinary Time—the Sunday on which the semi-continuous reading of the Gospel of the year begins—as “The Sunday of the Word of God,” and suggested that local parishes adopt some ceremonies or practices—like the presentation of Bibles to each family or to recently confirmed, etc.—to foster devotion to the Word of God on this day. The whole...

Let Jesus Lead the Way

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
April 7, 2019

A few years ago, I was out in Palm Springs, California for a conference. I have been out there numerous times, and if you’re not familiar with the Palm Springs, it is in the Sonoran Desert in Southern California, nestled right next to the San Jacinto Mountains. It is truly a beautiful place, especially in the spring, and the mountains rise sharply out of the desert floor from an elevation of around 400’ up to...

"Jesus draws our path for us, and he meets us where we are, and especially in those depths of despair where we may be losing hope"

This Is Why He Came

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
January 13, 2019

This is why He came. This is why Jesus was born a human, why He became one of us, and why He ultimately died for us. To fulfill these words from Isaiah.

"If we seek a relationship with Christ, if we have faith in Him, if we pray, and if we look to Him first and foremost in our lives – He will lead us out of whatever trial or affliction we find ourselves in"

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"

We Have Been This Way Before

From Torch
By Fr. Euan Marley
April 5, 2022

In Exodus 14:19 we read, ‘Then the angel of God who went before the camp of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.’ What is happening is that the Egyptian army is pursuing the Israelites into the desert, and God, who has been ahead of them – in appearance at any rate – moves behind them. This is to show that he is...

"We follow him in hope, and do not fear what may be behind us, or we shouldn’t"

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...

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...

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.

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...

Love, And Do What You Will

From Torch
By Fr. Lawrence Lew
December 16, 2012

“What shall we do?” Various groups of people go to John the Baptist to ask him for moral instruction because they recognize his wisdom and moral authority. In every age people have gone to ask their religious preachers and sages for moral guidance: “What shall we do?” Many of the world’s religions offer responses to this fundamental question on how we should order our lives, how we can live well as human beings.

"We rejoice because of who we are in Jesus Christ...For Jesus comes to establish a new relationship between us and God"

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."

More Than Loud Hosannas

From Torch
By Fr. Richard Ounsworth
March 28, 2010

It’s often said that St Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles are two volumes of a single work. Almost certainly they are written by the same author, and they obviously overlap. We might even go further and notice how the Gospel mostly consists of Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem – at least, that journey provides the backbone, as it were, of the Gospel, and then Acts portrays the outward journey, in a sort of...

"There are so many people who are happy to accompany Jesus on his journey into Jerusalem by embracing – or at least, thinking that they embrace – his teaching. But when the cheering and clapping has died down, do we stay with him?"

Travelling Light

From Torch
By Fr. Isidore Clarke
October 11, 2009

When I was much younger and more active I used to enjoy camping. I would carry all I needed in a rucksack. Sometimes I would walk several miles and on other occasions I would cycle much further. I soon learnt the need to travel as light as possible, taking only the basic necessities. A heavy load would have exhausted me. There was a certain freedom in this simple, uncluttered life-style. I think my experience of...

"Those who think their wealth makes them self-sufficient are especially likely to think they can manage very well without God."

Sheep Who Don't Follow the Herd

From Torch
By Fr. John O'Connor
April 29, 2007

Sheep are often ridiculed for their lack of intelligence. This common perception was behind the cartoon I saw on a t-shirt recently, where two sheep are chatting, and one says to the other: ‘Sure, I follow the herd—not out of brainless obedience, mind you, but out of a deep and abiding respect for the concept of community.’

"The voice of Christ does not try to dazzle us, to manipulate us or to control us. It is a voice that is not for mindless sheep, but for sheep who decide for themselves and who are prepared sometimes not to ‘follow the herd.’"

Believing is Seeing

From Torch
By Fr. Duncan Campbell
October 29, 2006

The Gospel is about a beggar who was blind being instantly healed. It was enough to lift him out of such total destitution as we can hardly imagine today. We can be thankful that we live in such a different world. Society’s natural response today is to provide medical care for the sick and invalids, and support for the destitute. Stories of healing like this may have introduced such concern.

"It was far, far more important that the man in the story followed Jesus than that he just saw other people and things. Following Jesus’ way, he saw far more."

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."

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'...

VERITATIS SPLENDOR

From Vatican
By St. John Paul II
August 6, 1993

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?

brown wheat field during sunset

Psalm 13:4

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Light. Sight. God.

Are we approaching each day by choosing God over earthly things?

silhouette of two person walking on desert

Romans 7:21

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Tempted by Evil

Do we realize that even though sin holds us down, Jesus is the answer to lift us up?

person hands out

Luke 12:37

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Servants of Christ

Are we truly ready to welcome Jesus when he appears to us in our daily lives?

Heaven Stairs To Sky

Luke 12:8

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Confessing Jesus to be Divine

Do we understand that by acknowledging Jesus with our lives we enter into the heavenly space?

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?

silhouette of woman raising her right hand

Luke 11:28

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Blessed by God’s Gift

How can we be blessed if we reject God’s gift of Jesus Christ?

people riding camels

Malachi 3:20

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Hearts Set on God

Is our fear of God driving our lives or are we succumbing to the will of the world?

multicolored heart wallpaper

Luke 6:46

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Jesus is Our Lord

Are we fulfilling God’s commandments or just pretending that we are?

person raising left human palm

Matthew 1:20

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Changing for God’s Plan

Are we able to change our life plans for God’s plan for us?

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?

people riding camels

Luke 5:11

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Leaving Everything for Jesus

Are we truly giving up everything to follow Jesus?

Magi Desert

John 1:46

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Invite Others to Jesus

Are we passionate in our love for Jesus so that others are attracted as well?

sun rays peak through clouds over herd of goats on hill

Matthew 23:3

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Attentive to God

Are we following God speaking to us through people or just a person who lacks God?

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?

Cross Image

Deuteronomy 10:14

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God is Great

Can we appreciate how out of God's greatness God decided to create us, forgive us, and love us?

gray sand under white and blue sky

Psalm 81:13

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Choosing God

God gives us the choice to follow Jesus or our desires. Where does our heart lead us?

woman wearing grey frame eyeglasses

Psalm 19:9

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Seeing With God’s Word

Do we live in God's truth or is our view on life covered by the darkness of lies?

silhouette of two person walking on desert

Matthew 12:15

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Jesus Walks Away

Are we following after Jesus or are we dwelling in the evils of the world?

gray sand under white and blue sky

Genesis 46:4

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God With Us Always

Can we overcome our fears and trust in God as God leads us in life?

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?

Magi Desert

Matthew 7:13

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The Narrow Gate

Are we willing to give up everything to follow Jesus?

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?

person raising left human palm

Mark 10:52

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Liberty to Follow

After all the healing Jesus is doing on us, are we turning our attention to God?

silhouette of two person walking on desert

John 21:22

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Don't Worry, Just Follow

Is our concern on loving Christ or being envious of others?

multicolored heart wallpaper

John 21:17

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Do We Love Jesus?

Do our actions and activity throughout our day reflect our love for Jesus?