thanksgiving

As we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States this week, it seems fitting to take a look at the topic of giving thanks as it’s treated in the Scriptures. For those of us who are Catholic, this topic is of special importance because it lends its name …

times & seasons

In this Sunday’s reading from his First Letter to the Thessalonians, Paul describes what the end times will look like and how the last days will come upon many as a surprise—while faithful Christians will be ready. In setting up this passage, Paul uses an interesting phrase. In the First …

kingdom of heaven

In this week’s reading from the Gospel According to Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about the kingdom of heaven, a topic of …

blessed

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, which commemorates those who already have entered heaven and are with God. The Liturgy …

gracious

In this Sunday’s reading from the book of Exodus, God outlines how he wants his people to treat others based on how …

test

In this week’s reading from the Gospel According to Matthew, the Pharisees devise for Jesus what they believe to be a no-win …

humble

In this week’s reading from the Letter to the Philippians, Paul writes about living in “humble circumstances.” Humility has been described as among the most important …

attributes of God

There are three significant attributes of God that all typically go by Latin names and are worth exploring. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and …

form

This Sunday’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2:6-11 contains a well known and powerful description of Jesus. In the opening …

magnify

This week’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 1:20 contains the powerful comment that “Christ will be magnified in [his] body.” Most interestingly, …