The National Catholic Review

The Word

  • August 3-10, 2015
    Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), Aug. 16, 2015

    You are what you eat. There is some truth to this in the physical sense, as the bloated Western diet can lead us to heart disease and obesity, while more nutritious and moderate eating can lead to better health and more energy. Yet every physical food, in moderation, can be transformed into necessary fuel for the body.

  • August 3-10, 2015
    Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), Aug. 9, 2015

    As infants, prior to the coming of speech, we communicate with sounds, gestures and facial expressions. Long before we can speak to our mothers, fathers or older siblings, we fall in love with them. It is a tactile love, based upon the senses of touch, hearing, smelling and seeing. What if this is how we fall in love with God?

  • July 20-27, 2015
    Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), Aug. 2, 2015

    There is a fine line between having what we need to sustain our physical existence and feeling we just do not have enough. Or is that line the one where we want more and more? Once we cross that line, as individuals and as societies, to where our most notable identification is as a consumer, it can be difficult to cross back. Once this takes place, the most surprising of things begins to happen: Our own sense of worth and value can be tied up in things we...

  • July 20-27, 2015
    Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), July 26, 2015

  • July 6-13, 2015
    Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), July 19, 2015

    The problem is not a new one among the flocks of the Lord. The prophet Jeremiah sounded a warning over 2,500 years ago, chastening those who would mislead the sheep: “‘Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!’ says the Lord.” It is also a current problem, as a priest at the parish my family attended for over 10 years was recently jailed for sexual abuse of minor boys. The lack of oversight by the shepherds of the archdiocese was...

  • July 6-13, 2015
    Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), July 12, 2015

    Jesus sends (apostellô) his messengers (apostoloi) out into the world to share his message and his ministry, but the sending of the apostles is not so much about traveling vast distances as it is about being present for the people around them. Wherever you live, that is the place evangelization occurs.

  • June 22-29, 2015
    Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), June 28, 2015

    God is for us and for life. God, after all, “did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.” Death is our enemy, and God has joined with us to battle against it. The Gospel of Mark invites us to see how God is fighting for us through the stories of a Jewish woman and a Jewish girl on the cusp of maturity.

  • June 22-29, 2015
    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), July 5, 2015

    If you want to be transformed by the Messiah, the first step is to recognize the Messiah in your midst. This means being ready to encounter the Son of God wherever you are and whatever time it is. This means inclining not just your ear for God’s voice, but your heart for God’s presence.

  • June 8-15, 2015
    Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), June 14, 2015

    The first sign that the kingdom of God is not what you expect comes not so much in Jesus’ use of parables to describe it but in the content of those parables. Why describe a kingdom by comparing it to the most ordinary of things, like shrubs, seeds and nesting birds? It is a sign that God is not building a kingdom in line with human expectations. Parables about an ordinary kingdom might focus on the beauty of princesses, the power of warriors and authority...

  • June 8-15, 2015
    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), June 21, 2015

    Even before Darwin, scientists were studying the origin of species; and though some might think there is a perpetual and permanent war between science and religion, it is simply not the case. St. John Paul II asked in a letter to George V.