21st Sunday in Ordinary Time It is said, “Life is all about asking the right questions and giving the right answers.” The questions that we give so much attention and thinking determine, to a large extent, the way we live our lives. The questions we always ask have the power to control or dictate … Continue reading THE QUESTION THAT WILL CHANGE US
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Martin Luther said, “The life of Christianity consists of possessive pronouns.” “It is one thing to say, ‘Christ is a Savior’; it is quite another thing to say, ‘Christ is MY Savior and MY Lord.’” “The devil can say the first; the true Christian alone can say the second.” … Continue reading MY MESSIAH, MY SAVIOR
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time When we want to get to know someone better or more deeply, when we want to enter into a special friendship with someone, we do something to encounter that person on a more personal level. For example, we would schedule specific times and specific places to be with that … Continue reading WHO IS JESUS TO ME?
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary One of the many things lacking in our world is peace. Peace is not just the absence of physical war. There are all sorts of battles that rage in all sorts of arenas of human life: There are psychological battles being fought in relationships –families and communities. … Continue reading QUEEN OF PEACE
Friday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel reminds us that our love for God must flow into love for neighbor; and our love for neighbor must flow back into love for God. In a sense, our love for God must be humanized and our love for neighbor must be divinized. Indeed, the love … Continue reading LOVE HUMANIZED AND DIVINIZED
Thursday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time God the Father has prepared a wedding feast for his Son, and we are all invited to this feast. That is the poetic summary of salvation that can be found in the gospel parable that Jesus tells us today. The “wedding feast” is an apt metaphor of the … Continue reading CLOTHING AND SPIRITUAL CHANGE
Wednesday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel story is a story about God’s goodness and generosity. Jesus wants to startle or shake us up by saying: “Do you not see? Do you not realize? The owner of the vineyard is what God is like, all goodness and compassion, all mercy and generosity.” God, … Continue reading ARE YOU ENVIOUS?
Tuesday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time “It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” The passage preceding today’s gospel reading is about the rich young man who asks Jesus: “What good must I do to gain eternal life?” Apparently, the rich refuses to give up his … Continue reading OBSESSION TO POSSESSIONS
Monday, 20th Week in Ordinary Time I received an email from a friend a businessman based abroad. It is a very striking letter in which he is actually sharing his feeling. The most significant part of that email is where he says: “Perhaps you can say, as the cliché goes, I have everything that … Continue reading FILLED BUT UNFULFILLED
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time I have come across a beautiful prose which I’d like to share with you: “I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it.” “Yet, at the 101st blow it splits in two.” “I know it … Continue reading PERSISTENT FAITH