Sep 18, 2021
In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34).
Sep 6, 2021
Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9
In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is.
Peter answers for them, and for us, too,...
Aug 30, 2021
The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things He had done and...
Aug 23, 2021
James 1:17–18, 21–22, 27
Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23
Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light as one having authority to interpret God’s law.
Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor...
Aug 16, 2021
Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-23
This Sunday’s Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist.
The Twelve Apostles in today’s Gospel are asked to make a choice—either to believe and accept the New Covenant He offers in His Body and Blood or return to...