Thoughts, Ideas, Sermons

Sunday Ordinary Time 24 A

Today, Jesus talks about forgiveness.  [To read the words of the gospel, click here.]  If a person hurts me, is it easy to forgive that person? No, it is not easy to forgive. And yet we have the words of Jesus that we need to forgive one another. Every day we pray the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father. The words of the prayer are, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” We want to forgive;…

Sunday Ordinary Time 23 A

Today the Lord reminds us we belong to one another, and we must be responsible for one another.  This is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.   Today in the gospel Jesus tells us how to act with a person who is doing wrong. [To see the words of the Gospel, click here.]  Remember, in the very beginning of the Catholic Church, the number of people following Jesus was small. So one person acting badly in the small community hurt everyone.…

Sunday Ordinary Time 22 A

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is going to Jerusalem and He tells his followers He will suffer and die at the hands of his enemies. Peter comes up and says, “Lord, this cannot be; we will not allow it to happen.” Jesus says to him, “You are like Satan; you are tempting me. You are encouraging me not to do what my Father in heaven wants me to do.” (To see the words of the gospel, click here.) Jesus says, if…

Sunday Ordinary Time 21 A

Today we have another story about Peter. He is an interesting man. He is the leader of Jesus’s followers, during the time when Jesus was on earth, and also after Jesus ascended into heaven.  What can we learn from the story of Peter? In the story today [To see the words of today’s Gospel, click here.] Jesus asks, “Who do people say that I am?” His followers give different answers — Elijah, John the Baptist, Jeremiah, one of the prophets.…

Sunday Ordinary Time 20 A

Yesterday, August 15, is a special day every year, honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus. It tells the story of her assumption.  What does it mean? When Mary died, she was buried. But her body did not stay in the ground to waste away and become dust again. Jesus brought his mother’s body up into heaven. So now in heaven we have two glorious people, fully human: Jesus and Mary. So let me talk a little bit about Mary today.…

Sunday Ordinary Time 19 A

St Paul in the second reading today talks about his pain.  Let me explain the background.  (To see the words of the second reading, click here.)  Paul is hurt because he believes in Jesus, knows that Jesus is the one God sent to save them. Jesus is the Messiah. He is the Savior. He is the Lord. Paul knows that his people, the people of Israel, have waited for centuries for the Messiah to come. The Messiah came — Jesus.…

Sunday Ordinary Time 18 A

The gospel today is the story of Jesus feeding a big crowd of people. (For the words of today’s gospel, click here.) Notice that the gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist and the story of a banquet.  King Herod had a banquet for his friends with much food and drinking. His stepdaughter came in and danced.  The girl pleased King Herod so much that he promised to give her anything she wanted. She asked her mother what…

Sunday Ordinary Time 17 A

The theme of today’s readings is “heart.” We have to have an open heart.  Look at the first reading. Solomon has become king; he is a young man, perhaps 20 years old, and he prays for a wise heart. (For the words of the reading, click here.) Remember, for the people of Israel, the heart was the place of thought and ideas, right thinking, and right feeling. Solomon wanted to be a good leader for his people; he impresses the…

Sunday Ordinary Time 16 A

God the Father alone can judge people.  He can make wonderful things happen. [To see the words of today’s gospel, click here.] I want you to use your imagination: It is the time of Jesus or maybe the time of the early Church  community. Where are they? They are in Israel; it is a small country, part of the Roman Empire, far away from the center of power, Rome in Italy. The people in Israel are weak. They’re fighting among…

Sunday Ordinary Time 15 A

Jesus talks about sowing the seed of the Word of God. Imagine, maybe it’s the year 90 or 100, 60 or 70 years after the death and resurrection of Christ. The early followers of Jesus are trying to show others the truth that Jesus has risen from the dead, that he is the Son of God, that he has come into the world to be a savior, to give healing, hope and strength.  They talk about Jesus, the Savior who…