The Lenten penances we choose are signs of "covenant renewal"--our pledge to deepen our commitment of love and service.
How is Jesus calling us to re-connect to the community of believers? We're invited to lay aside our isolation and witness to one another what Christ has done for us.
Each time Jesus' journey brings him face to face with evil, he proves himself to be its master--the one who brings God's forgiveness.
Hidden in the Gospel story is the unspoken question: Will we listen to Jesus? Will we choose to be part of his world--the Kingdom of God?
God calls each of us--even if we're reluctant prophets like Jonah. God always offers us yet another opportunity for a change of heart.
Perhaps we should take a cue from John the Baptist, Andrew, and the other disciples. What might we tell others about Jesus?
God's revelation in Jesus has a power surpassing all our modern technological "miracles" because it speaks to our hearts. Are we listening?
Mary symbolizes the model disciple: Throughout her life she listened attentively to God's Word. Let's imitate Mary, responding to God's love born in us.
Mary and Joseph are models for us of patient expectation and openness to God. Are we open to God's surprising love?
Our own Christmas giving is meant to symbolize God's generosity to us. Let's be grateful that the Father gave us the greatest gift of all.