In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus asks his disciples and us, “who do people say that I am?” While this may seem like a very simple question, this question is really about how deep is our relationship with Jesus.
In the midst of the earthquake in Haiti, the struggles faced in Afghanistan and other countries in our world, the hurricane in Louisiana and the healing people seek during this Coronavirus pandemic, today’s Scriptures remind us to “be open” to God’s power to heal and says to hearts that are frightened, God comes to save us.
We mourn the passing of Br. Valentine Thong, C.S.Sp., a Spiritan in formation in Manila who died on August 19, 2021 from COVID-19 complications. In 2020, he wrote the following reflection on the pandemic.
This Sunday’s gospel reminds us that even in the desert moments of our lives, God always provides. When we are tired and ready to give up, it is the hand of God that feeds us with food for the journey.
Today, the church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This feast commemorates Jesus taking his disciples, Peter, James, and John, up on a mountain top where Moses and Elijah appears at the time Jesus was transfigured before them.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is proclaimed as the “Bread of Life” for all who hunger and thirst. We are often left wanting for more when we put all our hopes in the world’s ability to take away our hunger and satisfy our thirst.
Today, the Gospel of John tells us the story of a mighty God who can do anything. God cannot fail. In today’s Gospel passage of the feeding of the five thousand and the multiplication of the loaves and fish, we see that God blesses us abundantly in ways that we can only imagine.
Fr. Ned Marchessault, C.S.Sp., began his Spiritan mission in Africa in 1966, and went on to spend 56 years in ministry there. Now retired, Fr. Ned has collected and shared letters from his remarkable African journey as a missionary priest.
Today’s Gospel, presents the people of Nazareth (Jesus’ hometown) as people who knew Jesus as the son of a carpenter. They were surprised and amazed to hear his great knowledge and the power of his words that moved them so powerfully.