Matthew relates a story that shows how a mission to the Gentiles could still respect the historical role of Israel in first hearing the Good News.
The perception of the prophet to discern God in an unlikely place, and the courage of Peter to take a bold step to meet Jesus: those are qualities I'm praying for--how about you?
The good feelings we may get from the Sunday Mass or a great retreat experience tempt us to stay put. But there's a real world out there.
It's my humanness that usually keeps me from being as intense about the Kingdom of God as Jesus proposes. How about you?
What would Jesus talk about if he were preaching in person today in your parish or mine?
Today’s first reading describes the fertility of the word of God. It bears fruit, watered by rain and snow.
In admitting to ourselves that we cannot carry our burdens on our own, and allowing Jesus to shoulder them with us, we discover the rest that Jesus promises.
Our following of Jesus must take priority over everything else in our lives. The context of Christian hospitality is self-sacrificing love.
Jesus encourages us to be bold in the task of witnessing to him. As part of the Church, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit and the support of our brothers and sisters as we try to live our faith.
Jesus tells the crowds that he himself will be true food and drink for them. Jesus, the living bread, will give them eternal life.