For whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mk. 9:40)
Jesus is inviting his disciples to be more open toward those who are not within the formal bounds of the Christian community, and not to consider them as foes. He also teaches us to acknowledge and encourage those who may not be of our own kin or kind, of our own community but who collaborate with us in our work for His kingdom.READ MORE
This week’s readings teach us that living as Christian stewards requires us to swim against the tide of our “me-first” culture and stake out a path for our lives that may be different from that of our neighbors, friends or co-workers.
Jesus illustrates in today’s Gospel. “Taking a child, He placed it in their midst, and putting His arms around it, He said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.’”READ MORE
What is discipleship? Discipleship is living as Christ called us to live. It is following to the best of our abilities the perfect model that He provides us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that it is ‘a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world.’ (CCC1513) ‘as we are called to follow and imitate Christ’ (CCC520).READ MORE
We often associate the word "healing" with something that produces dramatic, physical results: the blind see, the crippled walk, and the deaf hear. Witnessing such miraculous events is few and far between for most. Healing happens more frequently in very ordinary ways using very ordinary means. Andwe can all be God's instruments for bringing it about.READ MORE
In today’s Gospel from Mark, Jesus instructs us in the best way we can honor Him, teaching us the meaning of true worship. Jesus reveals that the way we truly worship Him is by giving Him our hearts. We also learn in this Gospel passage what our Lord does not want — the pious lip service that the scribes and Pharisees offer.READ MORE