Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today's Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22 Psalms 19:2-5 Luke 6:12-19 The liturgy continues the series of feasts of the apostles, reminding us today of two who are almost unknown and whose relics are venerated in the Basilica of St. Peter, near the altar of St. Joseph. Those Twelve, symbol of a whole new people, were called by … Continue reading Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Clarity in the Depths of the Human Heart

Today's Readings: Sirach 35:15b-17,20-22a Psalms 34:2-3,17-19,23 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 Luke 18:9-14 The teaching of the sage Ben Sirach, heir to the age-old prophetic doctrine of justice and God’s preferential love for the poor and the oppressed, leads us to the summits of true biblical spirituality. Deuteronomy warned that God “has no favorites [and] accepts no … Continue reading Clarity in the Depths of the Human Heart

Power to Transform and Save

Today's Readings: Romans 7:18-25a Psalms 119:66,68,76,77,93,94 Luke 12:54-59 Mention was made above of Paul’s assertion that the Law was a reason for the proliferation of sin, and of the criticisms brought against Paul by his adversaries. The Apostle’s goal, however, is simply to point out that the Law does not have, in itself, the power … Continue reading Power to Transform and Save

Memorial of St. John Paul II

Today's Readings: Romans 5:12,15b,17-19,20b-21 Psalms 40:7-10,17 Luke 12:35-38 The passage from Paul offered in today’s liturgy is at the very heart of his Letter to the Romans. Behind the statement that the human person needs to be redeemed, there is the conviction that guilt taints our relationship with God. After having demonstrated, with the help … Continue reading Memorial of St. John Paul II