Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 17, 2019: Simple, straightforward, serious

There’s nothing obscure about today’s Gospel. Jesus says that those who are poor, hungry, grieving and persecuted are to be congratulated because they’re on the way to great happiness.

      Those who are wealthy, satisfied, enjoying what the world has to offer, and admired by everyone are to be lamented because they’re going to end up miserable. Such a simple message. What could need explanation? Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 10, 2019: By our own efforts?

In his book “Outliers: The Story of Success,” author Malcolm Gladwell offers intriguing explanations for why some people are more successful than others. Gladwell looks for general rules of success: Is it nature or nurture? Is it innate talent, genius, favorable opportunities or hard work that makes it possible for some to become more successful than others? Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 3, 2019: Sitting in the synagogue

After some time away from Nazareth, St. Luke tells us, Jesus returned and delivered a homily in the synagogue. His remarks were a kind of keynote for his ministry. At first, his listeners liked what they heard. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 27, 2019: Words

From our waking moments to the end of the day, we are immersed in words, in written or spoken forms. We live in the so-called information age with almost instant access to news, opinions and facts about the world. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 20, 2019: Here

John begins his Gospel before time began: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1).

      God, John tells us, was not alone. There was God and his Word. John makes it clear that everything God is, the Word is: “the Word was God.” And yet God and his Word are distinct: “the Word was with God,” and by his Word God brought all things into existence (1:3). Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 13, 2019: Begin again

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to start afresh. We make New Year’s resolutions to improve our health, our habits, our relationships and our work. Deep down in all of us is our longing for a second chance.

      As we grow older, we learn that our shortcomings should not and do not define us. Rather, our sinfulness is an opportunity to turn a new leaf or a new page. The start of a new year gives a fresh chance to begin anew. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 6, 2019: We three kings

The morning after the Magis’ visit to Bethlehem. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns