17 Video Reflections


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19 Audio Reflections


Homily

From St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
By Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen
October 24, 2021

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Australian Women Preach
By Kate Englebrecht
February 27, 2022

Kate (Master of Theology, Bachelor of Theology, DipEd, Bachelor of Arts) is currently serving as a Prison Chaplain for the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst NSW. She lives in central western NSW after several years of pastoral care work in isolated, outback communities. Kate has experience in Church leadership as a Diocesan Chancellor, Director of Mission/Identity as well as years in education, chaplaincy and mission management. Her experience in pastoral care have influenced her thinking and...

"So what might these parables ask of me and of us today? Perhaps just to live more honestly and face the truth of our lives more courageously...to be people open to constant conversion"

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Australian Women Preach
By Sr. Magdalen Mather OSB
January 30, 2022

Sr Magdalen entered the Benedictine Abbey at Jamberoo, NSW in 1996 and made her Solemn Monastic Profession in 2001. Since entering Sr Magdalen has studied for an MA (Theol.) which she completed in 2006 and has been certified in the formation of Prayer Companions program from Mary McKillop centre in North Sydney (1999). She has guided guests in spiritual direction for the last 21 years and has completed studies with the Global Online Benedictine Spiritual...

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Australian Women Preach
By Katy Gilles
January 23, 2022

Katy Gilles MA Theology BA DipEd Japanese, Steeped in the Anglican tradition with strong community involved parents, her daily rhythm of reading the scriptures and prayer was encouraged. Studying at University opened her eyes to the myriad of spirituality within other cultures. Fostered by her High School love of languages, and a journey to Japan she began her vocation - teaching High School boys Japanese. Her theological understanding was awakened by her friendship and marriage...

Feast of Christ the King

From Australian Women Preach
By Reverend Di Langham
November 21, 2021

Reverend Di Langham writes: I have been a priest in the Diocese of Newcastle for the past 21 years. I was the first Aboriginal woman in this Diocese to be ordained. I have been a chaplain in Corrective Services NSW for the past 20 years and prior to that I was a chaplain in Juvenile Justice. I am currently a full time chaplain at Cessnock Correctional Centre which is a male prison with around 650...

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Australian Women Preach
By Jo Hart
October 24, 2021

Jo is a teacher, educational leader and formation facilitator. She’s a mum, a daughter, a sister, an aunty and a spouse. She completed a MA (Theology) in 2016 focusing on moral and systemic theology in regard to the human person and Church teachings on sexual orientation. She has recently begun her doctoral studies this year exploring, from a critical feminist standpoint, leadership within a global network of Catholic schools committed to social justice. Jo has...

Text and Commentary

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

You must leave “home” to be wise

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
January 6, 2019

Christ is Bigger and Older than Jesus

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
November 25, 2018

Christmas Mass 2015: The Great Embodiment

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
December 25, 2015

God cannot resist Weakness

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
October 25, 2015

The Return to the Ordinary

From Center for Action and Contemplation
By Richard Rohr
April 14, 2013

Breaking Open the Coffers of Your Heart

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
January 5, 2003

The Three Wise Men see the sign, they move, they overcome opposition, and then they give the new-born King the best they have. Having walked this spiritual itinerary, they then “go back by a different route,” for no one ever comes to Christ and goes back the same way he came.

Called From Darkness Into His Light

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 25, 2009

The story of Bartimeaus is a model of the spiritual journey. The desire for Christ engenders in us spiritual healing, which is delivered in a profound illumination of Christ’s identity, the acceptance of which leads us into the Church.

Seeing the World Anew

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 28, 2012

This Sunday’s Gospel presents the extraordinary story of Christ’s healing Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus is blind. Christ gives him not only the ability to see the world, but to see the world anew through the revelation of his Grace. The Christian way of life is best described as a new way of seeing and it is through this vision, illuminated by the light of Christ, that we are invited to know and see the world as God...

Master, I Want to See

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 25, 2015

The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus is a spiritual icon of enormous power. Bartimaeus is evocative of anyone who, aware of his sin, blindness, and incapacity, hears the summons of Jesus to come into the Church, the place where vision will be restored.

Coming Home from Exile

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 28, 2018

Our first reading from the prophet Jeremiah treats of a theme that is basic throughout the Bible: the motif of the return from exile. Like two great hinges on which the Old Testament turns are the stories of Exodus and Exile. Israel finds itself enslaved in Egypt, but God liberates the people; later, the northern tribes are carried off by the Assyrians; and later still, the southern tribes are carried off by the Babylonians. But...

