July 21, 2018

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight…” Matthew here gives us an editorial comment regarding Jesus. He refers to the suffering servant song in Isaiah 53. Despite the opposition of the Pharisees, Jesus responds with patient gentleness. The hardness of heart of the Pharisees was prompted by Jesus healing […]

July 20, 2018

It begins with hunger. The hunger of the disciples of Jesus on a Sabbath day, and our own hunger to hear a word that nourishes us at our Sabbath gathering. To satisfy their hunger, the disciples, while walking through a wheat field, take some grains, rub off the chaff, and eat. The Pharisees accuse Jesus’ […]

July 19, 2018

“Learn from me that I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.” Saint Augustine tells us in his Confessions that we are restless until we rest in God. He speaks of his flight from God within him; he was trying to find him elsewhere. All in vain. He did […]

July 18, 2018

In today’s gospel reading Jesus speaks of heavenly, spiritual mysteries being revealed to the childlike. That raises a question: How do we become childlike? The answer simply stated is: by becoming more like Jesus in the details of our daily life; and the more we become like Jesus, the more God the Father recognizes us […]

July 17, 2018

Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller’s field, and say to him: Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail before these two stumps […]

July 16, 2018

“And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple—amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward” (Mt 10:42). It sounds so easy. Who among us would not offer a cup of cold water to another who is thirsty? […]

July 15, 2018

In the gospel today we see Jesus sending out the Twelve for a brief internship. For support, he sent them out in twos. He also gave them power over unclean spirits. I find this missioning quite remarkable because the passage immediately before this one gives an account of a terrible experience Jesus had when he […]

July 14, 2018

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Three times in this passage we are told not to be afraid. There is a profound psychology in this plea not to fear. Jesus requires his disciples to face their fears, even in the face of persecution, torture or death. […]

July 13, 2018

“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.” This gospel passage calls each of us to be disciples of Jesus and details how we are to act as disciples. To be shrewd as serpents is to be fair and honest and to […]

July 12, 2018

Make haste. There is a hurry-up tone to today’s gospel. In a rapid, staccato rhythm, we hear: cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. That’s quite a list—all of which is impossible in human terms, but if it is God’s will then through the Spirit great things happen. It is […]