(21st Ordinary Sunday: Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20)
As usual, there is a clear connection between the first reading and the Gospel. It lies in the symbolism of keys. Eliakim will be given Shebna’s keys; Jesus entrusts the...
A Universal Message
(20th Ordinary Sunday: Isaiah 56:1-7; Romans 11:13-32; Matthew 15:21-28)
For reasons that are not immediately clear, Jesus’ mission did not include the gentiles, though he did respond to the prayer of a Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13)...
I will Hear
(19th Ordinary Sunday: 1 Kings 19:9-13; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33)
The story of Elijah in the cave almost gives the impression that it came as a surprise that God would come to him in “a tiny whispering sound.” After all,...
Share the Wealth
(17th Ordinary Sunday: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52)
When we say we love something—a favorite food or sport or music—it is simply a way of saying we take special delight in it.
It is not quite the...
Come, Listen, Live
(18th Ordinary Sunday: Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35-39; Matthew 14:13-21)
“Come, without paying and without cost,” says Isaiah as he promises an abundance of food and drink. What could be more appealing?