A Vincentian reading of the Sunday readings

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

Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit from the Father. This Spirit of truth is upon us to advocate for us who are weak but seek to fulfill our mission. Jesus knows that his disciples need an Advocate to speak up for them and defend them. After all, they show time and again...

Majesty that Jesus Brings forth

Jesus has gone up to heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high as Lord.  He wants us to be as fully human and whole as he is.  On the Lord’s going up to heaven, we read that “to go up” means “to go down.” This matches another text that says Jesus...

Hand over the Body and Shed the Blood

Jesus gives us the greatest proof of love one can give. For he deigns to hand over his body and shed his blood out of love for us.  I can give away all I own to help the poor or even hand over my body to burn. Still, this does not always mean I love; I could do it for...

Life-giving death

Fifth Sunday of Lent (A), April 6, 2014 – Ez 37, 12-14; Rom 8, 8-11; Jn 11, 1-45 The one who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies (Rom 8, 11) Jesus guarantees life to believers.  His love to the end vivifies.  Loving as he does, we live...

Blind to the needy, blind to God

Fourth Sunday of Lent (A), March 30, 2014 – 1 Sam 16, 1b. 6-7. 10-13a; Eph 5, 8-14; Jn 9, 1-41 Light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth (Eph 5, 9) Jesus opens the eyes of the blind.  We are not blind if we believe in Jesus and go about doing...

The first thing he did was ask

Third Sunday of Lent (A), March 23, 2014 – Ex 17, 3-7; Rom 5, 1-2. 5-8; Jn 4, 5-42 While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5, 8) Jesus lives the true religion.  Those who follow his example adore the Father in Spirit and truth. The worship the Father...

Healthy and liberating insecurity

Second Sunday of Lent (A), March 16, 2014 – Gen 12, 1-4; 2 Tim 1, 8b-10; Mt 17, 1-9 Bear your share of hardship for the gospel (2 Tim 1, 8) Jesus came from the Father and has come into the world to save us.  We will be saved if we imitate him, leaving the familiar and...

No to “Every man for himself”

First Sunday of Lent (A), March 9, 2014 – Gen 2, 7-9; 3, 1-7; Rom 5, 12-19; Mt 4, 1-11 Through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous (Rom 5, 19) The new Adam overcomes temptations.  Through him, we are provided with a way out of trials, so that we...

Cherish yourself

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), March 2, 2014 – Is 49, 14-15; 1 Cor 4, 1-5; Mt 6, 24-34 You have been purchased at a price (1 Cor 6, 20) God considers us very dear and very precious.  Do we take ourselves according to his appreciation of us? Jesus teaches that we...

The real fool on the hill

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), February 23, 2014 – Lev 19, 1-2. 17-17; 1 Cor 3, 16-23; Mt 5, 38-48 Let him become a fool so as to be wise (1 Cor 3, 18) We can belong to Christ and his kingdom only if we prefer divine folly to human wisdom and remember always and...

Same ole same ole?

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), February 16, 2014 – Sir 15, 15-20; 1 Cor 2, 6-10; Mt 5, 17-37 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Cor 5, 17) Jesus, with his announcement of the kingdom and his lifestyle, represents conversion and newness.  But radical...

Fatal attraction

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), January 26, 2014 – Is 8, 23b – 9, 3; 1 Cor 1, 10-13. 17; Mt 4, 12-23 Praising God and enjoying favor with all the people (Acts 2, 47) Rather than impose, brightness attracts.  Whoever imposes admits he is not attractive. St. Francis...

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