In my first Ignatian homily since December, I am once again back in the mind of Peter as he talks with a cellmate in a Roman prison near the end of his life. Could this cellmate — a new convert — help Peter recover something he has lost?
A few words to help you prepare to read or listen to the Passion Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
“I AM the resurrection,” says Jesus. With these words, he shows that his business is always remaining in life-giving relationships, both before and after death. What is your response to this promise of eternal relationships?
Being followers of Jesus is part of our identities. But how often do we claim it? How often do we allow that piece to rise to the top and direct our priorities? In today’s Gospel, the formerly blind man discovers Jesus’ identity within himself, and he proclaims it.
We think we need so many things in order to accept the gift of God. But all we really need is willingness. See how this reality comes true in the story of the woman at the well.
Life is uncertain. So should we pray for more certainty? Or should we pray for peace amidst uncertainty? Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus seems to promote the latter.
Jesus leaves the wilderness not empty, but full — full of God — because he has been fasting. In this sermon, we learn to fast in order to open spaces within us for God to fill.
I didn’t expect this sermon to be about prayer when I started writing it, but that’s where the Spirit led me. The second half is a meditation on silent prayer, which I hope you find helpful.
In this week’s sermon we look at what Jesus might mean when he says, “Be perfect.” Try this translation on for size: “Be fulfilled in your true purpose, as your heavenly Father is the culmination of all true purposes.”
In this week’s sermon, we have a choice — not just between life and death because Jesus has already chosen life for each of us — but a choice about what kind of life we want to live.