Eucharistic Witness (November/December 2021)

Very Reverend Anthony Schueller, SSS (1950-2021) Some years ago, while preparing to preach on the Sunday Scriptures, I was struck by this verse in the Book of Wisdom: “. . . . And passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets” (7:27). The passage, of course, is about […]

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May 15, 2021

The Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father. (John 16:27-28) The words of Jesus in today’s passage from Saint John’s […]

May 8, 2021

They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. (Acts 16:6-7) Acts of the Apostles presents the […]

May 1, 2021

Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and show yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.” (Acts 13:46) This passage helps us understand how Paul and Barnabas came to be identified with the mission […]

April 17, 2021

It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among yourselves seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task. (Acts 6:2-3) In today’s reading from Acts, we hear about a dispute that threatened to destroy the unity and peace of the Jerusalem fellowship of believers. Greek-speaking Jewish converts complained to […]

April 10, 2021

Saturday in the Octave of Easter It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20) The apostles’ preaching of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God quickly brought them into conflict with the religious authorities of Judaism, the teachers and interpreters of the law, and the priests of the temple. It is […]

April 3, 2021

Holy Saturday “What can bring us happiness?” many say. Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. (Psalm 4:7) Holy Saturday ends with the exuberant joy of the Easter Vigil, but it begins with silence — the silence that enveloped all creation following the death of the Savior. Silence flooded the minds and hearts of the disciples of Jesus, too, as they hurriedly washed and anointed his tortured body, wrapped it […]

January 16, 2021

We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Hebrews 4:15-16) One of the great needs of our day is for compassion. […]