"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..."
Fr. Lawrence Obilor. "The Danger of Possessions." A Catholic Moment. October 10, 2021
“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.”
Carolyn Trumble. "Third Sunday of Easter." Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. April 10, 2016
"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..."
Fr. Lawrence Obilor. "You too follow Me!." A Catholic Moment. January 24, 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..."
John Bergsma. "The Sunday of the Word of God!." The Sacred Page. January 22, 2021
“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”
Joseph LaCombe. "Let Jesus Lead the Way." A Catholic Moment. April 7, 2019
“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”
Joseph LaCombe. "This Is Why He Came." A Catholic Moment. January 13, 2019
“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”
Joseph LaCombe. "Drop the Nets…." A Catholic Moment. February 6, 2016
“We follow him in hope, and do not fear what may be behind us, or we shouldn’t”
Fr. Euan Marley. "We Have Been This Way Before." Torch. April 5, 2022
"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..."
Fr. Robert Ombres. "Living Provisionally." Torch. January 18, 2021
"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..."
Fr. Martin Ganeri. "Rabbuni!." Torch. October 24, 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."
Fr. Robert Ombres. "Captivated by Christ." Torch. January 17, 2018
“Should we be rewarded with, are we entitled to, all the amenities and comforts of life in compensation for giving ourselves to Jesus and to His Church? Are we willing to do what Jesus expects of us, if and when it is inconvenient (heart-breaking) to ourselves?”
Fr. Peter Clarke. "Questionable Following of Jesus!." Torch. June 21, 2016
"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..."
Fr. Bruno Clifton. "The Gaze of Love." Torch. October 6, 2015
“We rejoice because of who we are in Jesus Christ...For Jesus comes to establish a new relationship between us and God”
Fr. Lawrence Lew. "Love, And Do What You Will." Torch. December 16, 2012
“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.”
Fr. Benjamin Earl. "Total Giving." Torch. October 14, 2012
“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?”
Fr. Richard Ounsworth. "More Than Loud Hosannas." Torch. March 28, 2010
“Those who think their wealth makes them self-sufficient are especially likely to think they can manage very well without God.”
Fr. Isidore Clarke. "Travelling Light." Torch. October 11, 2009
“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.’”
Fr. John O'Connor. "Sheep Who Don't Follow the Herd." Torch. April 29, 2007
“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.”
Fr. Duncan Campbell. "Believing is Seeing." Torch. October 29, 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')..."
Fr. Duncan Campbell. "Answering the Call." Torch. January 22, 2006
“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.”
Fr. Duncan Campbell. "Fishing." Torch. February 8, 2004
"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'..."
Fr. Fabian Radcliffe. "Repent! Again!." Torch. January 26, 2003
"The dialogue of Jesus with the rich young man, related in the nineteenth chapter of Saint Matthew's Gospel, can serve as a useful guide for listening once more in a lively and direct way to his moral teaching: "
St. John Paul II. "VERITATIS SPLENDOR." Vatican. August 6, 1993
“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”
Fr. Stephen Thorne. "Pray and keep it moving." St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. May 12, 2019
“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.”
Bishop Robert Barron. "He Is Risen!." Word on Fire. April 24, 2011
“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”
Bishop Robert Barron. "Fishers of Men." Word on Fire. April 14, 2013