Becoming one of us

Envy is a deep human feeling that can lead to competition, to try and climb over others, and to a lack of gratitude. It often seems well- rooted in the heart of a person. If you think of the original sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, they seemed to have wanted the same knowledge as God. They could not accept the fact that someone could have more than they did. In today’s second reading we have the opposite of envy. Jesus wants to have the poverty, the pain, and the sickness of human beings and faces death. The opposite of envy is the SOLIDARITY of Christ, who becomes one of us and inclines to help those who suffer and are the neediest. Would we do that same thing? In the Gospel today J

St. John the Baptist

It isn’t often that the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist coincides with a Sunday observance, but this year it is the case. So for this birthday celebration, the readings focus on John’s role of inspiring people to prepare for the coming of the Messiah, similar to what we hear in Advent. We are speaking of the John who was the last of the prophets, the forerunner of Jesus; not to be confused with the Apostle John. What can we learn from John the Baptist? He did not shrink from his call to herald the coming of Jesus. Eventually it cost him his life when Herod’s daughter asked for his head on a plate. And it happened! In our time, we are also called as followers of Jesus to be enth

Act of Kindness

It is real easy to think today and say “THINGS ARE GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE.” We hear of shootings, drugs, human trafficking, and brutality to one another. Our efforts seem so small, and the world’s problems so big. And on occasion we wonder how God can allow so much pain, suffering and injustice in so many lives. But there is hope. This is the season of planting! Maybe the parable of the mustard seed in today’s Gospel can remind us that we are perhaps looking in the wrong place. The Reign of God will not be found in the media headlines. When we look for signs of hope, signs of a world that can be transformed into the kind of place that God wants, we need to look at the whole picture. It is i

Freedom

Today we return to Ordinary Time; it is the 10th Sunday, and our Gospel readings will continue now from St. Mark. We, as citizens of our country, value our freedoms, and exercise many of them, often taking them for granted. We hear chants of freedom in our news frequently, and it is one of the few things that can make people of all classes and beliefs take to the streets and demonstrate in defense of this sacred right. To be free means to assume the responsibility to take the reins of one’s own life; it also implies assuming one’s mistakes without looking for excuses or blaming others; and that is often difficult and hard for us. It is interesting that Jesus was a man who was radically free.

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