A short prayer

Lord, what is man that you are mindful of him? Or the son of man that you should care for him? For you have made him little less than the angels, setting him over the wonders of Your creation, to tend and to care for them, to study them and to learn Your ways. Lord, [Read More…]

Humility, Humility, Humility: A Brief Thought on Today’s Lectionary Readings

Conduct your affairs with humility…. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are. Go and take the lowest place. Bishop Robert Barron, who I heard referenced in this morning’s homily, said quoting St. Bernard of Clairvaux that “the three most important elements of the spiritual life” are “humility, humility, and humility.” As I listened to [Read More…]

Nova’s Ordo: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established [Read More…]

Nova’s Ordo: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon [Read More…]

Nova’s Ordo: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 15: 21-28 At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyreand Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. Jesus’ disciples came [Read More…]

Nova’s Ordo: A Scriptural Reflection on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 14:22-33 After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few [Read More…]

Nova’s Ordo: A Scriptural Reflection on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 14: 13-21 When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he [Read More…]

The Sign of Jonah: A Sign of Salvation For The Whole World

Despite its short length, the Book of Jonah is a major text for the Christian faith. When asked for a sign to prove his messianic claims, Jesus responded, “It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For [Read More…]

To Test, To Learn, To Be Open To The Truth

“Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil” (1Thes. 5:19-22 RSV).  The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are to welcome the promptings of the Spirit, but yet not accept everything which claims to be from the Spirit. We are [Read More…]

A Scriptural Reflection: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the first post in a possible weekly series being contemplated by a couple of regular contributors.   The idea is to provide a short reflection on the readings for each Sunday, one which would ideally serve as the basis for a homily for the day.  Feedback on the idea of such as series, as [Read More…]