The Danger of Blind Guides

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
March 3, 2019

Our Gospel for this weekend comes from the end of the Sermon on the Plain, which is St. Luke’s version, more or less, of the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew’s account. Jesus has been operating as the definitive spiritual teacher here, and at the end of his address, he has some strong things to say about false spiritual teachers. Every spiritual teacher and guru is eager to tell you what’s wrong with you....

Are You Blinded By Cities of Sin?

From Word on Fire
By Bishop Robert Barron
October 24, 2021

Friends, in today’s Gospel, we hear the marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus—an icon of tremendous power and a sacred picture of the spiritual life and the process of salvation. We all find ourselves, in our need of Christ, in this image, as our own blindness distorts our vision of spiritual reality and the meaning of life.

18 Written Reflections


Looking Over God’s Shoulder

From A Catholic Moment
By Mary Ortwein
February 26, 2022

Preparation for Lent in 2010 was a watershed moment for me. My faith had been loosey-goosey for several years. In fact, for quite a while I had stopped saying St Ignatius’ Suscipe prayer (which you see above) every morning—a habit I have generally kept through my adult life.

"God’s view includes looking over our shoulder and loving us enough to see what we see. God meets us there. But then, God invites us to look over his shoulder and see what he sees—TO GO WITH HIM WHERE HE GOES."

The God of Restoration

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

The ancient Israelites suffered in exile as a result of their spiritual blindness and deaf ear to the oracles of the Yahweh. Bartimaeus in the gospel represents all human condition of wretchedness and desolation. Deprived of sight to perceive our God as a result of our sins, we are called today to beg for his mercy as he makes his way towards our path of misery and abandonment. It is a call to a renewal...

"But our God has not ceased to cross our way. He is not yet done with us. At the appointed time he will, he will surely come to meet us on the road where we are lying wretched and seeking for aid."

20/20 Vision

From The Sacred Page
By John Bergsma
October 23, 2021

My vision is terrible. Uncorrected, it’s probably much worse than 20/200. My glasses prescription is about -8.5 diopters, for those of you who know what that means. Without my glasses, the whole world looks like a poorly-executed Impressionist painting. I’ve often wondered if Monet had bad eyesight, too. Bad vision usually isn’t too much of an inconvenience these days. High index lenses have taken the bulk out of the old “coke bottles.” For sports, I...

"the restoration of Israel was not possible without the restoration of the Davidic King...In the Gospel, we see Jesus called “Son of David,” the king to rule over and restore the twelve tribes of Israel."

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."

Seeing the Big Picture

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
March 30, 2019

As a father, I’m often talking with my son and instructing him on this or that. He’ll then sometimes ask “why?”, or he’ll dismiss what I am saying. I will then respond with, “well, you don’t see the big picture like I do…”, and then we’ll go on.

"God truly sees the big picture, and while He cannot make our choices for us, He does bring good in any situation and is there waiting, prompting, loving. He provides the tools and the mercy and the grace for us to come back to Him, no matter our circumstances, no matter what we have done."

See the Forest

From A Catholic Moment
By Joseph LaCombe
January 31, 2016

Do you ever have something, and not realize it? Do you ever take something for granted? Do you ever misunderstand your calling, even if it is spelled out in front of you? Welcome to the human experience.

"Love of God, others, and ourselves is the big picture. But often it gets lost amongst the trees. Often love just slips away, and passes through the midst of the trees, just as Jesus slipped away through the crowd."

Seeing the Need for Salvation

From Torch
By Fr. Gregory Pearson
October 20, 2021

Brother Vincent, a much loved brother of our Order who died a few years ago, was born with very limited vision, and his sight deteriorated in the course of his life so that, by the time most of today’s friars knew him, he had been completely blind for many years. When he first joined the Order, though, he could still make out some distinction between light and shade, and he used to tell the story...

"When Christ gives Bartimaeus his sight, he doesn’t endow him with a unique superpower, but restores to him something which belongs to his life as a human being."

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...

Sometimes it is all about you

From Torch
By Fr. Euan Marley
June 30, 2021

I have seen with my own eyes two people who have now been declared saints. One was Pope John Paul II in his popemobile in Glasgow, where he was taken round the crowds, who were in separate rectangular areas, rather like the crowd in the first multiplication of loaves and fishes in the Gospel of St Mark (6:39-40). So we all had a good view of him. The other was Mother Theresa who came to...

