November 12, 2019

Tag - Discipleship

Standing Up- For Our Faith

An important 19th century preacher and religious leader named Henry Ward Beecher was famous for his eloquent oratory and his powerful opposition to slavery, and his words and example carried great influence in American society. As a boy, he...

With God, All Things are Possible

In the Gospel of Luke (14:25-33), great crowds were traveling with Jesus. Let this be the starting point of our reflection. Due to a number of reasons, those great crowds have been reduced considerably over the centuries and, as it is painfully...

The Way of the Spirit

The Bible offers to us believers a very accurate and rich list of the components that make up a human being. To the traditional dual components of body and soul, (the body being physical and the soul spiritual), the Bible adds mind and heart, spirit...

True Discipleship

In the Gospel of Matthew (16:21-27), Jesus rebukes Peter saying, “Get behind me Satan!” The New American Bible translates that line as “Get out of my sight, you Satan!” This is one of the strongest rebukes by Jesus found in the New Testament. And I...

True Disciples

Today’s Gospel sheds some light on our claim that Jesus is truly present at our Eucharistic Celebrations and that he talks to us his words of life as he did 2000 years ago in Palestine. What we are reflecting on (Luke 14: 25-33) is an existential...

Are We Couch Disciples?

In the Gospel of Matthew (11:29), we read: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. Contrast this with the opening statement from the Gospel of Luke (12:49) for the 20th...

If We Were True Disciples

Chances are that, by now, our discipleship of Christ has acquired a degree of contained joy, of calculated poise. Is this fine? It would be fine for any human situation, but certainly not enough for those who claim to be following the Son of David...

Jesus Invites Us To Live As His Disciples

Once there was a brilliant young man—we’ll call him Larry—who had just graduated with honors from the business program of a leading university. He married his college sweetheart and then, from the many job offers he received because of his excellent...

Our Call to Discipleship

The basic message contained in the readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is the universal call to discipleship. We say that this call is universal because God calls all people of all nations. And God’s call is always loving, patient and...

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