In the readings for Sunday, Oct. 21, Jesus reminds us that if we want to be great and have authority, we have to become a servant. Our Gospel makes it very clear that it’s a baptism of service; one of sacrifice — possibly even the sacrifice of our lives. Jesus asks James and John if they are prepared to accept that baptism, a baptism of danger, when they ask him to give them places of honor in heaven. He tells them that they will, in fact, experience what Jesus will experience.
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Beware overly religious people! That’s one of the many lessons in today’s readings. But, how can anyone be overly religious? Wouldn’t that be a good thing? No. Zealous faithfulness is good. People who are so consumed with the strictness of religion so that it obscures their relationship with God is a problem.
In the readings for Sunday, August 12, frustration abounds, but Jesus remains faithful and gives us food for the journey. Elijah — God’s greatest prophet ever — is ready to give up his prophetic ministry in the first reading, Paul tells us not to “grieve the Holy Spirit,” and the people who have been listening to Jesus continue to be confounded by his claims. They knew him as Joseph’s boy and the son of Mary — and they are murmuring!
In the readings for Sunday, August 5, God gives us good food so that we can accomplish his works. Are we there yet? I’m hungry! I’m thirsty! He’s poking me! She’s thinking about me! Long trips are hard. It was no different for Moses taking the Hebrew people from slavery to a home of their own than it is for parents taking children on an nice vacation or day trip. Traveling can make people cranky. The Hebrews were so cranky they blamed Moses and said they’d rather be slaves than be on that trip. God took care of them and gave them a food called manna so that they wouldn’t give up.
In the readings for Sunday, July 29, we’re reminded that God’s grace is extravagant and never a waste.
For a full (but short) reflection on this weekend’s Scriptures and discussion questions for the family, click here.
In the readings for Sunday, July 22, God reminds us to try and find balance between living lives of leadership and finding some rest.
In the readings for Sunday, July 8, we see that when God speaks, people don’t always listen.
The documentary on Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, is making its way out of theaters. Go see it, even if the kids stay home; it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how Mr. Rogers’ Gospel-inspired invitation to be a “neighbor” to one another influenced a generation…and, just maybe, a call to take up his mission once again.
In the readings for Sunday, July 1, we’re reminded that God takes no pleasure in death, but that God conquers it in the Resurrection. God didn’t create death, but we brought it into the world through our cooperation with evil. We’re offered two stories sandwiched together in one of Jesus’ power over death, and his desire to heal us.
In Avengers: Infinity Wars, personal sacrifice to save the life of another is a major theme—as is the value of a single human life. Here’s your Catholic family movie review, complete with the trailer and discussion questions for your older kids. (We’re not recommending it for the younger set.) And, I worked really hard to not include any spoilers.