Not everyone in the church has the same gifts – one is an apostle, one is a prophet, one is an evangelist; others are teachers, pastors and so forth. This is a great blessing in the church!
Reflections on the Word: Saturday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila – October 15, 2022
St. Theresa reminds us that when we see our lives and our world with God’s eyes, we focus on those things that are lasting and good – the spiritual bonds we share with one another and creation.
To be able to experience God, to encounter God and to be changed by the encounter, is, at its core, the heart of the Christian life.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls us to courage and affirms our value even when we think we don’t matter. And St. Paul’s words remind us to be humble – not because we don’t matter, but precisely the opposite!
Reflection for Saturday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time – Memorial of St. Bernard – August 20, 2022
In the Gospels, Jesus is often most upset with those who – while thinking they are doing God’s will – actually make it harder for people to experience the love and mercy of God.
The prophet Ezekiel reminds that God is calling us to take on a new heart and a new spirit – one that recognizes past failings and sins, their impacts, and the desire to live more justly. And in the Gospel for today, Jesus strikingly points to children as examples of that new heart and spirit.