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Servant and Apostle

Servant and Apostle

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that he is a servant and an apostle: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no servant (doulos) is greater than his master nor any messenger (apostolos) greater than the one who sent him.”  What does it mean to be a servant?  Jesus gave a concrete...
The Voice of God

The Voice of God

Today’s Gospel is a longer version of this past Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus the Good Shepherd.  As today’s Gospel begins Jesus is walking in the Temple in Jerusalem during the feast of Dedication, Hanukkah.  Hanukkah was an eight-day festival of lights.  Jesus has already...
Call and Conversion

Call and Conversion

The first reading today is from the Acts of the Apostles.  It is usually called the conversion of St. Paul.  Paul himself, however, describes his Damascus’ experience not as a conversion but as a call, a call to evangelize: “But when God, who from my mother’s womb had...
Faith

Faith

What does God ask of us?  The first and most important answer to this question is that God wants us to put our faith and trust in Jesus the one sent to us by the Father.  This is what we hear in today’s Gospel: “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he...
Eucharist

Eucharist

In today’s Gospel we hear the story of the multiplication of the loaves.  Jesus, showing great compassion, feeds the large crowd following him.  John describes Jesus’ action this way: “Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks (eucharistesas), and distributed them to those...

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