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Making the right comparisons Are you a Barnabas? He sometimes seems to have disappeared in St. Paul's shadow. For a long time, these two men were partners in ministry, but Paul is the one we remember because of his abundant…
Trading up to a higher glory In today's first reading, St. Paul makes an interesting contrast between the fading glory of God's law and the enduring glory of God's Spirit. What was fading was the old covenant. It had brought…
You are light for the world Although Jesus was the most humble person who ever lived, he never hid himself. Yet we think that being humble means hiding ourselves so that we don't draw attention to ourselves. And thus we…
The true meaning of 'blessed are the meek' The beatitudes in today's Gospel reading contain a word, a description of Christian living, that is very misunderstood in our modern language: the word meek. "Blessed are the meek" does not mean…
The Power of the Eucharist This Sunday's readings speak to us of the Eucharist: "the blood of the covenant" and "the cup of salvation". What does the Eucharist mean to you? Christ came to earth to serve us as our…
“… You have been created for the glory of God and for you own eternal salvation; this is your end, this is the object of your soul and the treasure of your heart.”  – St. Robert Bellarmine. Mark 12:38-44: In his…
A love beyond imagination The scribes in today's Gospel reading (like many other Jews) pictured the Messiah in strictly human terms. He would be a man, they believed, who would deliver them from the alien government that ruled them. Jesus…
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