A Vincentian reading of the Sunday readings

Sow with Humility, Trust and Courage

Jesus is, in person, what it means to sow is to harvest and the seed that turns into a tree with large branches, so that birds can dwell in its shade. In today’s gospel, Jesus says that the kingdom of God is like the one who goes to sow and gets to harvest. That is to...

Ideals, Facts, Utopia, Reality

Jesus is God-with-us, which means he is Love-with-us.

Covenant that Is Better, New, Holy, Eternal

Jesus gives his body up and sheds his blood for us. He thus gives the greatest proof of love and is now the mediator of the new and better covenant. Jesus tells his disciples that the bread he is about to give them is his body. He, then, says also that the wine they...

Teachers and Baptizers of All Nations

Jesus has been given all power in heaven and on earth. So, he wants us to be teachers and baptizers of all nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  As they speak of the three persons in one God, Christian teachers and thinkers use...
Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Bear Much Fruit Means Die with Christ

Jesus loves others to the end, to being lifted up on the cross. His death proves true that the grain of wheat that dies cannot but bear much fruit. Those who die with him bear much fruit also.  Most of us, if not all, want to bear much fruit, to succeed as best as we...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Lift up the Son of Man on the Cross

Those in power lift up Jesus on the wood of the cross.  In letting them do so, he proves true his word that God so loves the world that he gives his only Son, so that those who believe in him may have eternal life.  The Lord tells Moses to lift up on a pole a serpent...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Adore the Father in Spirit and Truth

Jesus shows us how to adore the Father in Spirit and truth. To learn from him, then, means to keep the true religion.  At Sinai, God tells the Israelites that they are not to adore other gods. Yet they later adore a molten calf. And they hail it as Israel’s god that...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Miracles, Prodigious Signs of the Messiah

Jesus preaches the Good News to the poor and works miracles for those who are sick and hurting.  He is the Messiah Israel waits for.  Miracles, wonderful deeds, spectacular events, both attract and frighten most of us humans. So, it does not come as a surprise that...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Beginnings in Eden and in the Desert

Jesus obeys to the point of death on a cross.  He does so to lead us to God and to the beginnings in Eden and in the desert, and to make us all just, washed in the waters of new birth.  Jesus stays in the desert for forty days, which sends us back, in the first place,...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Go around Towns and Villages as God Wants

Jesus has come so he may go around towns and villages and preach by words and by works, and as the Father shows him in prayer, the Good News.  Before he makes up his mind to go around all of Galilee, Jesus goes off alone to a forlorn place to pray.  He does so before...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Destroy the Idols that Make Us Slaves

Jesus, the only Son who is in the bosom of the Father, makes him known. For us to see him, then, is to see the Father, which gives us reason to destroy our idols.  Jesus teaches in the synagogue of Capernaum. He amazes those who hear him, since he strikes them as one...

Advocate, Teach, Remind and Lead

Take Seriously the Good News of God

Jesus is the Good News of God in person. To take seriously this Good News means to have, for sure, life, bliss, salvation. There are those, of course, who do not take seriously Jesus’ proclamation that the kingdom of God has come. They say that if it were true, things...

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