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...

Why Stand Looking into Heaven?

From Torch
By Fr. Lawrence Lew
May 12, 2015

A man in white, the astronaut Yuri Gagarin, reportedly said: “I went up to space, but I didn't encounter God”. But had he listened to the two men in white who spoke to the men of Galilee, he could have saved himself the trouble of seeking God up in space. “Why do you stand looking [up] into heaven?” (Acts 1:11). As another man in white said forty days earlier on Easter morning, “he is not...

The Servants Knew

From Torch
By Fr. Euan Marley
January 20, 2013

Some people have a lot of magic in their lives. Tables are magically set, heating just works, clothes are cleaned and ironed, and the most of the things they need just appear. At Christmas the magic works overtime. All sorts of delightful things spring up as if from nowhere. Where does it all come from? How did these delights get here? There is an easy answer to this and it is in the Gospel of...

"This miracle was the first sign because it teaches us the first lesson. If you want to see miracles, you must serve."

Seeing in Love

From Torch
By Fr. Peter Hunter
August 5, 2012

“You can know a thing to death, and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it. A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.” So says the old preacher, Ames, to his son in the book Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It seems to me to express a deep, and strange truth.

Sharing His Vision

From Torch
By Fr. Simon Gaine
April 29, 2012

Why should Jesus be the one we should follow? Why should we place absolute trust in his voice among all the voices and noise we hear in our world? Why should he be the one equipped to be our Good Shepherd, the one to lead us to pasture? Our second reading proclaimed to us the promise of our ultimate goal. The glory of this final destination is something that escapes us for now. We cannot...

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...

Wise Men came from the East to Jerusalem

From Torch
By Fr. Fergus Kerr
January 6, 2007

Not the only magi in the New Testament… A certain Simon, who practised ‘magic’, was converted and baptized by Philip; offered the apostles money if they would grant him authority to give people the Holy Spirit; was rebuked and repented (Acts 8:9-24) – yet is remembered mainly for ‘simony’. A certain Elymas Bar-Jesus, a Jewish prophet, is also a magos; court astrologer to the Imperial proconsul, whom he tries to prevent the apostles from converting:...

"the visit of the Magi surely anticipates, symbolically, the possibility of mutual interest and exchange among the world’s religious traditions: opening the treasures of their wisdom even if going home by another way"

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."

Seeing the Christ

From Torch
By Fr. Benjamin Earl
April 2, 2006

From time to time, probably, all Christians ask themselves, 'what would it have been like to have been in the gospels, to have seen Christ face to face?' Today we get our question answered. We came to know Jesus not by having met him during his life on earth. Rather we were introduced to him by reputation: those who formed us in the Christian faith told us about him. But just knowing things about Jesus...

Bible Verse Reflections


people riding camels

Luke 4:15

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Praise God at Church

Could we be failing at praising God because we are not appreciating Jesus’ presence?

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?

gray sand under white and blue sky

Luke 11:31

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Pursuing Wisdom, Pursuing God

Are we aware how close God is to us and are we making the most of it?

person standing on rocky cliff

Luke 11:16

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Demanding God

Are we ignoring the signs in our lives God is showing us?

woman wearing grey frame eyeglasses

Luke 9:9

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Truly Seeing Jesus

If we don’t approach our Christian faith with sincerity in getting to know Jesus we will never see God.

woman wearing grey frame eyeglasses

Colossians 1:15

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Seeing God. Seeing Jesus.

Are we getting to know Jesus so we can see God the Father?

Empty Tomb

Luke 4:20

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God Speaks

Are we focusing on Jesus the right way?

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?

silhouette of woman

Matthew 13:58

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Responding to Jesus

Do we have enough faith to respond to God's call to 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?

selective focus of pink petaled flower

Exodus 14:31

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God’s Power

Are we being moved by the power and might of God or do we ignore God's miracles?

Beach Dry Crust

Matthew 11:20

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Jesus Reproaches

With all Jesus has done for us, are we still not responding to God's call?

woman wearing grey frame eyeglasses

Genesis 28:16

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Recognizing God

Are we open to see God in our everyday lives through scriptures and others?

Jonah in the Fish

Acts 12:11

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God Is With Us

Are we allowing ourselves to fall down into our fears and not be lifted up by God?

close up photo of body of water

Luke 1:66

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The Hand of the Lord

Can we recognize God at work in others just like people recognized John the Baptist?